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CITY OF MARBLE ROCK

Welcome to Marble Rock! Our town is located on the beautiful Shell Rock River which provides year around activities including fishing, boating, snowmobiling and bald eagle watching. There is a golf course within seven miles and a local community center for exercise and recreation.

Catholic, Lutheran and United Methodist Churches serve those of faith. You’ll find our public library is a high quality facility. Our Historical Society has five buildings devoted to preserving the history of the area and Marble Rock.

School age youngsters attend the Rudd, Rockford and Marble Rock School in Rockford. It’s a great place to live. Come and check us out for yourself.

Mayor: Jerry Engelhardt

Council:

J. R. Ackley
John Marzen
Gary Schmidt
Todd Schriever
Chad Schriever

Office hours: 7:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Brittney Katcher,
City Clerk

Josh Chambers, City Maintenance

Phone 641-315-2621
Fax 641-315-2621

e-mail citymr@omnitelcom.com

City of Marble Rock
105 Main Street South
PO Box 98
Marble Rock, IA 50653-0098

Council minutes, audio-video recordings and other reference materials may be found at  www.marblerocklive.com . Please note this is not an official City Council website or endorsed by the City.

 

MARBLE ROCK PUBLIC LIBRARY

 122 Main Street - South

Marble Rock, IA 50653

Welcome to the Marble Rock Public Library to read, relax and find information on the Internet or just browse through our collection of materials!

 

Marble Rock Board of Trustees

 President: Carol Wreghitt

Vice President: Florence Shook

Secretary: Sara Noss

Lynette Swinton

Steve Koenigsfleld

Wally Schmitt

Renee Parker

 Library Director: Elaine Ott

Assistants: Darlene Enabnit

           Linda Debner

               

Board Meetings are held in Library Meeting Room at 5:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. No meetings in July or January unless board President or Library Director determines that it is necessary.

Library Services

Books

*Large Print Books

*Interlibrary Book Loans

Reference Materials

Newspapers

Periodicals

VHS & DVD Movies

Puzzles

*Audio Cassettes

Tax Forms

Summer Reading Program

Preschool Program

Community Meeting Room

Computer Usage

High Speed Internet

Fax Service

* If we do not have the title, we can obtain it free through a statewide library loan program.

 

Library Hours:

Mon., Tue., Thu., Fri.: 1:30-5:00 pm

Wed: 9:00-11:00 am; 1:30-6:00 pm

Sat.: 9:00-Noon

 

Phone: 641.315.4480

Fax: 641.315.4480

E-mail: mrlib@omnitelcom.com

 

OUR HISTORY

    During the business meeting of the Marble Rock Study Club on the afternoon of March 10 in 1944, Lenora Heft presented the idea of a "Book Exchange" for Marble Rock. Thus started the project that developed into the Marble Rock Public Library.

   It proved to be an active idea and a Library Committee was formed. Mrs. Russell Smith offered her Sun Parlor for the library until a suitable location could be obtained.

   The next major step was taken when members of the Study Club received permission from the Town Council to locate the library in the City Hall Council Room. The Council also promised that shelves would be made for the books.

   The slogan "A Book from every home" was adopted. This resulted in a book from many homes and many books from some homes. Those first books were marked and placed on the shelves and volunteer librarians operated the library initially.

   The library opened for circulating books and magazines in March of 1946. During 1946 state recommendations for libraries were studied and plans made to follow them. Thus on November 16, 1946, the first meeting of a state-sanctioned library board appointed by the Marble Rock Town Council was held. By state law, board members came from the town where the library is located and from each township that helps support the library. Necessary funds for starting the library came from interested people and organizations in the community. With the appointment of the board by the council came help through taxation, Scott and Union Townships gave financial help after being asked early in the history of the library project. As the area served by the library widened, Ulster Township joined in giving money.

City Hall Council Room - First Home of Library 1946

   In addition to those first donated books, additional books were purchased by the board as money was available. Many organizations adopted the policy of giving a book or magazine subscription each year. Books were given by individuals, often in memory of a loved one. The Study Club adopted the project of giving a book in memory of deceased members.

   The library remained in its first location in the Council Room at the Town Hall until 1956 when through a need for larger quarters it was moved to a place in another town building located on the East Side of Main Street.

Second Home of Library - Town Maintenance Building 1956

    By 1963 there was need for still larger quarters and by 1964 plans were underway to obtain them. A grant was obtained from the Kinney Lindstrom Foundation of Mason City. This with local help and gifts from friends enabled the purchasing and remodeling of an empty building on the west side of Main Street that had formerly been a grocery store.

1966 Location of Library - Center of Photo

   Today, the library is now supported by a county rural tax as well as the local town tax. Gifts and memorials have been an important part of our financial support. In fact, the Iva Boom and H. Dean Staudt Estates made it possible to build the new library.

 

History In Brief

1944 – Library founded as a book exchange by the Study Club

1945 – First Library Board established

1946 – Opened for circulation of books

1956 – Expanded to East Side of Main Street

1966 – Expanded & modernized to West Side of Main Street

2002 – Received bequest from Iva Boom Estate

2003 – Received bequest from H. Dean Staudt Estate

2005 – Current facility built by Boom & Staudt bequests

 

Librarians (Directors)

1946-1947 Leta Nikolas

1947-1964 Delia Wilson

1964-1980 Pearl Knoop

1980-1990 Judy Vorhes

1990-1997 Sarah Kelly

1997-    Elaine Ott

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