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Connecting the Community

Stillwater County Library

At Stillwater County Library, we are committed to providing the means for Stillwater County residents to learn, grow, and connect. Through collaboration and innovation, we strive to make Stillwater County Library a vital resource of knowledge, inspiration, support, and community connection for years to come.

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Our Mission is to provide education, inspiration, innovation and support to the people of Stillwater County.

Caring for our community

Core Values

Stillwater County Library is committed to upholding its core values by providing excellent library services, fostering continuous learning and development for staff and patrons; and encouraging collaboration and cooperation throughout Stillwater County.

Service

Growth

Positively Impacting Lives

Teamwork

Curiosity

Bringing People Together

Our Vision is to expand access to knowledge, collaboration, connection, and creativity throughout the county.

Commited to community

Our Staff

Jennifer Ball

Director
Jennifer's role as a Library Director is vital in providing individuals with the resources they need to learn and grow. Whether it's through books, technology, programs, or other tools, Jennifer is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to succeed. Jennifer's favorite genre to read is literary fiction, but she enjoys writing creative nonfiction, where she is able to share her experiences and insights. Her favorite companions include her sons, husband, and over 60 animals she helps care for.

Kayli Howard

Circulation + Organization Support
Kayli is often the first person you'll see when you enter the library, and she's always ready to help and to enhance your library experience. With a love of reading, hiking, and baking, Kayli is a fascinating person to get to know. Her favorite genre is fantasy, and she's always whipping up a batch of cookies.

Vacant Position

Marketing + Programs Coordinator

Pam Aumueller

Youth Programs Coordinator
As Youth Services Coordinator, she gets the awesome job of working with kids of all ages. She visits preschools and elementary schools all across the county. She works with young kids during story time at the library, and middle schoolers during the after school group, "Everything You're Into'. She hopes to work with some high school students in the new program, "Homework Club." She has lived in Columbus for almost 50 years. She is married, and has two children, and one granddaughter. She loves reading, and mysteries are her favorite. She is always up for a good series.

Jennifer Ball

Director
Jennifer's role as a Library Director is vital in providing individuals with the resources they need to learn and grow. Whether it's through books, technology, programs, or other tools, Jennifer is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to succeed. Jennifer's favorite genre to read is literary fiction, but she enjoys writing creative nonfiction, where she is able to share her experiences and insights. Her favorite companions include her sons, husband, and over 60 animals she helps care for.

Kayli Howard

Circulation + Organization Support
Kayli is often the first person you'll see when you enter the library, and she's always ready to help and to enhance your library experience. With a love of reading, hiking, and baking, Kayli is a fascinating person to get to know. Her favorite genre is fantasy, and she's always whipping up a batch of cookies.

Melissa Codner

Marketing + Outreach Coordinator
Melissa is a colorful individual who spreads the news about library programs and services, teaches classes throughout Stillwater County, and leads the Book Talk Book Club. When she's not busy at the library, Melissa can be found horseback riding in the mountains with her two furry companions or planning themed pa rties for her friends. Her love for non-fiction and psychological thrillers is evident, but she has discovered new authors thanks to her library connections.

Pam Aumueller

Youth Programs Coordinator
As Youth Services Coordinator, I get the awesome job of working with kids of all ages. I visit preschools and elementary schools all across the country. I work with young kids during story time at the library, and middle schoolers during our after school group, "Everything You're Into'. This year, I hope to work with some high school students in our new program, "Homework Club." I have lived in Columbus for almost 50 years. I am married, have two children, and one granddaughter. I love reading, and mysteries are my favorite. I am always up for a good series, because I know what I'll be reading next!

Promoting a Safe and Welcoming Environment

Our Policies

Our library policies, which are available for public viewing, outline the rules and regulations regarding the responsible use of the library’s resources and services, as well as ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all.

Growth and Expansion

Our History

Discussions of launching a public library in Stillwater County began in 1917; however, it was not until 1919 that the Columbus Women’s Club petitioned to establish a county library. The petition was successful, but it the library was again held off due to the ongoing war.

From 1924 to 1928, the Columbus Women’s Club successfully ran “Stillwater Library,” a community library. It was first housed in the Little Stone Church in Columbus. then later moved to the second floor of the old Columbus State Bank building. In June of 1928, the library became county supported, and the Stillwater County Library was officially established with books donated from the Stillwater Library. It was located in a 900 square foot room in the Stillwater County courthouse. The current location at 27 4th St N in Columbus, a building that was previously a doctor’s office and a bakery, was purchased and remodeled in 1993.

Stillwater County had the first bookmobile permanently established in the state of Montana. It traveled approximately 600 miles a month between 1947-1957 until the costs could no longer be sustained. The hope is to acquire a bookmobile again in 2024 or 2025.

A strategic planning committee was formed in 2010 to discuss the potential of building a new library/community center. A steering committee that began in 2014 continued the work into 2017. In 2023, the Stillwater County Library Foundation was established with the mission to “raise vital funds for capital improvements and the expansion of quality services, programs, and events offered by Stillwater County Library.” The current goal of the library is to have a new building by 2027.

Helping the Library Grow

Stillwater County Library Foundation

The Stillwater County Library Foundation works diligently to raise vital funds for capital improvements and the expansion of quality services, programs, and events offered by the Stillwater County Library.

Working Together for the Library's Benefit

Our Trustees

Our trustees ensure that our Library operates in accordance with our mission, Montana Code, and the Public Library Standards to provide quality services to the communities we serve.

Kathleen Ralph

Term Expires: 2024

Lynda Grande

Term Expires: 2025

Joan
Brownell

Term Expires: 2026

Linda Halstead-Acharya

Term Expires: 2027

Casey
Olsen

Term Expires: 2028

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