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Prescott in Yavapai county, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Prescott Public Library

 
 
Prescott Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 6, 2010
1. Prescott Public Library Marker
Inscription. Prescott's modern public library was dedicated on May 18, 1975. However, the history of a public library in Prescott goes back to August 1895, when seven local ladies founded the Women's Club of Prescott (now the Monday Club). They gathered a collection of books from local households and opened a reading room. This venture was supported with membership dues, but the dream of the Women's Club was to establish a free reading room. In July 1899, Julia Goldwater wrote a letter to Andrew Carnegie requesting assistance. Carnegie offered $4,000, half the sum which had been requested, with the understanding that a matching amount must be raised in the community. Eventually, the funds were raised and in 1903 the Carnegie Library was completed on the southwest corner of Gurley and Marina streets. This was Prescott's public library until 1975, when the current library building was completed on the southeast corner of Marina and Goodwin streets.

Prescott Public Library provides access to books, magazines and newspapers, computers and internet access, Summer Reading programs, story hours, special programs, meeting rooms and an ongoing Friends Book Sale that includes some of the original book stacks from the Carnegie Library. The Prescott Public Library is one of the most extensively used library facilities in the state, and parking is always
Prescott Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 6, 2010
2. Prescott Public Library Marker
at a premium. In 1998, in an effort to help alleviate this problem, the City acquired the adjacent property to the south, and constructed a new parking lot. One of the primary features of this property is an Arizona White Oak (Quercus Arizonica) estimated to be over 300 years old. This tree is very slow growing, may live to be 500 years old and is found at elevations of 4,900 to 11,000 feet. The parking lot was designed around the tree, enabling the City to preserve and protect the tree and leaving a small park area within the parking lot.
 
Erected by The Bumpus Trust.
 
Location. 34° 32.354′ N, 112° 27.971′ W. Marker is in Prescott, Arizona, in Yavapai county. Marker can be reached from South Alarcon Street south of East Goodwin Street. Touch for map. Marker is near the oak tree in the southeast corner of the parking lot that is on the south side of the library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 East Goodwin Street, Prescott AZ 86303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nob Hill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Howey's Hall (about 700 feet away); The International Society of Arboriculture and the National Arborist Association
Prescott Public Library Marker and the Arizona White Oak Tree image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 6, 2010
3. Prescott Public Library Marker and the Arizona White Oak Tree
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Hotel Vendome (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Goldwater Brothers Mercantile (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prescott High School and the Yavapai Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prescott (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prescott.
 
Regarding Prescott Public Library. In 2006 a $6 million library expansion and renovation project added 14,000 square feet to the original 24,000 square foot building. The library now has over half a million visitors every year, and is known as "Prescott's Living Room."
 
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The Carnegie Library As Mentioned in Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By Joseph Cavinato
4. The Carnegie Library As Mentioned in Marker Text
See Nearby Marker "The Carnegie Library" for additional information.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 766 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2012, by Toni Kaus of Prescott, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on July 13, 2009, by Joseph Cavinato of Fountain Hills, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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