Friday, October 3, 2014

Public Library, Holyoke, Massachusetts

[LIB11128] There is ample evidence that the founders of the Holyoke Public Library were fully aware of the far-reaching consequences that a library can have in the life of a community. In dedicating the new building in 1902, President Whiting referred to it as the "People’s College”, and added that: "A library is as much a part of the intellectual life of a community as its schools, and should be supported generously as part of our educational system. Within these walls you will find authors devoted to literature, arts and science, and they are free to any who will ask. We can say to the citizens of Holyoke you have only to ask here and you will find knowledge to make your life useful and happy”.

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