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Upcoming Date – Book Bites


Wednesday, November 12

6:30 PM

Webster Room


Read about food!  Talk about food!  Cook food and eat food! ‘Book Bites’ is combined book and cooking club.  Participants will read food-related titles such as chef memoirs or fiction titles that feature food.   Every other month or so members will review a cookbook, with participants choosing a recipe to make and share with the group.  Chef/readers will talk about their cooking experience—ease in following the recipe and obtaining ingredients, adaptations they had to make, what they’d do differently next time—and everyone who wants to will be able to sample their creation.


Stop by the library today to pick up your copy of next month’s book. For more information call Lisa at (920)793-7114.

Newspaper Index

Newspaper Index

Created by Lester Public Library staff and volunteers, this database contains obituaries, wedding, birth and adoption announcements and articles about Two Rivers.

This is now part of the regular Manitowoc-Calumet Library System catalog. To search, select Title as the field, then  type the person’s LAST name in the search box . To limit results, you can use the advanced search page and add one of the Subject terms (marriages, births or obituaries) in the Subject box.

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LPL Discussion – 2019 Selections

  • Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
  • by Phaedra Patrick
  • January 2, 2019
  • First in Line
  • First in Line
  • by Kate Anderson Browder
  • February 6, 2019
  • Sun Does Shine
  • The Sun Does Shine
  • by Anthony Ray Hinton
  • March 6, 2019
  • Winter Soldier
  • The Winter Soldier
  • by Daniel Mason
  • April 3, 2019
  • Renoir's Dancer
  • Renoir’s Dancer
  • by Catherine Hewitt
  • May 1, 2019
  • No Way Home
  • No Way Home
  • by Tyler Wetherall
  • June 5, 2019
  • Man in the Crooked Hat
  • The Man in the Crooked Hat
  • by Harry Dolan
  • July 10, 2019
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • Killers of the Flower Moon
  • by David Grann
  • August 7, 2019
  • Fly Girls
  • Fly Girls
  • by Keith O’Brien
  • September 4, 2019
  • Wife Between Us
  • The Wife Between Us
  • by Greer Hendricks
  • October 2, 2019
  • Forty Autumns
  • Forty Autumns
  • by Nina Willner
  • November 6, 2019
  • Mr. Dickens and his Carol
  • Mr. Dickens and His Carol
  • by Samantha Silva
  • December 4, 2019

LPL Discussion – Current Book

Fly Girls

by Keith O’Brien

Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi-day events, and cities vied to host them. The male pilots were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling.

Upcoming Dates – Lester Book Discussion

Wednesday, Sept. 4

4:00 PM

Webster Room


Members of this book club for adults read both fiction and nonfiction. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month (except holidays). No registration is required, and you may attend as few or as many meetings as you wish. Pick up a copy of the current selection at the library’s front desk. For information, call Chris at (920)793-7113.

Strictly Fiction – 2019 Selections

  • Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
  • by Gabrielle Zevin
  • January 7, 2019
  • Extraordinary Union
  • An Extraordinary Union
  • by Alyssa Cole
  • February 4, 2019
  • dogs way
  • A Dog’s Way Home
  • by W. Bruce Cameron
  • March 4, 2019
  • Carnegie’s Maid
  • Carnegie’s Maid
  • by Marie Benedict
  • April 1, 2019
  • Scythe
  • Scythe
  • by Neal Shusterman
  • May 6, 2019
  • Daughters of the Night Sky
  • Daughters of the Night Sky
  • by Aimie K. Runyan
  • June 3, 2019
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog
  • by Connie Willis
  • July 1, 2019
  • Tortilla Curtain
  • The Tortilla Curtain
  • by T. C. Boyle
  • August 5, 2019
  • Other Side of Everything
  • The Other Side of Everything
  • by Lauren Doyle Owens
  • September 9, 2019
  • Little Stranger
  • The Little Stranger
  • by Sarah Waters
  • October 7, 2019
  • Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • by Ron Hansen
  • November 4, 2019
  • Witches’ Bane
  • by Susan Wittig Albert
  • December 2, 2019

Strictly Fiction – Current Book

The Other Side of Everything
by Lauren Doyle Owens

Bernard is a reclusive, curmudgeonly widower. When his neighbor is murdered, he emerges from his solitude to reconnect with his fellow octogenarians. Amy is an artist and cancer survivor who begins to paint imagined scenes from the murder. But when her paintings prove to be too realistic, her neighbors grow suspicious, and she finds herself catching the attention of the police. And Maddie is a teenage waitress whose mother recently abandoned the family. As Maddie struggles to maintain the appearance of normal teenage life, she finds herself drawn to the man the police say is the killer. As they navigate their increasingly dangerous and tumultuous worlds, Bernard, Amy, and Maddie begin to uncover the past and present connections between them.

