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The Coconut Grove Library

 
 
The Coconut Grove Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
1. The Coconut Grove Library Marker
Inscription. The land on which this library stands was given by Commodore Ralph Middleton Munroe, whose first wife lies buried on it.

The library was started by a writer, Kirk Munroe (no relation) and his wife, Mary Barr Munroe, as a reading group called the Pine Needles Club on June 15, 1895. It became the Exchange Library on March 27, 1897 and opened at this spot as the Coconut Grove Library on March 6, 1901.

In the early days books were taken by sailboat to Miami for distribution. In 1957 it became a branch of the Miami Public Libraryand the present building was opened on November 16, 1963.
 
Erected 1971 by Coconut Grove Library Association.
 
Location. 25° 43.607′ N, 80° 14.433′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is on McFarlane Road west of South Bayshore Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the library, but is shrouded by foliage and is hard to see. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2875 McFarlane Road, Miami FL 33133, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Housekeepers Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barnacle (approx.
The Coconut Grove Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
2. The Coconut Grove Library Marker
0.2 miles away); Charles Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ransom School (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Historic Coconut Grove Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dinner Key (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cocoanut Grove Public Utilities Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); U of M Opened Here (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Miami.
 
Regarding The Coconut Grove Library. The Coconut Grove Library (1963) stands as testament to the tenacity and individuality of Coconut Groveís pioneering citizens, who operated their first public library even prior to the city of Miamiís incorporation in 18961. The collection of books was housed in other locations (and was largely used by bibliophiles from an organization begun by Mrs. Kirk Monroe called “The Pine Needles Club”) before a building devoted to library use was constructed in 1901. The library was housed in a small building with funds raised by the Coconut Grove Library Association which operated the institution until 1957, when the City of Miami offered to build a new air-conditioned facility. Reluctantly
Interior of the Coconut Grove Library image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
3. Interior of the Coconut Grove Library
the associationís trustees accepted. Pioneers Kirk Munroe and Commodore Ralph Monroe (of no relation) were instrumental in establishing and building that first library. Kirk and wife Mary founded the library on land donated by the Commodore. Commodore Monroe stipulated that the grave of his wife Mrs. Eva Monroe (who died in 1882) would be maintained on the site. - "The Coconut Grove Library Designation Report," City of Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board, July 7, 2009.
 
Additional comments.
1. Grave of Eva Amelia Munroe, oldest marked grave in Miami-Dade County
Adjacent to the library is the grave of Eva Amelia Munroe; dated 1882, it is the oldest marked grave in Miami-Dade County.
    — Submitted July 9, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.

 
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Front view of the Coconut Grove Library image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
4. Front view of the Coconut Grove Library
Coconut Grove Library, view from S. Bayside Drive image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, July 6, 2014
5. Coconut Grove Library, view from S. Bayside Drive
 
 
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