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History of the Matteson Public Library - How It All Started
The Beginning - 1961
The Matteson Public Library opened its doors to the public August 7, 1961 at 21504 Main Street, and was open about 14 hours per week.
The citizens of Matteson, spurred on by the good graces and charity of the local Lions' Club, decided that the library would be born. The club sponsored two benefit performances of "You Can't Take It with You," netting about $1, 000 for the fledgling library.
It cost $2.00 a year for Matteson, Richton Park and Olympia Fields residents to become family card¬holders; all others were assessed $4.00 a year. Mrs. Gilbert Davies was the first Village Librarian.
However, the library needed books, magazines and the like. So more benefits were held including: a Drury Lane Theatre party - starring Jane Russell in "Skylark" - with $2.50 of the $4.00 ticket proceeds going to the library; Huxley's "The Gioconda Smile" with Linda Darnell; "Bel¬vedere" in 1963 and "Come Blow Your Horn" with Jan Murray. The Lions' Club devoted their 1962 fund-raising efforts to the library and the Rehfeldt-Meyer American Legion Post, contributed $300 to the cof¬fers.
The library was indeed busy during its first twelve months of operation. After just one year, these statistics were released:
* 10,500 books circulated
* 277 family cards
* 3,300 books
Moreover, Mrs. Thomas Moore took over Mrs. Davies’ job in 1963, acting as Village librarian for several years to come.
A referendum passed on April 21, 1964 that enabled the Village to collect taxes to support the Library.
In 1966, the library moved to 216th Street and Locust, this time thanks to the "Be Prepared" help from both Boy and Girl Scouts. The remodeled, born-again post office provided MPL with three times as much space, ably housing its 5,000 volumes.
The new location also provided twice the floor space and allowed for separate adult and juvenile sections. That same year, the L