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Friends of the Library Mission Statement:

  The mission of the Friends of the Wood Place Library is to cooperate with the Elia Wood Paegelow Foundation Board of Directors to support quality library services through fundraising and enhancing public awareness of the library throughout the county. 


In 2017, the Friends are assisting the Foundation Board with fundraising to keep the library open until a tax levy is passed and tax funds are received beginning in December, 2018.


Friends Making Plans for 2016

Friends meeting
L to R: Joyce Crook, Susan Borts, Terry Brown, Elaine Franks, Connie Walker (Library Director), Beth Jungmeyer, Vickie Schroeder, and Beth Fennewald.

On February 12, 2016, the Friends of Moniteau County Library met to elect officers and plan events and fundraisers for the year.  Officers for 2016 are Vickie Schroeder, Chair; Beth Jungmeyer, Vice-Chair; and Terry Brown, Secretary.  They plan the following events for their fourth year of supporting the library:

1. Host an Open House on Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to show off the refurbished Heyssel Hall and the newly rearranged library to the public.

2. Host 2 fundraisers to raise money to continue their 2015 project to refurbish library facilities.  In 2016, they will focus on new carpet and paint for the elevator foyer, Bolinger room, back hall and steps.  They also plan to paint the upstairs bathrooms and hall.

3. They are planning another Family Feud evening and the third annual Smartypants Trivia Night.  Both of these events were very successful in 2015.  Watch the web site for more details as the year progresses.


2015 Fundraising Refurbishes Heyssel Hall

The Friends decided to tackle updating the library building in stages as the money is raised.  They decided to focus on Heyssel Hall first as it looked the worse and is heavily used throughout the year.  In January, 2016, several Friends and other volunteers painted Heyssel Hall and then had new carpet squares installed.

Vicki painting      Rudy and Connie paint

Vickie and Rudy Schroeder led the painting crew.  Other painters included Beth Jungmeyer, Linda Cable and Connie Walker.

Friends inspect finished room

The Friends inspect the finshed project.


Past Friends Events and Projects

The Friends of Moniteau County Library thank all who have volunteered and donated their time and money to help make improvements to the library possible.

Family Feud logoThe Friends sponsored their first Family Feud Night in June and the second Smartypants Trivia Night in Trivia Night logo  October.  Funds were used for new paint and carpet in Heyssel Hall. (see pictures above)  The Lee McKee Family won our first Family Fued.  The winning Trivia team was 'Out of Our Minds' who also won the 2014 game.  The winning team was headed by Rudy Schroeder with Ann and Harvey Tettlebaum, Brad Baer, Chris Carmody, Darryl Osipik, Bob Head, and J. D. Gattermeir filling out their group.   

                 2014: The Friends started 2014 by hosting a celebration open house in honor of becoming the Moniteau County Library after the official ribbon cutting on January 30.

                 ribbon cutting  refreshments

Chamber of Commerce President Becky Lawson spoke of the excitement of having a county library and presented a certificate prior to the ribbon cutting.  Those in attendance enjoyed a lunch provided by the Friends and the Wood Place Library Board members.

The Friends held their second Dinner Theater Fundraiser in May with a big crowd at Friendship Hall of the California UCC.   The Jamestown Drama Club  presented "Clue: a Killer Reunion"  between the dinner courses.  Proceeds from the event were used to hire a fulltime staff person to help with the many details and work of the Summer Reading Program at the library.  This additional staff person for nine weeks was a critical need for the library during our busiest season.  Excess funds were held to add to the 2015 project.

JHS drama club

The Friends also hosted their first Smartypants Trivia Night fundraiser.  Eight teams enjoyed an evening of fun by testing their trivia knowledge in 10 categories.  The winning team was 'Out of Our Minds' consisting of Rudy Schroeder, Jay and Eileen Gattimeier, Harvey and Ann Tettlebaum, Brad Baer, Chris Carmody, and Dennis Donley. Their names will be added to a plaque that is displayed in the library.  

Also in 2014...

ELAC refreshments           ELAC ribbon cutting                 ...the Friends provided refreshments after the ribbon cutting for the official opening of the Early Literacy Activity Center.  The room was made possible through a partnership with Head Start.


