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hamburger and salad

Events This Week

  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Special storytime for children ages 0-2. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a FREE book to take home!
  • Thursday at 2 pm Spinning Yarns group – Do you love to crochet, knit, or do other needlework? Would you like to spend time with others who share your interest, give pointers, and socialize? Then come and join our Spinning Yarns group! Please bring your own materials. Beginners to experts are all welcome.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead. For children of all ages.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Movie – Come join us for a fun new animated movie! See the further adventures of Hiccup, Toothless and their dragon-riding friends.

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Closed Memorial Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. We will be reopen on Tuesday for our normal hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Recipe Swap

On Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme. This month’s theme is “National Hamburger and Salad Day”.

Summer Reading "A Universe of Stories"

Summer Reading Kick Off Party

Come to our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party to celebrate the beginning of Summer Reading on Monday, June 3rd this year.

Kid’s birth to 11 years old can sign-up for summer reading online (http://lmlibrary.org/kids/summerreading/) or at the library. For teens, 6th – 12th grade, no sign-up is needed. Just come in to the library to get your Teen Summer Reading bingo card and find out how to get started.

We will have several special performers at the library during Summer Reading, including:

  • Friday, June 7th at 1:30 – Smoky Hills PBS Share-a-story
  • Thursday, June 13th at 1 pm – Eric Vaughn, comedy magician
  • Monday, June 17th at 2 pm and Monday, June 24th  at 2 pm – Mythology Behind the Constellations,
    teen program presented by Matthew McIntyre and Katie Rages
  • Friday, June 21st at 1 pm – Jammin’ Randy, “Rockin’ Through the Universe”
  • Wednesday, June 26th at 1 pm – Mad Science, Destination: Moon!
  • Tuesday, July 2nd  at 1:30 – Dan Dan the Magic Man, “Cosmic Conjuring:  A Universe of Magic” 
  • Tuesday, July 9th
    at 1 pm – Musician Aaron Fowler and Miss Bella, will share stories and songs. For ages 4 & up.
  • Wednesday, July 10th at 2 pm – Astronomy Class, teen program presented by Darrin Hook
  • Thursday, July 11th at 1 pm – Troy Graham, folk singer-songwriter, poet, children’s entertainer
  • Friday, July 19 at 1:30 pm – Priscilla Howe, A Galaxy of Giggles

Summer Lunches

This summer, lunches will be served from 11:30 to 12:30, Monday – Friday in the Downstairs Activity Area at the Library. USD 480’s Summer Food Service Program is open to all children and teens, ages 1-18. No registration or identification required. For more information, contact Connie Vogts at 620-604-1204.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

At the same time that Summer Reading is starting, we will also begin our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This free program encourages you to read 1000 books to your child before he/she enters school – a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves. Babies up to children not-yet-enrolled in kindergarten are invited to participate in this new free program. Stop by the library to sign up today! Your child will receive a prize after each 200 books he/she reads.

Smoky Hills PBS Share-a-story

On Friday, June 7th at 1:30 pm, Jennifer Hanson, a Share-A-Story Presenter from Smoky Hills PBS, will come to the library and read “There’s No Place Like Space!” by Tish Rabe and each child will get a copy of the book to take home.

After that we will watch a fun video about gravity and make rockets out of construction paper.

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Library and Lunch book discussion

In June, we will discuss “The Rent Collector” by Camron Wright. We’ll meet on Tuesday, June 11th ​at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

What’s happening at the Library

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Events This Week

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  • Monday at 2 pm Video & Board Game Day – Don’t be bored at home; come play video and board games with us! We’ll have: Headbanz, Battleship, Checkers, Pictureka, Uno, Just Dance, Mariokart, Super Smash Brothers, and more!
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Special storytime for children ages 0-2. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a FREE book to take home!
  • Thursday at 2 pm Game Day for Adults – Join us for Game Day for Adults. Hang out with other adults and play board or card games like Mexican Train Dominoes, Card Bingo, or the card game “5 Crowns.”
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Spanish Storytime – Listen to stories and songs in Spanish, plus make a fun craft. All ages are welcome. Every child gets a free book to take home.
  • Saturday at 4 pm Open Mic: Poetry – In honor of Poetry Month we are hosting an open mic night dedicated to poetry! Come join us to recite your favorite poem or share with us your own original piece! Sign up will be open on the day of the event.

