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Seat Available on Public Library Board of Trustees

Due to a recent term expiration, the Osawatomie City Council invites interested individuals to apply to serve on the Osawatomie Public Library Board of Trustees.

Applicants must live within Osawatomie city limits in order to be eligible for consideration. Trustee terms are four years beginning at the first meeting in May after their appointment, and representatives are not restricted to particular ward divisions. Terms are limited to two consecutive appointments. Applicants may not be a member of the Osawatomie governing body or have conflicts of interest in the Library’s operations.

Eligible applicants will be presented to the current members of the Library Board of Trustees for review before a finalist is submitted to the Osawatomie City Council for consideration and appointment.

If you’re interested in serving on the Osawatomie Public Library Board of Trustees, please download and submit a Public Service Application and return it to City Hall or email it to [email protected].

About the Osawatomie Public Library

The Osawatomie Public Library opened as a public library in 1889. The Carnegie Library served the public from 1913 to 1980 before being torn down. The current library building was opened in 1980. 

As a public library, we offer much more than book checkout. Our patrons can check out wifi hotspots, laptops, cake pans, games, puzzles, movies, tool kits, and video games. They also have access to the Internet via wifi and our desktops and printing, faxing, and copying services. Additionally, the Maker Space offers a wide variety of tools for patrons to utilize, including a VHS to DVD conversion station, 3D printer, sewing machine, and heat press, to name just a few. Finally, patrons can schedule time to utilize the conference room for meetings, trainings, or quiet study or work space free of charge. 

Partnerships with community organizations is also an essential part of our services. We team with Catholic Charities, DCF, Southeast KS Works, ECKAN, Parents as Teachers, and K-State Research & Extension to bring services to our patrons. We plan to expand these partnerships in order to better serve the needs of our patrons.

The Osawatomie Public Library is much more than a library. It is a community space, host to numerous resources, and, above all, a place to belong.

Contact Information

Dr. Morgan Crabtree
Osawatomie Public Library
[email protected]

Sam Moon
Public Information Officer
City of Osawatomie
[email protected]

Events at Mile Zero

Looking to host a professional or community event at our Mile Zero Trailhead for the Flint Hills Trail? Weekends in 2022 are going to start filling up soon! We already have several amazing large-scale events on the calendar, so get your (free) permit submitted soon and claim your date!

Download the permit below, and check out our Community Calendar to see available dates.

Bestselling Author Coming to Osawatomie for Signing


Best-selling author to autograph books at two KC Metro area locations

Author Roxie Yonkey will be autographing her best-selling book 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 18 at No. 81, Mahaffie Stage Stop and Farm in Olathe. The book signing will be free to attend. The book features numerous other Northeast Kansas attractions, and Northeast Kansas Tourism professionals will be at Mahaffie as well. Learn more about all Northeast Kansas has to offer and register for a gift basket. Buy a book at the stage stop or ahead of time at

On March 19, Yonkey will autograph books at the Osawatomie Public Library from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I am so excited to be working side by side with my friends in the Kansas tourism industry at Mahaffie,” Yonkey said. “Their help has made writing and promoting my book and the destinations within it much easier. I appreciate every one of them.”

When Yonkey made her 100 Things list, Mahaffie and Osawatomie were easy choices. “The Santa Fe Trail was integral to the state’s development, and we are still the Breadbasket of the Nation,” Yonkey stated. “At Mahaffie, guests can learn what early Kansas agriculture and transportation was like, and hopefully better appreciate our founding fathers and mothers,” she said.

“Furthermore, writing about Kansas without including John Brown is impossible,” she said. “Brown was adamant in defense of freedom, and delivered his own brand of justice during the Bleeding Kansas period. I am looking forward to walking in Brown’s footsteps in Osawatomie.”

In December 2021, Yonkey’s publisher asked her to write the book “Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure .” It will come out in the spring of 2023. Yonkey will visit the Johnson County Museum while she’s in Olathe, and hopes to research at least one more Johnson County location.

Yonkey has been writing about Kansas for over 30 years. One Hundred Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die is her second book. In 2020, she co-authored the book Midwest Road Trip Adventures. That book includes road trip guides for all
12 Midwest states. Yonkey wrote the Kansas chapter and the Black Hills section of the South Dakota chapter. Yonkey and the other road trip book’s authors are preparing for a second edition.

