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Estherville Library, town centerpiece

Estherville News Editorial

December 2, 2015
Estherville News Staff , Estherville News

The Estherville Library is a beautiful centerpiece to the town of Estherville and embodies the values of reading and learning. In a town of growth and progress, what better to sit in the center of town?

Before the Carnegie building that houses the Estherville Library, there were four different libraries from 1882 to 1902. The first was the Warren Barber home, which was where the Middle School now stands. The second was the Bemis Store, which is where the Post Office now stands. The third was Dr. McMillian's Office, which is where the City Offices are now located, and the fourth was on the second floor of Coon Block, which was above what is now Don Jose's.

The Carnegie building was not completed until 1903. Prior to that, funding for such a building was hard to gain. That is when Andrew Carnegie gave the city $10,000 for a library with the terms that the city furnish a site and pledge $1,000 annually for its support.

Over the years, the library has been expanded and redecorated.

Today, the Carnegie building boldly stands in the center of downtown and offers a reading material for all ages as well as a number of programs for the young and old.

For example, this Thursday, the library is offering Mice Storytime for kids and Our Caregivers (Alzheimer's Program). Then on Saturday, there is a Stocking Stuffer Workshop for kids 10 and up.

The library staff along with other entities such as the Iowa State Extension Office and Emmet County Nature Center work to bring the public amazing programs and workshops that inform, teach and are tons of fun throughout the year. With so many great opportunities, it's hard not to get involved!



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