    Join us in our coffee bar for a traditional open mic feel! Everyone will get to vote for their favorite poet and the winner will receive a prize. Join us to listen or to share, either way it will be a good time.

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book image "a taste of murder"

Recipe Swap

On Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking!

Every month is a different theme. This month’s theme is recipes from the book ”A taste of murder : diabolically delicious recipes from contemporary mystery writers”.

Tea Party

Tea Party

Get fancy at our Mommy and Me Fancy Nancy tea party on May 11th at 1:30 pm.

Seating is limited. Signup online or at the library starting May 1st.

R2D2 star wars

Movies

On Saturday, May 4 at 1 pm, May the 4th be with you for our Star Wars Day celebration. Vote for which Star Wars movie we will watch. Enjoy Star Wars Snack Mix and Yoda Soda during the movie! There will also be a photo booth and costume contest!

On Thursday, May 23rd at 6 pm, watch a fun new animated movie about dragons.

Library and Lunch

In May we will discuss “Crazy Rich Asians” by Keven Kwan. We’ll meet on Tuesday, May 14th ​at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

 

Teen Craft: Pillowcase Decorating

Want a way to remember this school year? On Tuesday, May 14 at 4:30 pm, come and decorate a pillowcase to take to school and have all your friends sign!

 

Closed Memorial Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. We will be reopen on Tuesday for our normal hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What’s happening at the Library this month

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piesEvents This Week

  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 4 pm Teen Craft: Comic Coasters – Repurpose old comics into new coasters! Supplies will be provided, first come first serve. For Teens only (13—18)
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Special storytime for children ages 0-2. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a FREE book to take home!
  • Thursday at 2 pm Game Day for Adults – Join us for Game Day for Adults. Hang out with other adults and play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.”
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead. For children of all ages.
  • Thursday at 6 pm and again Saturday at 2 pm Movie – Come join us for a fun animated movie! See the further adventures of your favorite web slinging super heroes. If you can’t make it Thursday night, you can come see the movie Saturday afternoon instead. We’ll bring the popcorn and you can bring your own soda.

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Recipe Swap

On Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme. This month’s theme is “Sweet or Savory Pies”.

Fairytale & Fables Party

Kids, join us at the library where we will listen to old tales and fables, play fun games and make a cool crafts! Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 pm

Movies

On Saturday, April 6th at 2 pm, watch the sequel to a classic Disney movie where a well-known nanny returns to help her former charges through a difficult time in their lives.

On Thursday, April 11th at 6 pm, we will show a touching movie adaptation of a book about a lost dog traveling through the Colorado wilderness in search of her owner.

Yu-Gi-Oh(Logo)Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Academy

Tuesday, April 16th at 4 pm – Are you a new fan just itching to learn to play the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game? Did you used to play and need a refresher? Come to the library and learn with Fire Heart Games during our Duel Academy class! Open to all ages that are willing to learn, all materials will be provided unless you want to bring your own cards to use.

March Book Madness imageMarch Book Madness

There’s still time to cast your votes in our March Book Madness contest.
We’ve taken our sixteen most popular books from each area of the library: adult, teen, and kids, and pitted them against each other in a battle to see which books will become our 2019 Books of the Year.

Right now, we are down to the Final Four and this Friday we will tally the votes to see which books will become the two finalists.

You decide who will be the winner. Vote each week during March for your favorites, either on our website (http://lmlibrary.org) or in person at the library.

When you vote each week, besides helping determine which books will win, you will also enter into weekly drawings for fun prizes. The third round ballots are due Friday, March 22nd by 4:30 p.m. And be sure to cast your vote for the Champion by Friday, March 29th by 4:30 p.m.

So have a little fun and maybe win a prize at the library by participating in this year’s March Book Madness.

Spring Book Sale

It’s Book Sale time once again! The Friends of the Liberal Memorial Library will hold their Spring Book Sale on April 8-12.

The Book Sale Reception is open to everyone this year. On Monday, April 8th at 6 p.m., come in for refreshments and have first pick of the items on sale. All items will sell for $1.00 each except for paperpacks, which will be $0.50 each.

