In 1989 the Friends of the Palm City Library was organized to support a proposed library in Palm City. The Peter & Julie Cummings Library opened to the public on June 5, 1995 as a 10,000 square foot facility.
After community input, it was expanded to 21,504 square feet in 2008. Enhancements include enlarging the Alice D. Donahue Community Room to include a state-of-the-art sound system, projector and screen, Teen Zone for young adults, larger conference and study rooms, and a second floor dedicated to children. In 2011, the Children’s Library in the Treetops was created. It includes a tree house play area designed to promote love for reading and Reading Sets You Free wetlands mural by local artist Brenda Leigh. In 2017 it was dedicated in loving memory of Anna May Timmons, one of the original benefactors. When the idea lab opened in 2012, it was the first digital literacy lab in Martin County, a dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity using media creation tools and software.
From the very beginning, The Peter & Julie Cummings Library had a major cultural impact on the community, and many people supported its programs, including Elisabeth Lahti who donated a grand piano and sponsors the ongoing Elisabeth Lahti concert series.
Palm City, Florida 34990