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Tuesday 9-6:30; Wednesday 9-5:30; Thursday
9-6:30; Friday 9-5:30; Saturday 9-3; Sunday we
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Located in Lake
Wales, Florida, the Lake Wales
Public Library has served our
community since 1919. The
original community library was
a project of the Lake Wales
Woman's Club. The organization
accepted donations of books
and magazines and set aside
book shelves in their
clubhouse for the Woman's Club
Library. After outgrowing the
few shelves in the clubhouse,
the library moved to the Dixie
Walesbilt Hotel in downtown
Lake Wales, and then to a room
in the Lake Wales City Hall.
In 1957 a group of citizens
formed The Lake Wales Library
Association/Friends of the
Library to raise capital to
build a public library and
encouraged the City of Lake
Wales to create a new city
department --Library Services.
Through diligent efforts, the
first public library building
was erected on Cypress Gardens
Lane, on the shores of Crystal
Lake in 1960. It was expanded
in 1991. The library now
houses over 86,000 books,
audiovisuals, kits, archives,
periodicals, maps, clippings
and software. The Lake Wales
Public Library has come a long
way from its proud beginning.

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