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New library moving into historic building in Butte

Butte Library
Posted at 9:32 AM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 11:34:18-04

BUTTE — A new library in Butte is not only in one of the city's most historic buildings, but also named after one of its famous sons - prolific writer Edwin Dobb.

The Ed Dobb Memorial Peace Library will soon open to the public for research use.

Moving 10,000 books into a new research library in honor of the late Butte writer Edwin Dobb is a labor of love -- but it’s also hard work.

“I think we moved something like 180 boxes of books over about a week and a half. No one had to go the gym that week,” said Clark Chateau Program manager Christine Martin.

The hard work will result in the Edwin C. Dobb Memorial Peace Library being setup in Butte’s historic Jacob’s House at Granite and Montana.

Dobb, a Butte native and renowned writer and essayist, died last July.

“Ed was a champion of the literary arts in Butte and we thought it’s only appropriate to honor him with his name being on our library,” Martin said.

The books for the library came from the collection of writer David Abrams, who authored the acclaimed novels Fobbit and Brave Deeds.

“I look on this library as a gift back to ed for all of the love that he’s given Butte over the years,” Abrams said.

It wasn’t an easy decision, but when he found out it was going in honor of Ed Dobb, that made that decision a bit easier.

They also plan to use the building as a temporary home for traveling artists who are passing through Butte.

The library is expected to be open by next summer.