Library Celebrates Centennial!
Looking Forward to the Next Century of Service
When the Winfield Public Library opened in 1913, the community enjoyed its small offering of books, magazines and newspapers. 100 years later, library materials and services have grown significantly and are more diverse to meet the needs of the community. The library now offers 77,000 items, including books in four formats (paper, audio, large print and eBook), electronic resources, magazines, newspapers, music, DVDs, internet access and a variety of exhibits and programs for people of all ages. Approximately 700 children participate in the summer reading program which serves a number of adults as well. Approximately 180,000 items circulate yearly and more than 250 people visit the library each day. More than 14,000 people have a library card!
As the library begins its next century of service, the Library Board is looking ahead with an exciting vision of a strong and purposeful future. In 2012, a feasibility study for building improvements was completed. The proposed renovation project, at a total of $1.4 million, remodels the current structure and creates a Discovery Center for children to promote reading readiness and literacy. It creates an area for teens to read, study and socialize, and a senior area for older adults with a browser-friendly collection. Additionally, the plan addresses code and building deficiencies in the 50 year-old building to accommodate the needs of the future.
The Winfield Public Library is considered one of the finest libraries in the South Central Kansas Library System. It continues to make steady growth and advancement in its book collection, materials, resources, services and programs available.
Throughout its history, the library has remained committed to providing the best service possible to its patrons and community. Here’s to the next century of service, and to our learning and growing together!
Happy Birthday, Winfield Public Library!
Winfield Public Library Board of Directors
President Jill Long, Charles Quinn, Loyette Olson, Ian Otte, Stacy Townsley, Eric Woods, Mary Jarvis and Mayor Tom McNeish
Time capsule forms still available
Send a message to the future (via time capsule- time capsule form)! The Time Capsule will be opened in 2063, 50 years from now.