Wednesday, May 15, 2013
[LIB9174] Apparently the sender was having a better time than ever and "I have plenty of money."
You've got to love this one: “Book mutilation in Evanston. The authorities of the Evanston Public Library are looking for a man who has a mania for destroying valuable books. Within a week several volumes have been mutilated by a red hot instrument run through the pages. From the atlases maps have disappeared. Serialized works have also suffered. The Council passed a new ordinance making the punishment more severe.” --Times Herald [Website]
[LIB9173] In the summer of 1912, the Chicago architectural firm of Patton & Miller was contracted to being work on the permanent library facility in the main square of Princeton. A year later, the new facility was opened to the public. [website]
[LIB9172] Building still in use as a public library.
The inadequate quarters of the library were strained during the depression years and the circulation reached 163,000 in 1934. The long-felt need for a separate building became more acute every year. Two bequests gave impetus to the Trustees’ desire to plan an adequate building. The will of Mrs. Elvira Wheeler provided a sum for construction and furnishings and Mrs. Ann M. Sawyer bequeathed the present site on East Avenue. The Trustees then arranged to qualify for aid under the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, leaving a balance of only $18,000 to be raised by the city. The raising of these funds was the subject of much dispute and threatened legal action by the library trustees. The building was valued at $140,000 at the time of its dedication in June 1936. [website]
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
[LIB9020] Building still in use a public library.
Under the direction of Miss Kirkpatrick, the arduous task of raising the necessary funds for purchasing a suitable lot was undertaken, and in March, 1914, the property known as the Andrew Boardman livery barn was purchased for $2,500 (Historical). Carnegie Library building specifications were met by R.L. Brookie, Indianapolis architect, and James T. Boswell, Bloomingdale contractor, and the building completed at a cost of $12,500 with William E. Ferguson, chairman of building committee and George W. Rohm, superintendent of construction (Historical). The building was opened and dedicated January 15 and 16 1916. Miss Mary Linebarger was selected librarian and served until March 1919. She was succeeded by Miss Mary Lambert who served until August 1927 (History). [website]