Thanks to Viola Reynolds and Wanda Donley, the original library in Louisburg was a bookmobile loaned to the community by the Johnson County Library System in June 1961. It was parked north of the Louisburg Herald offices and staffed by volunteers. During the first year, 7,229 books were loaned.
After much volunteer labor and donations by businessmen and the City of Louisburg, a small two-room house located on Second Street behind the Fox Community Hall became the Louisburg Community Library. It contained 2,000 donated volumes. A ½ mill levy, sales of library cards, fines, and donations provided operating funds and rent for trunks of new books from the Topeka Library. The first interim board was Newell R. Todd, Viola Reynolds and Joyce Meek. The first librarian was Edna “Pip” Haynes, succeeded by Villa Dunn.
In July, Library District No. 1 Miami County, was voted into being, the first such district in Kansas. The District boundaries are the same as the school district, USD 416. Among those instrumental in bringing this to pass were John Heinen, Joe McGuirk, Walter Crotchett, Rev. Henry Donelson, Joyce Meek, Bob and Viola Reynolds and Jack Wempe. The former Rosner Ford showroom was the site. Furniture was obtained from the State Library. Mrs. Clara Nell German was librarian, assisted by Villa Dunn.
A fire partially destroyed the library. On January 1, 1979, the library moved into its present quarters at 206 South Broadway, the remodeled garage area of the original Rosner Ford Company. The original showroom/library was torn down.
The library was renovated to maximize the use of space and to create an ADA accessible facility.
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