2019 marks 100 years since the death of Andrew Carnegie, Scottish/American industrialist, one of the richest men in history and a leading philanthropist.
His special emphasis on local libraries is reflected in Keighley’s historic Carnegie Library, the first library in England to be funded by Carnegie with a grant of £10,000, opening in 1904.
But it was Andrew Carnegie’s wife, New York born Louise Whitfield Carnegie, who encouraged her husband to start giving away his fortune to build free public libraries.
To celebrate National Libraries Week Keighley Local Studies Library is hosting a series of special theatrical performance by local playwright, actor and historian Irene Lofthouse.
Come along and hear the story of this remarkable woman, Mrs Carnegie and about the part played by the Carnegies in the history of our local libraries.
The performance will be accompanied by displays from the Local Studies and archives collections.
This promises to be an informative, entertaining and unique insight into the influence of this remarkable woman in developing libraries around the world and how the story started in Keighley.
Suitable for Y5 and Y6.
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