Founded in 1859, the Lapeer Ladies Library Association gathered the community's first collection of books for lending. The popularity of the collection led the Carnegie Foundation to offer $10,000 to build a public Library in 1916. In part through the efforts of Congressman Louis Crampton, a larger Carnegie grant was secured in 1921. The citizens of Lapeer provided the remainder of the funds needed to construct this Georgian Revival building. Designed by the prominent Detroit firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, the library opened in 1923. In 1981 it was renamed to honor Newbery Award winning children's author and illustrator Marguerite deAngeli who was born in Lapeer in 1889.
In January 2003, the Lapeer County Library System underwent a restructuring transition and changed its name to Lapeer District Library.
On August 22, 2010, the Marguerite deAngeli Branch was named a Literary Landmark by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of the American Library Association.
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