The County Library

Cover of the Brumback Library book.


"The County Library" is a comprehensive book written by Saida Brumback Antrim, daughter of John Sanford Brumback. The book explores the history and development of county libraries in the United States, with a focus on The Brumback Library of Van Wert County, Ohio, which was the first county library in the United States. The book begins by tracing the roots of the county library movement, which emerged in the late 19th century as a response to the need for public libraries in rural areas. It then goes on to detail the establishment of the Brumback Library, including the efforts of its founder, John Sanford Brumback, and the challenges faced in its early years. Throughout the book, Antrim provides a detailed account of the growth and development of the Brumback Library, including its expansion into a county-wide system and its role in providing access to information and educational resources to the people of Van Wert County. She also explores the broader impact of the county library movement on American society, including its role in promoting literacy, education, and civic engagement.  Overall, "The County Library" is a fascinating and informative read for anyone interested in the history of public libraries in the United States, as well as the role of libraries in promoting education and community development.  It is available below for download and also in hardcover at all branches of The Brumback Library.