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Willmar Public Library celebrates 115 years

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Public Library on Tuesday celebrated 115 years of providing books, resources and services to the Willmar lakes area community.

Erica Dischino / Tribune Willmar Public Library artifacts from the past century are on display in celebration of its 115th anniversary.
Erica Dischino / Tribune Willmar Public Library artifacts from the past century are on display in celebration of its 115th anniversary.

WILLMAR - The Willmar Public Library on Tuesday celebrated 115 years of providing books, resources and services to the Willmar lakes area community.

Newspaper clippings and other historical items were on display for patrons, who also were served refreshments during the celebration.

The library in downtown Willmar was established in 1904 with funding from Andrew Carnegie. Over the decades, the library merged and morphed into what it is today. In 1958, it merged with the Kandiyohi County Library, and that combined entity in 1972 joined with libraries in neighboring counties to form the Crow River Regional Library. The Willmar Public Library became part of the Pioneerland Library System in 1983.

The citizens of Willmar voted in 1996 to implement a sales tax to fund a renovation and addition to the library building, giving the community a larger, up-to-date facility that was completed in 1999.

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Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at edischino@wctrib.com or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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