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WTXL Road Trip: A Special Library in Boston

WTXL Road Trip: A Special Library in Boston
Posted at 6:31 PM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-26 13:20:44-04

All summer long, we're hitting the road to showcase communities in our area. We're kicking things off in Boston, Georgia, and will be live in Boston from Sunrise until 6:30 p.m. on Friday June 26th.

BOSTON, GA (WTXL) - The Carnegie Library in Boston, Georgia isn't just your common library, it serves as a piece of history for the city and is a treasured gem.

Suzanne Moore manages the library and says Olive Hopper, a Boston resident along with the help of the 20TH Century Club Initiate the push to get it built.

Moore explains, "They contacted the Carnegie foundation, Mr. Andrew Carnegie's charity that was interested in placing libraries all over the United States."

In the 1800s Andrew Carnegie was one of the most famous and wealthy industrialists who is now remembered for his gifts of free library buildings through the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

"Mr. Carnegie was one of the original, back then they use to call robber barrens, one of the great families of the United States that helped to build industry, he was Carnegie Steel and he had vast amounts of money," says Moore.

Carnegie used his wealth to help others, providing them with the power of education; Boston is the smallest town to have a Carnegie Library which was built in 1914.

Here at the library, readers not only learn about what's on the inside of these books, but what's happening on the outside as well.

Again Moore, "If you like architecture, this is a worth wild visit just to see this beautiful building, people have been very kind to donate things to us, everything from little children's stuffed toys, to a beautiful quilt, our community loves the library and this library loves our community."