Funds from the Book Sale go to the Friends of the Library to help support library programs.
Sign up to become a Friend of the Library today. (http://friends.lmlibrary.org/ )

March Book Madness is coming to the library

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March Book Madness imageEvents This Week

  • Monday – The Library will be closed on Monday, February 18th for Presidents’ Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Special storytime for children ages 0-2. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a FREE book to take home!
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead. For children of all ages.
  • Saturday at 1:30 pm Winter PJ Party – Kids, wear your favorite pajamas and join us at the library for some stories & games! Be sure to bring your favorite stuffed “friend” or blanket!

 

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TacosRecipe Swap

On Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Taco Tuesday”.

 

Oscar Prediction Contest and Movie

Pick up an Oscar prediction ballot at the library. Fill it out and return it by Saturday, Feb. 23rd and you could win a prize if you accurately predict the winners of the four categories on the ballot. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 26th.

After the Oscars are over, come watch an Oscar worthy movie with us on Monday, the 25th at 5:30 pm. Free popcorn will be available!

 

Library and Lunch Book Club

In March, we will discuss “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. We’ll meet on Tuesday, March 12th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

 

March Book Madness Teen Display

March Book Madness

Next week is the official start of our third annual March Book Madness contest. We’ve taken our sixteen most popular books from each area of the library: adult, teen, and kids, and pitted them against each other in a battle to see which books will become our 2019 Books of the Year.

You decide who will be the winner. Vote each week during March for your favorites, either on our website (http://lmlibrary.org) or in person at the library.

You can also fill out a bracket, online or in person, to predict the winners. If you correctly predict the winner of any of the three tournaments and turn in your bracket before March 8th at 4:30 p.m., you will win a 2019 March Book Madness trophy!

When you vote each week, besides helping determine which books will move forward in the tournament of books, you will also enter yourself into weekly drawings for fun prizes. The first round ballots to select the Elite Eight are due Friday, March 8th by 4:30 p.m.

So have a little fun and maybe win a prize at the library by participating in this year’s March Book Madness.

 

 

Celebrating Black History Month

Here are a couple of books from our display of books written by African American authors.

The Mothers imageThe Mothers: A Novel
by Brit Bennett

From the book description
It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth.

As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

Homegoing imageHomegoing: A novel
by Yaa Gyasi

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization.

The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

New Year’s resolutions at the Library

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   image of Supr Bowl snacksEvents This Week

  • Monday Closed – The Library will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Special storytime for children ages 0-2. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a FREE book to take home!
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead. For children of all ages.
  • Saturday at 1:30 pm Sing-Along Party – Feel free to dress up as your favorite “Frozen” character for our Sing-Along party. Make a fun craft and enjoy some free popcorn while watching the movie and sing your heart out!!

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Recipe Swap

On Tuesday, January 29th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Super Bowl Snacks”.

Movie Time

On Saturday, February 2nd at 3 pm, celebrate Groundhog Day with us by watching the classic comedy movie starring Bill Murray.

On Thursday, February 14th at 6 pm, celebrate Valentine’s Day with us by watching a 2004 romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider. Free popcorn and water are available and feel free to bring your own soda if you’d like!

Library and Lunch Book Club

In February, we will discuss “Small Blessings” by Martha Woodroof. We’ll meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Coffee Lounge Area
Check out our new coffee lounge at the Library. Enjoy a free cup of coffee while sitting in one of our new chairs and chatting with friends or just watching the weather channel. This month Space Station Secure Storage was kind enough to sponsor the free coffee. If you or your local business would like to act as sponsor for a month, contact the Library Director, Royce Kitts via email at director@lmlibary.org or by phone at 620-626-0180.

New Year’s Resolutions

If you are working on a New Year’s resolution, this month’s book display might give you the boost you’re looking for.

book image "the power of a positive no"The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes
by William Ury

From the book description
No is perhaps the most important and certainly the most powerful word in the language. Every day we find ourselves in situations where we need to say No–to people at work, at home, and in our communities–because No is the word we must use to protect ourselves and to stand up for everything and everyone that matters to us.

