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Library History

Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.

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Readlyn is proud to have a city library which was established in 1965 by Mrs. Ethyl Rommell who felt that the growing town needed a library for the betterment of the community.   The Readlyn Community Library first originated in the back room of the City Hall on March 27, 1965.  Books were purchased from money raised locally and donations from townspeople.  The library continued to add more items and eventually outgrew the original building.   The new building was constructed in 1968, and a multi-purpose room was added in 1992.  Glennis Meier was the first librarian and served for 26 years until August 1991.  Carol Strottmann was director for 14 years from August 1991 to March 2005.   Barb Sowers served as director from 2005-2013.  Amie Whiteside was director for the next year and Linda McCarty is currently the director.

The library has always kept pace with the new formats and programming.   The Video collection was introduced and now has about 1,200 selections.  Public computers made their appearance and the automation system was launched with the new millenium in 2000.  Today the library offers books on cassette and CD, DVDs, computers and of course books. The library has four public access computer stations and a wireless network for laptop users.

To keep up with the changing times, the Readlyn Community Library has evolved in many ways. The library has always held an important role in the community of Readlyn and the surrounding area. That will never change.

The staff has gone through many adaptations over the years and is now made up of three part-time employees, Linda McCarty, Director, Barb Sowers and Nancy Lockard, librarians. 

 Interested in more history?  Check out the Iowa Historical Society.