What will happen to the former Xenia Carnegie Library?

Officials are working to market the former Xenia Carnegie Library in hopes of finding a new tenant for the building, which has been vacant for 20 years.

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The building, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, is a “gem” near the city’s downtown and its time a business or organization puts it to good use, said Mary Crockett, Xenia community development and downtown coordinator.

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The public is invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the city council chambers, 107 E. Main St. Organizers are looking for new ideas from the community and to find out what residents would like to see happen with the building.

There will be a guest speaker. Mary Ellen Armentrout, author of "Carnegie Libraries of Ohio: Our Cultural Heritage.” Armentrout can talk about what has happened to other Carnegie libraries in Ohio.

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Carnegie libraries were built across the U.S. beginning around 1904. Some have been torn down or are vacant, some have been turned into locations for businesses or nonprofit organizations, and others continue to function as libraries.

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