Metropolis Public LIbrary joined a growing list of honorees at the 30th annual Centennial Awards luncheon in Edwardsville Aug. 16. The library was one of 21 organizations — two others also being libraries — this year awarded a Centennial Award for being a 100-year institution by the Illinois State Historical Society. It is the first organization or business in Metropolis to be awarded this honor.
Accepting the plaque on behalf of the library was Library Director Carrie Stapleton. “It is truly an honor to be recognized on the state level in Illinois,” she said.
The library was formed in 1892 by Judge R. W. McCartney and the Women’s Literary Club (now known as the Metropolis Women’s Club), and recently celebrated their 100th year as a Carnegie Library in May 2013.
The library has seen many changes over the years since its start-up in the McCartney Music Hall on Fourth Street.
In 2001, a $1.3 million dollar expansion to the original Carnegie library building on Metropolis Street was completed, more than doubling the size of the library, and adding a Genealogy Room, a separate Children’s and Young Adult room, public computer workstations and other expanded facilities.
In 2008, a computer lab/classroom was added with 12 computer workstations and a teacher’s/presenter’s computer workstation.
“The library environment is changing daily,” Stapleton said. “There is now a focus on electronic materials compared to in the past, and we have really put an emphasis on our community outreach. Today, it is more about being a part of the community.”
The Metropolis Public Library provides free services to all residents living in Metropolis, with services to those outside the city limits for an annual fee.