If you wander into what we call “the old building” you’ll see a portrait of a lovely young lady. Her name is Maria (DeWolf) Rogers and she founded this building! In 1877 she hired architect Stephen C Earle to design the building in honor of her late husband Robert Rogers. During that time many libraries required paid memberships. The reason our name is Rogers FREE Library is we were founded as a free (or public) library. Borrowers could sign up for a library card and borrow from our collection, free of charge!