Do you remember the Festival of Mini Trees or the time when Tonganoxie's Library was rated a major service center 1? Or when the library wasn't open until 8 p.m.? Remember the Teddy Bear Tea Party, the Adult Winter Reading Program or Rafflemania? How about the meet and greet for the public and elected officials and board representatives? Book Fair Blizzard? Novel Readers? Craft Club? Did you know the library now has an extended Spanish collection that is added to monthly? The library also has computer classes and we have budgeted for a mobile computer lab this year. Library teens have had a "Pet Pageant", a battle of the bands and Playaway's.
The people of Tonganoxie have been able to listen to authors and have had Fannie Flagg explain and receive a recipe for Catfish Cookies. This is just a small listing of what our previous library director, Sharon Moreland, has accomplished for Tonganoxie and the surrounding area.
The library has increased its circulation 110 percent from 2004 until May 2008. The library has increased its library cards from 55 to 4,151 in the same period. During January 2004, there were 80 volunteer hours donated to the library. May 2008, there were 119 volunteer hours. Residents of Tonganoxie have seen new shelving, a new circulation desk, computerized inventory listing and checkout procedures, the addition of seven additional public-use computers, Tonganoxie's first Wi-Fi hot spot and comfortable furniture. The Tonganoxie Public Library had three full-time employees in 2004; we now have seven full- and part-time employees.
This is just an example of what can be achieved with excellent and knowledgeable employees led by a director with excellent credentials. The patrons of the Tonganoxie Public Library owe the following a thank you: Sharon Moreland, Linda Hancock, Rhonda McReynolds, Jim Morey, Nichole Cox, Howard Fields and Carolyn Courtney along with all the volunteers that the library depends on.