It took nearly a decade to create the Robert Morgade Library. Beginning in 1992, interested citizens campaigned for a community library on Salerno Road. Recognizing that a location adjoining Indian River State College and Martin Memorial Hospital South had the potential to serve both students and the community, a plan was developed to share resources for the new library. After considerable negotiations between Martin County and Indian River State College, a joint agreement was reached. Martin County would build and operate the library on a five acres leased to the County by Indian River State College.
Groundbreaking for the 15,500 square foot library began in February, 2000. Andy and Frances Morgade pledged a gift in honor of their son Robert Morgade, who passed away in 1980. In recognition of the generous donation by Andy and Frances Morgade, the library was named the Robert Morgade Library and his portrait hangs in the lobby. The Robert Morgade Library also enjoys Avian Muse, a mobile that reflects the graceful swoops of birds in flight. A mural entitled Endless Summer, painted by local artist Jayne Swartzwelder, decorates the Teen Area.
Today, the Robert Morgade Library includes The Anderson Room in memory of Jesse H. and Alberta Porter Anderson. The Andersons were pioneer residents of Port Salerno and New Monrovia area for 50 years. Also, the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Children's World invites children and families to explore the children's library. As envisioned, the Robert Morgade Library is an essential part of the community where families enjoy early literacy programs, adults pursue lifelong learning, e-government access is available on the computers, students conduct research, Teen Area activities engage the young adults and an educated staff assists all ages.
5851 SE Community Drive
Stuart, Florida 34997