The Shenandoah Public Library
- connects you with literature, information and the world
- provides you with a place to learn, to recreate and to gather
201 S. Elm St., Shenandoah, Iowa, 51601
The library has a photocopier, a typewriter, computers for word processing and Internet access, a microfilm reader/printer and, a microfiche reader. A machine is available in the Children's Department for converting VHS movies to DVD. The library also checks out a slide projector, overhead projector, and a portable screen.
Thanks to Andrew Carnegie, Shenandoah residents enjoy life-long learning opportunities at Shenandoah Public Library. In 1903 Carnegie provided $10,000 to start the library. It formally opened August 2, 1905. As the years passed, progress made it possible to expand the library. In 1955, the library added an auditorium, a kitchenette and the present-day archives storage room. The library grew again in 1988 when Ivan and Caroline Wilson gave a gift funding the north wing. In 2012, the library added on to the east, funded by a grant from Vision Iowa, donations from various individuals, and most of all by the citizens of Shenandoah.
The time and talent of our volunteers help keep SPL running. They not only serve the in-house needs at SPL, they also provide a vital link between the library and the community.
Dependability tops the list of characteristics considered when a potential candidate fills out the volunteer form. Open-mindedness also proves to be an asset, plus any special abilities. Volunteers observe regular work rules of the library and agree to follow the library's confidentiality position when dealing with patrons.
Individuals may volunteer for short-term projects or on-going regular service.
Other activities reviewed in our volunteer policy include:
- Shelving of library materials
- Shelf reading
- Assistance with inventory
- Assistance with computers
- Mending and minor repair of books, magazines, etc.
- Genealogy assistance
- Teaching classes and programs at the library
- Assistance with preschool storytimes
- Assistance with summer reading program
- Yard work
For more details, view a PDF of the Volunteer Policy.