Fredonia Public Library

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Fredonia Public Library

Library Building

807 Jefferson St.
Fredonia, KS 66736

Voice – (620)378-2863
Fax – (620)378-2645
e-mail fredodir@twinmounds.com

Friends of the Library:

History:

Hours:

Staff:

Story Hour/Summer Reading:

 


History:

The Fredonia Public Library was founded before it actually had a place to put the books. In late 1913 or early 1914, Dr. A. C. Flack brought together a group of like-minded people to talk about a library. The group raised about $500.00 to buy books, and they selected the books to be bought. Where to place these books was the next question. About that time there was talk of building a new highschool. Some thought it didn't need to be so big, but others felt it could house the library also. The building was completed in 1914, and the library was given the use of the north rooms on the second floor rent, heat and light free. The library occupied that space until 1925 when the school needed the space.

Some time between 1914 and 1925, someone dug out the law allowing cities to levy a tax to support a library. After the library board canvassed every house in Fredonia, the levy was passed and the library had a fund of less than one mill.

In 1925, the library moved to a store front on the east side of the square. Rent, heat and light were added to the expense. That left very little money for books. An appeal was made to the public for assistance, and while money was raised, it was not a permanent answer. The board asked for an increase to the maximum levy allowed, and it was granted.

About 1930 the Congregational Church was closed, and the City of Fredonia bought the building (for $2,000) to house the library. It was a well-built structure, and needed only to be furnished with stacks and furniture. In 1932 it was remodeled as part of a project to put more people to work.

In 1967, a local architect, Garrold Griffin, was selected to design the new library building. The library was moved back to the square so the church could be demolished and a new library building could be built. The new library, shaped like an open book, was dedicated in 1969, and was planned for 15,000 books. At the end of 1997, the library collection numbered 35,000+ books, videos, audio cassettes, computer software, magazines, vertical files and microfilm.. It is staffed by a 6-member paid staff, is open 50 hours a week and offers public Internet access. It is a Core Library in the Southeast Kansas Library System. The library has completed its catalog and circulation automation, and has added its collection to the Kansas Library Catalog.

  Hours

Monday through Thursday

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday

10 a.m. - noon

 

The after-hours book drop is located on the south side of the library.



Summer Reading Program - Story Time in conjunction with the Fredonia Arts Council for preschool children, and books all summer long for preschool through high school age.

Pre-School Story Hour - Four- and five-year-olds at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, three-year-old at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Each program is six to eight weeks long, two in the fall, two in the winter/spring, and one during the summer in conjunction with the Fredonia Arts Council Summer Program.

Wireless Internet Access - is provided by Twinmounds.com.

FirstSearch and SearchBank - magazine articles (abstracts and full text) and popular databases are also available via the Internet.

Friends of the Library - Membership is $5.00 per year, and the group meets once a year in January to plan and implement several events each year, and to set the annual budget. A FOL newsletter is generally available at the front desk.

  Staff

Michelle Hulse, Director
Pamela Mackey, Assistant-Director
Sarah McGinnis, Aide

Amy Ware, Aide

Kathy Richardson, Aide


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