Jennings City Library
Helen Rhodes, Librarian
January 2, 2008
Greetings! Thank you for visiting the Jennings City Library.
We are a small but resourceful library in Decatur County. Located on Kansas
Avenue in downtown Jennings. Our library is proud to be a part of the Northwest
Kansas Library System which is located 25 miles east of Jennings in
Monday 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturday 9:00-11:00 a.m.
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Library Board Members
The Jennings City Library board consists of 7 members, appointed by
the City Council members and a Northwest Kansas Library Representative.
The Board members serve a term of 4 years and can serve two consecutive
terms. The NWKLS Representative also serves a four year term and can be
appointed by the county representatives to serve on the Executive Board
The following are the current Board Members:
Violet Krizek, Chairperson
Kathy Nauer, Sec-Treasurer
Collection and Policies
Our collection consists of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Periodicals and Videos.
We participate in NWKLS Interlibrary Loan Program traditionally and via
Our Policies on items being checked out are: 2 weeks for books to our patrons
and 3 weeks on ILL materials.
Periodicals may be checked out for a 1 week time period.
Videos may be checked out for a 2 day time period.
We do accept ILL requests via e-mail and participate in the Online
E-Mail Address and Phone Number
The Jennings City Library can be reached by e-mail at
Jennings City Library
Our mailing address:
P.O. Box 84
Jennings, Kansas 67643
Phone number: 785-678-2666
"CZECH Us Out"
The city of Jennings is located on Kansas Highway 383. Our town is just
west of the location formerly known as "Slab City". Being a town of Czechoslovakian
descent, our theme is "Czech us out". We are a farming community with an
approximate population of 180.
Jennings has several businesses
to serve you. We offer a bar & grill a grocery
store, one grain elevator that offers self-serve fuel pumps, a bank, a satellite clinic for health care, a volunteer
ambulance service and volunteer fire department and a wealth of history.
History of Jennings City Library
The city library began as a personal collection of Mrs. Margaret Underwood.
Mrs. Underwood was very well educated and her chief goal was to see that
the public had good books to read. She became the inspiration for the community
to start a city Library. The first home of the library was in the reception
room of the local dentist Dr. W.H. Liggit.
In April of 1931 a proposition was made at the regular city election
to levy 3/4 of a mill to establish and maintain a public library. The proposition
was approved by the citizens.
As the collection expanded it was moved throughout the homes of various
people until 1945. On September 5, 1945 the Jennings City Library was moved
to its present location in the new Jennings City Hall. In honor of the
newly acquired home, an Open House was held. The library has undergone
several improvements since the original open house. The city's mill levy
has helped to make these improvements possible.
Almost 50 years later in August of 1995 another Open House
was held to commemorate the 50th year and the recent purchase of a computer
system. The computer system is the link of this small midwest town to the
information superhighway and the entire world!
The library continues to be a vital resource in the community.