- “My daughters and I have enjoyed spending a lot of time at the Carnegie Library during the two years we’ve lived in Newnan. I asked them to help me come up with reasons we like the Carnegie, or as we call it, “the little library” so much. Here are two of their responses: “I like how you keep the honor books as long as you want and it’s close to our home.” …Evie, age 6 1/2
“I like the computers!” …Laine, age 5
I second both of these responses! It is so nice to be able to keep a favorite book at home to read and reread without the fear of fines. The honor book selection is large and varied with plenty of the latest titles thanks to the Barnes and Noble donations. On each visit we also read at least two of the books in the children’s reading room. There is an amazing collection of beautiful picture books and reference books available to read. The computers are wonderful. The touch screens are easy for the children to navigate and the selection of games are fun, educational and allow for independent play/learning. It’s often during this time I enjoy a magazine from the fine selection in the main reading room! The reading room also offers seasonally appropriate coloring sheets and puzzles that both of my girls enjoy. The summer programs at the Carnegie have been exceptional. I can’t believe they are free! This summer our favorites have been the exotic petting zoo (we got to pet a lemur!), painting a ceramic horse and Mr. Keith the magician. The programs are always the right length (about an hour or less) and at the perfect time of day to fit into our relaxed summer schedule.
I almost forgot one our favorite ongoing activities at the Carnegie, the Reading Paws program. Evie has enjoyed practicing her reading skills with the adorable Jenny. That dog is so cute and good natured. It is much easier to motivate an emerging reader by saying “you’ve got to practice this book so you can read it to Jenny” than just reading to mom and dad. Evie loves Jenny and often asks when her next session is coming up.
The Carnegie would be nothing without it’s friendly and helpful staff. Carol, Dianne and Amy are always ready to help with a smile. It truly is a pleasure to spend time at the Carnegie and we do as often as we can.”
– The Moss Family, Carnegie patrons
- “Of all the major projects the City has undertaken in the last several years, renovation of the Carnegie Library has been one of the most rewarding. The restoration of the Carnegie was truly a grass-roots effort in which the core group of citizens became the genesis of the Newnan Carnegie Foundation. With energy and enthusiasm, typical of the City of Newnan, these citizens embraced the century-old vision of Charles Thompson and brought life back to a wonderful part of Downtown Newnan.
Today, the Carnegie is, once again, an essential part of the heart and soul of our City and a gathering place for families and visitors. The work the Carnegie Foundation performs is vital to the long term sustainability of the library, and the Foundation’s efforts are evident in their excellent programming and financial support. It is a wonderful feeling to know that with the Foundation in place the citizens of Newnan will enjoy the intended use of the Carnegie for generations.” – Mayor Keith Brady, Newnan
- “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert” – Andrew Carnegie
- I am honored to have been asked to write to you in order to help celebrate the unprecedented and historic reopening of your beloved Carnegie Library. I was deeply moved to learn the story of your library, which began with a $10,000 grant in 1902. Inthat connection, it might interest you to know that your library is older than Camegie Corporation of New York, the philanthropic foundation Andrew Carnegie created in 1911, so we salute you as one of our ancestors in advancing knowledge and leaming! – Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York
- I was so pleased to learn that the historic Carnegie Library building, in Newnan, Georgia, would return to its original purpose of providing public library service to the residents of that community. I understand that this structure first served the community as a public library from 1904 through 1987. The return of public library service to the Newnan Carnegie Library building is not only a wonderful development for the community, but would also be a major milestone in the history of Carnegie Libraries!
However, the decision of the town fathers to return the Newnan Carnegie Library building to public library service is historic. Not only will the Newnan Carnegie Library be the oldest Carnegie Library in the state of Georgia, it will also be the first Carnegie Library building in the history of Carnegie Libraries to, after many years as use as public library, be converted to another purpose, and then many years later to converted back to use as a public library! – Glen Walsh, Carnegie Library historian and biographer
- “The “Frances-Virginia” luncheon was Mother’s last outing. She enjoyed it so much and I’m so comforted that her last affair was such a lovely elegant one.” – Harriet Palmer commenting on the 2011 Luncheon & Fashion Show fundraiser
- “The Newnan Carnegie Library is more than a beautifully restored structure. It is also a gem of a school for the people – teaching through reading, learning, and conversation. Surely this is what Andrew Carnegie dreamed of. Lucky Newnan, lucky Georgia!” – Dr. Jamil Zainaldin, President of the Georgia Humanities Council and former Chairman of the National Federation of Humanities Council
- “When I take my children into this beautiful building, this quiet and almost holy place, I am aware of the effort, heart and life that was offered to make this library possible. It’s vision and generosity (on so many levels) that makes any of these sacred institutions possible.” – Candyce Lund, mother of 3 small boys, Foundation Trustee
- “In austere times, a false dichotomy is often created between the necessity of bread and the luxury of roses. But it is in hard times most of all that human beings need the inspiration of truth and beauty while they earn their bread.
The Carnegie Library of Newnan offers an oasis of hope during this challenging time in American history. Libraries are the bulwark of our civic values, and they deserve defending.” – Linda Monk, J.D., Constitutional Scholar, journalist, nationally award-winning author and the Foundation’s keynote speaker or the Carnegie Library reopening