Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Influential local librarian dies at 89

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Margaret Elizabeth Gates, director of the Manhattan Public Library for a quarter century, died Saturday in Boulder, Colo. She was 89.

Gates’ career in libraries began as a K-State student in 1945 when she joined the staff of the Manhattan Public Library, then situated in the Carnegie Building at Fifth and Poyntz, as a clerk.

She also worked at a theater and on a local farm driving a tractor. Upon graduation with a degree in physical education, she studied library science at the University of Illinois, receiving

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