Friday, December 23, 2011
70 Years of Service @ the Poynette Area Public Library
Library Lynx: After 70 years, growth continues. (Poynette Press, 12/21/2011)
Excerpt: The initial start-up contribution of $5 was enclosed in a letter to the Women's Club stating, "For the purpose of starting a library." It was donated, in 1939, by a former Poynette Presbyterian pastor by the name of Rev. C. L. Richards. We owe a debt of gratitude to the generosity and vision of this gentleman.
Through the efforts of the Women's Club, the library opened in October 1941. Its home at that time was the annex of the North-West Telephone Company building which was on the corner of Main and Seward streets. The initial collection had 850 books; many of them donated, and had 252 registered borrowers. The hours of operation were 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.