Date of Press Release: Thu, May 12, 2022

Clarence E. Anthony Branch 30th Anniversary Celebration

We invite all residents to join us for a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Clarence E. Anthony Branch on Wed, May 18 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Dignitary speeches will be read at 1:00 pm. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System. On display will be photos of the branch’s past and present.

In 1984, Clarence E. Anthony was elected Mayor of South Bay at the age of 24 with a priority to build a public library. In March 1991, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners approved $372,000 to build a 4,000 sq. ft. facility at 375 SW 2nd Ave. and approved naming the building the Clarence E. Anthony Branch. On May 22, 1992, the Clarence E. Anthony Branch officially opened to the public.

Mayor Anthony now serves as CEO/Executive Director of the National League of Cities and says that building the library was “probably the most impactful thing I would say I did in that role.”

Library Director Doug Crane said, “The Palm Beach County Library System has a vision to open minds to a world of unlimited possibilities. Mayor Anthony’s foresight and determination ensured that the residents of South Bay would have ongoing local library access in perpetuity to help build a bright future.”

Clarence E. Anthony Branch

375 SW 2nd Avenue

South Bay 33493

Phone: 561-992-8393