After the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8, A.H. Burgess of London proposed an “English Book Donation,” which he described in the Chicago Tribune on December 7: “I propose that England should present a Free Library to Chicago, to remain there as a mark of sympathy now, and a keepsake and a token of true brotherly kindness forever…”
The plan carried the support of Thomas Hughes, a prominent member of Parliament and the well-known author of Tom Brown’s School Days, who had visited Chicago in 1870.
The donation, consisting of more than 8,000 books from Great Britain, prompted leading citizens of Chicago to petition for a public meeting to establish a free public library. Previous libraries in Chicago were private organizations that required membership fees. The public meeting led to the Illinois Library Act of 1872, which authorized cities to establish tax-supported libraries throughout the state. - Chicago Public Library
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below photo - Chicago Public Library
'The Ravenswood Historical Society [Association] erected a building known as Library Hall. Designed by Holabird and Roche, the building housed the first ‘public’ library in the community on the ground floor. A large hall used for meetings, concerts and dances filled the second floor. In 1894 the Ravenswood Masonic Lodge signed a 20-year lease and commissioned W. L Klewer to add a third floor to the building. The building, however, continued to be used for community meetings and programs of the historical society through World War I. By 1929, after the Masons had moved to their new building at Paulina and Wilson, Library Hall was vacant. Eventually it was torn down and a gas station was operated on the site. In 1894 the Ravenswood Masonic Lodge #777 signed a 20-year lease and commissioned W. L. Klewer to add a third floor to the building.'
(p. 869) as well as branches and deposit stations
corner of School & Ashland
2932 N Clark Street
This sculptures are once located under the window umbrella
The Renovation of 2019