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Flamboyant Frontier Photographer Leaves Legacy To Library January 4, 2010

Portrait of the Artist As A Frontiersman: Joseph Bevier Sturtevant. (All photos by J. Sturtevant, Courtesy of Boulder Historical Society Local History Collection, Carnegie Branch Library.) Joseph Bevier Sturtevant was a prolific photographer who settled in Boulder, Colorado in 1876. That much is certain. On December 30,2009 according to the online Colorado Daily, Boulder’s Carnegie Library got nearly 1,600 pictures to prove it. The photos, donated to the local history collection, are in black and…

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Charity Begins At The Library November 26, 2009

Libraries may be struggling with cuts in hours, staff, and budgets but that doesn’t mean those institutions have forgotten that some folks are worse off than they are. Below is a very short, and NOT at all inclusive list of libraries that are sponsoring charitable efforts to make the holidays happier for everyone: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas is asking quilters to make wounded soldiers more comfortable. The “Quilts of Valor”…

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Dig This Hipster Decor From A Library’s Store November 13, 2009

Have you always wanted a crazy, copacetic crib but your pad screams strictly squaresville? Are you a cool cat or a hot chick with style galore but not much bread in store? Well you’re in luck. Indiana’s Elkhart Public Library is having a furniture sale. Normally a library is about the last place you’d expect to find retro-cool, Mid-Century Modern furniture but this one is the exception. The Elkhart Public Library moved into a modernist…

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The Great Art Deco-Designed Brooklyn Central Library In Vintage Photos November 5, 2009

Mount Prospect Park, 1939.New [main branch of Brooklyn Public] Library is in [far right] background.Image courtesy of BPL. Brooklyn Public Library in New York City was established in 1896. Between 1901 and 1923, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $1.6 million toward the development of twenty one branches. January 13, 1941. Entrance, Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial),Prospect Park Plaza, New York. Acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho. Ground was broken for a Brooklyn central library on Prospect…

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From The Tippy-Top Floor Of The Plaza Hotel to NYPL: Eloise Makes A Move

New York Public Library better ramp up security: a gum chewing six-year-old holy terror is about to take up permanent residence in their archive. Yes, Eloise is prepped and ready to write on the walls and skate down the halls, thanks to the only man who’ll ever own up to being her father, illustrator Hilary Knight. On November 3, 2009, Knight donated his personal papers, including sketches for over 60 books, theatrical posters, contracts, and…

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