From the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library "History" page:
The cornerstone of the library building was laid in 1917. Architect was Ben Elliot of Mexico and contractor was Roy Sterrett. The city contributed $500 for shelving and wiring. The library opened its doors September 16, 1918 with a book collection comprised of all 752 volumes of the I.I.O.O.F.F. Club's library, 135 scintillating volumes of mining history and law books donated by W.O.L. Jewett, miscellaneous donations from other citizens, and $450 worth of books purchased by the book committee of the Library Board--all totaling 1724 volumes. On opening day 19 books were loaned.