About the Library

The Mary Cotton Public Library was founded in 1912 and has been serving the Sabetha-area community for well over 100 years. Today, staff, volunteers, and trustees work to uphold the legacy left to us by Mrs. Mary Cotton: neighborly service to our community and access for all. 

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Learn the History

Starting in 1871 with the first library in Sabetha, then Mrs. Mary Cotton's home library, and finally a WPA public building in 1932, there are all kinds of cool stories to discover in the history of our community library. Learn about our namesake, Mary Cotton, and how her legacy lives on.

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About Our Staff

Passionate about people, books and being helpful, the staff at MCPL love to serve our community. From circulation and grant writing to storytime and marketing, it takes all kinds of skills and people to keep the library humming. 

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Board of Trustees

Appointed by the Sabetha City Council, trustees are volunteers responsible for overseeing fiscal management, determining policies, guiding library services and advocating on behalf of the library. Trustees play a key role in the function of our public library. 

THE MCPL MISSION

MCPL will add value to our community by enhancing the library experience through barrier-free access to explore and educate while providing reliable service and resources.

Meet the Staff

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Kim Priest

DIRECTOR

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Sheri Edelman

CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN & YOUTH PROGRAMMING

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Katie Hervey

CIRCULATION SPECIALIST

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Jan Weber

CIRCULATION

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Heather Murphy

CIRCULATION

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Sophia Bennett

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

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Mari Carnes

STORYTIME COORDINATOR

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Brianna Hermesch

CIRCULATION, WEB CONTRIBUTOR

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Mara Aberle

CIRCULATION - SUMMER

Library Volunteers

ASSIST WITH RE-SHELVING BOOKS AND OTHER TASKS TO HELP WITH DAILY LIBRARY OPERATIONS

ALICE ZAHNER

SUE MEYER

MICHELLE STRAHM

SHEILA MOSER

TRISTAN SCHMID

Board of Trustees

Von Lauer

PRESIDENT

Shana Aberle

TRUSTEE

Linda Hopp

TRUSTEE

Kim Aberle

TRUSTEE

Kara Georg

TRUSTEE

Lorinda Strahm

TRUSTEE

Nancy Flentie

TRUSTEE

Cody Bletscher

MAYOR

Kim Priest

DIRECTOR

MCPL's Values

Integrity — Keep our dealing with patrons honest and upfront.
Satisfaction — Staff and patrons will find satisfaction when coming to MCPL.
Results — Working hard to help patrons find what they are seeking.
Environment — Maintain a clean, safe, engaging facility.
Knowledge — Providing up-to-date resources, materials, and programming.

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Wait, so who is the Friends?

The Friends of the Mary Cotton Public Library is a local, independent 501(c)(3) non-profit that exists to support the library's role in and service to the community. It's comprised of local volunteers and businesses who are passionate about the library! See what the Friends is all about.