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The Emporia Public Library is the oldest library in the State of Kansas in continuous operation. Since 1869 Emporia's library has grown with the city.

This is our 140th year as a library and our 30th year in the present building. View historic photos of our library.

Today, as then, the library is a living part of the city of Emporia. Emporia's are proud to have a library with a strong heritage; a library that has served their community without interruption for 140 years.

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The Mission of the Emporia Public Library, a tax-supported community resource, is to provide access to informational, educational and recreational services, materials and programs to users of all ages.


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2013 Gingerbread Contest:

The Friends would like to thank everyone who participated in the Third Annual Gingerbread Contest at the Emporia Public Library. On Friday several young ones came for a special story time put on by the Friends.

They heard stories, made a gingerbread man ornament and enjoyed gingerbread cookies.

There were 16 entries, they were viewed by 277 patrons, and 244 voted for their People’s Choice.

The winners were People Choice: The Mears Family; Youth 11 and under, Emmanuel Bueno; Youth 12-17, Connor Hauff; Adult, Monica Scarberry; Group, Mears Family; and the Friends Award, Chapman Family (Mya, Ana, and Sara).

So, thank you to the participants, the patrons for viewing and all of the Friends for helping! Several of the participants said they were already planning next year’s entry.


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