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Port Hope Celebrates 100 Years of the Carnegie Free Library

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Port Hope Public Library

The Mary J. Benson branch of the Port Hope Public Library, formerly known as the Carnegie Free Library, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

In 1911, Port Hope was given a $10,000 grant to build a library. The grant came from Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American industrialist who played a large part in expanding America's steel industry. He donated $56-million for 2,509 library buildings internationally. Out of the 125 he funded in Canada, 111 of them were in Ontario.

To honour this special milestone, the library will have monthly displays of each decade, an official celebration of May 4, 2023 and many other events throughout the year.

For upcoming events, visit the Port Hope Public Library website.

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