The following article was found on page 1, column 6 of the March 29, 1917, Lowell Tribune:
A Library for Lowell?
Henry M. Sanborn, of Indianapolis, will speak at the High school auditorium Friday night in the interest of a public library. Every detail of the movement will be explained. The following program will be rendered:
From the Lowell Tribune, May 17, 1917, page 1, column 4:
We are glad to inform our readers that Cedar Creek, West Creek townships and the town of Lowell will have a free public library some time in the near future. The necessary signatures have been secured in both townships and the town of Lowell. West Creek township was the last to hear from and they report having sixty-two names to their petition and that makes the free library a sure thing. As soon as the preliminary work can be done active work will be commenced. This is indeed a long felt want to be gained for the community.
From the Lowell Tribune, July 26, 1917, page 1, column 6:
The first steps were taken Tuesday for the organization of our Library in Lowell. The petition was filed in the Lake Circuit court and Judge McMahan appointed as directors W.T. Dickinson, of Cedar Creek township and C.T. Bailey and John Hayhurst from West Creek township. The other directors will be appointed by the township trustees and the school board.
Our library is now assured as when the tax levies are made up this fall the various corporations will levy a small tax for the maintenance of the library. As soon as matters can be arranged the board will ask for a donation from the Carnegie library fund to build the building.
From the Lowell Tribune, August 16, 1917, page 1, column 4:
Library Board Appointed
The following members of the Library Board have been appointed:
Cedar Creek township -- W.T. Dickinson and Mrs. Neil Brown.
Town of Lowell -- Mrs. Martha Love, L.J. Scritchfield, C.N. Gragg and L.W. Ragon.
H.O. Burnham and Earle C. Pulver, by virtue of their office of township trustee, are members of the board, which makes a total of eleven members on the board. A meeting will be held in a few days at which time the board will organize and the preliminary steps be taken toward the erection of our new library building.
From the Lowell Tribune, August 30, 1917, page 1, column 3:
Library Board Organized
The newly appointed Library board met in the State National bank building Monday night for the purpose of organizing. The following officers were elected:
Various committees were appointed and the work of getting to work on the new library building will be pushed right along. A committee was appointed to arrange for a temporary place to open up the library which will be done in the near future. The board will meet again on Monday night, September 10.
This mention of the library was made in the "Town Board Meeting" article from the Lowell Tribune, September 6, 1917, page 1, column 4:
On motion the town clerk was instructed to write the Carnegie Library Commission of our intention to build a library.
This article appears in the Lowell Tribune, September 29, 1949, page 1, column 3:
The Lowell Public Library, founded in 1920, was a gift from Andrew Carnegie. The Parent-Teachers Association was the one organization largely responsible for obtaining the valuable institution, although there were many individuals interested in having a library and helped promote it. Many of them served on the first board. They were: Carl Gragg, L.W. Ragon, Wm. Dickinson, L.J. Scritchfield, Mrs. Bessie Little, John Hayhurst, Mrs. Mabel Brown, Mrs. J.A. Dinwiddie, Earl Pulver, Charles Bailey and H. Burnham. Current members are: Harry Hathaway, Mrs. Walter Miller, Charles Dickinson, Maurice Parmely, Mrs. Lillian Brownell, Mrs. Helene Russell, Wm. Tatman, Ernest Burnham and Morris W. Gilbert.
Down through the years there have been only four librarians: Mrs. Mary Davis, Miss Ruth Fedde, Mrs. Persis Stealy and Miss Betty Einspahr.
The library serves two townships, West Creek and Cedar Creek, and the town of Lowell. During the school year books are delivered to the rural schools for supplementary reading. There is a branch library at Schneider which is open one day a week and cared for by Mrs. Gerrich.
In addition to approximately 1500 registrants, many students of our schools use the library for their reference work as well as their pleasure reading.
This unidentified newspaper article, dated February 17, 1972, was found in a scrapbook owned by Town Historian Richard Schmal:
The remodeling of the old library on East Commercial Ave, into a town hall is well ahead of schedule, according to town officials. The report was given at the town board meeting. Occupancy date has been upped from June to sometime in April. A resolution was approved granting S.W. Bieker Construction Co. and additional $1452 to carpet the basement floor and to install a second floor lavatory. The proposed work was deleted last year because funds were unavailable in the 1971 budget. The remodeling cost of the building is reportedly $58, 257.