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In Bed With Carnegie

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on Saturday, January 03, 2009 in Carnegie libraries


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Finding alternative uses for Carnegie library buildings that have been vacated for newer and more functional facilities can be a challenge. The old Carnegie library in Ladysmith, Wisconsin was transformed into a very unusual alternative purpose. It is now the Carnegie Hall Bed & Breakfast. In a Google search, I was only able to find a couple of similar uses in the nation. The Carnegie library building in Sterling, Colorado is now the Old Library Inn. The Carnegie library building in Olean, New york is now the Old Library Restaurant in conjunctin with a bed and breakfast. Why not spend a night with Carnegie on your next vacation.


The public library in Ladysmith is now named the Rusk County Community Library. The library has done a good job of outlining its library history.


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Marion Howard Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Carnegie building in Darlington is now the home of the LaFayette County Historical Society Museum and Archives. Marion Howard, who was library director for 24 years in that building is now Curator of Archives.

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