Manning Library open house
April 12, 2019

Linda Muhlbauer, Director
Manning Public Library
310 Main Street
712-655-2260 phone


1981 Manning Centennial book
MANNING PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Manning Public Library Association was organized in August 1886. A membership fee of one dollar per year was charged. The library was started with a case of 30 volumes and was located in the State Bank. In June 1895, a Woman's Reading Circle was organized and they took charge of the library, and increased the stock of books to 160 volumes. They subscribed to Iowa State Traveling Library which furnished them with 100 volumes per year. It was opened to the public on Saturdays from two until five o'clock. By 1900 the library was no longer in existence.

In 1928 the American Legion Auxiliary gave a sum of $394 and an agreement was made with the city council to use the city hall for a library. The money was used to build bookcases and a board was appointed to help carry on the work. The library was opened in January 1929 and books were rented from the Denison Library for several years. Many organizations helped to build the library by donating money and books. Auxiliary members donated their time and took care of the checking in and out of books. In 1934 the library was taken over by the town and has since been supported by both city and county taxes.

The first board to be appointed by the city included: Anna (Espy) Sutherland, Anna (Hansen) Meyers, L.E. Qualley, Luther Tate and Mrs. Jack West. In 1934 Mrs. Myrtle Porter was appointed the first librarian. In 1939 she resigned and Ida Motter was appointed. After she resigned in 1945 Mrs. Harry Hinz became librarian and has held that position for the past 34 years. It has been through the direction of Mrs. Hinz that the library has grown steadily. In 1955 the town voted to build a new City Hall and the library now has the east wing of that building. The library has grown from a book collection of about 1800 in 1934 to about 11,000. Many books have been presented to the library as memorials. Clubs have given books as a memorial each time a member dies. The American Legion Auxiliary each year continues to give a donation to help the project they started in 1929. The Rotary Club has been generous. They set up a shelf in honor of Henry & Ann Brunnier. Mr. Brunnier was born and raised in Manning, became an architect and assisted in designing the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Each year the club gives books for this shelf and it now consists of 150 volumes.

In July 1979, the library board including Mary Stangl, Sue Puck, Millicent Wiese, Clifford "Bud" Johnson and Darlene Schrum sponsored a Fredda Hinz day to celebrate the library's 50th anniversary. A special reception and open house was given to honor Mrs. Hinz for her 34 years of service to the library. During the reception a portrait of Mrs. Hinz was first displayed. The portrait commissioned by the library board of Trustees was painted by Virginia (Lee) Mickunas of Des Moines. She is the daughter of Amos Lee, a former Superintendent of Manning schools. The portrait will hang in the library in honor of Mrs. Hinz's services to the community.


Virginia Mickunas, Fredda Hinz

Where the library was housed at 412 Main Street -
just north of the alley on the north side of the Wyatt hospital.

1912 Paul Moerke made the Iowa Girl cigar in this building.
According to Art Rix, Paul Moerke is on the left
Later this building became the Manning Fire Station on the ground level.
The upstairs housed the Manning Library - stairway on the right.


Fire station on the right

Fredda was in the library when the fire station caught on fire.
When she called in the fire they thought she was kidding.

Fire station on the right


If anyone has a head-on close picture of the old WWII Veterans wall please let me know.


If anyone has pictures inside the library please let me know.
The word "Library" is written on the glass of the second window from the left.
Ral-Mars original location is in the building on the left (north) - Ralph & Martha Hagedorn

The next location in 1955 of the Manning Library - 715 Third Street
where the Manning Natural Gas Company was previously located.

2005 view


Fredda Hinz 1956 book fair


Fredda Hinz 1956


1965 Fredda Hinz reading to Tom Stangl and John Pratt

The present location of the Manning City Library at 310 Main Street

1947 Club Cafe - where the city library building stands today.

Fire strikes the Club Cafe February 1951

View from the alley of the Club Cafe (collapsed roof).


Club Cafe structure removed.
Children's Day, High School band - the cement mixer belonged to Herb "Gloomy" Hass - carpenter.