Yonkey has scheduled more signings throughout the state. Check the schedule at

We hope to see you at Mahaffie Stage Stop and Farm on March 18 and at the Osawatomie Public Library on the 19th.

Roxie Yonkey
Author, Travel Writer, Public Speaker
1203 Caldwell Ave., Goodland, KS 67735
785-821-2086 • [email protected]

Osawatomie Public Library Awarded $10,000 Humanities Grant

For Immediate Release


$10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic

Osawatomie, Kansas — Osawatomie Public Library has been selected for the American Library
Association’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, an emergency relief
program to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan
Act of 2021, Osawatomie Public Library will use awarded funds to anchor itself in the community as a
strong humanities institution. The competitive award comes with a $10,000 grant that will help the library
deliver excellent programs and services related to culture, history, literature, and other humanities

More than 370 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA, and 200 were awarded.

The participating libraries, selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process, include
public libraries, academic/college libraries, K-12 libraries, and tribal, special and prison libraries. The
recipients represent 45 states and Puerto Rico and serve communities ranging in size from 642 residents
in Weir, Kansas, to the City of Los Angeles. Libraries were chosen with an emphasis on reaching historically
underserved and/or rural communities.

“I am so proud of our library for being part of this incredible opportunity,” said Library Director Dr. Morgan
Crabtree. “This grant will truly help us to come out of the pandemic with a new energy and focus on
enriching our community through the humanities.”

Osawatomie Public Library will use the grant funds to preserve and restore library and community history,
including the original 1912 Carnegie Library blueprints and 1901 Miami County Atlas filled with local
history notes, photographs, and newspaper clippings, as well as to bolster their presence at the
community’s annual Freedom Festival, which is a celebration of their heritage as an abolitionist settlement
during the era of Bleeding Kansas in pre-Civil War America. To learn more about Osawatomie Public
Library’s plans for the grant, please visit

“Libraries have faced significant hardships throughout the pandemic —from budget cuts to staff furloughs
to building closures — especially in our communities of the greatest need,” said ALA President Patty
Wong. “This crucial support from NEH will enable our beloved institutions, and the dedicated people who
run them, to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.”

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.”

“Osawatomie Public is a small but might public library maintaining a variety of community resources. We strive to be an anchor for the arts, life-long learning, and culture in our community. In short, we are a place to belong.”


Upcoming Water Line Repair – Low Pressure Notice

On March 14th, 2022, City utility crews will be removing and replacing a leaking water valve at 6th Street and Pacific Avenue. This particular valve is a branch-off of a major water main for the City and in order to remove the valve quickly and safely, crews must reduce pressure and volume in the major water main. This could cause connecting neighborhoods to have lower than normal water pressure for several hours on March 14th. This potential affected area is indicated below by the red-line boundary.

Crews will began work around 8:00am and do their best to limit the duration of possible lower than normal pressure, but the age of the leaking valve and connecting main may cause additional problems as work unfolds. Crews are prepared to handle any unexpected complications, but please know that such issues might further delay the return of normal water pressure.

Flushable Wipes? Say “No Thank You!”

Our pump stations and wastewater treatment facilities are having issues with wipes and other material clogging our equipment. Please help our team and follow this very simple guidance:

DO NOT flush cloth or other non-paper material down the toilet. 𝐎𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 (𝐊𝐥𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐱), 𝐩𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐬, 𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐩𝐞𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 “𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞” 𝐰𝐢𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐚𝐬 “𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞” 𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞!

And, of course, cloth of any kind (like t-shirts, rags, and socks) should NEVER be flushed. Flushing these products could lead to costly problems with your home’s plumbing and cause backups — and it could also cause large-scale problems in the City’s wastewater infrastructure.

Trash Service Delayed Due to Forecast

Another round of winter weather is headed our way! Due to the impending forecast, Waste Management has elected to delay trash service pickup by one day. Trash service will resume Friday depending on total accumulation.

Water Line Project – Road Closure

The 400 Block of Pacific Avenue will be CLOSED tomorrow (Thursday) beginning at 6:30am and lasting at least half the day. Utilities crews are finishing a major water line project near Osawatomie Middle School. Residents and businesses on Pacific from 1st to 6th may experience low to no water pressure for the duration of the work.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we finish this critical project.

The school district has been notified of the work and potential impact.

Offices Closed for Presidents Day

City Offices will be closed in observance of President’s Day on Monday, February 21st, 2022. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday.