Tricounty News

Kimball Library history

The Kimball Library will officially open Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. Hours will be from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Friday’s hours will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Mrs. Evelyn Ellis has been hired by the village council to
w-Evelyn-Ellis-Library197serve as the librarian. She will be trained by the St. Cloud library staff. The library, which will be located in the council room at the village hall, will replace the visits of the Stearns County Bookmobile.

Above reprinted from the Tri-County News, June 7, 1962.

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The Stearns County Branch Library opened Friday afternoon at 3  p.m. Eighty-five registered the first two days and 190 books have been checked out.

The public is urged to take advantage of the 1,073 books on the shelves. There is reading material for all ages. Everyone is invited to visit the library and enjoy with others the Golden Picture Atlas, 1961 World Almanac and Book of Facts, Minnesota Legislative Manual, the Picture History of America, Facts on Sports, Webster’s Dictionary, and Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia.

This library is for the use of the community. If there is any book that an individual wishes to read that is not on the shelves, he should request it and it will be furnished as soon as possible.

Above reprinted from the Tri-County News, June 14, 1962.

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Mrs. Ellis announces that the new summer hours start June 1. They are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. and Friday from 7-9 p.m.

The library’s 5th anniversary is June 8, having been opened on that day in 1962. Mrs. Ellis states some interesting facts concerning the library. There are 954 listed borrowers from the Kimball library. An average of 1,200 books are checked out each month. The library is open about 550 hours a year. About 4,000 to 5,000 books are available to the public at all times and others may be obtained by request.

The recent improvements that have been made in the library, new lights, shelves, wall paneling and carpeting, have made it a very attractive modern appearing library. Mrs. Ellis has been a very conscientious and efficient libarian.

Those who have still not availed themselves of the opportunity of using the library facilities are urged to stop in and browse.

Above reprinted from the Tri-County News, June 1, 1967.

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Kimball Library Branch now in new quarters

The Kimball Branch of the Great River Regional Library is now in its comfortable new quarters of the Kimball City Hall. (Most still call it the “Village Hall,” although Kimball is now officially a city.)

The entrance to the new quarters is through the door at the north end of the hall through the door that formerly was the entrance to the Maine Prairie Board and voting room. That portion of the library is devoted to children’s books and records. It opens up to a large area for the use of older children and adults.

The entire library is newly carpeted and is very attractive. The shelves provide room for many more books than they hold at present and more will be added as time goes on. Kimball is very fortunate in having such good library facilities.

The weekly “Story Hour” is of great interest to pre-school children. It is being conducted through the volunteer services of Ruth Johnson. There were 19 children present on Monday. Films will be shown during story hour on Monday, Jan. 14.

Above reprinted from the Tri-County News, Jan. 10, 1985.

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Where to go in 2013: Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visit our booth at the 10th Annual Community & Business Expo at Kimball Area High School (South Doors). There’s no admission charge. There is entertainment, samples, prizes and information in abundance. Our historians will be featuring “Main Street Memories,” and more. Come as you are. It’s informal and bring your family and friends.

Invest in what our founding fathers, parents and grandparents gave us. Become a new or renewing member of the Kimball Area Historical Society. Founded in 2000, our membership dues have never increased. Members receive extra history stories.

The Secret of the Underground Railroad will be presented in Kimball April 23. Save the date, bring your family and friends.

For more information, membership, donations, commemorative souvenirs, sharing your family history here or in our permanent collection, photos will be returned, contact us at the Kimball Area Historical Society, Box 55, Kimball MN 55353, phone (320) 398-5743, 398-5250, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and Facebook. We would love to hear from you.

Very limited supply available if you want an All School Reunion Yearbook. 

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