She spent hours upon hours during her 70 years there, reading about faraway lands, visions of the future and dramas about life and love.
As a gift to the institution that gave her so much joy, the former school teacher left $2.5 million to the Council Bluffs Public Library.
Cook died Dec. 16, 2012, and left her entire estate to the Council Bluffs Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to enhance activities at the institution. With the help of donors, including Cook, the foundation raised the money to construct the new library building at 400 Willow Ave. in 1998.
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