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Mission Statement

The mission of the Chanute Public Library is to provide modern library resources and services necessary to meet the evolving educational, recreational, and informational needs of the public, thus enhancing individual and community life.

Board of Trustees

 

Meetings of the Board of Trustees are held on the second Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Leighty Conference Room at the Depot. No meeting is held in the month of August. The public is invited to attend. If anyone wishes to have business acted upon at a board meeting, they should contact the Library Director or Board Chairman at least one week prior to the meeting so that such business may be included in the printed agenda.

Linda Ashley

Linda Ashley

Trustee

DeAnn Parsons

DeAnn Parsons

Trustee

Laura Kmiec

Laura Kmiec

Trustee

Anne Ranz

Anne Ranz

Trustee

Lydia Lewis

Lydia Lewis

Trustee

Linda Tiegreen

Linda Tiegreen

Trustee

Joan Newman

Joan Newman

Trustee

Jacob LaRue

Jacob LaRue

Mayor

Staff

Kara Hale

Kara Hale

Library Director

David Shaw

David Shaw

Adult Services

Kandi Wilson

Kandi Wilson

Children’s Services

Jeana Lawrence

Jeana Lawrence

Children’s Services

Morgan Babcock

Morgan Babcock

Library Staff

Angelita Gahman

Angelita Gahman

Library Staff

Judy Wilson

Judy Wilson

Library Staff

Shonda Meyer

Shonda Meyer

Library Staff

Kaleigh Wilson

Kaleigh Wilson

Library Staff

Linda Showen

Linda Showen

Library Staff

History

 

Depot Building History

In 1902, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad began construction of the Chanute Depot. The first floor housed the Wells Fargo, baggage rooms, the ticket office, gentleman’s and ladies’ waiting room, a news stand and parcel room. The north end was occupied by the Harvey Lunch Room and kitchen. The second floor was divided between living areas for the Harvey waitresses and division offices for the railroad. In 1917, the Santa Fe expanded the Depot by adding north, east and south wings to the building. The new additions were designed and built to blend with the existing structure. For many years, this building served as the largest Santa Fe depot in Southeast Kansas. In 1971, the Chanute Depot saw its last passenger train and twelve years later, the Santa Fe completely abandoned the building.

In June, 1991, with work on the roof already underway, renovation within the building began. While plans called for the renovation to allow for current and future needs of the new residents, much of the original architecture of the building was maintained. With few changes, wall placements on the first floor were maintained, and ceilings and wainscoting were either preserved or replicated. Throughout the building, lighting, floor coverings and colors were chosen to blend into the early 1900’s architecture. The library moved into its new home on May 9, 1992.

 

Library History

The Public Library Association was organized with S. W. Brewster as chairman on September 16, 1901. Their purpose was to promote the importance of a public library so that a City levy could be obtained for it’s maintenance. On March 22, 1906, the Carnegie Library Building was dedicated and the Children’s Room opened in January 1928. The library continued to expand with remodeling occurring in 1938 and 1962.

Then, on April 17, 1990, announcement was made that the Santa Fe Depot would be renovated to house the Chanute Public Library and the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, allowing the city to preserve and restore the depot, and provide much needed space for the museum and the library.

Chanute Public Library

111 N. Lincoln Ave
Chanute, Kansas 66720

► Library Hours

Winter Hours
(Labor Day - Memorial Day)
Mon - Thu: 9:00a - 7:00p
Fri & Sat: 9:00a - 5:00p
Summer Hours

(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Mon - Thu: 9:00a - 6:00p
Fri & Sat: 9:00a - 5:00p

► Phone

(620) 431-3820

Our Location

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