In the early 1900s, industrialist Andrew Carnegie used some of his fortune to build public libraries throughout America. Five of them were in Stanislaus County: Turlock, Newman, Patterson, Riverbank and Oakdale. All still stand, though the Patterson and Oakdale buildings are now used as offices while Turlock's is an arts center. Newman's and Riverbank's house their respective historical society museums. Riverbank's Carnegie Library was built in 1921 and one of the last three built in California. It is the only one in the area built in a bungalow style. It remained a library until 1978 and now its home to the Riverbank Historical Museum.
In the early 1900s, industrialist Andrew Carnegie used some of his fortune to build public libraries throughout America. Five of them were in Stanislaus County: Turlock, Newman, Patterson, Riverbank and Oakdale. All still stand, though the Patterson and Oakdale buildings are now used as offices while Turlock's is an arts center. Newman's and Riverbank's house their respective historical society museums. Riverbank's Carnegie Library was built in 1921 and one of the last three built in California. It is the only one in the area built in a bungalow style. It remained a library until 1978 and now its home to the Riverbank Historical Museum. Jeff Jardine jjardine@modbee.com
In the early 1900s, industrialist Andrew Carnegie used some of his fortune to build public libraries throughout America. Five of them were in Stanislaus County: Turlock, Newman, Patterson, Riverbank and Oakdale. All still stand, though the Patterson and Oakdale buildings are now used as offices while Turlock's is an arts center. Newman's and Riverbank's house their respective historical society museums. Riverbank's Carnegie Library was built in 1921 and one of the last three built in California. It is the only one in the area built in a bungalow style. It remained a library until 1978 and now its home to the Riverbank Historical Museum. Jeff Jardine jjardine@modbee.com

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Jardine: Carnegie libraries still a part of five area towns

October 21, 2015 8:39 PM

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