Creston Library

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Creston Library
Type Libraries (Public)
Industry Information
Fate Active
Founded Creston, Ohio (June 13, 1939 (1939-06-13))
Headquarters Creston, Ohio, United States
Number of locations 116 S. Main St., Creston, Ohio
Parent Wooster Public Library and Museum; Wayne County District Public Library; Wayne County Public Library

Creston's first library opened June 13, 1939 in the Pearl Shelegel Building. The Library later moved in March of 1956 to the Matteson Building.

Kenneth Glasgow, then mayor of Creston, expressed interest in a new municipal building in 1959. This building would also house a library. This project was approved. The Library was moved again to the New Municipal Building on September 8, 1961. On September 17th, the Creston Branch of the Wayne County Public Library was dedicated.

A new 4,032 sq. ft. branch building was approved by the Board in June of 1989. It was constructed at a cost of just under $370,000. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on October 24 of the following year.

Many obstacles, including delays cleaning up ground pollution on the construction sight from a gas station previously on the property, and general lack of funding were overcome before the building was finally completed. Creston's Branch Library was dedicated on October 13, 1991.

The Creston Historical Society assembles documents and memorabilia, and writes and funds the printing of books about Creston. This material is stored in the Library's Donald Sonnedecker Historical Room.

Fun Fact: The first fundraising project for the Library was an Ox Roast in September of 1959. It netted $1,600.

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  • 1939 - Spring, A committee of ladies from Creston came to the Doylestown Library inquiring about how a library could be opened in Creston, Ohio. [1]
  • 1939 - April 28, Held a meeting or organize a Friends of the Library group and petitioned to become a branch of the Wooster Library [2]
  • 1939 - June 12, The request for Creston Library to become a branch of Wooster Public Library and Museum was granted. [3]
  • 1939 - June 13, Opened. It shared quarters with the Creston mayor and council on the second floor of the Schlegel building on the corner of Main and East Erie. [4]
  • 1952 - The library, mayor and council moved to the south half of the Matteson Drug Store, then located next to the Pike Station Restaurant. [5]
  • 1961 - September 17, The new combination municipal building and library on the corner of Main and West Erie was dedicated. [6]
  • 1991 - The new library, inits fourth location, was build with the aid of a bequest from Donald Sonnedecker. After 50 years of generous support by the village government, the library will function solely as Creston Branch of the Wayne County Public Library, the need for ample space having been met. [7]

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  1. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 31.
  2. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 31.
  3. History of the Wayne County Public Library: a research paper submitted to the Kent State University Library School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Library Science, by Joyce A. McKnight. June, 1970, p. 31.
  4. Creston Past Almost Forgotten by Kate Slater.
  5. Creston Past Almost Forgotten by Kate Slater.
  6. Creston Past Almost Forgotten by Kate Slater.
  7. Creston Past Almost Forgotten by Kate Slater.

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