Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd, presiding judge of the Tenth Circuit, has announced the Tenth Circuit Law Library in the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal has recently been moved and cleaned out to help accommodate courthouse renovations planned by the Marion County Commission.

Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd, presiding judge of the Tenth Circuit, has announced the Tenth Circuit Law Library in the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal has recently been moved and cleaned out to help accommodate courthouse renovations planned by the Marion County Commission.
Judge Bringer Shepherd began planning the project last fall, when notices were sent to attorneys and other parties potentially interested in the books. Attorney Jason Fleenor received and moved several of the volumes, and attorney Louis Riggs arranged for one set of books to be donated to Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Bringer Shepherd said the courthouse basement had become a depository for out-of-date books of long-closed law offices, and the books had not been used in recent years, due to the availability of online research.
All volumes relating to Missouri law as well as several historic encyclopedia sets have been retained by the Law Library, and Bringer Shepherd, along with her assistant, Susie Begley, and Circuit Clerk Carolyn Conners, moved the retained volumes to other locations within the courthouse.
On Saturday, March 30, the remaining out-of-date, out-of state volumes were moved from the courthouse by Bringer Shepherd and numerous volunteers, including Susie Begley, Carolyn Conners, Bobby Shepherd, Dalton Shepherd, Marvin Bringer, Doug Browne, John Yancey, Louis Frosch, Darrin Yahne, Jordan Karlinski, Jessie Boatright, Ronald Brown, Eric Powell, Emily Dryden, Jason Nichelson, Nick Scheibel and Dwayne Tallman.
The books, weighing more than 10 tons, were taken to the Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop in Hannibal for recycling. More than 64 volunteer hours were donated to the book-moving project.
Bringer Shepherd said she is grateful that the Circuit Court had the opportunity to partner with the Marion County Commission for the upcoming courthouse renovation, and she is very thankful for all of the volunteer effort that accomplished this project at no cost to the county.