Friday, November 30, 2012

Wicomico County Free Library, Salisbury, Maryland

[LIB6862] - Wicomico Public Library began as a subscription library in 1869, only two years after the formation of the county itself. By 1878 the library had increased its membership from 30 to 100 members. In the early 1900s interest waned and the library closed. It was successfully re-launched in 1916 and by 1923 was operating on a subscription of $1.00 a year. By 1925, the library was recognized as a needed community service and the idea of free library service in Wicomico County was born. The doors opened on February 2, 1926 as the Salisbury-Wicomico Free Public Library; open two afternoons and one evening a week. This became officially known as the Wicomico County Free Library with the approval of the certificate of corporation on June 24, 1927. The need for more space moved the library to High Street, in its own building in 1934. In 1948 the first bookmobile was purchased and began service. As services, patrons and materials increased, the library once again moved - to its present location on Division St. in 1963. In 1978 a major renovation started, which was completed in 1980. The building has essentially remained the same ever since.[Source]

1906 Haskell Free Library, Rock Island, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont

[LIB6860] - The library collection and the opera stage are located in Stanstead, but the door and most opera seats are located in Derby Line. Because of this, the Haskell is sometimes called "the only library in the U.S.A. with no books" and "the only opera house in the U.S.A. with no stage". Its two addresses are 93 Caswell Avenue, Derby Line, Vermont and 1 Rue Church (Church Street), Stanstead, Quebec. A thick black line runs beneath the seats of the opera house and diagonally across the center of the library's reading room to mark the international boundary. The stage and half of the seats are in Canada, the remainder of the opera hall is in the US. The library has a collection of more than 20,000 books in French and English, and is open to the public 38 hours a week. The building is recognized as a historic site in both countries. In the United States, it has been registered in the National Register of Historic Places since 1976. In Canada, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1985 and has been a provincial heritage site since 1977. [Source: Wikipedia]

Thursday, November 29, 2012

1906 Guernsey Memorial Library, Norwich, New York

[LIB6859] - The Guernsey Memorial Library was first housed in the Guernsey Homestead. This home is not only the oldest house, but was also the first frame house built in Norwich. Erected in 1799 by Deacon Elisha Smith, it was sold to Peter B. Garnsey in 1804. In 1807 when Peter and one of his neighbors donated two acres of land for the court house and parks, the Garnsey House was moved to its present location. It was occupied by the family until 1901 when it became public property by the terms of the will of Mrs. William B. Guernsey. The legal title to the property was passed on to the Board of Education of Union Free School District Number One of the Town of Norwich. These terms stated “That they shall take and forever keep and maintain the property known as the Guernsey Homestead. . . For the establishment and maintenance of a free public library and park. . . and to be forever held by said Corporation and it’s successors for such purpose and no other and to be known and designated the Guernsey Homestead Memorial Library. . . I particularly direct that in no event shall the grounds here by devised be ever used by such school district for the site for the erection of any school building, or for any other purpose than the erection of a Library Building In 1967 the Guernsey Homestead was razed due to the house not being safe. The New Library was built on the same site and dedicated March 8, 1969. The Park was dedicated on August 1, 1982.[Source]

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Public Library, Dixon, Illinois

[LIB6858]- The roots of the Dixon Public Library reach back to 1872 when the firemen of Dixon Hose Company began a small subscription library. It became a city library in 1895--96. In 1899 O. B. Dodge, the first president of the library board, offered to build a new building, which was formally opened to the citizens of Dixon in early 1901. The facility was remodeled in 1955 when the apartment occupied by the library custodian was converted for use as a children's department. A new addition which changed the library to its present layout was opened in 1969, and the elevator was added in 1986. The building was refurbished in 1994. [Source]

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Public Library, Cortland, New York

[LIB6698] The Cortland Free Library's roots extend back to 1886 when a South Cortland Farmer, Franklin Hatch, realized his dream of endowing a public library. Hatch's library, located on Court Street opposite the fire station, served Cortland residents nearly 40 years. During the early 1920's, Hatch library board president John Suggett joined citizens to reorganize the Hatch Library as Cortland Free Library. The Library was chartered in 1926. The library first served just the city of Cortland and now includes the towns of Cortlandville, Truxton and Virgil.[Read more history here]

Friday, November 9, 2012

1942 Folger Shakesperian Library, Washington, DC

[LIB6697] The Folger's Digital Image Collection offers online access to over 50,000 images from the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, including books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and more. Images are available in high resolution and users can show multiple images side-by-side, zoom in and out to see fine detail, view cataloging information when available, export thumbnails, and construct permanent URLs linking back to their favorite items or searches. You can find the collection here.

Wallerstedt Learning Center Library, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas

[LIB6696] Built in 1970, the Wallerstedt Learning Center Library offers a wide variety of services and information, including an online catalog; 120,000 volumes in paper; a variety of databases accessing thousands of resources for academic research; and special libraries, including collections on curriculum, children’s literature, Swedish literature and Lindsborg. The library has recently renovated student lounges and study areas.

Washington Irving's Library, Sunnyside, New York

[LIB6695] - The library shown in its original state.

1974 The Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

[LIB6694] - Microfil reading room with large readers and special tables offers modern accommodations to researchers in age-old manuscripts. With permission of Pius XII and subsidation of the Knights of Columbus, Saint Louis University microfilmed large numbers of Vatican Library manuscripts. Also available are filmed collection of Jesuit missionary activity. [From the back of the card.]

Monday, November 5, 2012

Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

[LIB6683] - The cornerstone bears a 1953 date. The building was first occupied in the academic year 1955-1956. In 1964 an additional four floors were added to make Morris Library a valuable center on the University campus. [From the back of the card]

Library, Honolulu, Hawaii

[LIB6682] Hawaii State Library, 478 S. King St., Honolulu, Hawaii, on National Register of Historic Places.