Thursday, June 26, 2008
The Public Library System we know today can be said to date from the opening of Lawson McGhee Library on October 28, 1886.
The first Lawson McGhee Library was a subscription library. At least four earlier public libraries had been created in Knoxville between 1804 and 1873, with the last of these library associations, known as the "Public Library of Knoxville," having been founded in 1873. Its assets were merged into those of Lawson McGhee Library in 1885 prior to the Library opening. Although the founding date for the Knox County Public Library System could arguably be 1873, one unbroken element of the continuity, the name Lawson McGhee Library, can be clearly dated to 1886.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Grand Forks County. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Forks,_North_Dakota]
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
The main library building is a fine example of Romanesque Revival style – a style that emphasizes weight and mass through rock-faced masonry, heavy arches, and broad roofs. This style was inspired by H. H. Richardson designed by Boston architect Charles Bingham and built by E. Noyes Whitcomb and Co. of Boston, using Deer Island granite, New Brunswick granite, oak paneling, and stained glass windows. [http://www.youseemore.com/laconia/about.asp?p=9]
In June 1889, City Librarian John Cotton Dana established Denver's first public library in a wing of Denver High School. He referred to it as a "center of public happiness." In 1910, the city opened a Central Library building of its own, an elegant Greek temple design funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and located in downtown's Civic Center Park. Between 1913 and 1920, Carnegie also underwrote construction of the city's first eight branch libraries. [http://www.denverlibrary.org/about/history.html]
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"Middletown Thrall Library, 1901-1996: A Historical Study of a Small City Public Library" offers rare insight into one of Middletown's most important social, cultural and educational institutions: the library. This comprehensive work covers nearly a century of the library's evolution, from its beginnings to the new Thrall Library on Depot Street. Click here.