The Waverly Public Library, located in Waverly, Iowa, is a public library that serves Waverly and the surrounding counties of Bremer and Butler. As of April 2011, the library contains 66,790 volumes,including over 2,000 DVDs and over 1,000 CDs. The library circulates approximately 166,909 items every year.
Waverly is a city in Bremer County, Iowa, United States. The population was 9,874 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Bremer County and is part of the Waterloo–Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.
A public library is a library that is accessible by the general public and is usually funded from public sources, such as taxes. It is operated by librarians and library paraprofessionals, who are also civil servants.
Bremer County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,276. Its county seat is Waverly. The county was named for Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish traveler, poet, and author.
In 1857, two years before Waverly was incorporated, a committee was organized for the purpose of collecting books for the public's general use. Ten years later the First Baptist Church housed the collection in their new building. The Waverly Public Free Library was created in 1868, following a lecture series which raised more than $300. This lecture series included programs featuring Clara Barton, Frederick Douglass, John Heyl Vincent, and Paul Du Chaillu. The money raised was placed in a fund for developing an actual library building. The books were next stored in the Waverly Opera House, and then moved to rooms over Broadie's Drug Store in 1901.
Incorporation is the formation of a new corporation. The corporation may be a business, a nonprofit organization, sports club, or a government of a new city or town.
Clarissa Harlowe Barton was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and patent clerk. Nursing education was not very formalized at that time and she did not attend nursing school, so she provided self-taught nursing care. Barton is noteworthy for doing humanitarian work and civil rights advocacy at a time before women had the right to vote. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.
Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.
On February 20, 1903, Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy New York philanthropist, awarded Waverly a $10,000 grant to construct a new library building. The new library was dedicated on January 1, 1905, and opened to the public for their use. At that time, the population of Waverly was 2,916 and the library owned less than 2,000 books.
Andrew Carnegiekar-NAY-gee was a Scottish-American industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist. Carnegie led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and became one of the richest Americans in history. He became a leading philanthropist in the United States and in the British Empire. During the last 18 years of his life, he gave away about $350 million to charities, foundations, and universities – almost 90 percent of his fortune. His 1889 article proclaiming "The Gospel of Wealth" called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and stimulated a wave of philanthropy.
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By 1965, the library had 7,872 registered borrowers, and the collection totaled over 30,000 books. A "wrap-around" structure was built in 1968 to accommodate the increase in patrons and materials.In 1992, the city of Waverly ordered that a study be done to consider the library's future options. It was decided that a new library building would be constructed at a different location, and so in 1998 the present building was completed.
Following is a list of the men and women who have provided leadership at the Waverly Public Library through their role as Director.
Interactive videoconference rooms, wireless internet access, 18 public internet computers and computer classes are available for public use. Children and their parents can take advantage of a summer reading program, preschool storytime, toddler storytime, and a Family Bookclub. A Teen Advisory Board exists which plans creative activities for the community's youth, including weekly game events and Friday Night Computer tournaments. An active Friends of the Waverly Public Library group is a non-profit organization that provides volunteer support and funding for library projects. These include bus trips to the library for elementary classes, books for new babies at the local hospital, books for kindergarten students, and used book and magazine sales.
The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), electronic mail, telephony, and file sharing.
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