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Friday 10:00-5:30 
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Lester Public Library
1001 Adams Street
Two Rivers, WI  54241

TTY (for the deaf): (920)793-7153

Email:  lesref@lesterlibrary.org

Library Director 
Jeff Dawson

Director's Message


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Message from 
the Director


Welcome to Lester Public Library.  

Whether you are a life-long resident or new to Two Rivers, Lester Public Library is here to meet your informational and recreational needs. Our beautiful facility, located on the shores of Lake Michigan , makes us a destination for tourists and residents alike.  

Once inside our doors you will find a dedicated staff to guide you through collections, services and maybe even recommend a good place for lunch. We want your experience at the Lester Public Library to be a good one. Local history, novels, movies, documentaries, research materials, magazines, Wi-Fi, internet access and much more are at your fingertips.  

As a member of the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System you have access to library collections from Manitowoc , Brillion, New Holstein, Kiel , and Chilton. I encourage everyone to get a library card, take full advantage of our consortia and all we have to offer right here in beautiful Two Rivers.  

See you in the library!  

Jeff Dawson

Library History

In 1890, members of the Two Rivers Branch of the Chautauqua Reading Circle met to consider the establishment of a public library and reading room. Leopold Mann donated $500 and the land for the building and Mrs. Mary Mann donated an additional $1,000 toward the building on the condition that the new library be named after her late husband, Joseph. 

On December 17, 1891 the Joseph Mann library opened to the public. The total cost of the library including building, heater, furniture and the initial book collection was $3,363.73. Lizzie H. Yahnke was the first librarian.

In 1914, Two Rivers built its new Carnegie library, still called the Joseph Mann Library, but located across the street from the original library. Though extensively remodeled and expanded during the 1950s and 60s, community leaders soon recognized that a more modern and spacious facility would be needed. 

On May 15, 1995, James Lester, chairman of the Board and CEO of Eggers Industries of Two Rivers, and his wife Barbee offered the Two Rivers City Council $1 million  toward the construction of a new library.  The City Council readily accepted and on June 28, 1997 the Lester Public Library--named in honor of Jim's parents, George and Marcia Lester--opened for business.    


*Sources: History of the Joseph Mann Library Two Rivers, Wisconsin 1890-1979 by Bonita Burish Loeh (1980) and the Program for the Lester Public Library Dedication and Open House.



Library Board

Library Board meetings are held at the library on the second Tuesday of the month beginning at 6:00 PM unless otherwise posted. These meetings are open to the public.

Library Board Members

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Library Information

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Community Rooms & Display Areas

Volunteer Opportunities

Library Foundation

Exam Proctoring
The library is happy to assist students by proctoring exams.  The cost is $15.00 per exam to be paid at the time of testing.  Arrangements must be made in advance by calling 793-7114.


Community Links

City of Two Rivers

Wisconsin JobNet

Two Rivers School District

Two Rivers High School

Herald Times Reporter

State of Wisconsin

Manitowoc County Resource Directory


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Copyright 2013 Date Last Updated: 
 February 20, 2014