“Without libraries, what have we? We have no past and no future.” – Ray Bradbury
For the last 115 years, Clinton has been the home to a historical honor – its library. The Clinton Public Library was funded through Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie funded 2,509 libraries in the world, with 1,679 of those libraries being in the United States. Clinton is home to such a wonderful library.
On May 15, 1901, Mayor George D. McDaid wrote to Carnegie requesting funds for the library building. Mr. Carnegie responded with a sum of $30,000. After negotiations, this was increased to $45,000. Ground was broken June 24, 1903 and construction was completed one year later in June 1904. The day Theodore Roosevelt was elected to his second term, the library opened its doors to the public for the grand showing.
Since 1904, the Clinton Public Library has strived to meet the needs of the community it serves. We’ve gone through major changes throughout the years, but one thing has remained the same: our love and commitment to you, our patrons.
You see, libraries have one unique goal and desire in mind – to serve our patrons. We endure through the times for you so that we can accommodate the needs and wants of our community. That’s our main goal in existing, for you, the people that we serve.
Our library isn’t just a home for books anymore. As author Carlos Maria Dominguez explained, “To build up a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books.”
Libraries are at the heart of the community, connecting people to information, lifelong learning opportunities, games, book clubs, entertainment, technology, and, most of all, we provide access and attempt to reduce barriers. Libraries are the one place where you don’t need to purchase something to use our Wi-Fi or our public computers and you can exist within our building just as you are.
Keep your eyes on your library – we are listening to your wants and needs, Clinton. And we have some exciting changes for you.
Interim Clinton Public Library Director and Public Services Librarian