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Wilbert, Carl F. / History of the town of Mequon
([ca. 1990?])


Mrs. Ruth Niss, conceived the idea of organizing a Mequon
library. She proposed it to the members of the Mequon
Club and it was well accepted. She asked several members
of the Club to assist her. They asked for donations of
books in good condition with interesting reading. They
succeeded in receiving quite a collection of books. These
were placed in the office of the Treasurer, which was at
that time only used at tax collection period. Steel shelving
was purchased for the books by the Town Board. Several
willing ladies were in attendance every Saturday morning
to serve the people wishing to rent the books and record
their names.  A small rental was charged. The Village of
Thiensville and Mequon shared the expense of the library on
a 80% for Mequon and 20% for Thiensville basis.
This was the start of the Mequon library. After this it
was taken over by the Mequon-Thiensville Library League,
which was organized earlier. They rented quarters in a
building on Main Street in Thiensville. In a few years,
the space proved too small and they took over the room
adjoining, having then doubled the quarters.
The library proved so popular, that this additional space
became too small to operate efficiently.   The members of the
Library League were to a great extent responsible for the
success of the library by their interest and untiring effort
to make the Mequon-Thiensville library a success.

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