Strictly Fiction Next Meeting

Monday, Sept. 9
6:30 PM
Webster Room


This club for adults focuses on genre fiction like mystery, science fiction, fantasy and romance. It meets the first Monday of each month (except holidays). Pick up a copy of the current selection at the library’s front desk. For information, call Chris at (920)793-7113.

Library Card FAQ

  • I don’t drive and the bills at my apartment do not come to me; can I get a card?
  • Yes, if no proof of address can be shown, we will mail the application to you. When you receive the application bring in the envelope it was mailed in, the completed application and a photo ID to obtain your new card. You may check out materials as soon as the card is activated.
  • Can you check out items if you don’t have your library card with you?
  • Yes, we will also accept a valid driver’s license or state ID.  However, we will hold items for up to seven days until you come back with your card.
  • What if I lose my card?
  • When you lose your card please notify the library immediately!  Replacement cards are $2.00.
  • Can I use my Manitowoc Card at this library?
  • Yes, we accept Manitowoc, Brillion, Kiel, Chilton, and New Holstein library cards to check out materials at the Lester Public Library. A Lester Public Library card may also be used at these libraries.
  • I don’t live in Wisconsin, but I’m visiting for a while can I take out books?
  • Yes, people from out of state must have a driver’s license with their correct permanent address to apply for a card. For long term visitors, a local address can also be added so that pick-up and overdue notices will be sent to the local address.

Library Card Requirements


In order to use the computers, check out materials, and access digital resources including e-books, a library card is required. Anyone who is a Wisconsin resident or long-term visitor to the Manitowoc County area may get a library card.

The only requirement to get a library card is identification with proof of current address.  If your driver’s license does not have the current address, a tax receipt, utility bill, or checkbook may be used for verification. If you’re only in the area temporarily, please stop by the circulation desk to inquire about proof of address requirements.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian with a valid driver’s license present to sign for the card in order to complete the application.

Manitowoc County Historical Photos

Manitowoc County History Digital Resources

Manitowoc County Genealogy

This is one of the best places to start researching your Manitowoc County roots. Visit the site.

Neshotah: the story of Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Long out of print, this book by Evan Gagnon has become the unofficial history of Two Rivers, WI.  The entire book is now freely available in digital format. Visit the site.

The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II

A digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published sources, artifacts, and other resources which help to document the history and role of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during World War II.  It covers both the more universally shared home front experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the War. Visit the site.

Benke Photo & Postcard Collection

A collection of images taken by local photographer Hermann C. Benke featuring scenes and buildings from Manitowoc and Two Rivers.  From these photos, Benke then created hand-tinted postcards. Most of the photos date from the turn of the century. Visit the site.

Digital Histories of Manitowoc County

Fully digitized editions of local history classics.

Manitowoc County Genealogical Society

Lester Public Library is now a subscriber to the library edition of  You can access the information from the library’s computers at any time.  Ask us how on your next visit!

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Historic Two Rivers Photos

Historic Two Rivers Photos

Lester Public Library inherited a collection of photographs from a local photographer named Herbert Wentorf. His images focused on local landmarks, industries and institutions, and people going about daily life in Two Rivers. For reasons of preservation and protection, this outstanding collection spent many years housed in a locked cabinet at the library.

In 2011, the library applied for and received a grant to digitize the collection, making it accessible not just to local residents and visitors, but to anyone with an internet connection. To search or simply enjoy these fabulous historic photos, use the following link:


Welcome to Lester Public Library

Jeff Dawson, Library Director

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 at 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 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.

My Account Access

The problem with accessing your account from home continues to occur periodically. A software update to solve this problem has been scheduled to occur Thurs. 7/11, time yet to be determined. You will not have access to your account through the new catalog for approximately 30 minutes during the process. You can still access your account via the alternate method listed below. 7/8/13

If you need access to your account, and get an error message, switch to the classic catalog instead. You can do this by clicking on the link to the right for “Search the New Catalog,” then selecting the “Switch to Classic Catalog” link listed below the library websites.

Please feel free to contact the Help Desk at 793-7114 if you continue to have problems. We apologize for the inconvenience.