Historical Timeline of Dorsch Memorial Branch Library:
1910's - Dr. Eduard Dorsch, book lover and scholar, wanted his home to be the community's public library. When his widow died, she donated the home to the City of Monroe to be used as a library.
1920's - An addition was made to the south of the Dorsch Memorial Library. The 50 x 40 foot, 2 story addition almost doubled the size of the library.
1930's - The new children's department of the Dorsch Memorial Library formally opened.
1950's - It is determined that all space at the Dorsch Memorial Library will be used in the next two years. Dorsch will no longer be able to grow.
1960's - Recommendation is made for the expansion of Dorsch Memorial Library. Monroe Evening News article stated "The building has served the city well, but is now acknowledged to be inadequate for the purpose. The building lacks both space and convenience."
1980's - Mary Jo Garmire, Dorsch Memorial Library librarian and Hobby Nels, Chairman of Monroe City Library Advisory Commission.......both are convinced something has to be done, and soon if Dorsch is to remain a viable part of downtown Monroe. "This building is just too small," said Hobby Nels, "The city has outgrown this facility. We can't be an adequate facility without expansion and enhancement of services."
"Dorsch contains about 9,000 square feet." Ms. Garmire said, "For a city of this size, 17,947 square feet of library space are needed according to the International Federation of Library Association."
2000's - Monroe Port Commission has bought the building next to the Dorsch Memorial Library for POSSIBLE expansion of the library.
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