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Library Friends sponsor talk on Carnegie Libraries

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2005) -- Library historian Mary Ellen Armentrout will give an illustrated talk to the Friends of the Libraries of Ohio University on Monday, Nov. 7, at 3:30 p.m. Her topic will be "The Carnegie Libraries of Ohio." The program will be held in the Friends of the Library Room (Alden 319).

Armentrout is the author of "Carnegie Libraries of Ohio: Our Cultural Heritage (2003)." There were 111 libraries across Ohio that received grants from industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in the early 20th century, and approximately 100 still stand. According to Armentrout, the number built included eight academic libraries.

2005 marks the centennial year for the Carnegie Library built for Ohio University and the Athens community. The building, now Ohio University's Scripps Hall, ceased operation as a library with the opening of the university's Chubb Library in 1931.

Along with Athens, other southern and eastern Ohio communities with Carnegie Libraries include Cambridge, Chillicothe, Marietta, Middleport, Pomeroy, Portsmouth, and Zanesville.

"Along with her talk, Armentrout will be mounting an exhibit on Carnegie Libraries in Ohio that will remain in place until late December," states George Bain, Executive Secretary of the Friends. "The exhibit will be in the lounge area of the fourth floor of Alden Library."

The Friends of the Libraries of Ohio University, now more than a quarter-century old, were established in 1979 to support the Libraries.

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Media Contact: George W. Bain, (740) 593-2713 or bain@ohio.edu

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