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  1. Ardmore Public Library 1906-2006 Past Present and Future

  2. Mission:“The Ardmore Public Library connects people with ideas and supports lifelong learning by providing reliable information resources, a well-rounded book collection, and other materials and programs that foster a literate, informed and culturally aware community.”

  3. Beginnings In 1903, Andrew Carnegie donated $15, 000 to build a Public Library in Ardmore, Indian Territory “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.” -Andrew Carnegie

  4. First Structure The new Library opens October 1, 1906 on Stanley SW between E and F Streets

  5. Modernization New Library opened in September, 1963

  6. Welcome to the Ardmore Public Library Current Location at 320 E St. NW Ardmore OK since 1999

  7. 25,000 Cardholders Over 83,000 Titles Available for Checkout Serving Ardmore and Greater Carter County Free Internet Access Public Meeting Rooms Quiet Study Rooms Magazines, Movies, Audiobooks, Large Print Ardmore Public Library

  8. Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum Free Family Movie Screenings Preschool Story Hour Summer Reading Programs McGalliard Local History Collection Highlights

  9. Governance Adapted from Ardmore City Ordinances: Sec. 24. Library board • There shall be a library board, which shall consist of six members. Five of the members shall be appointed by the mayor with approval of the commission for terms of three years; and the city manager shall be an ex officio member of the board. At least two appointive members shall be women. • The library board shall have exclusive control of expenditure of all moneys collected and placed to the credit of the library, and shall be accountable for all money spent. • The library board may receive gifts or bequests of money, other personal property and real estate for the benefit of the public libraries. • The library board shall have supervision and control of all the public libraries of the city, and shall appoint a qualified head librarian. • The library board shall submit an annual report to the commission and to the city manager

  10. Funding • Revenue collected from local sales tax • State Aid Administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries • Endowments: Interest and royalty income from library capital and trust funds • Income generated from sale of assets – photo copies and book sales

  11. Thanks for Your Support! For the Ardmore Public Library