Tulare County’s Orosi-Cutler Branch Library, the last Carnegie library to be constructed in California, will host a grand reopening event at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30.
The library, located at 12646 Ave. 416 in Orosi, was recently closed for an $18,000 renovation project paid for by a donation of the Orosi Friends of the Library and the Tulare County Library Foundation. The renovation project included new carpet and the walls and shelves were repainted.
“Tulare County appreciates the donation from the Orosi Friends which will improve library services in the community while preserving a valued historic landmark,” said Fourth District Supervisors Steve Worthley, whose district includes Orosi.
The Orosi-Cutler Library was established in March 1911 in Ryan’s Cyclery. It was officially established as a Tulare County Branch Library in July 1913. In 1917, the county obtained a $3,000 Carnegie grant to build a library in Orosi. Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929 with funds donated by businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In 1983, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Orosi-Cutler Library represents the history of libraries and the strength of the community,” said Jeff Scott, interim County Librarian. “The work performed on this renovation will ensure the library will provide the same great service for many more years.”
Scott said the public is invited to the grand reopening. Refreshments will be served and children will have the opportunity to participate in a crafts program.