The Dvoracek Memorial Library was dedicated on November 10, 1968. The funds for construction of the building, grounds, furniture, equipment and books were donated by Milo and Lillian Stastny in memory of Mrs. Stastny’s parents, William and Anna Dvoracek, with a federal grant providing part of the cost of the building itself.
Over the years the library has undergone many updates and improvements. The most significant change was the introduction of computers in 1992, which provided an automated system for circulation and cataloging of books and materials. Since that time the library has added desktop public access computers with Internet access, a laptop computer, and WiFi.
In 2003, the Friends of the Library spearheaded a campaign to replace the 35-year-old carpet in the main reading room and office. Contributions flowed in from the Friends, the City of Wilber, and donations and memorials from people locally and far away. Volunteers moved 16,000 books and all the shelving and furniture from those rooms into the meeting and heritage rooms. Friends members, Girl Scout Troop 24, Construction Tech class and Mrs. Fulton’s third grade class from Wilber-Clatonia School, Knights of Columbus, Lads & Lassies 4-H club, library staff and their families, and many members of the community contributed to this effort. And that was only half of it. After the carpet installers had completed their job, everything had to be put back in place! The Friends provided pizza, drinks, and cookies for all the volunteers who were so essential to the completion of this project. In 2007 the Friends raised money to replace the original carpet in the meeting room. After the carpet was installed they provided the library with a seating area and a large-screen HDTV and DVD.
In 2008, the Wilber Rotary Club received a grant for a drive-up book drop for the library. Our patrons are pleased with that convenience.
Dvoracek Memorial Library serves the town of Wilber and rural area, as well as nearby communities. Our patrons include families, teachers, daycare providers, students in all levels of education and the elderly. The library donated new books for a satellite library at The Wilber Care Center Assisted Living Facility, and adds to the collection as needed.
The library is accredited by the Nebraska Library Commission under their Public Library Accreditation program. The library board is certified under the Nebraska Library Commission’s Public Library Board Certification program. Both co-directors are certified under the Nebraska Library Commission’s Public Librarian Certification program.