Culver Union Township Public Library Celebrates 100th Birthday

The community of Culver is celebrating the 100th birthday of its Carnegie Library with the ribbon cutting of an exhibit designed to keep future generations excited about reading. The town’s StoryWalk consists of 18 stations along Lake Maxinkuckee in the community park. Each houses a different laminated page from a children’s storybook to encourage families to stroll through the park share a story. The Culver-Union Township Public Library and Culver Park Board teamed up on the project. The first book is “The Ice Cream Hotel” by local author Jack Johnston. StoryWalk books in the Park will change every two weeks from June through September.

The StoryWalk ribbon cutting will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. EDT at the Culver Town Park. It’s one of several activities celebrating the establishment of a library in the lakeside community. Historian Jim Faulkner notes the town’s Commerce Club formed a committee to research Carnegie grant application requirements. A Library Board of Trustees pledged $1,450 to buy the Main Street lot where the building now sits and approved a tax levy for annual revenue. The Carnegie Foundation awarded Culver a grant of $10,000 for construction in January of 2015. The building was completed in December.

Carnegie donated money to build more than 2,500 libraries around the world between 1883 and 1929, including 1,689 in the United States.

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