Established by a group of young women in 1897, Holton's Beck-Bookman Library continues a strong tradition of community service. Founded by members of the all volunteer Bookman Club, the library now operates as a vital and vibrant hub of the community.
From a child's first picture book to accessing the World Wide Web, Beck-Bookman Library provides an invaluable resource to community members of all ages. An extensive collection (books, periodicals, large print books, books on tape/CD and videos/DVD's) are available in a comfortable, modern and fully accessible setting.
With a bequest from the Jesse Bender Family and a generous trust from
Edward S. Beck, former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, the current library facility was built and occupied in 1952. The library is named in honor of the memory of Major and Mrs. M. M. Beck, pioneer residents of the town, and the Bookman Club. The children's room is the named The Bender Room in honor of the Bender Family. An addition was built in 1995 and a new circulation desk and computer stations were added in December of 2004. The library now houses a collection of 30,200 materials.
Mission Statement :
The library is supported by municipal, county, and state funding as well as charitable gifts and trusts. It is governed by a seven-member board; administrative functions are directed by the library.