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Library History

Read how this library was established and how it has evolved to become such an important part of our community.

Highlights of Truro Public Library

1930--Started under leadership of Bradie Phillips and support of WRC.  400 books were donated. The first paid librarian was Mayme Patty. New books were put on a rental shelf and loaned out for 10 cents a book until they were paid for, then a new book was purchased.

1932--The bank closed and we were poor again, More volunteer time!

1933--The City Council levied a tax.

1936--Ohio Township levied a tax. Nola Atkinson served as librarian for 5 years. Working 4 hours  on Saturday for 15 cents an hour.

1966--We moved to the present location on Main Street. Boy Scouts helped much with the move.

1975--We joined the County Program of the Central Regional System. It was tax supported.

1978--We expanded into the East Room with reference books and non-fiction reading.

1988--Our librarian, Opal Rankin, suffered a fatal heart attack, having served from 1936 to 1988.

1988 --Doris Johnson became librarian serving until retirement in September 2003.  Betty Green then became librarian.

1998--We joined the COMPUTER AGE!

2003--Received 2 flat-screen computers from Gates Foundation. These are for public use.

2005--The library laid down new carpet, and a new layout of books.

2006--We added another new computer for public use. 

2007--Installed central air conditioner.


This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.