But as we all know, the wrong No can also destroy what we most value by alienating and angering people. The secret to saying No without destroying relationships lies in the art of the Positive No, a technique that anyone can learn.

This book gives you a three-step method for saying a Positive No. In the end, the Positive No will help you get not just to any Yes but to the right Yes, the one that truly serves your interests.

book image "Waste free kitchen handbook"Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money
By Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunders

Despite a growing awareness of food waste, many well-intentioned home cooks lack the tools to change their habits. This handbook–packed with engaging checklists, simple recipes, practical strategies, and educational infographics–is the ultimate tool for reducing food waste.

From a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council come these everyday techniques that call for minimal adjustments of habit, from shopping, portioning, and using a refrigerator properly to simple preservation methods including freezing, pickling, and cellaring. At once a good read and a go-to reference, this handy guide is chock-full of helpful facts and tips, including 20 “use-it-up” recipes and a substantial directory of common foods.

book image "The Lucky Years"The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health
by David B. Agus M.D.

In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness.

In this new golden age, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the latest scientific findings and leverage the power of technology to customize your care. Imagine being able to get fit and lose weight without dieting, train your immune system to fight cancer, edit your DNA to avoid a certain fate, erase the risk of a heart attack, reverse aging, and know exactly which drugs to take to optimize health with zero side effects.

December Events at the Library

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   Ugly sweater imageEvents This Week

  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at Noon Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – Wear an ugly Christmas sweater for this fun party for adults! Participate in a White Elephant gift exchange, play games, and eat snacks. Adults only. Seating is limited. Sign up online or at the front desk.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.
  • Saturday at 3 pm Movie – Vote ahead of time for which holiday movie you want us to show. Vote in person at the Library or on Facebook. Free popcorn! Feel free to bring your own soda and even a pillow, blanket, or chair to be comfortable!

Holiday closed days

The Library will be closed Monday, December 24th through Wednesday, December 26th for the holiday. We will reopen for normal hours on Thursday, 27th – 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m

We will close early at 1 pm for New Year’s Eve on Monday December 31st and be closed on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1st. We will reopen for normal hours on Wednesday, 2nd – 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Holiday Fiction

"Christmas cake murder" book imageChristmas Cake Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery)
by Joanne Fluke

From the book description
It’s Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen’s wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder . . .

With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah’s life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden—especially when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball from the past in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes for the merry festivities, she instantly becomes enthralled by Essie’s old notebooks and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York.

Hannah’s surprised by Essie’s secret talent for penning crime fiction. She’s even more surprised when the story turns real. As Hannah prepares to run a bakery and move out of her mother’s house, it’ll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake . . .

Noel DiaryThe Noel Diary
by Richard Paul Evans

From the book description
Romance author Jacob Churcher hasn’t been home for almost twenty years—not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child.

But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories. Jacob uncovers many puzzling items including a diary left by someone named Noel, who stayed with Jacob’s family during her pregnancy and Jacob has an unexpected visitor, Rachel, a woman looking for the mother who put her up for adoption thirty years before.

United by their quest to make sense of the past and rewrite their futures, Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel. Along the way they find more than they possibly imagined, including grace, forgiveness and a chance at love.

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners
by Gretchen Anthony

From the book description
A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect in this witty, sparkling debut novel.

Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!

Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades. And this year she’s going to throw her husband, Ed, a truly perfect retirement party, one worthy of memorializing in her upcoming letter. But the event becomes a disaster when, in front of two hundred guests, Violet learns her daughter Cerise has been keeping a shocking secret from her, shattering Violet’s carefully constructed world.

In an epic battle of wills, Violet goes to increasing lengths to wrest back control of her family, infuriating Cerise and snaring their family and friends in  very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner  dramatics. And there will be no explaining away the consequences in this year’s Baumgartner holiday letter…

 

Full of humor, emotion and surprises at every turn, Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners brings to life a remarkable cast of quirky, deeply human characters who must learn to adapt to the unconventional, or else risk losing one another. This is the story of a family falling to pieces—and the unexpected way they put it all back together.

