Epsilon Beta is a club for high school students interested in the library. Its official name is Episcpoi Tes Bibliothekes, "Keepers of the Library".
HISTORY - The first Epsilon Beta club was organized at Washington High School, Washington, Missouri, in 1931, by a teacher, Leona Evans. During the 1968-1969 school year, interested librarians and students expanded Epsilon Beta to a statewide organization.
EMBLEM - The emblem includes the club motto, "Keepers of the Library", the name Epsilon Beta, a book and a torch. The yellow background represents loyalty and honor, and the green, youth and hope.
OFFICERS/ELECTIONS - State officers are elected at the annual meeting in the spring. They are: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and historian. Any member desiring to hold an office must come to the convention prepared to campaign. Each chapter represented at convention is allowed two voting delegates. Any local Epsilon Beta club may become a chapter by paying state dues. Local clubs who are considering affiliation with the state organization shall be permitted to attend their first convention without having paid state dues for that year. Current state dues are $3.00 per member.
SPRING CONVENTION - The state officers have a meeting in the fall to help plan the Epsilon Beta Spring Convention, which is held each year in a different part of the state, always in a college town. A tour of a college campus and another educational tour are included. A physical activity like bowling or roller skating is included. At the business meeting, state officers are elected. Competitions during the convention include Quiz Bowl, scrapbook, book talks, book trailers, photography and scholarship. . Quiz Bowl questions are about libraries, library resources and literature. Competitors can win trophies and ribbons. The scholarship is available to a senior who has been active in Epsilon Beta for at least two years and will be attending college in the fall. Scholarship money is paid directly to the institution of high education. Scrapbook, book talk (about the next year's Gateway Award books), book trailer (about the current year's Gateway Award books) and photography competitions are available to all participating individuals.. The scrapbook presented for competition covers the previous school year, so at the 2017 convention, the 2015-16 scrapbooks will be judged.
LOCAL ACTIVITIES - Some of the local activities include:
Troy Buchanan hosts a Beach Party for second graders,an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party for third graders, a Family Mythology Night, a Gateway Cake Competition during Teen Read Week, and a tea party for teachers and staff during National Library Week.
Richland finishes their year with a MADD multi-media presentation.
Clubs participate in homecoming, Children's Book Week and Teen Read Week.
Clubs have different fundraisers to cover their costs, like tail gating and coffee shops.
AFFILIATION - Epsilon Beta is sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Librarians, which helps coordinate Epsilon Beta activities through a director, appointed annually. Current MASL Liaison to Epsilon Beta is Georganna Krumlinde, Library Media Specialist, Troy Buchanan High School, Troy, Missouri. You may reach her for information at Krumling@troy.k12.mo.us.
STATE OFFICERS for 2016-2017:
Erica Holmes - President - Troy Buchanan High School
Elizabeth Skelly - Vice President - Francis Howell Central High School
Jen Overton - Secretary - Liberty High School
Alison Burski - Treasurer - Liberty High School
Jasmine Polk - Historian - Troy Buchanan High School
CONVENTION 2014 - St. Louis
2014 Convention attendees: Clinton High School, Francis Howell North High School, Liberty High School, Parkway Central High School, Richland R-I High School, Troy Buchanan High School, Willow Springs High School.
CONVENTION 2015 Kansas City:
Convention attendees: Cassville, Clinton, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Richland and Troy Buchanan.
CONVENTION 2016 - Jefferson City
Convention attendees: Cassville, Clinton, Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, McDonald County, Troy Buchanan, Warren County, Westran
Epsilon Beta State Library Club Member Schools 2015-2016
Belton High School - Elizabeth Ferguson - chartered this year
Cassville High School - Donna Lawson
Clinton High School - Suzanne Bush
Francis Howell Central High School - Kelly Hauquitz and Andrea Head
Francis Howell High School - Sue Robinson and Michelle Stuerman - chartered this year
Francis Howell North High School - Angela Davis
Liberty High School - Kelly Oliva
McDonald County High School - Jill Williams - chartered this year
Plato RV School District - Bonnie Hunter - chartered this year
Richland RI - Lisa Taylor
Troy Buchanan High School - Georganna Krumlinde
Warrenton High School - Sarah Jinkerson
Westran High School - Carrie Hayward, Angela Rash and Shellie Barnett
Epsilon Beta State Library Club Member Schools 2016-2017
Cassville -Donna Lawson
Clinton -Suzanne Bush
Francis Howell - Sue Robinson and Michelle Stuerman
Francis Howell Central - Kwelly Hauquitz and Andrea Head
Liberty - Kelly Oliva
McDonald County - Jill Williams
Troy Buchanan High School - Georganna Krumlinde