|The Fort Walton Beach Library, now housed in a modern 24,000-square-foot
building, was first established under humble circumstances in a waterfront
Masonic building by the Fort Walton Beach Women’s Club in 1927.
Sadly, in 1936, the library was dismantled when a local high school
needed the library’s books for an accreditation review.
In 1954, the library was re-established by the Business and Professional
Women’s Club and the Women’s Club in the community center
on land donated by Library Board President Liza (L. M.) Jackson.
Lucile Woodward, a member of one of the first families of the city,
served as volunteer librarian for two and a half years. Stocked
largely with donated materials, the library grew substantially under
her direction and in1957, a professional librarian, Dorothy Raymond,
was hired. The library was open for full-time service.
You can learn more about the History of the Fort Walton Beach Library
of Fort Walton Beach Library Website.