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PO Box 938

Atkinson, NE 



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a)      General Library Objectives

v  To assemble current information and accurate reference services with organized collections, books and related educational and recreational materials in order to promote an enlightened citizenship and enrich personal lives.

v  To provide long-range plans for the development and expansion of the library, competent staff, cultural programs, public awareness, and to foster a climate for the appreciation of the creative arts.

b)     Services of the Library

  Provide guidance and assistance for patrons and schools.

  Cooperate with other libraries to strengthen library services and    resources.

  Provide free service to shut-ins on a biweekly basis.

  Provide up-to-date technology services.

  Initiate story hours, exhibits, programs, etc.

c)      Mission Statement

The mission of the Atkinson Public Library is to serve the community as a resource for information, entertainment, cultural opportunity, and educational development, thereby enhancing and enriching the lives of users.

d)     Planning/Marketing

The Librarian and the Board, with input from the Strategic Library Planning Committee (Appendix A), shall develop short-term and long-term plans, which include goals and objectives.  The Librarys development will be guided by these plans.



a)      Hours

Monday:        9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday:        9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday:      9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday:           9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday:      9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

b)     Library Card

In order to check out materials patrons must possess a library card.  In order to use the library computers children 5 18 years of age and their parents must sign a Request for Internet Access form at the library in the presence of library staff. 

c)   Circulation

Books, Magazines, Audio Books, Puzzles, Cake Pans, DVDs, Reference Materials, may be checked out for 3 weeks.  No circulation of the following: Designated Reference Materials, Newspapers, Microfilm, Genealogical Materials, or the latest edition of certain Periodicals.

         The total number of items that may be checked out will be at the discretion of library staff.  New patrons are limited to 3 items the first time they use their library card.

         Phone calls and emails will be made to patrons who have overdue materials. 

         All library usage including Internet privileges may be suspended if overdue books are not returned. 

         Patrons are responsible for the items they or their family check out.  Fines will not be assessed for overdue books.  Replacement costs will be charged for lost or damaged items.

d)   Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Resources that the library does not own may be borrowed through the Nebraska Library Commission Inter-Library Loan service.  Loaning charges are posted.  Patrons are responsible for inter-library loan materials and must make restitution to the loaning library for any loss or damages. 

e)   Computer/Scanner

q  Patrons may use the computers/scanner with permission of the library staff.

q  Children under 5 years of age are not allowed to use the library computers.

f)   Internet

Patrons may access the Internet as outlined in (Appendix B).

g)      Copiers 

Black/White and Color copiers are available for patron use.  Patrons are asked to use library paper or get approval from Staff before using their own paper.  Fees are posted.

h)   View Scanner

Patrons may utilize the view scanner to view the newspapers available on microfilm.  Fees for copies are posted.

i)    LCD Projector/LCD Screen

The LCD projector and screen are available for rent (Appendix C).

j)       Fax

The library may send or receive faxes for patrons.  Fees are posted

k)     Overhead Projector

The overhead projector may be checked out weekly. Fees are posted 

l)        Ellison Die Cut Machine

Patrons may use the library die cut machine. A free-will donation is accepted.  Library paper charges are posted.

m)   Laminating

Large items are normally laminated on Thursdays; smaller items may be laminated during regular library hours.  The library is not responsible for damage to articles during lamination.  Lamination fees are posted.



a.      Patrons Served

The library serves all patrons:  young children, juveniles, young adults, adults, and seniors, regardless of race, sex, religion, age, color, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap or marital status.

b.      Selection of Materials/Resources

The following types of materials are basic to the library collection:

         Books:  The library shall provide a general circulation and reference collection of books for adults, young adults, and children, as well as large print materials for the visually impaired.

         Periodicals:  The library shall provide a collection of current, general interest periodicals.  Back files shall be retained only as long as necessary to meet user demand.

         Newspapers:  The library shall subscribe to local and state newspapers.  The local paper shall be preserved on microfilm.

         Non-Print Materials: The Library shall make non-print resources, such as DVDs, audio books, and compact disks available to the public.  Some formats of non-print materials may be provided through other sources such as Overdrive.

         Internet:  The Library shall make the Internet available to the public at no charge in accordance with guidelines provided in Appendix B.

