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Author Beckman, Margaret.
Title The best gift : a record of the Carnegie libraries in Ontario / by Margaret Beckman, Stephen Langmead, John Black ; with a foreword by Susan Fish.
Imprint Toronto [Ont.] : Dundurn Press, 1984.

Subject Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Public libraries -- Ontario -- History.
Library buildings -- Ontario.
Library architecture -- Ontario.
Alt Name Black, John B.
Langmead, Stephen.
Description 1 online resource (192 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-190) and index.
Contents Introduction : Andrew Carnegie and his library philanthropy -- Ontario libraries before 1900 -- "Letter of promise" -- "Effective accommodation" -- Ontario Carnegie libraries.
Summary This book is a vivid reminder of the early days of library development in Ontario. The beautiful buildings which still grace Ontario towns and villages, as illustrated, are a part of our provincial heritage. By the turn of the century, a public library was perceived as an important element in the civic fabric of almost every Ontario community. However, the introduction of the Carnegie grants for library buildings gave impetus to the Ontario government programme for library development, and provided a focus for increased suport of library services. Rivalry among neighbouring communities to secu.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781554883110 (electronic bk.)
1554883113 (electronic bk.)
9781554885596 (electronic bk.)
1554885590 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 244770754
Additional Format Print version: Beckman, Margaret, 1925- Best gift. Toronto [Ont.] : Dundurn Press, 1984 (DLC) 84243472