About Us

About Our Library

The library building is a two-story, rectangular, Neo-Classical red brick building. The east elevation houses the main entrance with a stone pediment above, carrying the Carnegie library name.  The library is listed on the Kansas and National Register of Historic Places. 
 
The library has recently undergone outside maintenance and repairs, though no design changes.  This project was partially supported by a Heritage Trust Fund grant from the Kansas State Historical Society, in the amount of $24,000 with a $6,000 match from the city. 
 

History
The library movement began in Kingman in 1885, when members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union donated a few books for a circulating library.  In 1890, the Nineteenth Century Club was organized, and the infant club gave impetus to the library movement.  In 1888, the library was moved from a private home to the city hall building, and a reading room was opened.

As early as May, 1911, the library board was obtaining a Carnegie grant, and in May, 1912, an investigation for a site for a Carnegie library got underway.  Correspondence was begun with Andrew Carnegie and on May 21, 1913, the library board obtained a Carnegie grant for $10,000 to build a library. 
 
Two lots were purchased from Robert and Rebecca Cates for $700.00, the lots being in the 400 block of North Main at the intersection with Avenue D West (U.S. Highway 54).  The library dedication was held on June 23, 1914, at which time the library was opened to the public.

In 1932, the main stairs to the entrance on the east were removed, and a divided entrance stair, present today, was constructed.  Completed in 1987 was a 2,600 square foot addition to the existing 4,280 square foot building.


Mission
 
The mission of the library is to provide modern library resources, services and programs to meet the educational, recreational and informational needs of the community.  The library functions as a service center library and a back-up for major resource centers. Resources at the library are supplemented by resources from the South Central Kansas Library System, the Kansas State Library, and the interlibrary loan system.


The Board

 Lynn Barnes Member
 Sandy Davis Member
 Mark Bigelow Member
 Galene SanRomani Member
 Kristi Kyle Member
 Julie Wollen Member
 Susan Woodward Member
 Grace G. Helm SCKLS Representative


Staff

Grace G. Helm Library Director
Joy Stroot Assistant Librarian
Nichole Balkenbush Youth Services Librarian
Colleen Knowles Library Assistant & Cataloguer
Spencer Buchanan                 Library Assistant



Our Librarians through the years
  • Mrs. Mary M. Conkling
  • Mrs. L. M Berry
  • Mrs. Davis - 1913
  • Mrs. Alice McIlhenny 1913-1919
  • Miss Ethel Summers 1919-1965
  • Mrs. Reva Jo Weniger 1965-1981
  • Mrs. Carol Grimes 1981-1989
  • Mrs. Linda Slack 1989-2006
  • Mrs. Grace Helm 2006- Present

Membership In Associations

  • KLA ..................... Kansas Library Association
  • PLA ..................... Public Library Association
  • ALA ..................... American Library Association
  • Bibliographic Center For Research...... through the Kansas State Library and the South Central Kansas Library System.
  • Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce


Kingman Carnegie Library
455 North Main
620-532-3061
Fax 620-532-2528
graceg@kingmanlibrary.org