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History of library

Over 30 years ago, people in LeGrand saw the need to have a public library.  After using the basement of the Masonic Temple as the LeGrand Library and then a small room in the LeGrand Community Center , community members began plans for a new library. They requested monies from the Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation and the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation to help with construction.  But grant money was not enough, so the members of the LeGrand community began to solicit donations and hold fundraisers. Community spirit persevered and in addition to raising the money, volunteers raised the roof, and the walls and the shelves… building the fine log structure we have today.

With an initial collection of donated books, volunteers began providing a quality service to the community. The library collection and usage increased through the years and programs for children and adults were provided.  In the late 1980s the library became the first library in Marshall County to become accredited by the State Library of Iowa.  The library has maintained this accreditation and the Director has maintained her certification with the State Library.

 In 1999, using grant and gift money the library undertook a major renovation of collection management and automated the entire collection and circulation process. With the purchase of the computers for automation, it was possible to provide Internet access for patrons. 

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