Frank B. Koller

Memorial Library

Library History

The history of the Frank B. Koller Memorial Library is one marked
by the generosity and dedication of the Manitowish Waters community.

Frank & Betty Koller
In 1986, Frank and Betty Koller generously donated the library to the town of Manitowish Waters in memory of their son, Frank B. Koller. They again showed their support and generosity with the donation of a 760 square foot addition to the building in 1996, and continue to be wholehearted supporters of the library.

Frank & Betty Kohler at library

Pauline Zeber
Pauline Zeber was the first librarian at the Frank B. Koller Memorial Library, working on a volunteer basis since the library's inception. Pauline contributed thousands of hours of her time managing the library, purchasing new materials, and cataloging the library's collection.

The Sullivan Room
The Sullivan Room was donated in 1988 by Robert Sullivan in memory of his father Willis G. Sullivan. Today, the Sullivan Room is used as meeting space by many community groups and activities.


Frank B. Koller Memorial Library
Time Line

April 9, 1985  Committee was created to look into forming a library.
Committee members:  Rev. Hall (Chairman), Helen Townsend, Betty Skrobot, Toby Hyland
August 27, 1985  Committee recommended present site and a building to be constructed. Frank & Betty Koller offered to donate the library.
October 2, 1985 Library voted down at town meeting, 21 to 1.
March, 1986 Second town meeting votes to establish the library. Frank & Betty Koller again offer to donate the building.
July 22, 1986 The first library board was sworn in, consisting of: Pauline Zeber (Chairman), Maxine Hall (Secretary), Robert Gunther, Toby Hyland, and Sue Carlson
September 26, 1986 Ground breaking.
December 22, 1986 Pauline Zeber appointed Librarian on a volunteer basis.
June 22, 1987 Library opens its doors.
July 19, 1987 Library dedication.
February 22, 1988 "Friends of the Library" was formed, with Sue Rasey as president.
May 23, 1988  Construction began on the Sullivan Room, donated by Robert Sullivan in memory of his father Willis G. Sullivan.
July 1, 1991 Janelle (Oldenburg) Kohl was hired as a full time librarian.
June 1996 Construction begins on a 760 square foot addition, again donated by Frank & Betty Koller, with new equipment supported with funds from the Friends of the Library "Tea Bag" fund-raiser.
December 1996 Materials moved into new addition.
Spring 1998 - Spring 1999 Janelle Kohl and volunteers begin task of bar-coding materials for proposed automated circulation system.
March 15, 1999 Library begins an independent automated circulation system.
October 18, 2002 The library becomes a part of the Merlin automation system, allowing users unprecedented access to library materials from the Northern Waters service area.

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