I'm working on a page which is an ongoing personal research project. Take a look at Ladies' Libraries, and if you have some connection with these precursors to the public library movement and Carnegie's mission, please drop me a line.
As always, I'd appreciate feedback from all my followers: librarians, historians, deltiologists, and those curious about those little neoclassical temples of wisdom dotted across North America.
11/25/17 The Rockford Public Library's Carnegie building is closed for 3 years during extensive renovations to remove coal-tar contaminants.
1/27/18 Gary, Indiana's main library reopens after a nearly 7 year hiatus.
10/9/18 Among other library referenda, Rochester (IL) Public Library District has a referendum upcoming. Please take the time to vote, and please vote YES. A strong nation depends in an involved, literate populace.
Late 9/18 The old Rockford Public Library Carnegie building is demolished.
2/1/19 After the 1962 addition was removed from historic Nichols Library, incorporation of the 1,500 square foot historic remnant into a restaurant is planned.
4/24/19 Antigo Public Library is being rebuilt after a December incident when a wayward driver attempted to turn the facility into a drive-thru.
5/24/19 America's Library, the NYPL, is having a budgetary crisis. If you can't help with your pocketbook, at least leave encouragement here.