Fredonia Public Library

807 Jefferson Street
Fredonia, KS 66736

620-378-2863

History:

The Fredonia Public Library was founded before it actually had a place to put the books. In late 1913 or early 1914, Dr. A. C. Flack brought together a group of like-minded people to talk about a library. The group raised about $500.00 to buy books, and they selected the books to be bought. Where to place these books was the next question. About that time there was talk of building a new highschool. Some thought it didn't need to be so big, but others felt it could house the library also. The building was completed in 1914, and the library was given the use of the north rooms on the second floor rent, heat and light free. The library occupied that space until 1925 when the school needed the space.

Some time between 1914 and 1925, someone dug out the law allowing cities to levy a tax to support a library. After the library board canvassed every house in Fredonia, the levy was passed and the library had a fund of less than one mill.

In 1925, the library moved to a store front on the east side of the square. Rent, heat and light were added to the expense. That left very little money for books. An appeal was made to the public for assistance, and while money was raised, it was not a permanent answer. The board asked for an increase to the maximum levy allowed, and it was granted.

About 1930 the Congregational Church was closed, and the City of Fredonia bought the building (for $2,000) to house the library. It was a well-built structure, and needed only to be furnished with stacks and furniture. In 1932 it was remodeled as part of a project to put more people to work.

 

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