Owens - Director
Kim Franken (785) 985-2687
Tina Murphy - Administrative
Roger Gormley - (785) 442-3373
Jorgine Drake - Reference/Senior
Leisa Halling - (785) 847-6493
Cindy Hoverson - Children's
Katie Hartman - (7850 989-2391
Annette (Hun Bun) Marriott -
Joan Oyerly - (785) 989-4914
Carla Watkins - Central Branch Librarian
N. Kathleen Twombly - (785) 442-3344
Betty Snyder - Highland Branch
Roselyn Wiedmer - (785) 985-3910
Mary Lou Glynn - Highland
Shelley Anderson - Wathena
& Elwood Branch
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New Year's Day
Day after Thanksgiving
History of the
At a 1971 SLK (Seekers of Light and Knowledge) meeting, a Federated Women's Club
in Troy, an individual asked to purchase three historical books from the private
library of the club. It was tabled because the group was hoping for a public
library someday and those books could be part of that collection. Letters
were written asking how to achieve this.
Library Election Day, April 3, 1973, put the hope of ending the fact that
Doniphan County was the only county in Kansas without a public library service,
to a vote. The issue failed by 1/10th of the vote! Books were being donated with
no library to hold them.
Pat Freund, Atchison Librarian, approached one of SLK's most library-devoted
members, Joan Paulich, who had never given up. A new plan was developed, a new
campaign launched, a tremendous amount of effort again expended. The State
Library commission was moved to give us one more chance, and awarded $18,000 in
May of 1974 for this project. A Community Library Association was chartered May
31, 1974. Volunteers gave hundreds of hours to get the Library running and by
June it was going well with Story Hours and a Summer Reading Program.
In November of 1974 the first branch was placed in White Cloud. A target date
for a new vote was the April 1975 general election. The vote would be to create
a Library District including 7 of the 9 townships (all but Wayne and Wolf
River.) Branches were established in Wathena, Highland and Elwood in January of
April 1, 1975, brought out a resounding YES vote, 2 to 1 for the birth of
Doniphan Library District No. 1. The County Clerk called a Library Organization
Meeting for April 30, 1975, at which the first Board was elected. It consisted
of Co-chairpersons, Joan Oyerly and Mary Beth Elder; Secretary, Kay Bascom;
Treasurer, Eugene Eisiminger; Buildings and Grounds, Paul Dittemore; Public
Relations, Jack Gray and Ida Robinson. Joan Paulich was established as Head
Librarian and Donna Chance became the librarian for Wathena and Elwood branches.
Many of the volunteers continued to help.
A grant from the Kansas State Library Commission of $27,250, kept the Library
operating till the first taxes could be levied.
Library District # 1, Doniphan
County enables people of all ages to improve their quality of life by providing
information and enrichment through traditional resources and new technology.