Manitowoc Public Library is a two story 52,000 square foot building overlooking the Manitowoc River’s outlet on Lake Michigan.

City of Manitowoc

More than 33,000 people call Manitowoc, Wisconsin home. Situated at the mouth of the Manitowoc River on the western shore of Lake Michigan, the city is known as the state’s “Maritime Capitol” because of its shipbuilding tradition and the commercial shipping and fishing opportunities the location offers.

From May through October, the SS Badger ferries passengers and automobiles daily from Manitowoc Harbor to Ludington, Michigan and back. The coal-fired steamship, built in 1953, provides a four hour, 60 mile cruise — a true Great Lakes experience.

The city’s public library was founded in 1900. The current building has 52,000 square feet of space on two levels and opened on Quay Street overlooking the Manitowoc River in September 1998.

Manitowoc Public Library Mural

Washington Park in downtown Manitowoc provides an imaginary setting for a new library mural and includes literary figures from the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Sherlock Holmes, and the Wizard of Oz.

Originally envisioned by library marketing associate Tim Gadzinski, who approached local artists Erin LaBonte and David Carpenter with the idea in 2017, the mural concept was approved by Library Director Kristin Stoeger as a first step in the library’s First Floor Redesign Project.

Funded by the Manitowoc Public Library Foundation, the mural was completed on an inside wall above the library’s east side entrance in June of 2018.


Click the link below and listen to a two part interview with Manitowoc Public Library Director Kristin Stoeger.

Director Kristin Stoeger

Video and Podcast Project Supporters                                                                                                   Please click logos for more information

*A special acknowledgement goes to Holiday Inn Manitowoc for generously providing lodging on multiple occasions while the project was being completed.