AUTHOR ROMALYN TILGHMAN AT THE NORTHFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, AT 7:00 PM

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Scottish businessman Andrew Carnegie made a fortune in the steel industry and became a philanthropist later in life, donating money to build a total of 2,509 libaries, built between 1883 - 1929 in the United States.  Northfield Public Library, built in 1910, is a Carnegie Library.  Carnegie funded the buildings, but money was needed to purchase books for libraries. The public libraries in the midwest would never had thrived in the early 20th century if the women in small towns and remote communities had not fundraised, by sponsoring waffle suppers, mintrel shows and women's baseball games.  With the money earned, they provided money for books.   Tilghman writes about the beginning of the Carnegie Libraries and fundraising for books in her novel To the Stars Through Difficulties.  Come and listen to the author read from her novel and talk about the history of Carnegie Libraries on Monday, October 15, at 7:00 pm at the Northfield Public Library.  Content Books will sell copies of the book at the event.  The program  is free and open to the public.