The Miami Springs Woman’s Club held a grand opening and special dedication for their new #LittleFreeLibrary. The Little Free Library (LFL) was dedicated to the first female mayor of Miami Springs, our current mayor, Maria Mitchell.
Take a close look and you’ll see that the Little Free Library was modeled to look just like the real Miami Springs Woman’s Club. The Library was designed by architect, Juan Calvo, and was built by carpenter, Katie Wardenski. Great job folks!
The Woman’s Club posted the following message on their website:
These clubwomen shared a bit of our club’s history, and how this project was initiated. One of our organization’s early projects was to start the town’s first public library. Over eighty years ago, at a “Library Tea Party” at the Miami-Battle Creek Sanitarium (now Fair Havens Center), the Miami Springs Woman’s Club members initiated the Miami Springs Municipal Library. There they collected over one hundred seventy donated books from residents
that attended. 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. The Woman’s Club membership continued to enlarge the collection. It maintained the public library for ten years in this building before the books were moved to the present library building at 401 Westward Drive.