History of the Tamaqua Public Library

Times News, April 3rd, 2009

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Seventy-five years ago this May, a 24-year-old schoolteacher with a passion for books and education discovered dreams can indeed become reality.

In the cold cement basement of the former Masonic Building at West Broad and Nescopec Streets in Tamaqua, Kathryn "Kit" Schaeffer arranged donated books on shelves built in kind by a local lumberman. She beheld in front of her the library, although a bit smaller than desired, she had envisioned for many years.