Because of the educational heritage of Minden, with the first public school being founded in 1838 and its successors, the Male Academy and the Minden Female College opening in the 1850s, literary pursuits were always popular in our town.
As early as 1880 a group of young people banded together in an attempt to bring a public library to Minden. However, an economic downturn during the recession of 1882 – 1885 ended those hopes.
Later, in the 1890s, a local literary club was formed and briefly operated a lending library. It too closed, as did another attempt in the early