CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO LIVE THEIR BEST LIVES
Courtney comes to the library as an “accidental librarian,” having been trained as a researcher, community activist, educator, and administrator. She takes great joy in connecting people with what they need to lead their best lives. She believes the world would be a more joyful place if everyone would still read children’s picture books.
Courtney is one of the most selfless human beings living today. Stop by Whitefield Public Library and experience her vision in action.
After more than 25 years in early education classrooms, I am excited to step into my next dream job of librarianing (which I know is not a real word, but it's fun to say). I have a lifelong adoration of books and reading, with a particular passion for early literacy. Being able to bring books to life, to hook children into a love of reading and learning, to help them feel out the sounds of words and build the images the stories weave in their heads, is one of my favorite things to do in the whole entire world. I look forward to connecting with each community member of every age and stage. See you at the Library!
Visit Whitefield Public Library. Participate in one of the many programs and events that Lyn works tirelessly to bring to the community.
A total of 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. 1,689 were built in the United States, 660 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and others in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Serbia, Belgium, France, the Caribbean, Mauritius, Malaysia, and Fiji. By the time the last grant was made in 1919, there were 3,500 libraries in the United States, nearly half of them known as Carnegie libraries, as they were built with construction grants paid by Carnegie.
Small towns received grants of $10,000 that enabled them to build large libraries that immediately were among the most significant town amenities in hundreds of communities.
$7,500 (We were thinking small, even then.)
1 of 9 in the state
$7,500 in 1900 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $264,438.39 today,
10% is $26,438.
The microfilms are open for research as part of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Records collection, residing at Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Nearly all of Carnegie's libraries were built according to "the Carnegie formula," which required financial commitments for maintenance and operation from the town that received the donation. Carnegie required public support rather than making endowments because, as he wrote:
an endowed institution is liable to become the prey of a clique. The public ceases to take interest in it, or, rather, never acquires interest in it. The rule has been violated which requires the recipients to help themselves. Everything has been done for the community instead of its being only helped to help itself.
Carnegie required the elected officials—the local government—to:
Bertram's architectural criteria included a lecture room, reading rooms for adults and children, a staff room, a centrally located librarian's desk, twelve-to-fifteen-foot ceilings, and large windows six to seven feet above the floor. No architectural style was recommended for the exterior, nor was it necessary to put Andrew Carnegie's name on the building. In the interests of efficiency, fireplaces were discouraged, since that wall space could be used to house more books.