In 1997, our library building was destroyed in a major flood. The building was located on Second Street – around where the flood wall is currently located. This building was built and opened in 2001. The floor of this building is a foot and a half higher than the height the flood waters reached on Second Street.
The bricks in our entryway have the names of people or organizations who donated money to our rebuilding fund. A bronze book on a brick is a $500 donation, silver $1000, and gold is $2000 or more. During the 1997 flood, we received our first donation for a new library 3 days after we were evacuated from the city. It came from Retired US Navy Captain H C Hunter from Pearl City, HI who wrote in and said that he saw we had been flooded and that every city needs a public library and enclosed a check for $200.