Saturday, December 21, 2013

Library Books Hip Flask

Of course I don't advocate drinking in the stacks, you might get your Dewey mixed up with your Louie, or can't figure out the LC!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Library, Golden Castle College, Nagoya, Japan


1926 Library, Long Branch, New Jersey

[LIB10268] Still in use as a public library. [Website]

1909 Public Library, Madison, Maine

[LIB10267] Still in use as a library. [Website]

Hotchkiss Public Library, Sharon, Connecticut

[LIB10266] - Maria Bissell Hotchkiss and Bruce Price will forever be a part of Sharon history and be a part of the Historic Town Green.

The former donated the library in 1893 and the latter was the prominent New York architect whom she chose to design the building.  [Website]

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

1933, Public Library, Mamaroneck, New York

[LIB10237] - Founded in a storefront on the Post Road in 1923 with about 800 books, the Mamaroneck Public Library was funded by individuals, businesses, and local organizations in response to the slogan, 'Mamaroneck is not a fit place to live in until it has a library.' With the donation of a plot of land and funds from benefactors, a new building was constructed on the present site and opened in 1927. By 1966, a new wing added 7,200 square feet for the present reading and reference rooms and children's library was constructed. This was soon followed by the addition of the Emelin Theatre, then a part of the library, with a common lobby and an expansion of the lower level of the library. By 1987, another wing was added on a parcel of land purchased from the Christian Science Church. [Excerpt taken from Celebration: Village of Mamaroneck Centennial 1895-1995, edited by Mary P. LoGiudice.]

In 2008 another construction project was started to renovate and expand the library. This project was finished in the summer of 2011.


1908 Library, Hobart College, Geneva, New York


Public Library, Wadena, Minnesota


Library, Mt. Holyoke College, So. Hadley, Massachusetts

[LIB10234] - Built in 1905 on the site of the 1870 library and named for A. Lyman Williston in 1917. Additions to the building were constructed in 1935 and 1968, and then most recently in the 1990s. More information can be found here.

Skidmore Library, Saratoga Springs, New York


1943 Dwight Foster Public Library, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

[LIB10232] - In 1912, Henry E. Southwell of Chicago, son-in-law of Dwight Foster, who in 1836 became the city's first settler, offered to give the city $10,000 for the purchase of a new library building. His only stipulation was that it be of good design and that it be named in honor of Dwight Foster. The gift was graciously accepted. Read more of the history of this library, here.

This postcard is addressed to Miss Ellen Berg, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Crosby Library, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

[LIB10231] A gift of alumnus Bing Crosby. Now used as a student center.

1908 Library, Grand Junction, Colorado

[LIB10230] - Public libraries in western towns were almost always started by women citizens anxious to provide culture for themselves and their families. This was certainly true of the first library in Grand Junction. In 1897, when Grand Junction was sixteen years old, members of two women’s clubs united under the name of the Woman’s Library Association. The goal of the association was to establish a free public library. The first step towards this goal was taken in 1898, when the association opened a subscription library to “anyone whose morals were unquestionably good”. [Website]

A 100 year old postcard sent to Mrs. Sarah Jackman, Adair, Iowa.

1911 Public Library, Sunnyside, Washington

[LIB10229] A real photo postcard that has seen better days. It was mailed to Kempton, Indiana by Lucille.

Originally built in 1911 with funds from the Carnegie Library Grants, Sunnyside became affiliated with the Yakima Valley Regional Library in 1956. A new facility was built in 1965, and in 2004, the Sunnyside Library was annexed to the Regional Library.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

1909 Public Library, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

[LIB10136] - In 1901, the Library trustees contacted Andrew Carnegie, famed steel magnate and philanthropist, who was then actively engaged in bestowing Library buildings on worthy communities in the United States and Scotland. Carnegie agreed to supply a town library and sent architect’s plans along with $20,000. The school Directors purchased a lot of land at Second Avenue and Main Streets. The new Library building comprised of Avondale Stone and Indiana Limestone with a high covered ceiling was opened to a grateful public in September 1902. Miss Elmira W. Pennypacker was appointed as the first Director in the new Public Library building. [Website]

A view of the library from the website:

Library, Cambridge, New York

[LIB10135] Published by A. M. Simon, 32 Union Square, New York.

The Library has a special collection of local and New York history materials. The newspaper The Washington County Post is on microfilm beginning with the date 1849.  A collection of books, periodicals, cemetery records and maps are available for use within the library. [Website]

Jervis Library, Rome, New York

[LIB10134] - John B. Jervis (1795-1885) bequeathed his home and personal library to the city of Rome, New York, to be used as a public library. His personal library is kept intact as a memorial and for research purposes. The papers of John Jervis number in the thousands, and include memoirs, manuscripts of books he authored, scrapbooks, folios and quartos, nearly 600 engineering plans and drawings (some in watercolor), maps, public documents, and countless letters and reports. His library also includes 1,800 monograph volumes on general topics as well as a concentration on applied sciences and civil engineering. Copyrights and dates of publication range from the 1670's through the 1880's. [Read more here]

Larimer Memorial Library, Palatka, Florida

[LIB10133] A gift to the people of this City by the late James R. Mellon of Pittsburgh, PA., a winter resident of Palatka for many years, in memory of his wife Rachel Hughey Larimer Mellon. [From the back of the card]

Recent photo from 2008 (Creative Commons License permission):

No longer used a library. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, Osaka, Japan

[LIB10110] - Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library is a major library in the Nakanoshima section of Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. It was established in 1904 and is today one of two libraries which are supported by the Osaka Prefectural government. [Wikipedia]

Bibliotheque Municipale, Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco


1909 New Krauth Memorial Library, Mt. Airy Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

[LIB10108] - The Krauth Memorial Library, with 198,000 volumes, includes material dating back to the 16th century, including 18th century work Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, known as the Father of American Lutheranism. The 300th year of Muhlenberg's birth will be celebrated in 2011. The library 100th anniversary of scholarship and service fell during the 2008-2009 academic year, and the facility includes the original glass flooring and metal shelving in the main space. Also notable in the library is the Doberstein window. [Wikipedia]

Courtesy of Wiki Commons, public domain:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Public Library, Sargentville, Maine


1912 Bosler Library, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

[LIB10105] - Bosler Memorial Hall was a Roman-Gothic building made of red stone, completed June 23, 1886, at a cost of $68,000.  The architect of the building was Charles L. Carson.  The College originally requested that the building be built with less expensive materials in order to build a larger facility, but Bosler's widow insisted that it be built with the finest.  The exterior of the James W. Bosler Memorial Hall included a tower and an arched portal topped by twin cherubs. []

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 ( or GFDL (], 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


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


Celebrating the Presque Isle Library from Presque Isle Library on Vimeo

Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


Public Library, Presque Isle, Maine


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