         Selection of materials will be a responsibility shared by the Library Director, Assistant Librarian, Library Board, Patrons and upon demand.

c.       Guidelines for Selection

         Library materials will be selected to meet the goals and objectives of the mission statement.  Books and other materials will be selected for the advancement of knowledge, the education and enlightenment of the people of the community, and the provision of recreational material.

         To build a collection of merit and significance, material must be measured by objective guidelines.  All acquisitions, whether purchased or donated, are considered in terms of the following standards. 

d.      Criteria for Selection

         Authority and reputation of the author/illustrator/publisher

         Factual accuracy

         Clear presentation and readability

         General suitability


         Favorable reviews found in newspapers, periodicals, and other standard selection sources.

         Up-to-date material, validity

         Contribution to breadth of viewpoints on controversial issues

         Artistic quality and/or literary style

         Attention will be paid in developing each major area of library materials in order to sufficiently serve all patrons.

         All books that can be purchased with machine-readable records (MARC) shall be purchased in this manner.

         Adult and juvenile fiction shall be purchased in hardcover whenever possible.

e.       Organization

         Books will be organized according to the Dewey Decimal System.

         Periodicals will be arranged alphabetically by title and shelved in order by title.

f.       Censorship

Any requests to censor library materials will be dealt with in the following manner:

         Objections to various library materials shall be reported and processed in accordance with directions contained in (Appendix D).  After obtaining appropriate professional reviews, the Library Director will forward this form to the Library Board for appropriate review and final action.

         Parents/guardians will be responsible for the reading material of their children.

g.      Library Bill of Rights

The library abides by the Library Bill of Rights from the American Library Association (Appendix E).

h.      Weeding and Discarding

         A program of systematic weeding will be carried out each year by the library staff.  Items that are no longer in demand, as determined by the Library Director, shall be discarded or sold on the used book sale.  Worn or damaged items will be repaired or withdrawn from the collection.

i.        Special Collections (Gifts and Displays)

         Gifts of books and other materials shall be accepted on the condition that the Library Director has the authority to make whatever disposition is deemed appropriate.  Donors will be made aware of this policy at the time of donation.

         A receipt will be given to a donor stating the number of items given; however, no value shall be assessed.  Appraising of a gift to the library for income tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor.

         Monetary gifts will be accepted by the Library for deposit in the Friends of the Library Foundation, Inc. account.

         Acceptance of other gifts (money, real estate/property, stock, art objects, portraits, antiques) will be at the discretion of the Library Board.

         Plaques, trophies, etc., representing various community clubs and organizations will not be accepted for display.

         Educational and cultural displays will be accepted, space permitting, for short periods of time (Appendix F).


Library staff, by nature of their work, is placed in positions of trust and, therefore, are exposed to or have access to information that is considered confidential in nature.  One of their most important responsibilities is ensuring that confidential information is not revealed to unauthorized persons.  Circulation records and personal information of library patrons are considered confidential.


If library staff are presented a search warrant by court order or subpoena they should refer the matter to the Library Director, or if unavailable the Library Board Chairman or any Library Board of Trustee.  A request for time to consult the citys legal counsel should be requested.  The citys legal counsel should be present during the actual search of patron records.  The USA Patriot Act bars the institution from contacting the individual to disclose that a search warrant has been applied to their records.  Court orders will be the only breach of patron confidentiality (Appendix G).


Library privileges may be denied for due cause.  Such cause may be failure to return books, destruction of library property, disturbance of other library patrons, or any objectionable conduct on library premises as determined by library staff.


This warning is posted in prominent positions near copy machines and computers (Appendix H).


All incidents involving the library, other than objections to questionable materials, will be documented on (Appendix I) by library staff and brought to the Library Board. The ambulance or 911 will be called to handle accident/emergency cases when Library Staff feel uncomfortable taking care of a situation.

Safety Procedures:  No person shall engage in inappropriate conduct on the premises of the Atkinson Public Library.  Inappropriate conduct shall include any individual or group activity which is disruptive to others lawfully using Library premises or otherwise inconsistent with activities such as reading, studying, proper use of library materials, and other similar conduct normally associated with a public library.  The patron may be banned from the library.  Staff should handle the problem directly with the patron.  Staff should use their judgment as to whether the situation requires assistance from another staff member.  The police should be contacted at 911 if the situation is severe or violent.  An incident report should be filed.

