Nifty Fifty: Moody Memorial Library’s 50th Birthday Party in Pictures

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the day Moody Memorial Library opened its doors to the Baylor community, the Libraries hosted a “birthday party” for the ages, complete with a custom cake, tons of food, music from 1968, architectural talks, giveaways and – of course – a visit from the Baylor mascots, Bruiser and Marigold! Take a look at some of our favorite photos below, and if you were one of the almost 500 people who came out to celebrate, Thank You! You made Moody’s special day even better for your presence. And if you missed the party, don’t worry! There’s still three more months of Moody’s 50th year left, so you’ve got time to swing by and show your respects before 2018 is on the books (pun intended).

A big party deserves a big cake, and this custom piece came from our friends at Simply Delicious (, complete with the Moody 50 logo!

Mingling with food and friends in Allbritton Foyer

Visitors explore the exhibit “Sixty Eight: Built for the Future.” The exhibit explores the origins of Moody Memorial Library and places them in the setting of world events in 1968.

Retired dean of libraries Pattie Orr (center) talks with faculty and staff as guests line up for refreshments in the background.

Nothing says “birthday party” like a slice of cake!

Guests reading a poster featuring memories from former library staff and faculty.

Cake for all!

A poster documenting current faculty and staff with 20+ years of experience and memories of former employees …

… proved to be the perfect place for a Bruiser Bear photobomb!

Fresh off his photobomb, Bruiser makes sure the mic is ready for formal remarks.

Bruiser waves to the crowd as interim Dean of Libraries John S. Wilson delivers his opening remarks.

Baylor alumna and Libraries Board of Advocates member Linda Brian delivers remarks on her memories of Moody’s inaugural year.

Dr. Bruce Muskrat, alumnus and student at the time of Moody’s opening in 1968, delivers remarks as Bruiser listens intently.

The crowd listens to remarks from guest speakers – a small part of the approximately 500 folks who showed up to celebrate!

Marigold and Bruiser took time to staff – er, “bear” – the exit desk during the celebration.

Marigold makes the rounds as students celebrate the awesomeness that is “Club Moody.”

It wouldn’t be a 2018 party without a selfie!

Many thanks to Libraries/ITS interns Mary Grace Schmid and Kelsey Cazares for their photos of this event. Be sure to follow Baylor Libraries on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more on Moody’s 50th anniversary year.

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