The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 12 September 2008

Newnan Carnegie Library Georgia USA
links with Carnegie Library Ayr

REPRESENTATIVES of the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation from Georgia in the United States of America visited South Ayrshire Council’s Carnegie Library in Ayr on a cultural exchange, to see the wide range of facilities on offer.

[Pictured at the visit are Tom Barclay, Local Studies Librarian, South Ayrshire Council; Councillor Margaret Toner; Provost Winifred Sloan; Aileen Cowan, Carnegie Librarian; Carol Burke, Newnan Carnegie Library; and Georgia Lauren Jones, Newnan Carnegie Library, Georgia USA. CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD FULL-SIZE VERSION.]

A building in Georgia that was originally constructed as a library some years ago became a court of law. When the court moved to new premises and the building became vacant, local people decided that they wanted to reinstate the building as a library. Library enthusiasts held a number of fundraising events to purchase the building and return it to its former glory.

The visitors from Newnan were welcomed to Carnegie Library in Ayr by South Ayrshire Council South Ayrshire Council and Councillor Margaret Toner, the Depute Leader of the Council and Portfolio Carrier for Community Services.

The visiting party presented Provost Sloan with a letter from the Mayor of Newnan that explained the reason for the visit and brought greetings to the people of South Ayrshire.

Provost Sloan said: “Ayr already has ties with Newman, and the fact that the town once again has a Carnegie Library gives us even more in common. I was very pleased to welcome the visiting party to Ayr and South Ayrshire. I hope that it will be the first of many visits.”

Tom Barclay, Local Studies Librarian at Carnegie Library and renowned local historian, gave the visitors a guided tour of the library and answered questions about our facilities.

Councillor Margaret Toner accepted a copy of ‘Gone With the Wind’ from the Newnan visitors. As a memento of their visit, Councillor Toner presented the visitors with a copy of the ‘History of Ayr’.

Councillor Toner said: “It was fascinating to meet the representatives from the Carnegie Library in Newnan, who were very enthusiastic about the diverse range of facilities that we offer in the Carnegie Library in Ayr. Two libraries, separated by thousands of miles, have now forged ties that I am sure will go from strength to strength in future years.”

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