When visiting the library children 5 years of age and under must be accompanied by an older responsible individual.  The childs parent will be contacted if the child is left unattended for extended periods of time.

Emergency Procedures: In case of inclement weather, which prevents school from being held, the Library may also be closed.  Whenever possible, a staff member will open when weather permits.  The Director or staff in designee may announce closure on the radio KBRX and KGRD.  The City Office should be notified of closure.

 If the tornado siren has blown to take shelter, the staff and any patrons will go to the basement and wait until the warning passes.

In case of fire, library staff will report the fire and see to it that all patrons safely exit the building as soon as possible.

In case of accident or sudden illness of a patron or library staff; the remaining staff will dial 911 or the local hospital at 402-925-2811 for assistance.  An incident report will be completed by library staff and reviewed by the library board at their next meeting.

The library board will prosecute any person caught stealing or vandalizing library property.


8)      REPORTS





Financial Transactions

Library Director

Library Board

Atkinson City Clerk and City Council


Budget Committee Report

Budget Committee chosen by Lib. Board in June

Library Board


Approve budget report at July meeting

Budget Report

Budget Committee

Atkinson City Council

August meeting

Directors Report


Library Director

Library Board

Friends of the Library


Strategic Planning Report


 Strategic Planning Chairman

Library Board

Friends of the Library

Every 3 years

Statistical Report

Library Board

Atkinson City Council

By 2nd Monday in Feb.

Statistical Report

Library Director NE Library Commission January

Library Board Certification

Library Director

NE Library Commission

Expires 09/30/2014

Public Library Accreditation

Library Director

NE Library Commission

Expires 09/30/2013 Working on renewal

Librarian Certification

Library Director

NE Library Commission

Expires 09/30/13 Working on renewal

Election of Officers

Board President

Atkinson City Council


Board Meetings

Board President

Library Board,

Atkinson City Council

Monthly - 3rd Tuesday

Employee Evaluations

Committee chosen by board in June

Library Board


New Board Members

Appointed by City Council

Library Board



Updated as needed








  To achieve the goal of excellent library service, the Library Board accepts the responsibility to see that a public library building is provided and maintained which will adequately meet the physical requirements of modern, aggressive library service.  Such facilities shall offer to the community a compelling invitation to enter, read, listen, and learn.  The building shall fit an expanding program of library services. 

  Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco products or smoking is not allowed on the library premises or in the library.

  Carrying a weapon, a concealed weapon or any type of firearm is prohibited.

  Inappropriate attire such as bare feet and bare bodies is not allowed on library premises or in the library

  No animals may be brought into the library unless service related.

  Roller blading, skateboarding, and ball playing are not allowed in the library or on library premises.



The Library Board of Trustees shall:

         Employ a Library Director that will be responsible for the administration of the library.  The Director must complete a set of 4 Basic Skills Training Courses over a period of two years for Public Library Certification.  Hereafter it is expected that the Director accumulate at least 45 hours from attending Continuing Education Classes over a 3-year period.

         Make all decisions regarding the employment and termination of library staff.

         Set staff salaries.

         Budget money to pay for the Library Directors membership in the (NLA) Nebraska Library Association and the (ALA) American Library Association.

         Encourage staff to attend Continuing Education Classes when the budget allows.  Approve and reimburse expenses incurred by staff and/or board members when attending Continuing Education Classes.

The Library Director shall:

         Choose an Assistant Librarian and a Library Aid to ensure basic library services are provided to the public during library hours.

         Choose Library staff members that are selected for employment solely on merit, with due consideration of personal, educational, and physical qualifications of training and aptitude for the positions regardless of race, color, creed, age, or sex.

         Advertise Library job openings in the local press.

         Review library job applications and present recommended applications to the Library Board for final selection.

         See to it that all employees maintain a professional appearance.

         Assure the board that non-essential personal visits and phone calls to library staff during working hours should be kept to a minimum.

