Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Partner: Fiske Free Library

Samuel P. Fiske established the Fiske Free Library in 1873 with 2,000 volumes from his personal library and $5,000 for the purchase of additional books. Housed first in Stevens High School, the library moved in 1877 into the Bailey Block to provide more room and easier access. By 1902 space was again tight and local leaders approached Andrew Carnegie to fund a new building. In 1903, with $15,000 in funding from Carnegie, ground was broken for the present building. An addition in 1922 and a full renovation in 1966 expanded the entire building for library use.  They are partnering with the Off Broad Street Players on this year's Big Read.

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