|Louise Irwin Woods (1914-1999)|
Internships, fellowships, graduate assistantships, and stipends are currently being offered at the South Caroliniana Library through the Louise Irwin Woods Endowment Fund, established in memory of this Pennsylvania teacher.
Louise Irwin Woods
Born and raised in Ligonier, a small town in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, Louise Irwin was the oldest of a family of six. She was graduated from Juniata College in 1934 and returned to her hometown to teach school until her marriage to Carson B. Woods.
After her husband's early death in 1953, Mrs. Woods again entered the classroom and took great delight in working with elementary students, particularly in the areas of reading and math.
She received a master's degree in archival studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She felt libraries were the key to realms of information, and she enjoyed going to some of the best of them, from the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Library Company in Philadelphia, to the South Carolinana Library.
Her daughter, Jeanie, a 1973 Carolina graduate who initiated the fund, notes that some of her earliest memories are visiting libraries with her mother, "Her life was engaged in a continuing education and exchange of ideas, a constant replenishing of mind and spirit. There were always three or more books from the library in the house."
Mrs. Woods was a long-time first grade teacher. Her love of children and the significance of reading in everyday life inspired her to do volunteer work with various libraries and to provide books to youngsters. She felt that libraries define and enrich a community while expanding the horizons of their users.
For information about applying for the various types of assistance available, please contact the Director of the South Caroliniana Library at 803-777-3131.
To donate to this fund and for additional information, please contact us.