The Gretna Public Library originally got its start in a small section of the town’s fire barn. It wasn’t until 1929 when the Woman’s Club decided to secure this location from the Village Board that the Library was officially established. With just twelve books in its collection originally, the Library’s collection grew to 1,800 books by 1937 through donations by town’s people and from other clubs.While much work had been done to the interior of the Library to best use the space available, after over 20 years of service, the Library was hopelessly out of space. On March 31, 1981 a special election was held to vote on a bond issue for building a new library. The vote was defeated, so the Library Board decided to form a Library Foundation for the sole purpose of raising money for the new building. The Foundation was formed on August 25, 1983, and by 1991 a $100,000 grant was made available to Gretna and the balance was raised by the Foundation.
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