Our Town loves its library

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PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) — Thanks to Andrew Carnegie, the library in Our Town is still going strong.

The Paxton Carnegie Library was built in the early 1900’s and still, to this day, parts of it haven’t changed a bit. The building has a unique design. When you step inside, you feel like you’ve stepped back into the past.

There’s a beautiful round room of the front of the building, called a reading room. Throughout the library, you can find original wooden bookcases. Of course, some updates have been made to keep up with the times.

Library director Anne Newman says, by keeping the look, many enjoy getting to come back. The library became a Carnegie Library in 1904.

Downstairs, you can find a full children’s book section. Newman says the puppets are one of the best parts about it. It has more than 22,000 books and 1,000 DVD’s as well as a few quiet places to study or hold a meeting. 

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