         Offer staff a 15-minute rest period for every 4-hour period worked and a 30-60 minute meal break for every 8-hour period worked.  For shifts of less than 8 hours, rest periods and/or meal breaks will be adjusted accordingly.   Library employees may be required, at the discretion of the Library Director, to alternate rest periods and meal breaks with other library employees on duty.  Rest periods will be taken in designated areas.

         Attend monthly Library Board meetings, if possible.

         Approve volunteer help, as well as court-appointed community service workers.



  1. Monitoring monthly financial operations is a responsibility of the Board and the Director through funds from taxes, services, and donations.
  2. No obligation for Library funds or the expenditure of Library funds may be made by any individual or Board Member without approval of the Board of Trustees. 
  3. Accounts payable will be handled as below:

1.  Bills and invoices will be initialed and dated when received, have a voucher attached, then each one reviewed and initialed by the Chairman and Secretary, or their designee and approved by the Board of Trustees so they can be turned over to the City Clerk for payment.

2.  Travel reimbursements will show odometer readings or total miles traveled.

3.  The Director will provide an Accounts Transaction Report (ATR) at each meeting for review.  Upon Board approval, the chairman and secretary will sign the report and a copy will be attached to the account transaction report.

D.    Petty Cash will be kept on hand at the library of not more than $50.  The City will replenish the fund with proper presentation of receipts.

E.     Miscellaneous Income

      1.   Taxable income from laminating will be accounted separately.

2.      Nontaxable income will be accounted as copies, faxes, donations, book replacements, book sales, etc.

3.      A weekly log will be kept with monies in excess of $50 turned over to the City Clerk weekly.

4.      The weekly reports will be made available to the Board at each meeting.

F.      Donations, used books, and book replacement monies will be deposited in the Library Grant account.  All memorial and donation monies designated by the donor will be deposited in the Friends of the Library account according to Resolution 01-09.

G.    Budgeting

1.  The Chairman shall appoint a minimum of two board members and the Director to a Committee in June of each year to form a budget to be approved at the July meeting and given to the City Clerk by August.

2. Cumulative budget reports will be provided to the Board at each meeting as prepared by the City Clerk.

H.    Purchasing

1. Whenever possible the Library will support local merchants, on an alternating basis not favoring one over another. General supply items may be purchased through the ESU.

2. Trustees shall not vote on any matter if the vote may result in direct or indirect benefit to him/her or their immediate family.  Conflicts of interest will be handled according to the City Employee Handbook.

3. The Board may advertise for bids for major items.

I.       Approval is necessary by Library Board for Matching Fund Grants. 

State Aid Funds are received each year from the Nebraska Library Commission if the library is accredited, has submitted needed reports to the Commission, and meets Commission income levels.  A bonus is received if the library maintains an Excellent rating and funds are available.



  Two ADA accessible areas are available for use by the public and can be scheduled through the Library Staff on a first-come first-serve basis.  To schedule an event contact the library staff.

  Illegal activities will not be allowed anywhere on library property.

  Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, drugs, tobacco products, hazardous materials, explosives, weapons, and firearms are not allowed. (Weapons exception is granted to duly authorized law enforcement personnel.)

  The Library is not responsible for accidents, lost articles, or personal injury.

  Only assistance animals are allowed, unless involved in a library-sponsored program.

  The meeting rooms are available for use without regard to race, religion, age, color, national origin, gender or physical challenges.

  Library needs take priority and the Library reserves the right to make schedule adjustments accordingly. 

  Anyone using the facility is asked to clean and straighten the room(s) as they found them and to fill out a Continuing Education Rooms Checklist (Appendix J).

  The person making the reservation is responsible for set up, clean up, and damages. 

  Groups under 18 years of age must be accompanied by at least one adult per every fifteen participants, unless it is a library-sponsored program.

  Any group involved in selling products or services, or soliciting donations, will be considered a commercial meeting and assessed rental fees.

  Any group may be denied future use of meeting rooms if library policies are not followed.

  Users are responsible for damages to property and costs of cleaning or repair.

  Meeting rooms are available at no charge by government agencies, educational groups, and civic/service organizations.

  Commercial organizations and social gatherings for individuals and/or families will pay a fee of $50.00.


