Reading Room Celebrates 100 Years
The Flora Belle
Ludington Reading Room, the crown jewel of the College’s
Williston library, will be 100 years old this year, and a birthday
planned for the occasion.
When the College’s original library was torn down and rebuilt
in 1904 on its original site, the main part of the new building
was the reading room, a Gothic-style hall with an open timbered
roof and stained-glass windows, modeled on Westminster Hall in
London. The reconstruction project was funded in part by a $50,000
gift from Andrew Carnegie, a generous supporter of libraries
and library construction. The library was dedicated on November
8, Founder's Day, 1905.
underwent a major renovation and expansion in 1967. At that time,
the reading room was named
in honor of Flora Belle
Ludington, the third librarian of the College, who headed the
library from 1938 until 1964.
will be held in the Flora Belle Ludington Reading Room on Tuesday,
from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. There will
be birthday cake and an exhibition of the history of the College
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