Local Library, Global Passport: The Evolution of a Carnegie by J. Patrick Boyer

By J. Patrick Boyer

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A neighborhood library, passport to a bigger international for its person consumers, can also be a democratic establishment whose contribution to the power of a group is out of all share to its dimension or membership.

Several thousand Carnegie libraries have been outfitted a century in the past whilst Andrew Carnegie, who had risen from poverty to develop into "the richest guy on the earth" vowed to donate all his cash prior to he died and set approximately giving hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe a similar "gift of studying" he had with entry to a library as a manufacturing facility operating boy. around the usa, the uk, Canada and different corners of the English-speaking international, he created "the unfastened republic" of libraries. this can be the tale of 1 of them.

By tracing evolution of library provider within the Canadian city of Bracebridge from 1874 to the current day in the vast sweep of bigger cultural and fiscal styles, Boyer’s attractive publication presents a particular instance of the common transformation of books and knowledge applied sciences and the libraries that condominium them from the 19th to 21st centuries. such a lot readers will locate endearing and tantalizing parallels with their very own library event, at any place they live.

Written to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Andrew Carnegie Library in Bracebridge in 2008, Boyer’s booklet is an encouraged and fascinating attempt to teach styles and perils that most likely carry real for many neighborhood libraries even supposing the various dramatic and comedic episodes listed here are definitely precise. This tale is so wealthy it can be a characteristic movie.

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