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Reading Room Celebrates 100 Years

LibraryThe Flora Belle Ludington Reading Room, the crown jewel of the College’s Williston library, will be 100 years old this year, and a birthday celebration is 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.

The library 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.

The celebration will be held in the Flora Belle Ludington Reading Room on Tuesday, November 8, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. There will be birthday cake and an exhibition of the history of the College library.

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