 The Friends First Fundraising Project Successful:

 The first event for the newly reactivated 'Friends of the Library' was a mystery dinner theater held on May 10,2013 at the United Church of Christ Friendship Hall.   The SOLD OUT event featured a three course dinner of salad, a choice of brisket or stuffed chicken served with potatoe salad, green beans and roll with brownie topped with ice cream for dessert.  During the dinner, the murder mystery, 'Who Killed Dr. Pepper?',  was performed by the California High School Drama Club under the direction of Tiffany Brown.

blue awningAll proceeds from this dinner were used toward replacing the torn awning on the front of the library.

Library Friends Sponsor the Elia Wood Paegelow 140th Birthday Celebration, August, 2013  

SchroedersCarole and Richard Schroeder portrayed Elia Wood Paegelow and Col. John Paegelow, who willed her home and estate to the First Christian Church to establish a library for the people of California.  The Friends collected memorabilia, pictures, and newspaper clippings about the Paegelows to make displays about this influential couple in our community.  (Look under the 'History' tab for more information about the Paegelows and the establishment of this library.)  We are grateful to our founder for her vision and her legacy that continues to serve our community nearly 60 years later.

Nearly 100 people attended the birthday celebration and heard the portrayal by the Schroeders, looked at the displays, enjoyed music from the early 1900s, and enjoyed ice cream and cake.  

 Library Friends Solicitation Letter Brings Great Results       

new doors

Realizing that the library had many needs that could not be met with their operating fund, the Friends sent out letters soliciting funds for 3 projects: new entry doors, commercial grade lounge furniture for a patron reading area, and the 2014  Summer Reading Club.  21 donors contributed enough funds for the new doors that were desperately needed.  The old doors no longer had dependable locks and they let in a tremendous amount of cold (hot) air.  The new doors are energy efficient and secure.  An 8’ door  was chosen as the replacement door as that was the style used on our building originally. 

 comfortable seating
The Friends also collected enough to establish a nice reading area with comfortable seating.  They also met their goal to support the 2014 summer reading program.

Thank you Friends of the Library and all who contributed to make these improvements possible. As you can see, this is a busy, dedicated group!















Upcoming Events


We are thrilled to announce that the November 7th ballot measure has passed by near 70%! In 2018, the new Moniteau County Library will be operating on private donations and support from the Elia Wood Paegelow Foundation, since tax receipts will not be received until December 2018.

However, there are some expanded services that will be provided, such as Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements with surrounding area library systems, and a Summer Reading Program taken to rural schools in the county, if we are awarded a Summer Reading Program Grant from the Missouri State Library.  The courier service will be reinstated for interlibrary loan requests beginning December 1.

We look forward to implementing the expanded services that have been featured in the campaign in 2019 after the receipt of tax funds.

We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all those on the campaign committee who worked tirelessly on this ballot issue. If you voted Yes and Yes to establish a library district and secure public funding for library services, we thank you for your support. If you voted No, we invite you to visit the library to discover it's value to you and all Moniteau County residents.

New Moniteau County Library District Board Organizes

library board
L to R:  Connie Gerling, Library Director; Sara Rohrbach, Holly Bieri, Bill Boies, Laura Burger, and Lana Dicus

The members of the new Moniteau County Library Board were appointed by the County Commissioners and sworn in by Roberta Elliott on November 8.  On Thursday, November 9 they met to organize and elect officers.  President - Laura Burger; Vice President - Bill Boies; Secretary - Sara Rohrbach.; Treasurer - Holly Bieri; member - Lana Dicus  They will officially take over operation of the library on January 1, 2018.

WOOD PLACE LIBRARY Hours for the remainder of 2017:
M-W 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.
T-TH 2 P.M. - 6 P.M.
F 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

   Thanksgiving Graphic   
The Library will be closed 
on Thursday & Friday,
November 23-24
        for Thanksgiving.   


ink cartridges

Here's a great way to help the library with supply costs. We are out of ink cartridges to recycle at Staples for store credit.  All brands and sizes may be turned in at the library so that each month we may recycle up to 20 cartridges for $40.00 credit.  The community has been helpful in the past so that we can use this fantastic program to help stretch the library budget.  We're counting on your help again.  Thanks!


QUILT Winner Announced


$5 Bag Book Sale in Prograss 

book sale photo
It's time for the clearance Book Sale.  Stop by the library and fill a grocery bag for $5 with a 
variety of Adult Fiction and Non-fiction in hardback or mass market paperback format.  There are also children and youth books available.  Get some great reading material and help the library at the same time.


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