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Spirit in cemetery

Fiske Free Library 150th Anniversary Cemetery Walk

What do a world renowned detective, the richest man in America, one of the most popular woman writers of the 19th century, and Webster's dictionary have in common?

Claremont, of course!

Learn how these and other fascinating stories are woven into the rich fabric of Claremont's literary history as we celebrate the Fiske Free Library's 150th anniversary.

Meet a business owner, librarians, authors, reporters, a minister, a publisher, and a renowned mystery guest, all of whom have fascinating stories to tell.

See the past come alive!

2:00 PM, Sunday, September 24th
Old Village Cemetery
Behind the Fiske Free Library



Meet Nala

Stop by to meet Nala on Thursday, September 21st at 4:00PM.

Nala is a canine member of Caring Animal Partners and has passed her Good Citizenship and Pet Aptitude tests and is ready to meet some friends who would enjoy reading to her!

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Samuel P. Fiske established the Fiske Free Library in 1873 with 2,000 volumes from his personal library and $5,000 for the purchase of additional books. An additional $5,000 was given by Mr. and Mrs. Fiske to establish a permanent trust fund. Housed first in Stevens High School, the library moved in 1877 into the Bailey Block with more room and easier access. By 1902 space was again tight and Andrew Carnegie was approached for funding. In 1903, with $15,000 in funding from Carnegie, ground was broken for the present building. An addition in 1922 and a full renovation in 1966 expanded the entire building for library use.