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Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden Ave. has traditionally been a centerpiece of Harriman’s Tour of Homes during the holiday season.
The historic Carnegie library will again be a stop on the tour, sponsored by Cornstalk Heights Community Organization.
This year’s tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.
The historic structure, built from funds by philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, will have an open house and gift shop.
The library has graced the city of Harriman for 100 years and served as a place of learning and enrichment for the good of all — Harriman residents and those from surrounding areas.
The anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone was celebrated on Sept. 27, 2009, and the actual opening day of this great historic building was celebrated on Oct. 31.
The Greek Revival building’s interior with gilt embossed columns, lighted archways and decorative woodwork that defines the detailed workmanship of 1909 is displayed still today.
Carnegie’s portrait graces the mantle above the fireplace, and the words “Carnegie Building” in the titled entry acknowledge the authenticity of the build-ing.
This historic building is also listed on the Register of Historic Buildings in Tennessee.
The architectural beauty has been left unaltered, but an asset to the library provides access to all residents.
The building has an ADA-approved handicap access lift.
The handicap entrance is to the left of the main entrance.
A covered ramp descends down to the entry door, and once inside the building, the lift is available for access to both the main library floor and the ground floor.
The children’s department and a handicap restroom are on the ground floor.
While visiting the library, tour goers will also have an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.
A limited-edition Christmas ornament, reflecting the 100 year anniversary of the Harriman Carnegie Library, is available for $20.
This ornament comes boxed, adorned with the 100th Anniversary gold and blue ribbon emblem.
The ornament can be hung on a tree or stand, or it can be placed on a flat surface. The wreath ornament is set in a matching stand.
Other features of the gift shop include Celebration Creations by Rhonda Nickel, which holds various candy arrangements that can be made for any special occasion. “It’s a Boy,” “Over the hill,” “For Man’s Best Friend” or a “Jolly Santa Claus” are just a few examples of the “sweet” gift creations.
Adornments by Alicia features handmade jewelry, and area basket maker David Milsaps will offer hand-woven baskets in various forms and styles.
Milsaps will also have handmade wooden toys, such as trains, airplanes, trucks, tractors and cars.
Library board members and staff will be on hand for the open house and tour. Refreshments will be available.