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The grand opening & dedication took place on Monday, April 11, 2022, at 11 am. The Miami Springs Little Free Library is dedicated to our friend, member, and first female Mayor of Miami Springs, Maria Puente Mitchell.
OUR LIBRARY HISTORY:
Our community’s library history is connected to the Miami Springs Woman’s Clubhouse.
One of the organization’s early projects was to start the town’s first public library, all 171 donated volumes of which were originally housed in a small back room of the town’s Municipal Building. The books were donated by residents who attended a “Library Tea” at the Miami Battle Creek Sanitarium (now Fairhavens). To maintain the library and support the Woman’s Club Mrs. Lena Pearl Curtiss Wheeler, a founding member, donated two double lots for this building in memory of her mother, Mrs. Jennie Potter Neff, and her late husband’s mother, Mrs. Lua Andrews Curtiss Adams. At that time the property was appraised at $20,000, and the money to build the structure was raised by its membership through many fundraising efforts throughout the 1940s. The Woman’s Club membership continued to enlarge the collection and maintained the public library for ten years in this building before the books were moved to the present library building at 401 Westward Drive.