Judy Z. Kishner Library

East end of Kishner Building
Services: 
WiFi
Meeting Room(s)
AWE Early Literacy Computer
Bike Locks

The library has 6 computers, which are available for customers to access the Internet and a variety of online research tools.

History: 

Initially library service in Sperry Community consisted of a weekly visit from the bookmobile. A group of twenty-four civic-minded ladies and Claude Miller, the spokesperson, formed the Sperry Friends of the Library Group in 1975. Their dream was a branch library for the Sperry community. Mr. Miller and the Friends Group requested the Board of County Commissioners to come to the aid of the community and help the Library system build a library. The Board of County Commissioners asked a local builder, Jim Roberts, to build a structure to house a library. The building was then presented to the Library Commission as a surprise gift.

Jonnie Gayman became the first librarian of the Sperry Library when it opened in November 1976. She remained in that position until the summer of 1985. Theresa Fowler, Amy Stephens, and Linda Walkup followed. Suzi Smith became Library Manager in December 1991.

The original 2,700 square foot building provided limited space for library materials, a workroom and a community meeting room.

In September of 1999, the library closed for a major renovation possible through a successful 1998 Library Bond Issue election. Magnum Construction Company was selected as the contractor. The renovation provided a new entrance, an expanded periodical reading area, a computer center, and new, bright colorful floor tile and color scheme throughout the library. The library has 6 computers, which are available for customers to access the Internet and a variety of online research tools.

The Sperry/Kishner Friends of the Library continue to meet on a monthly basis on the third Tuesday of the month at eleven o'clock. This group supports the library with donations of time and money. Thanks to this group the Sperry community enjoys enhanced library services.

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