Library History

The Dows Public Library was organized by the local Thursday Club in early 1936.   It was first located in City Hall where the city council and mayor allowed them to put a few shelves in.  The people of the town assisted by donating books and willingly paid $1 a year to have the privilege of reading new books purchased with the money.  Mrs. E.C. Ford was the volunteer librarian until 1940 when Flossie Drury was hired at $60 a year.  The library was open 3 hours a week and approximately 1700 books were on the shelves. 

With the ever growing patronage it soon became necessary to secure larger quarters. A federal grant of $22,790, a Kinney-Lindstrom grant of $8,000, and a Town of Dows grant of $2,000 were obtained.  The remaining balance of the cost of the project was $42,000 and was raised by popular subscription and the help from community clubs, the mayor and town council, the library board, and the entire community. 

The library was built in l967-68 and is now known as the Dows Community Library. 

Over the years the library has evolved, serving the community by not only providing books but also art, films, records, cassette tapes, audio books, magazines and now computers and the internet.  Dows has a right to be proud of its library. 

Past Librarians:  Flossie Drury, Myrtle Dow, Klara Bennett, Iris Erickson and Gloria Stover.



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.