The St. Thomas More Church Library was established in 1983 by volunteers from the Thomas More Ladies Group. They met for the first time on February 23, 1983. During this meeting the ladies developed a mission statement and selection policy. Materials for the library were acquired through donation, temporary loan, and monetary gifts. May 8, 1983, a Church Bulletin announcement informed parishioners that a library to be placed in the basement of the Parish Center was being organized. Lucy Wilde, our first librarian, cataloged books based on the Dewey Decimal system and members of the Library Committee typed catalog cards. Catalog cards were filed in shoe boxes until 1995, when a wooden card catalog was received. After a sufficient number of books were processed and shelved on bookcases custom made by Mr. William Mathewson, the library opened in a CCD class room (most likely room 104) after Mass on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The first books were checked out on September 12, 1983, at a Thomas More Ladies meeting. The Library views this as its anniversary date and celebrated its silver jubilee in 2008.

St Thomas More Catholic Church
2900 Kimball Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 776-5151


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