Carthage Public Library Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Carthage Public Library 125th Anniversary Open House, Sun. March 10, 2-4 pm

The public is invited to an Open House to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Carthage Public Library on Sunday, March 10 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The event will be held at the Library's current location, 500 Wabash Avenue, Carthage, Illinois.

On March 11, 1893, the Woman's Columbian Club, whose original goal was to create an exhibit of women's work for the Columbian Exhibition, known as the Chicago World's Fair, changed its name to the Columbian Library Association with the purpose of founding a free public library in Carthage. On September 11, 1893, Carthage City Ordinance No. 36 was passed to officially establish the library.

The Library, which first opened as a Reading Room, was located in a room above John Culkin's clothing store, on the northwest corner of the square. On March 10, 1894, the library opened to the public, with residents able to borrow books to take home.

The March 10, 2019 Open House will feature music of the era performed by The Lemmings, scrapbooks and displays of the library's history, tours of the current library, and refreshments served by the Friends of the Library. Everyone is welcome to join in the library's 125th Anniversary celebration.

For more information or to share photos and memories of the library call 217-357-3232 or email

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