A.  Conference Room

  Room specifications may be found on (Appendix K).

  This room is available only during regular library hours and must not interfere with library activities.

  No food or drink is allowed unless approved by the Director.


B.  Continuing Education Rooms

  This area may be divided into two rooms by Staff only. 

  Specifications may be found in (Appendix K).

  Food may be served with clean up provided by the group using the room(s). 

  The room must be cleaned and returned to its original arrangement after each use by following the Cleaning Checklist unless otherwise directed by Staff.

  For meetings to be held after library hours arrangements must be made for picking up the key before the meeting and turning it in after the meeting along with the cleaning checklist.

  Any group that loses a key will be charged the entire cost for re-keying the West entry door plus the cost of duplicating new keys.





Appendix L)



Volunteers at the Atkinson Public Library provide support services to paid staff and/or work on special projects.  Volunteers learn more about the library and its place in the community and observe first hand the way the library serves the communitys needs.  Volunteers are expected to operate within the stated policies and procedures of the Atkinson Public Library.  Volunteers are to be at the Atkinson Public Library at the time agreed upon between the volunteer and the Librarian and conduct themselves in a professional manner.  If for any reason, the volunteer cannot meet their obligation they need to inform staff of the problem (Appendix M).



Realizing there are certain circumstances under which individuals and/or groups should have a key to the Continuing Education Rooms and/or Library without having to check out a key the day before a meeting, the following policy has been established:

A.    Authorization to retain keys to the entire Library as well as access to interior doors. Keys to access interior doors may be made available inside the library at some designated location: Staff(4), City Police(1), Friends(1)


B.     Authorization to retain keys to the Meeting Room only: Atkinson Township(1)


C.     Keys to be distributed on an as needed basis at the discretion of the Library Director: (4)


D.    All keys will be stamped with a number and Do Not Copy at the time of duplication.


E.     Numbered keys will be issued, using Key Application Form (Appendix N).


F.   Any individual responsible for losing a library key may be charged the entire cost of re-keying the entry door plus the cost of duplicating and stamping keys for others who possess keys to that door.



General Policy: This policy is in support of Article Six of the American Library Association Bill of Rights which states: Libraries should make exhibit spaces available to the public they serve and should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. (Adopted Jan. 23, 1980 by ALA Council).

Eligible Display/Exhibits: As an educational and cultural institution, the Atkinson Public Library welcomes exhibits and displays of interest, information and enlightenment to the community.  Displays of handiwork, historical material, nature study, or any other material deemed of general interest may be exhibited.  The Library Board reserves the right to reject any display or item, which in their judgment is illegal or which may interfere with the normal operation of the library.

Damages and Liability: The Library assumes no responsibility for the preservation, protection, possible damage or theft of any item displayed or exhibited.  All items placed in the Library are done so at the owners risk.

Disclaimer: The utilization of exhibit/display space by any group or individual shall not imply endorsement or approval by the Atkinson Public Library.  A disclaimer will be completed by any person or group desiring to display/exhibit in the library.  Such disclaimer shall appear in the display/exhibit area on a card, together with information as to who prepared the exhibit and who to contact for information. Appendix O

Designated Areas: Areas available for the public for displays and exhibits are: tops of designated bookcases in the main library area, the Heritage Room, the McKee Room and the Continuing Education Room under certain conditions/restrictions.


         The exhibit areas may be reserved for use by educational, cultural, civic, and governmental groups when no admission charge is made.

         Organizations or individual sponsoring an educational program of a non-profit nature will be permitted to use the exhibit areas, provided such exhibits are open freely to the general public.

         Purely commercial use of the exhibit space is prohibited.

         The Atkinson Public Library Board of Trustees and staff encourage visits by young children and it is our desire to make this important visit both memorable and enjoyable for the child.

         Materials to be added to the permanent collection of the Atkinson Public Library may not be displayed, except as prescribed by the Library Board of Trustees.  The Library Board reserves the right to reject any or all donations.

         Each individual or group desiring to display/exhibit will be required to complete a Display/Exhibit Request Form Appendix O, kept at the Circulation Desk.

         Reservations may be taken up to 12 months in advance, and are booked on a first-come, first served basis.

