On October 29, the American Library Association kicked off its “Libraries Transform Lives” campaign to make known the value of libraries to the communities they serve. In Reedsburg, we have been aware of the transformative and beneficial nature of the library since the Reedsburg Public Library opened its doors in 1899. The cost of a hardcover book at that time may have been a couple of dollars, a prohibitive cost in a time when a worker’s daily wage was about the same amount. Clearly the city welcomed the free library for both educational and recreational purposes.
Recent visitors to the Reedsburg Public Library may have noticed the display in the foyer featuring artifacts and photographs from Reedsburg’s Historic Woolen Mill. The Woolen Mill operated on the banks of the Baraboo River from 1882 to 1967.