The Village of Young America was founded in 1856.
The Village of Waconia was founded in 1857.
On Statehood Day in 1858, the Townships of Chanhassen, Chaska, Carver, San
Francisco, Laketown, Benton, and Farmington were organized. Farmington was
renamed Florence and then the name was changed again to Young America.
In Carver, a group of German immigrants organized the Carver County
Deutscher Leseverein Bibliothek, or German Reading Society library, in 1858.
The county's population was 3117.
A number of communities established public libraries between 1920 and 1940.
In 1923, the Chaska
is founded and opens in the city hall building.
establishes a public library in 1935 and
opens theirs in 1939.
Carver County's population in 1920 was 16,946; in 1930 it was 16,936, and
in 1940, the population was 17,606.
The county's population grew from 18,155 residents in 1950 to 28,331
residents in 1970.
In the '70s, the beginnings of suburbanization were being felt. Newspapers
noted the "urban-rural split" over numerous issues including libraries,
parks, and schools.
Prince opened his Chanhassen recording studio, Paisley Park, in 1987.
In 1975, the Carver County Commissioners allocated funds for a new county
library system. The
branch opened in 1975 and the
branch opened in 1979. The Carver County population in
1980 was 37,046.
Due to county growth, all of the library branches grew between 1995 and
2005. By 2004, Carver County's population was 81,618 and visits to the
library system exceeded 500,000 people annually.
In 2010, Carver County's population was 91,042, with 600,750 visits to our
libraries and 1,115,107 items circulated.
In 2011, Carver County opened award-winning express libraries in the
growing cities of
. There were 584,998 visits to the Library in 2011.
Circulation was 1,113,616.
In 2012, Carver County Library checked out 1,077,983 items. Most
popular books of 2012 were Unbroken
by Laura Hillenbrand, The
Best of Me
by Nicholas Sparks, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff
Kinney and the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The most popular DVDs were
The Help, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris
and Downton Abby season 1
Express Library opened in 2012.
The story continues....