Communal Places for Literary Enthusiasts
X Xenia Carnegie Library, Ohio - Attended by everyone who was anyone, the public opening in 1906 was a grand affair brought about by a small group of literary enthusiasts who asked for and obtained a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Library program. As electricity was not yet widely available, construction of the Xenia library included usage of cut-glass material for the second floor so that light from the roof dome would illuminate both floors. By 1920, additional library branches were added across the county, and a bookmobile was purchased to transport books between them. A tornado in 1974 caused significant damage to the original building and destroyed thousands of books. Repairs were made on the roof and stained glass dome, but in 1978 the (original) Xenia Carnegie Library was deemed “too small for the growing community” and shuttered as a new and more modern library building was completed downtown. With the honorable persistence of volunteers from the Carnegie Historic district, the original building was entered into the National Registry of Historic Places in 2015.
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” ~ Andrew Carnegie
Hi Diedre - I agree with Carnegie's quote ... what a magnificent library ... and I see Xenia means hospitality ... just another aspect of a library. I've enjoyed reading all your Common Place Libraries ... great choices you've made. Cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Very nice to have you along for the journey, Hilary. Thank you!
I was so excited because Ohio isn't that far away and I was like, "hey, maybe we can go there..." and then kept reading and then it got worse and worse and...
I love letter X posts! Always such variety.
It's hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over for 2021. Then the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
Plus, I'm taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author
Hopefully, being on the National Registry of Historic Places means they'll preserve it so that you can, indeed, visit a piece of literary history ;-)
You've got a busy schedule!