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St. Paul Public Library
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EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF YOUR LIBRARY
1856-1858, 1861-1863. The Young Men's Christian Association kept
open a free reading room.
1857. The Mercantile Library Association was organized.
1863, October 30. The Libraries of the Mercantile Library Association and the Young Men's Christian Association united under the
name of the St. Paul Library Association. The rooms formerly occupied
by the Young Men's Christian Association on the third floor of the Inger-
soll Block (3rd and Wabasha Sts.) were taken. Expenses were defrayed
by membership fees and by a course of lectures provided each winter
by the directors. Rev. Edward Eggleston was the first Librarian (1866),
followed by Miss Josephine A. Kelly (1869), Miss Mary S. Creek (1873),
and Mrs. Helen J. Gray McCaine (1877).