The John Trigg Ester Library is a home-grown community library that provides a welcoming and intellectually stimulating environment where community members can meet and share ideas and information. The library strives to instill a love of reading and learning, to showcase Ester-area history and culture and to provide resources that will enrich the whole community.
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
The Ester library is a small community-supported membership library open to the public. Unlike public libraries, we receive no support from government taxes, and instead depend primarily on individual support for our programs and operations. The membership model is rare, but we knew that it was very unlikely our small community would ever get a local public library—so we didn't wait. We started our own, and it has been low-cost, low-maintenance, and all-volunteer from its beginning in 1999. Our programs include a monthly children's reading session and a seed library.
We soon realized that we needed a permanent home (people kept donating books!). A library of our own to match our town's needs and ideals generated lots of excitement, so in 2005 we started fundraising and soon found property in the heart of the village.
Next came building design. We're a thrifty bunch, so we knew we needed to keep our operations costs as low as possible. After a thorough open design process and community discussion, we settled on a superinsulated library large enough to house all of our collections (including room to grow) and adequately serve the population in the Ester area. This innovative building will be the farthest north institutional Passive House in North America, and possibly the world.
In 2013, support came in the form of the donation of a nearby residential cabin with historic gardens in the heart of Ester. In the Fall of 2017, we finally finished gutting out the cabin, insulated and re-furred the walls, installed bookshelves and a handicapped ramp, and opened to the public. Together with free WiFi, we bring literature and computer access within walking, snowmachining, and bicycling distance to local families. The Clausen Cabin, as it is now known, is also becoming the premier Ester community center, open upon request of our membership, for various meetings and clubs.
However, since the cabin was built in the '40's, there is still much to do. The roof and flooring are both in need of renovation. The handicapped accessible bathroom still needs a working water supply and toilet. The two outbuildings have yet to be touched. In order to accomplish these projects, we will continue to need your help. Your Pick. Click. Give donations go a long ways towards the purchase of building materials and supplies.
Thank you for your support!