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Everett’s Library Beginnings: The Everett Woman’s Book Club

The town of Everett had scarcely incorporated when its growth was halted by a national depression, the Panic of 1893. Many investors withdrew support, businesses collapsed and a small populace of about 5,000 was left to deal with the hard times.

On June 10, 1894, a group of local women met in the home of Mary Lincoln Brown to form a Women’s Book Club that would have as its broad aim the improvement of the mind through the study of literature, but more specifically, the establishment of a public library.

Gathering books and petitioning City Council when funds were scarce, the Everett Women’s Book Club set up a temporary library in the home of a member, and in 1898 the city offered them three rooms in City Hall. Thus, library service began. The Club continued to work for permanent quarters, next moving to a small building, and in 1905 received a Carnegie grant to design an official library for the city of Everett. Throughout its history, the Everett Women’s Book Club has worked to support library collections and services.

 

 

David Dilgard
History Specialist
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Lisa Labovitch
History Specialist
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Everett, WA 98201
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