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‘Discover the wonders’ of the Detroit Public Library

DETROIT — The Detroit Public Library doesn’t simply house a wealth of knowledge; it is a treasure trove of art, architecture and history. The Main Library on Woowdward was built in 1921 and designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert; it houses an array of murals, a mosaic comprised of 416,000 pieces of colored glass, a Pewabic fireplace and the oldest working elevator in the city of Detroit. Additionally, the Detroit Public Library’s Special Collections contain the Burton Historical Collection, the Rare Book Collection, the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection and the E. Azalia Hackley Collection.

All of these rare and historical items will be featured on a new a new docent-led tour called “Discover the Wonders at the Detroit Public.” Beginning Dec. 7, the tour will commence at 1 p.m. and will take place the first Saturday of every following month. Tours are limited to 50 persons and reservations are required to participate.

“My hopes with the new “Discover the Wonders of the Detroit Public Library Tour” is to bring awareness to Metro Detroit of the magnificent art, architecture, important historic collections, free programs and pride the library brings to the community,” said Head Docent Barbara Cohn.

“I have no doubt when people take the tour they will be amazed and discover what a treasure the Detroit Public Library — Main Library truly is.”

For additional information or to arrange a private tour, please call 313.481.1357 or email Patrice Merritt at

— Staff report

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