For decades librarians at Stillwater Public Library have been collecting archival materials related to the history of Stillwater and Price County: books, scrapbooks, maps, photographs, and other documents. But until recently, those collections sat in out-of-the-way closets. With little climate control or proper storage, the items were at risk. And without dedicated storage space or the resources to organize the collections, the current librarians had little way to know what they were storing. With grants, the library has relocated these archives to a Special Collections Center and purchased shelving and preservation supplies. The library has been able to make these collections available to the public and, as a result, build stronger ties with the community.
–Stacy DeLano, Librarian, Stillwater Public Library