Carnegie Helped Create Waukegan's First Library
Byline: Diana Dretske
The first publicly supported municipal library in the United States was the Boston Public Library, established in 1848. Many communities, including Waukegan, had "reading rooms" and library associations beginning as early as 1845, but an actual public library was only a dream.
Waukegan residents worked for years to establish a public library, and it finally came in 1903 with a generous donation from Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), one of America's most successful businessmen.
Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835, the son of a weaver, in Dunfermline, Scotland. The family immigrated to the United States in 1848, settling in Allegheny, Pa. …
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Publication information: Article title: Carnegie Helped Create Waukegan's First Library. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). Publication date: April 11, 2004. Page number: 1. © 2009 Paddock Publications. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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