Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Public Library, Oskaloosa, Iowa
[LIB7633] The Oskaloosa Public Library opened its doors in 1903. The Oskaloosa Women's Club spearheaded the drive to create a public library for the community. The Carnegie Foundation donated $20,000 for the library's construction, and the library's first book collection came from the YMCA library (which had had a members-only library).
In 1997, an addition to the library building doubled its space. Many new patrons do not realize there was an addition because both the interior and exterior colors, woodwork and bricks match the original building's early 20th century look. The library also features a centennial time capsule that was sealed in September 2003 and will not be opened until Sept. 14, 2103. [Website]