Named in honor of local residents George and Marcia Lester, Lester Public Library opened in June of 1997. It is the second largest public library in Manitowoc County and is a member of the Manitowoc Calumet Library System. The new library replaced the Joseph Mann Library, a Carnegie library built in 1914.
The tower is approximately 25 feet high with a 4-by-16-foot vertical cast brass relief on each of the four sides. Above each panel is a lighted clock face. The structure was designed by Erick Jensen, of LJM architects, in the same style as the library. Artist Sharron Quasius created the brass panels.
Architect Erik Jensenand artist Sharron Quasiusare the designers of the landmark Weill Charitable Fund Clocktower (1997) located on an outdoor terrace at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Quasius and Jensen shared their memories of the design process in an interview recorded by Celebrate Libraries® in August 2018. The interview and a video featuring images of the clocktower will be available soon.
This video features details from an artist’s maquette for “Spirit of the Rivers,” a monumental bronze sculpture created by R.T. “Skip” Wallen. The sculptural study was photographed in Two Rivers, Wisconsin in the office of Lester Public Library Director Jeff Dawson.
The completed “Spirit of the Rivers” sculptural group will be installed in 2018 on the Lake Michigan shoreline between Manitowoc and Two Rivers.
Lester Public Library is located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and is a member of MCLS, the Manitowoc – Calumet Library System. Two Rivers has a population of about 11,000 people and was founded along Lake Michigan near the confluence of the East Twin and West Twin Rivers.
Celebrate Libraries® is visiting Library Director Jeff Dawson of Lester Public Library this week. The library, built in 1997, features lovely landscaping and has a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan.
We are especially drawn to the full programming schedule and active participation by community members of all ages. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum is located one block away and is a great place to experience while you are in Two Rivers.
This video highlights images of the public library in Holmen, WI. One of five branches of La Crosse County Library, Holmen Area Library opened in September 2017 and was built on the former site of a canning factory .
Click the microphone icon and listen to a recorded interview with Library Manager Deen Layland.
Celebrate Libraries® will be traveling to the western shore of Lake Michigan in a few weeks to interview Lester Public Library Director Jeff Dawson and tour the building. This will be the first library we have featured in the Manitowoc – Calumet Library System.
Photographs will be collected during the tour which will be used later this summer to produce a video about the library and its outreach to the Two Rivers community.