Monday, February 6, 2012

1922 Public Library, Painesville, Ohio

[LIB6407] - The nucleus of the Morley Library on Phelps Street was provided by the local Women's Christian Temperance Union, which established a temperance library and reading room in 1878. After librarian Mary Dean's death in 1898, friends set about fulfilling her dream of a free public library. Other groups donated more books, the Village of Painesville agreed to provide tax funds, and businessman Jesse Healy Morley bought the land and erected the building. It was named in honor of his parents. Morley Library opened its doors in October, 1899, with Julia Erwin as librarian. [More at the website]

A new library was dedicated in 2004. Note the card has the location of this library as 'Painsville.'

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