In the late 1940s, Nichols Library lagged woefully behind the times. The book budget didn’t go very far, the place shut down every Wednesday and calling to make an inquiry was impossible because the building had no telephone.
That all changed when Miriam Fry took over as head librarian. With longtime friend and colleague Katherine Finkbeiner, they brought the facility into the 20th century.
“She was always so proud of the fact that the library in Naperville was consistently voted the best library in America,”
[ From "Ex-librarian helped modernize Nichols" from Naperville Sun ]