Recently I had an opportunity to visit the Dale Carnegie Library in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, serving Madison and Carroll counties. A Classical Revival-style building, the library was listed on the National register of Historic Place 1970.
Best known for his book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Carnegie earned a place in history for his philanthropic endeavors.
Grants to hundreds of libraries in small and rural communities across the United States are one example of his generosity. However, in keeping with his Scottish heritage, the local community and citizens contributed their fair share of any endeavor.
Four Arkansas communities—Little Rock 1906, Fort Smith 1906, Eureka Springs 1912, and Morrilton 1915 – have libraries that began humbly under these awards.
Ft Smith operated as a library between 1906 and 1970. Converted into the local TV station, KFSM, the building continues operational. Little Rock razed their Carnegie library building in 1964. Morrilton and Eureka Springs continue to operate as libraries albeit with additions and renovations.
Thanks, Dale Carnegie, for your gift of books and knowledge.