Friday, September 16, 2011

Public Library, Deming, New Mexico

[LIB2518] The Deming Public Library was founded in 1917 by the Library Association, which was organized by the Deming Women's Club. Originally located at City Hall, it started with a very small book collection. Its first large purchase of books that year consisted of 162 volumes of fiction bought for $25. The first librarian received a salary of $15 a month!

Later the library was moved to the Armory, and in 1921, to a room in the Luna County Courthouse. It soon outgrew this area as well.

The land on the corner of Tin and Hemlock, was acquired in 1921 for $900. It was not until 1935, however, that the library building was constructed with funds provided by the Public Works Administration.

Although the building was remodeled and enlarged throughout the years, the original architectural style was preserved. Built of adobe with beamed ceilings in the original part of the building, it is a typical southwestern structure, featuring a beautiful Spanish corner fireplace in the room which housed the fine Southwestern collection. An added attraction were the hand painted windows depicting wildflowers of New Mexico. The latest addition was the Children's Room in 1972. [From the website]

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