Carrollton Public Library
One North Folger Street
Carrollton, MO 64633
In 1938, a group of 14 women had a vision for the Town of Carrollton; the vision was to provide a public library for the community. Those women were the charter members of the Forum Club and had as their motto, "Not for ourselves, but for others." One Saturday morning, at the sound of the fire siren, the women went door to door and collected books and $1.00 subscriptions. This was the beginning of the Carrollton Public Library. The library was first located in the lower level of the Florence Hotel. Volunteers managed the library until 1952.
Now, the Carrollton Public Library is located on the northwest corner of the historic square of downtown Carrollton. The 12,880 square feet building occupies the lot that was the site of the 1883 Florence Hotel. The state of the art library blends cosmetically with the 100-year-old buildings located around the square. Due to the generosity of over 600 benefactors, the $906,000.00 building was constructed entirely with donated money. The building was completed in seven months with the grand opening held in March, 2004. Fast forward to late 2007, the ladies of the Forum Club asked to relocated their monthly meetings in the lower level of the library. With welcoming arms, the Library Board agreed to this making it a full circle from the Florence Hotel original site that is now where the Carrollton Public Library stands today.
The library is a political entity of the Town of Carrollton. Our library district is the boundaries of the city limits while our state aid is based upon the city population of 3,784 residents (2010 census records). The Town Council and mayor appoint a board of nine volunteers to hire the library director and set policies. Town of Carrollton ordinances and Missouri State Statutes govern the library. The Missouri State Library, a division of the Secretary of State's office, gives direction and guidance to the library. The Carrollton Public Library applies for many grants through the Missouri State Library. The library board and director meet at least once a month, more often when necessary, to conduct library business. The city's collector collects the library tax and the city disperses the tax revenue to the library. The tax revenue is deposited into the general operating account; a portion of the money is invested until it is needed for operations. All revenues and expenditures are viewed and approved by the board. The Library's annual budget is $135,000 and 80% of that figures is generated from the city property tax revenue. The library tax is .2840 per every $100 of assessed valuation for the taxing year of 2013. The donations, memorials, fines, room rentals and general good will of our community keeps the library open 7 days a week.
Our library houses a collection of over 30,000 books, 80 magazines and periodicals, seven newspaper subscriptions, and audio books on compact disc. We are developing our collection of audio CD and large print books due to the wonderful donations and gift monies received from wonderful patrons over the years. Over 50,000 materials are circulated annually and an average of 125 people visit the library daily. In late February, 2012 the library starting offering E-Reader services through the consortium of molib2go.org. This consortium has 75+ member library systems throughout the state of Missouri to offer E-book and digital downloads of audio books compatible with mobile devices and computers (think smart phones, Kindles, Nooks, iPads, notebooks, laptops and pc's).
In August, 2012, the library became a part of Missouri Evergreen, a statewide consortium to offer resource sharing through a shared ILS system. This means the local library is part of a 20+ member consortium that offers interlibrary loans, courier service and 1,000,000 (yes, that's right a million) resources and is growing monthly! Online card catalog, easy access from home, office or mobile to place books on hold, receive texts or email messages from your local library when your selections are available.
Our library has an extensive genealogy section complete with newspapers and census on microfilm, cemetery and obituary records, marriage records, individual family histories and county histories. The Carroll County Genealogical Association holds their bi-monthly meetings at the library and houses their genealogical collection in the library. The library also houses the original Carroll County probate records from the 1830's to 1900's.
The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) provides the library's discounted internet access through the REAL Project. A high speed T-1 line connects six patron computers, all staff computers, a computer training lab, two servers, and a videoconference center to the internet. The computer-training lab and the videoconference center were partially funded by two Missouri State Library grants.
