“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The Saginaw Evening News declared the Hoyt Library “a noble institution” and “the pride of all Saginawians” when it opened in 1890. The library was a gift to the people of Saginaw from New York businessman Jesse Hoyt (1815-1882), who had real estate and lumber interests in the Saginaw Valley. Hoyt’s will set aside $100,000 for a public library here. After a national competition among leading architects, the Hoyt Trust chose the Boston architectural firm of Van Brunt and Howe. When the Richardsonain Romanesque style building was completed it exemplified modern library construction. The present building includes a 1921 addition by Edward Tilton of New York and a 1960 addition by Frederick E. Wigen Architects of Saginaw.
Continuing with Library week, this is the Clifford Branch of the Lapeer District Library in Clifford Michigan. It used to be the local school but was converted into a Library in the 70’s
“I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.” Groucho Marx
Since the American Library Association has declared this week National Library week, I thought I would post some of my favorite photos of Libraries around Michigan. Even though we have the internet the library is a huge resource for me, there is stuff in books that just is’nt available on the world wide web and when I am traveling, I can usually pick up some free wi-fi when I need it. The Library is a Temple Of Knowledge and is an American institution started by Benjamin Franklin that I am truly grateful for.
“Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.” Lady Bird Johnson