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[LIB11285] - In 1903, Andrew Carnegie, the wealthy industrialist and steel magnate, was building and equipping public libraries for towns that committed land and ongoing funds for library operations. He offered such an opportunity to the city of Blue Island, and it gladly accepted his offer. The result was a Bedford Stone Italian Renaissance-style Library with mosaic floors, marble accents, and oak paneled walls on York Street. Affectionately called the “Carnegie” by Blue Islanders, and it stood until 1969 when time and wear took their toll. It was then replaced by the current prairie-style library on the same site.
[LIB11283] - In March 1899, Arcadia's village board appropriated $200 for the establishment of the Arcadia Free Public Library. The library, housed in a room on the second floor of the village hall, opened to the public on July 25, 1899. At the onset, the Arcadia Free Public Library owned 539 volumes.
In the early 1900's the increasing demand on the makeshift library prompted Frank Richmond, the secretary for the library board and an attorney in Arcadia, to request an appropriation from Andrew Carnegie to construct a separate library building. By February of 1905, Andrew Carnegie approved a donation of $5,000 to construct a library facility in Arcadia.
On July 9, 1907, the building was dedicated during an open house. The Arcadia Free Public Library was listed in the National Register and State Register of Historic Places on April 29, 1994.
[LIB11280] - The Winamac Public Library was opened in 1905, in a small reading room in downtown Winamac. In 1915, the Library was awarded a grant from the Carnegie Corporation to finance the construction of a new library facility located at 121 S. Riverside Dr. in Winamac.