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By Jim Fisher
For The Sentinel 

Float revives feeling of the early days of the Goldendale library


Andrew Christiansen

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: The Goldendale Community Library’s entry into the Community Days parade was a float the like of which is rarely seen at a small community parade. The 100th anniversary of the library inspired friends of the library to invest time and resources into building a float that was as magnificent as the library itself.

One hundred years ago, the original section of the building that is currently the Goldendale Community Library was constructed, with money from a grant provided by business baron Andrew Carnegie. In a massive philanthropic move, 1,689 of the iconic libraries were built across the nation from 1883 to 1929.

As a young man, Carnegie had at one time been unable to afford the $2 fee to become a library member in the town where he worked. Pleas to the library administration were made to no avail, and it was only after young Carnegie managed to get a well-written letter of complaint published by a prominent area newspaper that the library doors were opened to the working men of the time, for wh...

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