A well-known place in town is the Montgomery Public Library, however, many people do not know its long history. First established on November 10, 1911, the library was a community effort. Much as we see now with the TEE initiative, the community wanted kids learning and getting involved. The library had accumulated used books from homes, churches and schools. In order to raise funds a film was shown at the Decker Opera House and the net result was $23.40.
Wanting to be a part of the growing trend, Mrs. J. L. Shuler was the first librarian. She only worked three hours a week and was paid 1 dollar! She and a group of five other women volunteered, going door to door to raise funds for the library. Their efforts brought in $127.55, which enabled the library to make its first purchase of 110 books. Now growing and expanding from generous donations and efforts, the library was moved from the high school to the old First National Bank building on Main Street.
The library now has non-fiction, fiction, references, newspapers, DVDS, VHS and Internet accessible computers. The librarians said that often times, kids come in and are studying, doing homework or just to hang out. The library started off small, but by the efforts of many made, it’s the place to be.