The Carnegie Manti Public Library

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
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Title The Carnegie Manti Public Library
Description The library/school/tabernacle block was surrounded by a wooden picket fence with a turnstile gate on each corner. However, on the northeast corner they had put the gate just east of the library. We children found we could sit on the crossarms of each gate post, and, with a friend to give it a push, we had individual whirlygigs. Today I marvel at our creativity and the fact that we were never seriously hurt, although many times my long black stockings were torn and the flesh underneath became blue and very scratched. As I grew older, the inside of the library took on a great fascination for me. After I had climbed the east steps to the entrance and opened the big front door, there were still more steps to climb. An open door welcomed me to the main room, where there were homemade tables, straight backed chairs and book shelves which held such gems as: Seven Little Sisters, The Bobbsey Twins, Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables and many others. I soon found I could go any-where in this world of books if I checked them out on my library card under the guidance of the librarian, Miss Farns- worth. The Manti Public Library was built with money given to Manti City by Andrew Carnegie (1834-1919.) His biographers say he came to America from Scotland when he was just 13 years of age. By the time he reached middle-age, and because he had worked and invested in the manufacture of steel, he had become one of the richest men in America. With his great wealth he had the desire to better man-kind, and he used much of his money to build "free" public libraries in various countries of the world and in Canada. In the U. S. he built some 1700 library buildings. These buildings were his donation to the communities in which they were built on condition that the communities would supply and support the libraries. Three such libraries were constructed in Sanpete County: at Manti in 1910; at Ephraim in 1914; and at Mount Pleasant in 1917. In researching the Manti Messenger, the following notes were found: 27 May 1910 ... Manti City Council passed a resolution to support a $10,000 library building. Carnegie, who offered to furnish that amount for the construction of a "free" Manti City Library, was fully supported. The only stip- -104-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325452
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