Traverse City Public Library

Grand Travese County

Traverse City, MI (The City Library) (1910) - Contributed by Paul Petosky

In April, 1902, Andrew Carnegie made a proposition to donate twenty thousand dollars to the city for the erection of a home for the public library, on condition that the city would agree to appropriate not less than two thousand dollars annually for its maintainance and furnish a suitable site. The offer was accepted, and two sites have been offered, one of which was accepted by the city council and the other by the board of library trustees, and as there was a conflict of authority the matter was referred to the courts to settle, which body possessed the power to act. At present time, April 15, 1903, the court has not given an opinion, although the case was submitted several weeks since. When a decision is reached the building will undoubtedly be built.
(Sprague's history of Grand Traverse and Leelanaw counties, Michigan edited and compiled by Elvin L. Sprague and Mrs. George N. Smith 1903)

Traverse City, MI (Public Library, Sixth Street) (1916) - Contributed by Paul Petosky