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Library Information

Mission

The Mission of the Keller Public Library is “To provide culture, information, education, recreation and inspiration to all library patrons”.

The general objectives of the Keller Public Library shall be:

  • To assemble, preserve and administer in organized collections books and related educational and recreational material in order to promote through guidance and stimulation the communication of ideas and enlightened citizenship and enriched personal lives.
  • To serve Dexter and adjacent communities and particularly all school students of Reorganized District No.11 as a center of reliable information.
  • To provide a place where inquiring minds may encounter original and critical ideas so necessary in a society that depends for its survival on free competition in ideas.
  • To support education, civic and cultural activities of groups and organizations.
  • To provide opportunity and encouragement for children, young people, men and women to educate themselves continuously.
  • To seek to identify community needs, to provide programs of service to meet such needs and to cooperate with other organizations, agencies and institutions which can provide programs or services to meet community needs.
  • To provide opportunity for recreation through the use of literature, music, film and other art forms.
  • To provide services using information technology, whether print-based or electronic, that is most appropriate to the users’ needs, regardless of the user’s age.
  • To provide services and adhere to statements as defined in The Library Bill of Rights/American Library Association latest revision.

Library Hours

Monday        10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday       10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Wednesday  10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Thursday      10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Friday           10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Saturday      10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

Closed Sunday and Legal Holidays

The Library is closed the following holidays:

New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans’ Day
Thanksgiving (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

A convenient book drop is located near the front door allowing you to return items when the Library is closed.

Library Board of Trustees

Connie Churchill, President           

Kristina Banken, Vice-President 

Brett Miller, Treasurer

Teresa Overall, Secretary  

Dr. John Blair

Dave Ellinghouse

Renee Trout

Ashley Mayer

Chris Brannan

Tim Aslin, City Council Liaison

 

Services

The Keller Public Library offers patrons and visitors many library services, including:

  • Photocopier
  • Public Access Computers
  • Free wireless Internet access
  • Public Fax
  • Reference Material
  • Genealogy Room
  • Audio and Video Collections
  • Microfilm and Reader
  • Community Room
  • Speakers and Programs
  • Children’s Story Hour
  • Friends of the Library Programs
  • Exhibits and Displays
  • Library Tours
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks

Library History

The Dexter Public Library was organized in 1935 by Mrs. T. J. (Kitty) Brentlinger.  First housed in an upstairs room over Sherwood’s Store on West Stoddard Street, it was stocked with discarded books from the St. Louis Public Library as well as donated items from local individuals and organizations.  This location later became Gamble’s, and is now the site of Weber’s Ben Franklin.  The library was open one day each week, and Mrs. Brentlinger was assisted by Etta Flag and Allie Welborn.  In 1942 the library moved to a room in the local armory and expanded its hours to three days per week.  During this period the library checked out an average of thirty books per day.  In 1956, under the leadership of Director Dorris Turlington, the library began receiving State Aid. Mrs. Turlington became the Library Director upon the retirement of Mrs. Brentlinger in 1955.  The state assistance, along with private donations, made it possible for the library to relocate to the John Ringer home at 34 South Elm.  This structure was enlarged in 1971 to accommodate the ever-expanding library collection.  When Mrs. Turlington retired in 1979 the directorship was assumed by Loyce Reed, who had been at the library since 1960.  In 1997 the City of Dexter was thrilled and privileged to receive the donation of a beautiful, new 10,000 square foot library from Dexter native Edward (Bud) Keller.  The new Keller Public Library was dedicated to the memory of Mr. Keller’s mother and former Dexter Public School music teacher Ola Keaton Keller.  From our new address at 402 West Grant Street we are proud to be able to offer our patrons a wide selection of modern library services through our adult, young adult and children’s collections, computer lab, genealogy department, reference and audio-visual resources, and Community Room.

 


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