Soul of the City
Jan Mueller's Soul of the City, A Centennial History of the Newport Public Library, has recently - 2004 - been published and is available from the author.
She describes it like this:
The nonfiction booklet I am self-publishing under the title Soul of the City: A Centennial History of the Newport Public Library originally began as a Special Project in Writing that spanned the Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 semesters. I chose Newport's Carnegie Library as my topic because I felt it was vitally important to record and preserve the building's fascinating history, especially given the fact that a more modern facility will replace the 100-year-old building in Spring 2004. The Newport Public Libary has had a long and distinguished history, as Newport was the first city in Campbell County to establish a free public library, and the elegant Beaux Art/Italian Renaissance building was constructed in 1902 with funds obtained from Andrew Carnegie, making Newport the first city in Kentucky to receive a grant from the wealthy philanthropist. I will attempt to highlight some of the creative and administrative processes involved in such a project, while also showcasing the building's aesthetic, historical, and architectural importance.
You can contact her at 6 Tammy Lane, Highland Heights, KY 41076.