ABOUT ATTICA PUBLIC LIBRARY
The purposes of the Attica Public Library are: to promote, develop, and maintain public library services in such a manner as to meet the needs and expectations of patrons who reside in the Attica Public Library district and of others who are entitled to use these services, and to cooperate with other governmental agencies within the library district, such as public school libraries, to provide library services.
Head of Circulation
Katniss P Evergreen
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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ATTICA PUBLIC LIBRARY'S HISTORY
The Attica Public Library is one of the many Carnegie Libraries built across the United States by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie at the turn of the century. It was finished November 4, 1904 at a cost of approximately $11,000 on what is known as Washington Park, given to the city by J.D. McDonald.
On November 11, 1927, the iconic "Doughboy" statue was dedicated to the men and women from Fountain County who served and died in World War I. Over the years several improvements have been made to the Carnegie Library. In 1963 Wilbert M. Allen, a former resident, donated $5,000 for improvements. In 1974 air conditioning, a new furnace, and a basement entrance were added. In 1979 glass doors were placed at the entrance. Through 1986-1989 a new roof was installed and extensive repair work was done to the library interior.
The Library building is a beautiful New-classical design made with buff brick. In 1994-95 an addition was built. Similar buff brick were used for the addition so that the transition between old and new is barely noticeable. The addition, built behind the existing building, added a handicapped accessible entrance, restrooms, an office, a conference room, a youth area and an adult area. The existing building was renovated by replacing the glass block windows with insulated windows to resemble the original. In 2010 Harrison Steel donated the funds to allow the Youth area to be remodeled and updated.
Finally, in 2016 the library began an extensive remodel to update and modernize many features while matching it with details in the library to preserve the classic look it began with. This renovation provided the outside with tuck-pointing to the building, an updated roof, along with automatic handicapped doors and a paved parking lot added behind the library, updated bathrooms, a digital sign, updated electrical wiring, new LED lighting and energy efficient windows, new flooring, and a new circulation desk.
"Saturday's Distraction" was created by Sherri Treeby and Lee Leuning of Bad River Artworks in Aberdeen, South Dakota. A boy stands absorbed in his book while his ice cream melts, his dog awaits the drips, and his baseball game and slingshot are completely forgotten. This piece is about the love of reading. It is located on the south side of the Attica Public Library.
The bronze American Doughboy is an image of a World War I infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man's Land. He holds a rifle in one hand and a grenade in the other. The sculptor who visualized and designed "The Spirit of the American Doughboy" and erected it in 1927 was Ernest M. Viquesney of Spencer, Indiana. It is located in front of the Attica Public Library.