Friday, November 15, 2013

1923 East Side Library, Waterloo, Iowa



[LIB10.043] The building is still standing though no longer in use as a library.


Contemporary photo 2011 provided by RifeIdeas, through Wikipedia
Attribution: By RifeIdeas (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Public Library, Falmouth, Massachusetts


[LIB10.040] - 2008: Main Library reopens on March 16 after major addition and renovation.


Ribbon Cutting, March 16, 2008 

1912 Public Library, Chelsea, Massachusetts


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1908:  Andrew Carnegie gave $57,500 to the town to build the library.  This amount was added to $20,000 in insurance money received after the fire.  A new building was planned for the same site.

1910:  The new library was dedicated.

You can see more at the Library History Buff Blog, take a look, excellent site!

Public Library, Presque Isle, Maine


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Celebrating the Presque Isle Library from Presque Isle Library on Vimeo

Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


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Public Library, Presque Isle, Maine


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Presque Isle citizens voted to build a library in 1907, using a $10,000 grant from the Carnegie Fund. Thomas H. Phair purchased a lot from the Dudley heirs for $1,000 on the southeast corner of Second and State Streets, and citizens raised an additional $937.50 for a small adjoining lot. The Presque Isle Library opened on July 1, 1908 with a collection of 2,000 books.

Designed by Astle & Page of Houlton, Maine.

It appears the library had significant alterations and no longer appears as it did. It is now the Mark and Emily Turner Memorial Library.




Public Library, Waterville, Maine


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Friday, November 8, 2013

1916 Carnegie Library, Madison, Maine



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The library has had four different homes before reaching its final destination.  It remained for some years in the Town Blocke, and when Charles O. Small opened a law office over T.H. Spear's tin-shop, he gave use of an alcove for the books of the library.  After the burning of the shop, the library took up space in the new building on the same site erected by Dr. Hunnewell and Simon Stone.  It remained there until it moved to the Blackwell Block in January of 1903, where it had remained until the construction of the octagonal building which houses the library today. In 1905 Mr. Carnegie agreed to donate $8,000 for a free public library with $800 to be raised annually for its maintenance and so the library plans began.

The octagonal building, designed by Clifton S. Humphreys, was constructed in the heart of town, on the corner of Old Point Avenue and Pleasant Street.  It was completed in 1906, and ready for occupancy in January, 1907. [Website] [http://www.madisonmaine.com/]

1907 Coram Library, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine



[LIB10.033] - Coram Library was designed by New York architect Henry Herts.

Topky Memorial Library, Ashtabula, Ohio


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In June of 1958 Mr. O. C. Topky, a local businessman, donated the money to construct a library in the Ashtabula Harbor.  City property on 1633 Walnut Boulevard, across the street from Harbor High School, was selected as the site for this endeavor. In August 1959 the Topky Memorial Library, a one story 50' by 100' building, opened to serve the adult community.  Soon afterwards materials from the Children's Library also were moved into the Topky Library, and the two services were re-integrated. The Topky Library building remained fairly unchanged with only minor changes until the 1984 addition.  In June 1967, air conditioning was installed, and in August 1971 a parking lot was surfaced. Office space and a new doorway were created in 1980. [Website] [http://www.harbortopky.lib.oh.us/history]

1916 Public Library, Dover, New Hampshire



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Postcard addressed to Mrs. Lena Waterhouse, Saxtons River, Vermont.

1905 Chittenden Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut




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Thursday, November 7, 2013

1907, Public Library, Fulton, New York



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Fulton Public Library is a historic library building located at Fulton in Oswego County, New York. It is a masonry structure built in 1905-1906 in the Beaux-Arts style. The building is built on a steeply sloped lot and is two stories at street level and four stories behind. It was designed and built with funds provided by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is one of 3,000 such libraries constructed between 1885 and 1919, and one of 107 in New York State. Carnegie provided $15,000 toward the construction of the Fulton library. [Wikipedia] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_Public_Library]


This photograph was posted to Waymarking in 2007. The Carnegie Building was designated an Oswego County Historical Landmark in 1985, and was added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1999. [Waymarking] [http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2707_Fulton_Public_Library_Fulton_NY]

1917, Carnegie Library, Houston, Texas



[LIB10.023] According to Wikipedia, this building was demolished. The Carnegie Library was located at the corner of Travis Street and McKinney Avenue. The lot for the building was purchased from the First Presbyterian Church around 1900-1901, with the library opening in 1904. The lot and building were sold back to the Church twenty-four years later. The building was deemed too small fifteen years after it was built. [Wikipedia]

Public Library, Machias, Maine



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Interior of Porter Memorial Library.

