Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Carnegie Libraries in Midwest

We wrote a few descriptions of Midwest Public Libraries recently on our Sporting Chance News Blog.  The history of public libraries is fascinating.  Generally, there was a period in which a small number of institutions were created--many of them subscriber supported. And them in the late 1800s and early1900s, industrialist Andrew Carnegie and later  his Foundation, granted funds to construct free public libraries.  Typically.  selected grants were awarded to communities that could acquire land and ongoing support for expenses.  In this way, Carnegie was able to insure local support.

As a young man, Carnegie learned to appreciate how an access to books can help people get ahead.  He wanted to make books available for a greater number of people regardless their financial circumstances. 

Here are the libraries and the posts that I have written so far:

Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln, Illinois

River Forest Public Library, River Forest, Illinois 

Ames Public Library, Ames Iowa
Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Batavia Public Library, Batavia, Illinois

Hackley Public Library, Muskegan, Michigan

Atchison Public Library, Atchison, Kansas
Altoona Public Library, Altoona, Wisconsin 


About Sporting Chance Press:

Our goal at Sporting Chance Press is to provide entertaining books that can give readers a lift in sports and in life. We publish books that give readers insight into the hero within each of us. When sport is at its best, there is a payoff constantly taking shape – a payoff "at work." We are improving—whether it is building self esteem, improving health, developing strong social skills, or learning the habit of achievement. There is a discipline needed in preparing for sports contests and life contests. Getting our bodies and minds in shape for the competition is critical. If we can approach sports training and life with enthusiasm, the contest is pure joy. If we can approach sport and life with passion and not pressure, we can achieve and release that fearless hero within. 
Lawrence Norris