2005 view

1979 50th anniversary

Evelyn Polking, Fredda Hinz

Harry, Roger, Fredda Hinz


Board members


Fredda with her portrait


Virginia (Lee) Mickunas - portrait artist.


Renee Pfannkuch & Judi Stribe - 2005


On March 14, 2002, I asked several of Manning's "Living historians" to come to the Manning library to go over the pictorial display that Orval Fink & Arthur Rix made during the 1981 Manning Centennial. We went through each photo and I wrote down memories, identifications, and facts they remembered.
This was the last time where all of these folks worked together with me before they started passing away one by one...


Art Rix, Max Detlefsen, Ken Dethlefs with Ila Rix and Dave Kusel seated.


As you can see, we had fun - I forget what Max & Ken were laughing about...

Completes 43 Years of Service
Fredda Hinz retires From Manning Library

Fredda Hinz has given 43 years to Manning as the head librarian for the public library. Officially on January 1, 1989 she retired from the position but plans to continue volunteering time to keep the library a vital part of the Manning community.
"I may be busier than ever," Hinz said. "I am planning to do a lot of cleaning I've been putting off for years. I'll find plenty of things to do. I am taking a vacation, I did take six weeks last winter but that was the first time I'd ever done anything like it.
Before taking the position of librarian, Hinz was a junior high school English teacher for one year in Hampton and two at Manning.
"I was always interested in reading and poetry, you know that sort of thing, so my love for libraries and books was really quite natural. When the need arose for a librarian I felt the library needed to continue. I didn't have any knowledge about running a library but furthered my education through correspondence courses and workshops. It gave me a little bit of knowledge on how to run a library," said Fredda.
Library History
The history of the library date back to 1886 when it was financed by an annual membership fee. The library consisted of 30 volumes located in the State Bank. In 1895, a Woman's Reading Circle was organized and they took charge of the library. The library grew to 160 volumes. It was during this time the ladies subscribed to Iowa State Traveling Library which furnished them with 100 volumes per year. Library hours were Saturdays from two until five p.m. By 1900 the library no longer existed.
Manning Public Library began officially in 1928, and circulated books first in 1929. The American Legion Auxiliary gave a sum of $394 in 1928 and the city council agreed to use the city hall for a library. All the staffing at this time was volunteer. The legion auxiliary helped support the library with volunteer help and funding from various drives.
The library also received some gifts and the town built them a few shelves. The library did not officially belong to the town, it was actually the American Legion Auxiliary Library. The building with the library on the second floor, where the Manning Plaza sits today, was above the fire station.
When the depression hit, the auxiliary was hard pressed to keep the library going. During these years a city council could not by law appropriate taxes to fund a library, a city park or anything. Such expenditures had to be approved by a public ballot. About 1933 pressure was put on the state legislature to pass a law that local councils could tax to finance public institutions. The town took over the library in 1934 and it has since been supported by both city and county taxes. It then became known as the Manning Public Library.
The first librarian was hired in 1934 and the library began to grow. When Mrs. Hinz became head librarian in 1945 there were 1500 books and now, in 1989, there are about 14,000 volumes. Mrs. Hinz has continually seen a steady growth during the 43 years of work at the library.
In 1955 the town voted to build a new City Hall and the library moved to the east wing of that building (now the gas office). A location was needed for the library at that time because the fire station had burned. When the City Hall space was needed for the Municipal Gas Offices in 1982 the site on Main Street was purchased from Dr. Philip Myer. Legally the library could have remained in the City Hall because of the public vote designating the east wing for the library.
Hinz said, "We were content to move. Not only is the current library location more convenient for the public, it is larger and provides more room for leisure reading with better lighting. The building was remodeled to house the library. It is really a very adequate facility, especially for a small town. The conference room is very well used."
The community room, located in the library, is very widely used. The policy for this room is that it is free as long as you are not making money while using the room.
"If you want to have a tupperware party, you may rent the room for $10.00. Right now Weight Watchers use the room each week and pay the $10.00 fee. People like to use it because it keeps the clutter away from their home. We have to charge if you are making a profit by using the room because this building is funded by tax payers' monies. The room is used by clubs, church groups, community committees, and parents have used the room for birthday parties," Hinz said.
The community room use has helped to increase circulation. People walking through have stopped to browse and then applied for a card.
"Anyone who is in the Manning Community School District can have a card and it is free. A few years ago a state librarian said that every person in a county should have a free public library they can use. Our board felt that is the way it should be also and that has been our policy," Hinz stated.
Over the years many individuals have contributed money, time and books to keep the library functioning, The Manning Woman's Club helped obtain a Kenny Lindstom grant in 1982 and the Rotary and American Legion Auxiliary are long time contributors to library needs.
"There are a lot of things we still need, but- when- you consider the services we've been able to give to the town of some 1600 people and the limited budget we've had all these years, our library has done a pretty good job," Hinz said.
The annual circulation for the library is between 10-12,000 books. It doesn't compare to libraries in larger communities but it is really a healthy amount of books for a small community.
Memory Room
A special Memory Room designated the Holstein Friesian Museum is located in the library which includes artifacts from early Manning, photos, and other objects of historical interest.
The centennial committee set the room up and it continues to be a surprise of treasures for Manning residents.
"People come into the library with a vague idea that something of historical value is suppose to be found here, but are really interested to see this room. If more people knew about this best kept secret' we might have more items donated and make it a nice little one room museum," Hinz said.
Inter-Library Loan Service
One of the better used services of the Manning Public inter-library loan service with Sioux City. Students have been borrowing the books to the extent that local purchasing of reference materials has declined in the last several years.
"I just can't justify buying expensive volumes that become outdated so quickly when they are available from another source. Since we have such good service from the northwest district to which we belong in Sioux City, we no longer have to fill our shelves or budget with current topics that change minute to minute. With a phone call to Sioux City we can get most material within just a few days. With the Micro Fiche catalog located locally a library patron can find the topic of interest, get specific titles and send to Sioux City for materials," Hinz stated.
The inter-library lending service is funded by the State. They pay for the postage to Manning and when it is brought back by the patron the local library pays the postage back to Sioux City. Although it is mainly students who use this service anyone with a Manning Library Card may ask for books through the loan service. If Sioux City doesn't have the information needed, they have a network of libraries where they can get books to supply the need of those requesting from Manning.
Film Lending Library
A little used service available through the library is a Film Lending Library. The Senior Citizens are getting films this way and are having the joy of seeing some of the old classics. Not only can the library supply the firms but they have a projector that can be borrowed to show them.
"The advent of the videos has really taken the use of 16mm films away. People find the videos more convenient, less expensive to ship, and they don't have to bother with other equipment," Hinz said.

