LAKE ELMO, Minn. — You won’t find it on the shelf among the best sellers, but it’s an inspiring tale.

It’s a story of how little Lake Elmo took control of its local library, a story about taxpayers standing up against government and emerging victorious.

“Our programs are excellent, we’ve got lots of things going on, none of which would exist if we didn’t have a library here,” said Steve DeLapp, a retired architect who helped mobilize opposition.  “We don’t want anything to do with Woodbury, we don’t want anything to do with Oakdale. If we did, we’d live there. We live in Lake Elmo, we want our library.”