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Plans for the library began in 1974 at a meeting of the Atkins Womens Club, it was decided to form a committee to look into the feasability of having a library. Committeee members were: Mrs. Jane Haether, Mrs Ruth Mumford, Mrs. Eleanor Padley and Mrs. Mary Ingram. Several attempts had been made to form a library but this attempt became a reality. Mayor Ben Kreutner and the City Council gave their approval to start the library. Approval also came from the Benton County Supervisors and the East Central Regional Library Association. The mayor appointed five members to the board they were: Mrs. Jane Haerther, Mrs. Joan Risdal, Mrs Donah Claussen, Robert Brandt, and Jay Lieb. The Atkins Womens Club sponsored several fund raising projects with the proceeds going towards library equipment, materials and books. Many people in the community donated books for the new library. The first library was located in the basement of the Atkins Telephone Company, the first Librarian was Mrs. Roesann Hovey. The library officially opened on March 25, 1975. In 1978 Mrs. Luann Knaak became the librarian after the resignation of Mrs. Hovey. Cathy Becker became the third librarian in 1992 when Mrs. Knaak's husband was transferred with his job. The library continues to grow every year with new books each month and other materials for the public use. We now have six computers with internet access for the public to use. We also offer a summer reading program every year. In 2009 a capital campaign was started to raise money for a new library, community room and city hall, after two years of fund raising we reached our goal and in October of 2011 we broke ground for the building. In July of 2012 we moved into the new facility. What a great experience, we had sixty five volunteers to help move over ten tousand volumes of materials. We accomplished this in a little over three hours. What a great group of volunteers.
Library History
Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.