Monday, February 9, 2015


Daughter Knit and Pearl and I had a little time to kill
 before we hit one of our favorite quilt shops in Valley City, North Dakota
when we drove by this library.
I can spot a Andrew Carnegie library a mile away.
Isn't it beautiful?
And no camera with me!
We snapped this with a cell phone.

A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929.

At first, Carnegie libraries were almost exclusively in places where he had personal connection. This would change in 1899. In later years few towns that requested a grant and agreed to his terms were refused. By the time the last grant was made in 1919, there were 3,500 libraries in the United States, nearly half of them built with construction grants paid by Carnegie.

The inside of this library was even more beautiful
 with it's thousands of books lined up on oak shelves.
 I'll be making a trip back to this little burg with camera in hand
to be able to show you the inside of this fabulous library.

I've been lucky enough to live in two locations that had Carnegie libraries...
Wessington Springs, South Dakota and Audubon, Iowa.
Both still function as libraries.

Can you tell I love libraries?



1 comment:

  1. My hometown library in Iowa was an Andrew Carnegie . . . (Whew, I had to type that Carnegie word six times before I "got it!"). The best part of going to my library was the fragrance when I walked through the door and then the quirky librarian . . . I loved that place . . . LOVED!