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76 of 89  Fri 24th Apr 2020 9:19pm  
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There was another library opened by Carnegie, with Siegfried Bettman the mayor in toe. It was Stoke Library, corner of Kingsway and Walsgrave Road.
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dave owens
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77 of 89  Sat 25th Apr 2020 2:13am  
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I used that library when I lived in Swan Lane, I read all the Biggles books 📚
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Disorganised1
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78 of 89  Sat 25th Apr 2020 6:41pm  
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You don't know the value of libraries until you need them. Until the lockdown I was using Earlsdon Library regularly, and the volunteers running it are doing great work keeping the place going. It was great to see classes coming in to look at the books and use the facilities. As a school governor we ran an initiative to discover how many books children had in their homes. A surprisingly large number answered none.
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Prof
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79 of 89  Wed 3rd Jun 2020 10:39pm  
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Gulson Library
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Prof
Gloucester
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80 of 89  Tue 16th Feb 2021 7:44pm  
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lindatee2002
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81 of 89  Wed 17th Feb 2021 12:17am  
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On 14th Aug 2016 2:12pm, coventry49 said: So sorry to hear about the plight of your branch libraries. Here in Devon we are similarly suffering and at the moment some are surviving with the help of staffing by volunteers to save the cost of salary payments. You may already be aware, but a man named Andrew Carnegie, an outside benefactor, gave the sum of £10,000 to open the Coventry branch libraries in 1913. In recognition of this he was granted the honorary freedom of the city.
Andrew Carnegie started a foundation which, I think, was to fund these libraries in perpetuity. That Coventry still has three thrills this one time school and public librarian who closed her children's bookstore just before she was overtaken by Amazon.
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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82 of 89  Wed 17th Feb 2021 9:30am  
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Here is the extraordinary list of libraries that Carnegie helped to fund, just those in Europe.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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83 of 89  Wed 17th Feb 2021 1:08pm  
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Tamworth still has the Carnegie Centre building which was the first library in the town, though it does not appear to be on the list. It is about to become a restaurant. Edited by member, 17th Feb 2021 1:08 pm
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lindatee2002
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84 of 89  Wed 17th Feb 2021 7:34pm  
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Nooooo. Do they have another library to take over?
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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85 of 89  Wed 17th Feb 2021 8:32pm  
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It hasn’t been used as a library since 1973 when a new library was built close by. The Carnegie centre became the home to various voluntary organisations such as Age Concern. Apparently it still has many if the original features.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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86 of 89  Tue 23rd Nov 2021 3:42pm  
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New one to me of the Gulson Library interior, (c) Coventry Archives. Makes it all the more sad for its loss.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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87 of 89  Tue 23rd Nov 2021 5:57pm  
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I can just about remember going to the Gulson Library but can’t recall if it looked like that. I think they had a record library there when records were records.
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PhiliPamInCoventry
Holbrooks
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88 of 89  Tue 23rd Nov 2021 8:07pm  
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Hi Anne & Neil, Brings back memories of school homework, usually three evenings a week.
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NeilsYard
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89 of 89  Wed 24th Nov 2021 10:58am  
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Hi Anne Wave I think this is the Gulson Records section - what do you think?
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