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Northeast Times | September 26, 2021

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Kids of all ages invited to celebrate the groundbreaking for Fort Worth’s first youth library

Kids of all ages invited to celebrate the groundbreaking for Fort Worth’s first youth library

The public is invited to join community members and city officials for the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony for the Reby Cary Youth Library – a place being built for the children of Fort Worth.

Kids are invited to bring their plastic shovels and toy trucks to help turn the dirt during the event, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at the site of the future library, 3851 E. Lancaster Ave.

Mayor Betsy Price and District 8 Councilwoman Kelly Allen Grey will also be in attendance.

As the city’s first library designed specifically to serve children, teens and their caregivers, the 8,000-square-foot facility will become a gathering place for families. The building will feature fun, interactive touches and a modern, window-filled design. Also planned for the site is a city park featuring a playground.

Councilwoman Grey oversaw the naming of the library, with Reby Cary chosen as the favorite.

A Fort Worth native, Cary (1920-2018) was a local educational leader and a civil rights pioneer. He graduated from I.M. Terrell High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and political science from Prairie View A&M. He was the first African American elected to the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, and the first African American professor hired at UT-Arlington. He helped establish the McDonald College of Industrial Arts for African Americans in the Riverside area, and as District 95 State Representative, helped pass legislation to establish the Human Relations Commission to fight discrimination.