Library update

Blair Nelson, director of Bayfield Carnegie Library, sits next to one of the four pillars that will be restored next year after the library raised $225,000 to pay for the project.

Bayfield Carnegie Library Director Blair Nelson recently achieved his goal of raising enough money to restore the library’s iconic pillars and make other repairs to the longstanding community edifice.

Bayfield Carnegie Library, built at the beginning of the 20th century with help from a $10,000 grant from steel baron and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, is one of the oldest public libraries in the state. Four pillars of Apostle Islands-quarried brownstone dominate its stately façade but after more than a century are showing their age from damaging Chequamegon Bay weather.

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