|Postcard - Carnegie Library. Zumbrota, Minn.|
The old library now contains something called "Crossings" [City of Zumbrota web site], which appears to be a gift shop or at center. The new library looks like a huge retro brick gas station, with a big place for a clock over the door that no-one ever added.
I have read about how libertarian writer Ayn Rand hated public libraries, but when I search for this, all I can find is records of programs given inside public libraries concerning Ayn Rand and her work. If indeed Objectivists and Ayn Rand dislike public libraries, then this is somewhat ironic. Click here [objectivismonline.com] for one discussion among Objectivists about public libraries The Zumbrota public library does indeed carry Ayn Rand's books on its shelves.
Zumbrota itself is named after the River Zumbro, which its itself a corruption of a French name meaning River of Embarassment.