Library Board

Library Board

The Library Board oversees the operation of the Manhattan Public Library by adopting rules and regulations for the administration of the library, acquires books, magazines and other materials for the library, and employs a director to oversee the day to day operations of the library. The duties of the Board of Trustees are defined by K.S.A. 12-1225. Trustees approve library policy and serve on finance, building and grounds, legislative, and policy and planning committees. 

The library is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Manhattan Public Library Board of Trustees consists of seven members. In addition to the appointed members, the mayor serves as an ex officio member of the board, which means that by virtue of the office or position, the mayor is a member. Trustees serve a four-year term and are eligible for one reappointment.

Additional Information

Interested in being a member of the Library Board?

Board Liaison

Linda Knupp, Library Director


Contact the Board


The board generally meets the last Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m., currently via Zoom due to COVID-19. 


  • Elaine Shannon- President
    • Term expires: 4/30/23
  • Kerry Spencer- Vice President
    • Term expires: 4/30/22
  • Mayor Wynn Butler (Ex-Officio)
    • Term expires: 12/31/21
  • Tyler Darnell
    • Term expires: 4/30/25
  • Carolyn Elliott
    • Term expires: 4/30/22
  • Stacy Kohlmeier
    • Term expires: 4/30/24
  • Medhat Morcos
    • Term expires: 4/30/24
  • Jayme Morris
    • Term expires: 4/30/23