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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Library celebrates Women's History Month with Anne Louise Davis exhibit

Library exhibit highlights benefactor and activist
Anne Louise Davis, shown here in a 1990 portrait
by Plainfield artist Gerri Heydt.

The Plainfield Public Library is celebrating Women's History Month with an exhibit on Plainfield civic icon and library benefactor Anne Louise Davis.

Ms. Davis had a long career as an editor in the publishing business, commuting every day to her office in New York City. Among the many interesting items on display are two autographed books, one by Langston Hughes and J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" -- whetting my curiosity about whether she edited either or both of these.

But the rest of her time was devoted to community service. Not only was she active in many civic and business groups, she was a longtime volunteer at Muhlenberg Hospital.

Most significantly, however, for all of us is that she was the motive force behind replacing the original Victorian library building and its later Carnegie extension with the new and striking modern structure which we enjoy today.

The exhibit is in display cases next to the Reference Desk and in display cubes in the adjacent reading area. The display may be viewed during regular library hours.

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots. For more information about library hours and programs, visit the library's website at

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