Originally the Munson Town Hall, the Shanower Library was erected in 1883, and was situated on Mayfield Road near Fowler’s Mill. At its former site, the building was used for community functions including a polling place, elementary classroom, and a township workshop. In 1986, it was moved to Century Village Museum to become the Shanower Library housing the Geauga County Historical Society’s collection of manuscripts, books, and genealogical materials.
The Shanower Library has been open for almost a quarter of a century, and we are so grateful to our volunteers that made the library and its collections all that it is. To those dedicated volunteers, we thank you!! As with all things, however, a changing of the guard was inevitable. We are sad to see our dedicated librarians retire, but with our new librarians in place, we are proud to announce that the Shanower Library is thriving and continuing on in the tradition of those who created it.
The Shanower Library is not just continuing on though. It is getting a facelift, becoming a temporary exhibit hall, going online, and hopefully becoming part of a larger online library database that will allow researchers from across the world to find information not only physically contained at Century Village Museum, but throughout all of Geauga County.
In addition to these structural changes, we are also glad to say that the open hours of the Library are increasing! The Shanower Library is now open Mondays from 1-4pm and Wednesdays from 10am-2pm.
As we work through this change process, we look forward to your support! If you have any Geauga County books, documents, family histories, photos, etc. that you would like to donate to the Shanower Library, please call 440-834-1492. We look forward to sharing your history with the world!