Fairhaven Branch Highlighted on Self-guided Tour of Carnegie Library Buildings

The Fairhaven Branch of the Bellingham Public Library is participating in “Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour of Washington and Oregon,” a self-directed road trip celebrating Carnegie Library buildings intended for history buffs and library lovers.

Andrew Carnegie was a businessman and philanthropist who gave grants to build 1,689 libraries across the United States — mostly in small towns — between 1883 and 1929. The building housing the current Fairhaven Branch was funded by Carnegie in 1904, with construction completed in July 1905. The Grand Tour program is ongoing, hosted by the Clark County Historical Museum to promote awareness and preservation of Carnegie Library buildings.

The only thing needed to participate in the Grand Tour is a “ passport,” which is free and available on the Bellingham Public Library website and at all branches, as well as at other participating Carnegie locations. Additional details about the program and the locations of other Carnegie Libraries are listed in the passport and the program website.

The Fairhaven Branch of the Bellingham Public Library is located at 1117 12th Street in Bellingham and is open during summer 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about parking restrictions, contact the Bellingham Public Library at 360-778-7323 or visit www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org


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