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Friday Photo: Kings Norton Library

Posted May 1st, 2020 by Ellie Gill with No Comments

Staying local for today’s Friday photo: this week it is Kings Norton library.

Situated on the Pershore Road, near to Kings Norton Green, Kings Norton Library is another of the Carnegie funded libraries in Birmingham (that I am slowly working my way through on the Friday photo).

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist. He amassed his fortune working in America, creating the Carnegie Steel Company. As a young man, he did not attend school, but educated himself by borrowing books from a wealthy local man, who opened his private library to the community’s young workers. Later in life Andrew Carnegie began devoting himself to philanthropic action, one of the many things he did was help to fund 2800+ libraries worldwide.

The foundation stone of Kings Norton library was laid on the 2nd December 1905 by Councillor Edwin Shepard. The building was designed by Benjamin Bower, and built by Mr William Jackson.  

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