The medium of video discs which the library also owns has become obsolete over the years. Discs and disc players are not made anymore.
"We do have a few good children's movies and cartoons. We also have one disc player that people can rent and some still do, especially for children's parties," Hinz said.

One of the biggest problems for any library are the overdue books. Manning has a campaign about once a year to get books returned.
Memorial gift books have become a very positive way families, individuals and clubs can remember someone. The list is really large of those who have shared in this way. One class at a reunion gave money to buy books that were dedicated to deceased members.
"One of the most unique memorial gifts while I have been librarian was to honor a 45th wedding anniversary. The couple's daughter asked the librarian to buy 45 books to be dedicated in honor of her parents," Hinz said. "Another memorial provided the work space and counter with a sink in the Memory Room. So many people have been so thoughtful and have left a tangible memorial to the library, it would take a separate Hinz also said, "We desperately need someone who knows about laminating to come here, just for an hour and teach us what to do. We have such a good tool and would love to be able to give better results when people want something laminated. We do a lot of laminating and just don't feel real comfortable with what we've done in the past."

When the library is visited Fredda will be remembered, for Fredda Hinz loved to work in the library, cared about the condition of the books, and enjoyed meeting the people who patronized the library. Her portrait in the front reading room will be a reminder of the long hours she spent cataloging, arranging, storytelling, helping locate material, and most of all giving others a love for reading. In the future years let's hope others will see this example and be able to fill the spot she is leaving.


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