Skip to main content

Shelbina Carnegie Public Library

Welcome to the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library!

What's unique about the Shelbina Library?

In 1916, the residents of Shelbina proposed a city library.  After much debate, a vote was taken, land was acquired, and the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library opened in 1918. The very first librarian was Dorthea Dix.  She remained at the position for four years.  During her tenure, a young woman, Gladys Powers, was hired as an assistant.  When Ms. Dix left for the state of California, Miss Powers was hired as the full time librarian, and stayed for 68 years!  She retired in 1988, and another young woman named, Linda Kropf took over the reins.  Linda stayed for 29 years, retiring in 2017 to travel the world.  The current director, only the fourth in 104 years is Christina Bartholomew.  She has some big shoes to fill! 

Portrait of Gladys Powers

Come and explore! 

We have books, magazines, and videos available in print and online.

Find puzzles, toys, computers, seeds, or a comfortable spot to read.

Check out Chromebooks, hotspots, cake pans, fishing rods & reels, telescopes, and more.

Learn about our events for people of all ages.

We hope to see you soon!

Search for Library Materials

Search for Library Materials Button

Missouri Libraries 2 Go Button

EBSCO eBooks Button

Resource Spotlight

TumbleBooks Button

An online collection of animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, and games for pre-K through 8th grade. Includes a growing selection of books in French and Spanish.

Newest Resources!

VetNow Button

Book Connections Button

Teen Health and Wellness Button