The Town Hall Library is a vested part of the Town of Merton and North Lake. The Library often collaborates on projects with community partners, including North Lake School, the North Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Arrowhead High School, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, local businesses as well as clubs and organizations. Volunteer help is particularly evident in the gardens that surround the Library; the help of individuals and groups was invaluable as the gardens were planned and planted, and now, maintained.
The mission of the Town Hall Library is to offer all people a welcoming, accessible, and attractive gathering place conducive to learning, research, enlightenment and enjoyment. Through innovative programming, relevant collections and responsive services, the Town Hall Library aspires to be an information-based community center which supports lifelong learning and the joy of reading.
The Merton Town Hall, which later served as home to the Town Hall Library, was built in the 1870s. It sat empty for many years before the Lake Keesus Women’s Club worked to create a local library in the 1960s. By 1966, the Library had grown to 2,643 books, the old town hall was renovated, and the building dedicated. The facility quickly filled, and by the end of the 1970s, it doubled in size thanks to its first addition. The Town Hall Library began experiencing growing pains again in the late 1990s and early 2000s which pushed patron comfort, access to books and programming space to the breaking point.
Thanks to incredible community support and involvement, a $1.25M referendum to triple Library space passed in 2008 with an overwhelming 68 percent voter support. Prior to that, volunteers and staff secured donations to fund the other half of the projected cost, which enhanced the popularity of the referendum. Ground was broken in July 2008 and the new and improved Town Hall Library opened August 30, 2009.