PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This weekend brings an anniversary that will mark the start of public library services for Pierre. Rawlins Library will host an event Sunday to note 108 years since the Pierre Carnegie Library opened to the public. Library Director Beverly Lewis says there will be historical displays which will include photos and details about library patrons and supporters from throughout the years.
Lewis says library services started in 1905-when the old Carnegie Library opened at the corner of Capitol and Euclid Avenues.
Lewis says that when Andrew Carnegie donated money for public libraries in the early 20th century, he focused on capital cities that needed such a facility.
Visitors on Sunday will get a chance to enjoy birthday cake, plus look over the library’s resources-which include books, audio books, DVD’s and more.
People are also being asked to note one area of the library collection that doesn’t always get much attention…the South Dakota History Collection. Lewis says there has always been a collection of books documenting the history of the area and the state, but when Rawlins Library was built in 1972, a special room was set aside to hold them. It is near the entrance of the library and is known as the Wegner/Norbeck Room. Lewis says the room offers quite an outstanding variety of historical books.
She says those checking the history selections use the Wegner/Norbeck Room to do their research and it houses various events as well.
Sunday’s celebration starts at 2:00 p.m.
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