Glen Carbon Centennial Library

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Written by Correen Roark, Communications Intern
From the humble beginnings of a one-room reading center in 1975 to the present day $2.6 million, 14,000 square foot facility, the Glen Carbon Centennial Library has grown significantly along with the community it serves. Located adjacent to the town’s historic covered bridge and in front of Miner Park, Glen Carbon Centennial Library stands among the village’s most recognizable landmarks. Aesthetically beautiful and functionally exceptional, this architectural edifice was featured in the Spring 2006 Illinois Library Association reporter article highlighting innovative library buildings. It was also awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Library Journal’s Best Small Library in America 2010.

Glen Carbon Centennial Library houses an endless supply of resources providing access to information, literacy and life enrichment. These resources include computers, books/audio books, DVDs, adult and children programs, research databases and homebound delivery. The ample space provides a plethora of different work spaces from glassed-in study rooms, community rooms and a teen area with wireless access and computer workstations. The library also plans to expand its Children’s Programming to include more literacy story times/programming for additional outreach to families.

Glen Carbon Centennial Library is a nationally recognized public library known for its innovative programs, strong community partnerships, and a staff committed to excellence and personal service.

Anne Hughes, director at Glen Carbon Centennial Library, strives daily to exceed patrons’ expectations. With the motto “More Than You Expect,” Anne and her staff always go the extra distance. Anne’s first job after college was at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL. Her supervisor and mentor, Jaime LaRue, convinced her to apply to graduate school. She earned her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Services from University Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

The library enjoys a long-term relationship with the Chamber of Commerce, which allows it to bring many educational programs to the community and participate in community wide events, most recently Fallfest and the Halloween Parade.

To learn more about Glen Carbon Centennial Library, call 618.288.1205, stop by 198 South Main Street in Glen Carbon, or visit them online at