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Carnegie Library, Miles City,Montana | by Edith OSB
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Carnegie Library, Miles City,Montana

Only a few vestiges of the classic architecture of the libraries built with funds by Andrew Carnegie can still be seen - the peak and high window where the front door used to be.


Unlike many of the other Carnegie Library buildings I have seen on this trip, though, this is still a functioning library. While the outer shell was built around the original space to enlarge it and add amenities, it retains its original use.


When I asked the librarian if this used to be a Carnegie Library, she smiled and told me, "It still is a Carnegie Library." They have photos of the original construction - 1902 - and various times since - hanging behind the circulation desk.


The librarian was right: this IS a Carnegie Library. At noon time on a weekday, this library was bustling with children for a story time, while several other patrons were browsing or reading.


More than a hundred years after Carnegie sent a donation to this small town far in the West, the citizens are still enjoying - and responding to - the original intent of the donation. A philanthropist couldn't hope for much better!

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Taken on August 11, 2009