Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


August 23, 2013

Library looks to future on eve of building's 20th anniversary celebration


A busy schedule of late has limited some of the spectacle of Saturday’s 20th anniversary celebration when compared to its 2005 counterpart. The library celebrated 100 years of service to Greensburg in January of that year with a time capsule and an event that included an actor portraying Andrew Carnegie, the famed industrialist and philanthropist. Then-Mayor Frank Manus even offered a special declaration celebrating a century of library service in the Tree City.

It was a $15,000 gift from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation in 1901 that would eventually become the first library servicing Greensburg. When the building opened in 1905, the total cost of the structure and everything within it was just over $11,000.

As time went on, the library expanded to include free access to all with a library card within Decatur County – a service offered by few libraries in the Hoosier State today. The Bookmobile debuted in 1985 and the library’s Westport branch opened in 1989.

It’s been a sea of change for the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library since its inception, but if Bessie Monfort were somehow magically transported into the present day, there’s a good chance she’d be right at home in at least one aspect: community service.

“The birthday party is really an opportunity for the community to see a facility that really belongs to them,” said Durbin.

“The library was built by and for the community of Decatur County, and I would encourage everyone to come see it if they’ve never been here,” she continued. “It’s our intention for things to just be bigger and better in the future.”

Looking ahead, the library’s staff intends to continue to change as time will dictate while maintaining the same prominent place in the City of Greensburg it held under Will Cumback, a former Lieutenant Governor who served as the city’s first library board president.

“We hope to grow with the community and to be able to provide what our community needs and wants,” Durbin said. “We’re going to change with the times as much as can. That’s our goal.”

More information about the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library can be found online at

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056

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