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'Front Door Friday' featuring Ellinwood School/Community Library


As a way of thanking our amazing members, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce started a new member promotion called 'FRONT DOOR FRIDAYS'!

These businesses are good citizens of our community and an excellent resource if you need their services. We appreciate our chamber members and are proud to show off their ‘front doors’ every Friday.

If you are interested in joining more than 100 businesses and organizations in Ellinwood, visit our website at to learn more about membership in the chamber and how we can grow our community together!


Ellinwood School/Community Library

210 N. Schiller Ellinwood, KS 67526


SUMMER HOURS M-TH 9 - 4:00, Fri. 9 - Noon

(**Will start requiring masks on August 12th.)

Call or visit today for more info.


The Ellinwood City Library was founded by the 20th-century club and opened in 1939. The members held various benefits to raise money and appealed for the donation of books from Ellinwood residents. The Wolf family donated the basement underneath the Wolf Hotel free of charge for its use. The library was located in 2 rooms in the basement accessible from an exterior stairwell on the south side of the building. The members staffed and ran the library until the city took over the management of the library in June 1941 with a mill levy.

In November 1962, the library board started looking for federal funding for a library building. They hoped to either rent a building, buy a building, or form an arrangement that would put the city and school libraries under one roof. The city attorney, Mr. G.I. Robinson, and the mayor, Mr. I.J. Rader, met with the school superintendent, Mr. Sam Stitt, and Mr. Harvey Dewerff to discuss the legality and advisability of combining the libraries.

On November 10, 1965, a resolution was passed outlining the combination of the city and school libraries.

Moving into the new building was hoped to be started by August 19th, 1968, and be ready to be opened before school started. The school librarian, Mr. Donald Bolander, along with custodians and students, spent 117 hours over the summer moving the school library books into the new library. Later, city trucks and employees helped move the numerous books from the old city basement library to the new library. Because the library would be open more hours than in the past, 3 city library employees would continue to be employed but would be hired by the school district.

An open house to show off the new library was planned for Sunday, November 10th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. It ran in conjunction with American Education Week. Over 300 attended the celebration including a former principal, Mr. Truman Hayes, and a former superintendent, Mr. Joe Ostenberg. Mrs. Ostenberg was one of the supervising members of the 20th-century club that decided the city needed a library and saw to it that one was started back in 1939.


The Ellinwood District Libraries will create a student-centered environment in which children can successfully obtain information and ideas for their educational, informational, and recreational needs. The library also seeks to promote an appreciation of literature as students and patrons become lifelong readers and learners. The library wants to ensure that students acquire the necessary information skills they will need to become productive learners, with the abilities and knowledge necessary to lead successful meaningful lives. The library will also provide information and consulting assistance for patrons, staff, and administration.


The Ellinwood School-Community Library works to serve all of its patrons from birth to adult. It promotes the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, provides services like a 3D printer and Inter-Library Loan, and brings in a variety of exhibits and displays for all to enjoy.


  • Baby & Me (birth-below age 3)

  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library

  • Story Time (ages 3-5)

  • Summer Library Program (age 3-6th grade)

Other Services:

  • Local check out with a nice variety to select from books, audio, & DVDs

  • Inter-Library Loan

  • Digital check out from Sunflower eLibrary, Hoopla, & State Library ebooks

  • 3D Printing ($0.06/gram)

  • Copy Machine: B/W ($0.10/side)

  • Colored ($0.15/side)

  • Large Format Printing ($2.50/ft)

  • Faxing:

  • Sending ($3.00 for 1st page, $0.25 for each additional page)

  • Receiving ($1.50 for 1st page, $0.25 for each additional page)

  • Lamination: ($0.75/ft)

  • Lamination Cards: ($0.50/card)

  • Public Computers

  • Wi-fi available on-site through vouchers for adults


During the month of August, the library will be hosting a scenic and wildlife picture display by Jerry Smith. 

In October, the library will be a partner host site for the traveling Smithsonian Display: Crossroads.  Be watching for more information on this.  

Head over to Ellinwood School/Community Library and meet their FUN staff today!

Thank you, Ellinwood School/Community Library, for being apart of our Chamber Family! Your membership investment helps not only grow your business but for the Chamber to provide programs and resources for our area. Thank you!

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