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Congratulations, 100-year-old Hawthorne Library

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on May 11, 2013

On Tuesday, May 7th, the Madison Common Council passed a resolution congratulating the Madison Public Library and the Hawthorne Branch on their 100 years of continuous service to the residents of the East Side of Madison.

Madison's first library branch, 1249 Williamson Street, 1913

Madison’s first library branch, 1249 Williamson Street, 1913

In 1913, Madison’s first branch library opened at 1249 Williamson Street.  This library would eventually become the Hawthorne Branch, now located at 2707 East Washington. The Sixth Ward Library was the first of Madison’s branch libraries, and the oldest surviving library building in Madison. Before its opening, the Madison Free Library served east side factory workers and their families by placing shelves of books in neighborhood groceries. The new library provided a larger variety of reading material, a branch librarian, and space for educational lectures, continuing education courses, and club meetings.

Hawthorne Branch Library 1957-1973, 2041 Atwood Avenue

 

Hawthorne Branch, 2817 East Washington Avenue, when it first moved to Madison East Shopping Center in 1973, 

Hawthorne Branch Library, 2707 East Washington Ave.

Today’s Hawthorne Branch Library, 2707 East Washington Avenue, after it moved in 2000 into larger space west of the shopping center.

A century later, Madison’s libraries continue the tradition of free public educational opportunities envisioned by Andrew Carnegie.

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