Price City

Library History

 

 

Library History

 

PRICE CARNEGIE LIBRARY BEGINNINGS

 

Among the many treasures of the modern world, the greatest are to be found in books.  All the accumulated knowledge of mankind--all the wisdom of the ages--all the fables, fantasies, and facts that have interested and delighted the minds of men since civilization first began are available for our pleasure or our profit in the books that line the bookshelves of the world. 

 

Andrew Carnegie, an emigrant from Scotland to America, stated "that my own personal experience may have led me to value a free library beyond all forms of beneficence.  When I was a working boy in Pittsburgh, Colonel Anderson opened his little library.  Every Saturday afternoon he was in attendance at his home to exchange books.  It was when reveling in the treasures which he opened to me that I resolved, if ever wealth came to me, that it should be used to establish free libraries, that other poor boys might receive the same opportunities."  In the decades that followed, Andrew Carnegie advanced from bobbin boy in a cotton factory to a position of great wealth.  Up to the time of his death in 1919, he had made possible the erection of 2505 public libraries.

 

Price City was one of the fortunate cities to become a beneficiary of a Carnegie Library.  The statute of requirements was to establish a library board.  Carlos Gunderson, Carl A. Marcusen, and Nellie Wilson comprised that group.  The cost of the library was estimated at between $11,600 and $12,000, including the architect price.  At this time, May Mathis was appointed Librarian.  The building was completed on January 17, 1915.

 

In 1957, plans for a new building were underway.  All the furnishings from the library were moved into the Price City Hall Gymnasium.  Library services were continued from that location until the new facility was completed on February 11, 1957.  That building is proudly standing on the same site today and is still serving the community