Staff Picks:


Jack Meyer


Email: Hello! I joined the library on April 2016 after receiving my masters degree in Library and Information science at MU. As director it is my job to help make the library a resource for the community, enforce policies voted into action by the board of trustees, and in general make sure the lights stay on. Along with my library degree I have a bachelors in English Literature and an Associates Degree in Teaching. When I’m not working at the library I enjoy doing acrobatic yoga with my wife, gardening, and of course reading (surprise!). I have 2 dogs (a great Pyrenees and a Shiba-Inu mix), a blind cat, and an extremely laid back turtle.


I’m here to serve the people of Centralia as best I can! Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the library.

Amy.Non-FicLibrarianAmy Hopkins

Reference Librarian

Email: I’ve been with the library since 2003. I am in charge of ordering the Non-fiction & Reference titles in our collection.  I have recently been given the task of entering all the materials that come into the Library as well as taking care of all Interlibrary loans. I am married (21 years!) and have a daughter who graduated from Centralia High in 2010.  I have 2 crazy dogs and love to read! One of my favorite websites is, click this link to see what I’m reading!

Leah Smoot

Adult Fiction Librarian

Leah SmootEmail: Hello!  I have been working here at the library as of June 2012, and am in charge of the Adult Fiction section, eBooks, and the Phenomenal over 50 Adult Programming.   I have always enjoyed reading (especially mysteries!) and grew up a pretty avid reader.  When I was little, my parents would catch me reading under the covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping.  My husband, Justin, 8th grade math teacher and 7th grade football coach, and I officially moved to Centralia in June of 2012.  We have a beautiful baby girl, and two dogs, Scooter (a Beagle/Basset mix,) and Chloe (a Labrador/Australian Shepard,) who are quite spoiled.    My interests include crafts of all kinds and photography.  In fact, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography from the University of Central Missouri, and I opened my photography business, Lens Photo, in May of 2013!  On my days off from the library, that’s what you can find me doing!  I am really enjoying getting to know people in the community, and just the city of Centralia itself.

katherineKatherine Butrum

Youth Services Librarian

Email: Hello 🙂 I have lived in Centralia all my life, with the exception of living in Moberly while receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education. I have been married to my husband Michael since 2011. We have a sassy Basset Hound named Willow. I enjoy spending time with my family, being involved in the Children’s Ministry at Rocky Fork Fellowship in Hallsville, reading, painting, baking, and crafting! I have a passion for working with children and teens and I am proud that my job here at CPL is to encourage kids to read. I am in charge of ordering all books for patrons ages 0-18 as well as leading story times, the Summer Reading Program, and teen events. Come visit me at the library and I will help you find your next favorite book! Also, find me on to see my recommendations for Young Adult and Juvenile literature.

Student Librarians

Caitlin Jeffries

20150611_194625-1Hello! I have been working at the library since July 2014.  I do a lot of different things in the library, but I would say my biggest responsibility is entering everyone’s library card information.  I have been interested in being a librarian ever since I was a library cadet at Centralia High School for Terri Brunner. I love helping people and watching Mrs. Brunner showed me that being a librarian is a great way to do that.  I graduated from Centralia High School in 2010 and since then I have received my Associates of Arts degree from Moberly Area Community College and my Bachelors Degree from Columbia College.  I hope to one day go back to school and get my Masters in Library Science.  I live with my fiance (Tyler Spears) and our three dogs.  I love to read just about any genre, but fantasy/adventure graphic novels are my favorite.

image1Caitlin Spears

Hey there! I have worked here at the Centralia Public Library since July 2014. Currently (fall 2015) I am a junior in high school. After high school, I plan on getting my degree in education, either elementary or high school English. I have a brother, two sisters, and a dog, Maggie. I have always loved to read ever since I was a little kid. I read all genres of books, but my favorite is YA romance. Ever since elementary school, I knew I wanted to work at the library. My duties here range anywhere from wrapping books to creating displays and helping patrons with any library services they might need. You can see me in the library most weekends and sometimes evenings throughout the week. Come in and pay me a visit!

Sadiqa Saleh

I graduated from Centralia High School, got my Associates Degree at Moberly Area Community College, and am currently in the process of getting a dual bachelor degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and English Literature at the University of Columbia.  I live in Thompson and have considered Centralia my hometown for as long as I can remember. I love to read and write a range of fiction books and can often be found doing one or the other at anytime of the day. I’m happy to finaly work in a place that can easily support that habit.  I ‘m always interested in hearing people’s stories and would love to hear yours at anytime.

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