General N.B. Baker Library

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The General N.B. Baker Library was founded because of the hard-work and generosity of early Iowans.

William Houston Woods and his wife Roma Wheeler Woods founded the General N.B. Baker Library Association in 1874.  Not only did they create room in their cabin to house the original holdings, when they moved to Sutherland, the library moved with them.  Not just that but funds left in Roma's will provided the funds to purchase the building where we still make our home.  Roma also served as the librarian on and off for years.

General N.B. Baker pitched in helping the Woods family write the bylaws and securing many of the materials that made up the first collection.

Folks from all over the area made small donations that let the collection flourish.

Today, the General N.B. Baker Library continues to depend on the hard work and generosity of folks just like that.

There are many ways that you can help.  

Recently we received donations which allowed us to set up a reading and lounge area.  Another allowed us to purchase beautiful benches for patrons who wish to sit outside.

One of our patrons aided us by filling in while we were looking for a new director.  Several come in weekly to cover books and help with automation.

I can't say how many times the ladies of the library auxiliary have donated delicious baked goods for library events.  

Just a month ago Edna Erickson left the library a very generous memorial.

And of course there are other ways to help.  We have several patrons who sponsor authors.  They pick their favorite authors and we get them in.  The sponsor purchases the book for the library and they get to be the first to take it home!!!

If you're interested in these or any other opportunities to help the library please get in touch.  Even if you just have an idea we'd love to hear from you.

Volunteer Your Time and Talents
Have you taken an trip people may find interesting?  Have a collection you would like to share? 

Read a favorite book at story hour!  Teach a class at the library!  Bring in your photos or souvenirs and tell people about your experience.