Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Carnegie Library, Isle au Haut, Maine

[LIB2369] Revere Memorial Library is a Public library. This library is affiliated with the library system that serves Isle Au Haut, ME. The collection of the library contains 5200 volumes. The library circulates 1580 items per year. The library serves a population of 83 residents.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

E. C. Scranton Library, Madison, Connecticut

[LIB2367] The inadequacies of this situation were resolved in 1900 when Miss Mary Eliza Scranton offered the Association the use of a new, completely furnished, library building which she had had built on the corner of Wall Street adjoining her family's old home. The offer was accepted, books moved in, and in 1901 the Association dissolved and the E. C. Scranton Memorial Library was incorporated.

The building was designed by Henry Bacon, an eminent New York architect who later designed the Lincoln Memorial. A New York firm of "contracting designers" were in complete charge of the architecture, construction, decorations and furnishings, the total cost of which was about $30,000. This original structure is the front section of the present building. [Website]

1936 Taylor Library, Milford, Connecticut

[LIB2366] The Taylor Library at Milford, Conn., the gift of Mr. Henry Augustus Taylor, was dedicated on the afternoon of Feb. 2. The building is of granite, in Colonial style, and stands in Broad Street, on ground given by the town, which has pledged itself, also, to contribute a certain turn annually for the maintenance of the institution for fifty years. There is, of course, a large and commodious reading-room, but the library proper deserves a moment's attention. It is divided into seven large alcoves, which have nearly all been taken in charge by representative Milford families, each family furnishing its special alcove with choice books. These alcoves naturally group themselves around the "Colonial Alcove," founded by the late Nathan Gillette Pond—a memorial to the early settlers of the town, furnished with gift books by their descendants. The rest of the space at the architect's disposal has been used for a reference-room, where are kept, also, the books that cannot be taken from the library. [The critic, Issues 672-697 (Google eBook)]

1926 Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, Vermont


Public Library, Colorado Springs, Colorado

[LIB2362] 1905 – March 11: the Colorado Springs Public Library at 23 West Kiowa is dedicated and opens. It was built on land donated by General William Jackson Palmer using $60,000 from Andrew Carnegie. The collection had 12,000 volumes.

A Builder of the West, The Life of General William Jackson Palmer

1907 New Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

[LIB2361] The William R. Oliver Special Collections Room The William R. Oliver Special Collections Room houses Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's collection of rare and unique materials including books, manuscripts, personal papers and historic photographs. In addition, the archives of the Carnegie Museums and Library of Pittsburgh are maintained and preserved because of their continuing legal, fiscal and historical value to the institution. [Website]

Public Library, Grass Valley, California

[LIB2360] The Grass Valley Public Library (renamed the Grass Valley Library-Royce Branch) is a Carnegie library and on the National Register of Historic Places.

1949 Library, National College for Christian Workers, Kansas City, Missouri

[LIB2359] After the retirement of Anna Neiderheiser as president in 1939, Cloyd V. Gustafson led the school on the first steps to becoming a liberal arts college. Dr. Lewis B. Carpenter became president in 1945. He began a building program and a push to achieving accreditation for a bachelor in liberal arts degree. The school name was changed to National College for Christian Workers in 1945 and to National College in 1958. The first BA degrees were granted in 1948, and men were admitted for the first time in 1954. [Website]

There was one Anna

Monday, July 18, 2011

1909 Public Library, Detroit, Michigan


Special Event Pride and Passion, The African-American Baseball Experience
Main Library - 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 July 8th to August 18th, 2011

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, New York, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.

The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name on permanent display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. [More information including program descriptions]

1902 The Library, Columbia University, New York


Public Library, Frankfort, Indiana

[LIB2350] - 208 W. Clinton St. Established by a Carnegie Foundation grant in 1907.

Frankfort, Indiana: A Pictorial History (Indiana Pictorial History Ser.)

1909 Public Library, Marshalltown, Iowa

[LIB2346] The Marshalltown Public library was established as a free municipal library in 1898. It moved to the building at 36 N. Center Street in 1902 after Andrew Carnegie donated $30,000 for the construction of a new library building. The Leise Addition, just west of the original Carnegie building, was added in 1975. The library's current building, at 105 West Boone Street, was completed in December 2008. [Website]

Marshalltown, a pictorial history

Carl Augustus Rudisill Library, Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

1939 Public Library, Southbridge, Massachusetts

[LIB2227] The first public library was established in the Town of Southbridge by public vote in 1870. In 1872, Holmes Ammidown, Esq. established and leased space on Main Street for the use of the town library. Through the generous bequest of Jacob Edwards, a new facility was erected on the current location of the Library in 1914. Having long outgrown its original building, a major addition was added to the library in 1966; this wing included the current Reading Room, Director’s Office, and the Holmes Ammidown History Room. A major expansion and renovation was completed in 2000, thus increasing the library facility to its current size of 33,000 sq. ft. [Website]

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

For Greater Knowledge

Vintage WPA poster "For Greater Knowledge on more subjects ~ Use your Library often!" for the Illinois WPA Art Project Chicago, 1940.