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During August 1910, a contract in the amount of $8,324 was entered to construct the new Library facility. Construction began late that year and continued until July 1911 when the new Library's doors opened to the public.

The formal celebration of the opening took place in September 1911 and there were soon 345 regular and active users of the Library. Users who had an address outside of the town had to pay a fee to use the Library amounting to $2.00 per year per household or 25 cents per month.

Lillian Gardner became Mill Valley's first librarian until 1917 when she retired. Sybil Nye, a very "colorful and controversial" character in the Library's history, assumed the responsibilities for the next twenty years.
Portrait of Sybil Nye, a teacher and Mill Valley City Librarian from 1917 until 1937.
Local tradesman in front of the Carnegie Library at Lovell and Madrona. Library opened on July 22, 1911 and served the city of Mill Valley until August 23, 1966.
The United States entered into the Great War in 1917. British Foreign Secretary James Balfour issued the Balfour Declaration supporting the notion of a Jewish state to be established in Palestine. The Russian Revolution began in April 1917 leading to one of the most profound rebellions in history, described by American journalist John Reed as "ten days that shook the world."
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