         No exhibit may be on display for a period exceeding 60 days and no group may reserve exhibit space more than twice in one calendar year without prior approval by the Library Board.

         Cancellations must be received at least one week in advance.

         The Library Board of Trustees may restrict viewing hours for special exhibits.

         All handiwork shall be submitted ready for exhibit.  The Library will furnish construction paper, letters, or other supplies.  Adhesives and nails may not be applied to the walls.

         The Library staff will not provide assistance in setting up or taking down displays

         Individuals and organizations using the facilities shall leave it neat, clean, and in orderly condition.

         Displays will be removed at the previously agreed upon time.

         Items displayed at the Atkinson Public Library shall not be marketed for sale.

Request for Reconsideration: Materials will not be proscribed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.  The Library will not censor or remove a display, exhibit, or item because some members of the community may disagree with its content.  Individuals who object to a particular display, exhibit, or item may submit a Request for Request for Reconsideration in writing to the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees will respond in writing to all such reconsideration requests.  Should a complainant wish to pursue the complaint, he/she may request a hearing before the full Library Board at its regular meeting.  All correspondence regarding a reconsideration request should be addressed to the Board of Trustees, Atkinson Public Library, POB 938, Atkinson, NE  68713.



In addition to policies prescribed in the City Employee Handbook for the completion and submission of timesheets, the following policies will apply for all library employees:

A.    Completion of Timesheets

  Timesheets of all library employees will accurately record the time they begin and end their work. Timesheets will be signed by employee.

  Lunch periods of at least 30 minutes for all library employees are required for each 8-hour period of work unless there is an emergency situation that precludes taking a lunch period.

B.     Certification of Timesheets

  The Certifying Official for the Library Director and other staff shall be the Chairman or the Secretary.

C.  Hours of Work

  The Library Board establishes the hours of work for the Library Director.

  Based on the library open hours established by the Board, the Library Director determines the hours of work for other library employees, Experience Works employees, community service employees and volunteers.  The Library Director ensures that no part-time employee works more than 39 hours per week.

  The Library Director will provide a copy of the timesheet to the Board.

  Approved hours of work for the Library Director position are flexible.

  Hours of work for the Library Director will be adjusted to accommodate monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Library Foundation, and emergency staffing requirements.


D.    Overtime/Compensatory Time

  The Library Director position is designated as NONEXEMPT under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Consequently, all work in excess of 40 hours per week by the Library Director must be approved by the Board of Trustees in advance or as soon as practical thereafter.

  All approved work in excess of 40 hours per week performed by the Library Director shall be considered Compensatory Time Worked and shall be compensated with Compensator Time Off at the rate of 1.5 hours for each 1 hour worked to the nearest one-fourth (1/4) hour.

  Compensatory Time Worked must be issued within 4 pay periods after the pay period in which it was worked unless the Board of Trustees grants a longer period. 

18. Board Notice of Meeting and Agenda Acknowledgement Appendix P



Appendix A Strategic Plan

Appendix B -  Internet Access Policy

Appendix C LCD Projector & Screen Policy

Appendix D Objection to Library Materials

Appendix E   Library Bill of Rights

Appendix F   Display/Gift Policy

Appendix G Nebraska Laws Pertaining to Library Operations

Appendix H Copyright Warning

Appendix I    Incident Report Form

Appendix J   Continuing Education Room Checklist

Appendix K Meeting Room Specifications

Appendix L Technology List

Appendix M - Volunteer

Appendix N Key Application Form

Appendix O Display/Exhibit Form

Appendix P - Board Meeting/Agenda Acknowledgement Form


            APPENDIX A

Strategic Library Planning Committee



Short-Term Goals:

To work with the WH preschool, St. Joseph preschool, Headstart, and the local daycares.   The library will go there to do storytelling and to take baskets of books.           

Long-Term Goals:

Web Page Switch to WordPress

          Keep Technology Current

          Host more young adult programs

 Purchase mini scrapbooking die-cut machine and dies.

