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In Their Own Words

December 28, 1866

Letter Called for Public Library

The first serious attempt to secure a public library for the city of Atlanta was set in motion by a letter signed by “Many Young Men” that appeared in the Atlanta Daily New Era:

“Mr. Editor: We wish to call the attention of young men and of our citizens generally to a new project that is being started, and which we think will be a very desirable one, should it succeed. It has been suggested that a reading-room for the young men would be that which is absolutely needed for many of them who feel that want of something pleasant for these long winter evenings, and at the same time be a benefit to them. Other cities have their reading-rooms and libraries. The former, at least, is within our reach, and soon we may have a library. Will you, both young men and others, think of the matter, and help us all you can be the aid of your subscriptions as well as by your influence?”

Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), p. 759.