Holiday Events at the Library

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  Plate of cookies  Events This Week

  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday – Library closes at 1 pm
  • Thursday and Friday – Library closed for Thanksgiving
  • Saturday at 2 pm Movie – Come to the library to see a new animated movie about a family full of superheroes. Free popcorn! Feel free to bring your own soda and even a pillow, blanket, or chair to be comfortable!

Recipe Swap – Cookie Swap

We won’t have a Recipe Swap in November, but on December 4th at 6:30 pm we will have our annual Cookie Swap. Bring two dozen of your favorite homemade cookies to share, along with the recipe, and take home a sample of other people’s creations!

Gingerbread House Decorating

Signup for the annual gingerbread house decorating at the library begins Monday after next on the 26th. Signup in person or online at http://lmlibrary.org.

There will be two sessions on Saturday, December 15th. One at 12:30 pm and another at 2:30pm. Children ages 4-11 and their parents are invited to come decorate a gingerbread house! Frosting and all kinds of toppings will be available. Seating is limited, so sign up as early as you can.

Holiday Meal Planning

If you have family coming for the holidays and you’re looking for some inspiration about what to serve them, you could try checking out some of the library’s cookbooks. The Library has all kinds of cookbooks available for checkout. Here are a few:

"Talk turkey to me" book imageTalk Turkey to Me: A Good Time in the Kitchen Talking Turkey and All the Trimmings
by Renee S. Ferguson

From the description

Talk Turkey to Me is an informative, entertaining read featuring caller’s questions answered by a former Butterball Turkey Talk-Line expert. The book also features recipes for more than 80 dishes to accompany your turkey – everything from appetizers to desserts – to help you cook up a good time in the kitchen anytime!

"Smashed mashed boiled and baked" book imageSmashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked–and Fried, Too!: A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes
by Raghavan Iyer

From the book description
Inspired by a diversity of cuisines, Raghavan Iyer’s passion for potatoes shines through in his continent-by-continent celebration of the amazing potato and the tastiest ways you can cook it – including soups, salads, gratins, tarts, and the Ultimate French Fries.

"A year of pies" book imageA Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies
by Ashley English

From the book description
Take a delicious seasonal tour of pies. Pies can be enjoyed year-round. Join Ashley English as she walks you through a calendar year of making pies, using the freshest seasonal ingredients possible.

"The Christmas cookie book" book imageThe Christmas Cookie Book
by Judy Knipe and Barbara Marks

From the book description
The wonderful aroma of home-baked cookies is part of the enduring magic of Christmas. Now you can celebrate the holidays with The Christmas Cookie Book, a mouth-watering collection of more than ninety recipes gathered from the family, friends, and neighbors of authors Judy Knipe and Barbara Marks.

More than a collection of recipes, The Christmas Cookie Book is also a practical guide to the basics of cookie baking, equipment, and techniques. A special section called “Cookies to Go” is devoted to gift-giving, with charming ideas for packing and wrapping your cookies. A veritable feast of terrific recipes, gift ideas, and cookie-lore, The Christmas Cookie Book is sure to please cookie lovers of all ages.

Celebrate Tolkien week at the Library

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Events This Week

  • Monday all day Scavenger Hunt – We are kicking off Tolkien week with an all day scavenger hunt in the library. Ask the front desk for the scavenger hunt riddle list. Once you complete the entire list you may win a 3D printed Tolkien themed prize!
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 5 pm Sword/Shield Decorating – On day 2 of Tolkien week, celebrate by decorating your own cardboard shield and/or sword. All supplies will be provided. This event is open to all ages!
  • Wednesday all day Trivia – On day 3 of Tolkien Week will have an all day “The Hobbit” specific trivia contest. Trivia pages will be available at the circulation desk just come by and ask! Prizes will be awarded for different grade groups!
  • image of Library Fundraiser Night at McDonaldsWednesday from 4 pm to 7pm Library Fundraiser at McDonalds – The McDonalds on 24 East Pancake is having a fundraiser for the library. They will donate 20% of all sales made on this Wednesday between 4 pm and 7 pm to the library! So if you’re eating out on Wednesday, swing by the McDonalds on East Pancake.
  • Thursday at 2 pm Game Day for Adults – Play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.” For adults only.
  • Thursday at 5 pm Baggins Bingo – On day 4 of Tolkien Week play “Baggins Bingo”! Each of the squares has a familiar face or location in Tolkien’s stories. Open to all ages and 3D printed Tolkien themed prizes will be available for the winner!
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.
  • Friday Activity Sheets – On day 5 of Tolkien Week have fun with themed cross words, word searches and coloring pages!
  • Saturday at Noon Movie – celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday with us with a viewing of the movie along with other fun activities and snacks. We will be finding out our names in Dwarven Runes and pin the ring on Frodo and Bilbo.