In addition to the high-speed computers, the library offers many other services to the patrons of the community. The library is open seven days a week for our patrons' convenience. It is open until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Interlibrary loans (ILL) are offered to patrons who need or want books that are not in this library's collection. In August, 2009, the State Library introduced a free courier service between libraries statewide. With this courier service that stops by our library twice each week, we can offer shorter wait times for your ILL books to be in your hands. The ILL books may be borrowed from other libraries at no cost to our patrons. CPL also offers a quiet, comfortable reading area for those patrons who wish to spend time reading and browsing a newspaper or magazine in our facility.
The children's library is separate from the main library. Children may read, talk, play, or color and not worry about disturbing other patrons. Student library cards are issued, at no cost, to students ages 4 to 18 who reside in Carroll County and need materials for school reading and research projects or a connection to the Internet. Children's programs include the state-wide summer reading program, holiday programs and a story time held on the third Wednesday of each month, sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club. Our business partner, a Carrollton Elementary school 4th grade class enjoys our reading in their classroom, along with a craft project and of course, treats. We participate readily in the Carrollton Elementary Schools read-a-thons throughout the school year by providing books for adults to read to the classes and providing a staff member to read as well in the classrooms.
Another outreach for our Young Adults is our Children's/Young Adult Librarian's BOOKTALKS. Started in 2007, this outreach entails ordering multiple copies of a title and the Children/YA Services librarian presents highlights of the several books to generate their interest in reading at county wide schools. The focus is on reading and keeping the students, teens especially, involved whether for AR points or for recreational reading. The Children/YA Services Librarian progress continues in her endeavors as she has developed programming for the elementary grades as well for outreach services. This has been well received by all outlying schools, even Tina, Bosworth, Hale & Stet have started Book Clubs because of this service to our community.
A favorite outreach of the Children/Youth Services Librarian is the AUTHOR STUDIES where each month a different author is highlighted through videos and storytimes. This program is geared more to students in elementary grades and well received by the teachers in those grades.
One of our main goals is to keep children reading during the summer months. Our library offers programs to enrich the state-wide summer reading program with special education presenters or activities that all relate to the summer's theme. Each year the Summer READing program theme for children and young adults lead the library to have more events scheduled during the evenings and more family focused. The Library receives grant money from Missouri State Library through LSTA grant funds for our summer reading programming. In addition, the library endeavors with the local businessa and organziations in our collaborations to bring a variety each year.
Adult programs have been conducted in partnership with the University of Missouri Extension and Osher Life Long Learning utilitizing the Video Conferencing Room and our Technology Lab. Carroll County MU Extension agent teaches computer programs like Quickbooks or Excel to non-traditional students. He also hosts the video conferences with topics from summer gardening to estate planning. An ongoing adult service at the library is the teaching of GED Adult education classes in the lower level. Kathy Brockmeier is the instructor and she provides this service as an outreach for State Fair Community College in Sedalia. Classes are held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings of each week, except holidays since August, 2009.
I enjoy providing bookmobile services to the residents of Jefferson Park Apartments and Austin Home residents each Monday. Library staff or volunteer visits Monroe Manor on Tuesdays. Carroll House and Life Care residents on Wednesday and provide materials to the residents and staff. In addition, traveling educational exhibits are hosted by the library.
My staff is awesome, from years of experience to the friendly appeal bridging over to the one who always has a smile to the staff of volunteers to my right hand, we work together to make new ideas into reality. Judy's focus in an adult book club, holding computing classes and ordering nonfiction and adult fiction titles. Corina provides outreach services to daycare providers and preschools within city limits. She also does monthly programming that include Author Studies to the elementary students and Book Talks to the middle school. Mary's devotion to great customer service and making sure each patron has a book in their hand when they leave marks the level of service the library offers. Lynnette is the Summer Reading Program Facilitator and brings her years of experience in early childhood and child development experience to the programs. Stephanie rounds out the team with her knowledge and skills she offers the patrons on weekends. They make the library run smoothly and their share my passion for the library. The board and staff of the Carrollton Public Library invites everyone to take advantage of the many free programs and services offered at the library. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at 660-542-0183 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we are here to serve you and to be the cornerstone of our community.
Sue Lightfoot, Director