Porter Memorial Library opened to the public on September 15, 1893.

Public Library, Lebanon, New Hampshire


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Courtesy of the Lebanon Historical Society,
Only Known Photo of the Lebanon Public Library in the Soldier's Memorial Building

1922 Billings Library, University of Vermont, Burlington


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Once the home to UVM's main library until its move to Bailey library, Billings was designed by one of the country's most influential architects of the era, Henry Hobson Richardson. After the library left Billings, it became UVM's main student center until the Dudley H. Davis Center was finished in 2007. Billings will return it to its library roots when UVM's special collections (along with the Holocaust Studies Department) move in. In Billings you'll find a hallowed atmosphere with large windows, wood floors, high ceilings and soft couches popular with students hitting the books. Cook Commons, located one floor down, is a constantly busy spot, with an open dining area and a large cafeteria.


Photo courtesy of University of Vermont

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

1949 Library, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey



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As you probably know, our present building was a gift of Dr. Mildreth Worth-Pinkham, but with the stipulation that it be used only as a library. In 1988, with the alternative of remaining in the tiny old building (now Joe Sanzari’s offices), we accepted. However, the Borough has no clear title to the property as a result of the bequest restrictions. We know from the results of the 2009 survey that (especially) the stairs and the parking situation are legitimate concerns, but the options open to the Trustees have been limited. Nevertheless, we are exploring those options with the objective of providing the Borough with the kind of library facilities our town deserves. [Website]



1907 Public Library, Somerville, Massachusetts




[LIB10.018] Addressed to Miss Ellen V. Payne, Needham Heights, Massachusetts.

The New Public Library, Somerville, Massachusetts


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The Somerville Public Library is dedicated to providing materials and services that meet the educational, cultural, recreational and informational needs of all people in the community. From introducing libraries to young children and their families, to supporting their needs in school, to meeting their recreational and educational needs as adults, the library supports life-long learning and reading enjoyment of the community. The library strives to provide equal access to all members of the community. [Website]



Public Library, Salem, Massachusetts



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Postcard mailed to Mr. E. E. Fournier, of Winsted, Connecticut.

Public Library, Salem, Massachusetts


[LIB10.015] - Salem Public Library is located in the Historic District of Salem, Massachusetts in an 1855 renovated brick mansion originally owned by sea merchant John Bertram.




A Public Library Building for Plattsburg, New York

From The Plattsburgh Sentinel, Friday, May 26, 1922

Plattsburg needs a public library building. And that is one reason why the county Library Institute today is of special interest to everyone. The Library committee is indeed fortunate in having as its guest for the day John Adams Lowe of the Brooklyn Public Library, who will be the principal speaker of the evening session, giving an illustrated lecture on library buildings.

There are many cogent reasons why this city needs a public library building -- a separate building where, besides the library, may be adequately housed the many valuable documents and historic valuables of this historic community.

A public library by itself has a distinct value not attained where its housing is made but a secondary consideration.

There is little or no room for library expansion or extension work in the present quarters in the basement of the City Hall building. There isn't room enough and it is a basement. Both conditions are handicaps. Adequate service is far from easy and indeed almost impossible, in spite of the untiring efforts of the library force to give it.

There is and can be no Children's department in the present quarters, which in itself is a deplorable condition.

Children are great readers and are feeders for continued library activities by and by.

A fine library building would be a distinct ornament to the city in the presence of several fine public service structures now under way. Such a library could and doubtless would be the centre of library activities throughout Clinton County.

And one must not lose sight of the very real need, voiced in this column some time ago, of a suitable and adequate housing place for articles of historical significance. We need a museum and a museum is very often -- perhaps more often than otherwise -- connected with the library. Already priceless papers and other things telling of Plattsburg's past are lost forever and much material is now going into decay because of no place to store it.

Plattsburg needs a separate library building. The meeting today is the first real step in a campaign of education to acquaint our citizens of the possibilities of bringing the project to ultimate fruition.