The Nebraska town of Monowi has just Elsie Eiler left. She runs everything, including the library that was her late husband's bequest. The sign outside is painted on a section of a refrigerator door. The floor is bare plywood. There's no heat. But there are thousands upon thousands of books, every one of them, lined up across two shelves. Elsie's late husband, Rudy, read them endlessly. He farmed and tended bar, he ran a grain elevator, he delivered gas to filling stations, and when the town was down to just him and Elsie, he served as mayor, too. But he always found time to read â€” science fiction, history, the classics, anything but a Harlequin romance.
When he got sick with cancer two years ago, Rudy confided a dream to Elsie: He wanted to turn his collection into a public library. Rudy's Library is less than 350 square feet. The books are worn, disorganized and eclectic beyond description and runs on the honor system: Take what you want, return it when you can.
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Thanks to Michael McGrorty for the story.