Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Manson Library showcases rich history on art wall, invites community input


MANSON - Stop by the library to see the "History of the Manson Community Library" that is displayed on our art wall.

Board member Carla Everett put together the display, which includes a picture painted by former librarian Dory Starr. The painting is of the old library next to the downtown Manson dental clinic. Dory painted the picture for her good friend, Pauline Anderson, who actively volunteered at the library.

The library was moved to its current location in 1972 when the Lake Chelan Reclamation District’s new building was built and invited the library to use part of the space.

The Art Wall includes lots of pictures, information regarding programs, biographies of former librarians, and more. A highlight is the story of Anna Coffin, who moved from Seattle to Manson in 1921 and decided that Manson needed a library. Read about how she made that happen. Carla has combed through many pictures, old library board meeting notes, and just about anything she could find regarding the history of the library. 

There are a few gaps in the history, and some people in the pictures are not identified, so she has placed a clipboard near the display and is asking the community to share any information they may have.
Stop by the library and see this wonderful display of history during our regular open hours: Tuesdays:  9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesdays:  11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays:  9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.


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