Monona, IA - Murphy Helwig Library

Community Organization in Monona, IA

The Monona Public Library began with cooperation from the Monona Women's Club in 1929. On November 19, 1934, the city council passed an ordinance establishing the library by law. At that time the library was in a single room in the City Hall. For the first year's budget, the city alloted $200. No salaries were paid. The City Hall building was enlarged in 1949, at which time the library was given a larger room.

In 1970, the library benefited from the estate of Miss Florence Murphy. It was in Miss Murphy's will that the greater portion of her estate be used to build a new library in Monona. Construction on the new building began in 1972. The new library officially opened in January of 1973. It was renamed Murphy Memorial Library, in honor of Miss Murphy. The library still inhabits the same building.

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Clayton County, IA

Clayton County, IA

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will find stories about the contributions made by farmers/ranchers located throughout our county and of course you will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Clayton County, IA page.