25-Year Celebration

For 25 years, Capital Area District Libraries (CADL) has worked to empower our diverse communities to learn, imagine and connect. Our collective mission is to enrich lives by providing access to a wide range of materials, programs and resources that encourage literacy and lifelong learning. This mission, for the past 25 years, has fueled hundreds of programs, initiatives and partnerships that have shaped us into the organization we are today. This success is only possible because of the support we’ve received since opening our doors in 1998.

This webpage features a brief history of CADL and special projects and programs in celebration of our 25-year anniversary. We invite you to celebrate with us and join us as we revisit pivotal moments in our history. 

CADL's Historical Timeline

We've gathered significant moments throughout CADL's 25-year history and compiled them into a historial timeline. Click here to view the timeline or click the image below. *The timeline is for general purposes and guidance only. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.

Photo Albums 

From author visits to celebrity events and everything in-between, we've captured a lot of special moments at CADL. Click through the photo albums below to see some of our favorites.

Author Visits Celebrities Special Events Miscellaneous

Poster Sale

A girl wearing a yellow shirt, orange pants and headphones sits on the floor smiling and reading with bookshelves to each side and behind her. A large happy sun wearing green glasses smiles in approval and satisfaction above and behind her head.

A limited edition CADL 25th anniversary poster is now available for purchase. The posters are $3 and can be purchased at the Circulation Desk at any 13 CADL branch locations (while supplies last). The poster was illustrated by Belpré Honor Award winner Elisa Chavarri, who also illustrated CADL’s Bookmobile. Chavarri hails from Lima, Peru and strives to create work that inspires happiness, promotes inclusiveness and helps people of all different backgrounds feel special.

25th Anniversary Readers Recommendations Booklet

Cover art for 25 years, thousands of stories readers recommendations booklet. Many books floating on top of a black and purple gradient background with the CADL 25 year logo at the top center margin.

Check out a special list of titles complied by our staff to commemorate 25 years of empowering our community to learn, imagine and connect.