Over 50 people attended this presentation in the Library, as part of the Yaggy Colby Lecture Series. This popular programme also appeals to authors, as this was a repeat visit for Doug Ohman. The timing of the book is so appropriate as we need to raise awareness of the importance of our libraries – it is SO much more than books. Doug provided a great deal of historical information, along with fabulous photos of 70 libraries in Minnesota. I was pleased at the number that I have seen (Pipestone, Duluth, Winona St Paul), and made a list of many more that I will visit. I have always been a fan of the Carnegie Libraries, partly because he sponsored free access to education for all members of the community, a tradition at the library which continues today. It even spurred other communities to build their own libraries without his monies. Some of the modern ones are equally fascinating. I need to check out Doug’s “Cozy Factor”!
From Rochester’s earlier library (now Mayo Medical Library)