Mount Ayr Public Library

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History of the Library
On September 29, 1913, a group of people met at the home of Mrs. R.S. Beall to discuss putting a library in Mount Ayr.  On June 15, 1915, the idea of constructing a building was submitted to a vote of the people. "The result of the vote showed that the women were more interested in obtaining the library than the men, as the vote of the women being 212 for 68 against and the men's vote 180 for to 122 against."  Application was made to the Carnegie Foundation for a grant of $10,000 dollars.  Due to the lack of increase in population, the foundation gave $8,000 toward the building.  The women did much fund raising to secure the additional monies.  The total cost of the building was $10,349.85, including in addition to the building proper, the heating plant, lighting, furniture, book shelves, architect fees, excavating and filling, laying of necessary walks, and sewerage.  The Mount Ayr Public Library is on the southwest corner of the square.  Mt. Ayr Public Library Photo


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