Monday, October 10, 2011

1909 Public Library, Amherst, Ohio

[LIB2586] - Several citizens, including C.R. Rice, raised funds and applied for a grant from Andrew Carnegie to build the sandstone building facing Park Avenue that still stands. Mr. Carnegie believed that people should improve themselves physically as well as intellectually, so this building had a gymnasium on the lower floor. The reading area was quite proper, as the times required, with separate rooms for 'ladies and gents'. Maude Neiding, perhaps the only librarian to have a park named in her honor, maintained order with a pointed finger and an assertive "shhhhhh." [More from the Website]

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