          Purchase round tables for meeting room

          Purchase Ipad/Ipod, flat screen tv for wii

            Wish List:

      Replace bookdrop

Display racks for art exhibits and quilt shows

Bench for northeast area


  Community/GED Center

  Recreation/Special Interest Center

  Continuing Education Center

  Genealogy/Local History Center

  Art/Multi-Cultural Center

Continue to Host Library Programs



History of the Atkinson Public Library

bullet1926 - The first public library in Atkinson was established. It was called the Atkinson Township Library and was located in an upstairs room of Mrs. Deck's house on the southwest corner of the city square.
bullet1939 - Mr. Roy Richards, the Librarian's husband, rented the west room of his building on 108 West State street (currently the Atkinson Family Dental Center) to the library.
bullet1945 - The library moved to 105 East State Street (currently Uptown Hair Design)
bulletMay 1953 - The Utile Dulci Club, avid supporters of the library strived for a permanent home for the library. Utile member Francis Weller and her husband Ernie matched all donated monies given toward a library building fund. This enabled the purchase of a building from the American Legion Club. (next door to the current Senior Center).
bulletMid-1960s - Mrs. Swingley donated $10,000 for the purchase of library furnishings such as tables and chairs. This furniture was refinished and is being used in the new library.
bullet1975 - A room measuring 25' x 40' was added to the southwest corner of the library building.
bulletAugust 7, 1995 - The Friends of the Library Foundation, Inc. was formed. The board is governed by a Board of Directors.  The mission of the Friends is to raise money exclusively for the benefit or support of the library.
bulletNovember 1998 - Citizens of Atkinson voted to have the library operate as a City Library instead of a Township Library. Citizens voted for a half-cent sales tax to be used for library operations.
bulletApril 1, 1999 - The Atkinson Township transferred ownership of the Atkinson Township Library building and contents to the City of Atkinson by way of a Warranty Deed and Bill of Sale.
bulletMay 21, 2001 - The City of Atkinson transferred the Library Memorial Fund, including the Pease Memorial Endowment monies to the Friends of the Library Foundation, Inc. which is identified as a "501(c)3" organization which is not controlled by or dependent upon the City of Atkinson (Resolution 01-08).  Interest income from the 50-year Pease endowment will be used by the Foundation to purchase needed equipment for the library.
bulletNovember 8, 2002 - The Friends of the Library Foundation, Inc. held a free soup supper to provide details of a proposed new city library building.  The blueprints of the new library were unveiled to over 350 people.  Architects, Prochaska and Associates from Omaha, Nebraska were present to answer questions.
bulletNovember 2002 - A steering committee was formed to determine where the new library should be located.  After much research, the steering committee recommended that land at 210 West State Street be purchased from Paul & Karen Seger.
bulletNovember 2002-2005 - Almost 80 fundraisers, including the sale of memorial bricks located in the foyer, were held with over $400,000 raised for the new library building. Along with these fundraisers other important contributions helped the Foundation reach their goal.  These included:
bulletThe Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $250,000 was awarded to the City of Atkinson on behalf of the library.
bullet Peter Kiewit Foundation Grant was awarded in the amount of $75,000.
bulletThe estate of Dr. Mary Ellen McKee, former Atkinson resident, in the amount of $74,000.
bulletThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant in the amount of $53,360.
bulletNov. 23, 2005 - A groundbreaking ceremony was held at 210 West State Street.
bulletMarch 22, 2005 - Site preparation for the new library building commenced.
bulletOctober 31, 2005 - Construction of a 6,875 square foot library building was completed.  A human chain of over 300 students and many other volunteers helped move the library contents into the new building.
bulletNovember 6, 2005 - A dedication ceremony was held by the Friends of the Library Foundation, Inc. to dedicate the new library building.  During the dedication ceremony the Friends honored the many clubs, past alumni, schools, organizations, patrons, donors, grantors, and the City of Atkinson who made the dream of a large new library building come true.
bulletNovember 21, 2005 - An enthusiastic crowd was on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Atkinson Public Library.  The event was sponsored by the Atkinson Chamber of Commerce.
bulletMay 12, 2006 - Atkinson Library Director, Judy Hagan was one of three librarians chosen to attend the American Library Association Conference in New Orleans.  Judy was selected and her trip was funded by the Bill Gates Rural Library Sustainability Project. 



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