Moody Memorial Library to Hold Relighting Ceremony as Kickoff to 50th Anniversary Celebration

Jan. 9, 2018

WACO, Texas (Jan. , 2018) - The Baylor University Libraries will celebrate the relighting of Moody Memorial Library's exterior lights with a ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17. Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., will initiate the countdown that will culminate in the lighting of 92 newly installed LED lights on the upper level of the library. The new lights replace original fixtures that have been inoperable for decades.

"This project represents a major investment in Moody's unique architectural heritage that dates back more than half a century," said Interim Dean of Libraries John S. Wilson. "Thanks to tremendous support from our dedicated donors, we were able to install these new lights in time for Moody's year-long 50th anniversary celebration."

Baylor students, faculty and staff are invited to gather at the Energy Center-side entrance of Moody Library at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments and giveaways. Brief remarks by President Livingstone and Wilson will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the lighting of Moody.

When Moody Memorial Library opened in the fall of 1968, it represented the far northern edge of a Baylor campus that was centered on Burleson Quadrangle and Fifth Street. The exterior lights of Moody shone brightly in a lantern-like effect that made the modern, functional building a beacon on campus. But over time, the lights fell into disrepair and were inoperable. An initiative by the Libraries' Board of Advisors and other friends of the library raised funds to begin work on the new lights in December and work was completed early in the new year.

The project ties in with Baylor's new marketing and communications campaign, "Where Lights Shine Bright." The campaign highlights Baylor's ongoing efforts to be a "light in the world" by adhering to its mission to be a uniquely Christian, nationally recognized research university.

WHERE: Moody Memorial Library, Energy Center side entrance

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m.

MORE DETAILS: Light refreshments and giveaways available. Refreshments begin at 6:30, remarks by President Livingstone and Interim Dean of Libraries John S. Wilson at 7 p.m.

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