Yesterday morning, via Facebook, my nerdy status of the day consisted of, “JC has aspirations of touring and photographing Carnegie libraries.”

If you knew anything about me, prior to visiting this blog, one fact that should come to mind: I geek history. With that said, even prior to my tenure as a student in library school began, I was intrigued by the architecture and the history of Carnegie libraries; however, now that I am immersed in the library world, I am even more inquisitive!

Indeed. Compliments of Wikipedia, I found a list of Carnegie libraries located in Michigan. While I understand that many of the buildings might not be currently inhabited by libraries, or might in fact, be demolished; however, with a bit of research I should be able to wheedle the list down — although, even if the library has relocated, I would still like to visit the building, if possible. My newest adventure!

Last spring/summer term, for an assignment, I was required to conduct library visits and one of the three agencies I visited was, indeed, a Carnegie library: the Marguerite deAngeli branch of the Lapeer District Library. The library’s website offers a brief history of the branch:

Founded in 1859, the Lapeer Ladies Library Association gathered the community’s first collection of books for lending. The popularity of the collection led the Carnegie Foundation to offer $10,000 to build a public Library in 1916. In part through the efforts of Congressman Louis Crampton, a larger Carnegie grant was secured in 1921. The citizens of Lapeer provided the remainder of the funds needed to construct this Georgian Revival building. Designed by the prominent Detroit firm of Smith, Hinchman, and Grylls, the library opened in 1923. In 1981 it was renamed to honor Newbery Award winning children’s author and illustrator Marguerite deAngeli who was born in Lapeer in 1889.

In January 2003, the Lapeer County Library System underwent a restructuring transition and changed its name to Lapeer District Library.

On August 22, 2010, the Marguerite deAngeli Branch was named a Literary Landmark by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of the American Library Association.

To view an album of photos from my Marguerite deAngeli Branch visit last summer, please click on the photo/link: