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Phoenix Public Library MilestonesPhoenix Public Library Milestones<div class="ExternalClassD48241BFECF848AEB6F7FE0B91041C2F"><div class="table-responsive"><table class="table table-hover table-stripe"><thead><tr><th scope="col" class="w-25">Date </th><th scope="col">​Event </th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>November 1897<br></td><td>Fourteen wome​n organize the Friday Club to start a public library.​<br></td></tr><tr><td>June 21, 1898</td><td>Friday Club opens first Phoenix Public Library in the Fleming Building at Washington and First Avenue.</td></tr><tr><td>September 16, 1899</td><td>Phoenix Library moves from the Fleming Building to City Hall.​​<br></td></tr><tr><td>March 29, 1901</td><td>First library board of trustees appointed by the Phoenix City Council.</td></tr><tr><td>​March 3, 1902</td><td>City Council levies annual tax to support the library.</td></tr><tr><td>​January 1904</td><td>Andrew Carnegie gives $25,000 to Phoenix for a library building.</td></tr><tr><td>February 14, 1908</td><td>Carnegie Library at 1101 W. Washington St. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>May 17, 1917</td><td>First library is established at Second and Washington streets.</td></tr><tr><td>January 16, 1940</td><td>Mae Bartlett Heard donates eight acres at Central Avenue and McDowell Road for a civic center to contain a central library, art museum and auditorium.</td></tr><tr><td>September 11, 1950</td><td>​Harmon Library at 411 W. Yavapai St. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>​August 2, 1952</td><td>Carnegie Library closed after 44 years of service.</td></tr><tr><td>March 1, 1953</td><td>Central Library at Central Avenue and McDowell Road dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>1954</td><td>Phoenix resident Alfred Knight loans his extensive collection of 3,000 rare books to the library with the understanding that it will become Phoenix Public Library property upon his death.</td></tr><tr><td>October 4, 1964</td><td>Saguaro Library at 2804 N. 46th St. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>April 26, 1966</td><td>Palo Verde Library at 4402 N. 51st Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>​August 23, 1967</td><td>​Ocotillo Library at 102 W. Southern Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>​January 5, 1969</td><td>​Acacia Library at 750 E. Townley dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>June 5, 1969</td><td>Yucca Library at 5648 N. 15th Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>​December 16, 1973</td><td>​Century Library at 1740 E. Highland Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>May 7, 1977</td><td>Cholla Library at 10050 Metro Parkway East dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>October 21, 1982</td><td>Mesquite Library at 4525 Paradise Village Parkway dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>July 14, 1990</td><td>Expanded Cholla Library opens at same location.</td></tr><tr><td>October 26, 1991</td><td>Ironwood Library at 4333 E. Chandler Blvd. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>May 20, 1995</td><td>New Central Library at 1221 N. Central Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>July 13, 1996</td><td>Juniper Library at 1825 W. Union Hills Road dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>​July 19, 1997</td><td>Desert Sage Library at 7602 W. Encanto Blvd. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>February 26, 2005</td><td>Desert Broom Library at 29710 N. Cave Creek Road dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>January 28, 2006</td><td>New Palo Verde Library opens at same location.</td></tr><tr><td>June 7, 2008</td><td>New Saguaro Library opens at same location.</td></tr><tr><td>​June 5, 2009</td><td>Agave Library at 23550 N. 36th Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>September 12, 2009</td><td>New Harmon Library at 1325 S. 5th Ave. dedicated.</td></tr><tr><td>September 24, 2011</td><td>South Mountain Community Library at 7050 S. 24th St. dedicated.​</td></tr></tbody></table></div> <br> </div>