Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Coconut Grove Library
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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1924.
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 Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2875 McFarlane Road, Miami FL 33133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Coconut Grove Library (here, next to this marker); Housekeepers-Womans Club of Coconut Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Housekeepers Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barnacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coconut Grove Playhouse (approx. ¼ mile away); E.W.F. Stirrup House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); NAS Miami Pan Am Seaplane Base (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 Grove’s pioneering citizens, who operated their first public library even prior to the city of Miami’s 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
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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