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The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie (By Andrew Larson)

Illustrated by Katty Maurey

Published in 2017


The Man who Loved Libraries is the story of Andrew Carnegie a Scottish immigrant who came over as a young child. When he moved to Pittsburgh, he worked jobs in cotton mills and as a messenger boy. While he lacked in school education, he had a great thirst for knowledge and books to educate himself. Pittsburgh did not have any public libraries at the time of young Carnegie. He befriends a man named Colonel Anderson who opened his private library to the public. He was drawn to this private library because it represented warmth and light. His craving for knowledge grew into adulthood when he worked for the railroad. He went on to invest in companies that helped spur the industrial revolution. When he was in his 30’s he became a rich man and took his money to invest in something new - because as Andrew Larson points out “he never forgot the joy of learning.”- he invested in public libraries. He built the first of his public libraries in his hometown in Scotland; from there over 2500 public libraries were built within the UK, Europe, Canada, and the United States, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.

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