More Events

  • Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “International Recipes”.
  • Tuesday, October 9th at Noon Library and Lunch book discussion – In October we will discuss “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Hobbit Day

image of the ring from the Lord of the RingsHobbit Day is observed annually on September 22nd. It is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)

The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, and defines them as this: “Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22, which is always observed as Hobbit Day”, but acknowledges that Hobbit Day pre-dates their designation.

You can check out The Hobbit and other Tolkien books at the Library.

What’s happening at the Library

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This Week

  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Sandwiches”.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.

More Events

  • Saturday, Sept. 8th at 2 p.m. Movie Night – Come see the latest installment of the adventures of your friendly neighborhood web-slinger.
  • Wednesday, the 12th, at 6 p.m. Movie Night – visit Mr. Roger’s neighborhood in this documentary by filmmaker Morgan Neville. It’s been 50 years since beloved children’s TV host Fred Rogers started entertaining and educating with his half-hour show. This documentary explores his life and philosophy and has quickly become the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all-time.
  • Saturday, September 15th at 1:30 p.m. Mexican Independence Day Party – Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the library. There will be crafts, games and snacks. Registration is limited, so signup online today at http://lmlibrary.org
  • Saturday, September 22nd at Noon Hobbit Day – Celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday with us by watching the first movie of the trilogy and enjoy other fun activities and snacks.

Kansas Notable Books

Every year the Kansas State Library chooses a new list of Kansas Notable Books that are either written by Kansas authors or about a Kansas related topics. Below are a few of this year’s new notable books.

You can find the complete list of books on the Kansas State Library website https://kslib.info. You can also find them on our library catalog http://featured.lmlibrary.org or by using the new library catalog app “Library Mobile”.

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West
by Tom Clavin

From the Book Description
The true story of how two gunfighters brought law and order to Dodge City, the most depraved and criminal town in the nation.

Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City’s streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West.

Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained men, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West, and did it in the wickedest place in the United States.

To The Stars Through Difficulties: A Novel
by Romalyn Tilghman

After the small town of Prairie Hill, Kansas is destroyed by a tornado, three women – Angelina, Traci, and Gayle are determined to create a library and arts center as the first act of rebuilding the neighboring town. They are inspired by an old journal where they read about the frontier women who worked to raise money for books to fill the fifty-nine newly build Carnegie libraries.

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy
by David A. Nichols

From the Book Description
In January 1954 Senator Joseph McCarthy was one of the most powerful members of the U.S. Senate. By the end of that year he had been censured by his colleagues, and his power was shattered. Ike and McCarthy is the dramatic story of how President Dwight Eisenhower worked behind the scenes to make this happen.
When Eisenhower took office in January 1953, anticommunist fervor was at a fever pitch. The loudest voice was McCarthy’s, charging that the government was riddled with communist spies. Ike thought that McCarthy’s accusations were dangerously irresponsible… David A Nichols tells the riveting and little-known story of how Eisenhower and his advisers carefully plotted their successful effort to diminish McCarthy’s influence.

Back To School

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It’s almost time for kids to head back to school. For students, fall is a time of anticipation and excitement, as they gain a new teacher, new school supplies, new clothes, new classmates, new rules, and some even head to a new school. I thought I would tell you about a few good children’s books about school from our collection:

 

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Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea (picture book)

Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!

The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler (picture book): Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it’s off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day’s work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

Monster School: First Day Frights by David Keane (easy reader): Norm is perfectly normal. That is, until he finds himself at a new school full of monsters. Without fangs, horns, or a tail, suddenly Norm has become the odd one out. But as the day goes on, Norm’s unusual classmates find that Norm isn’t too unlike them after all, and Norm thinks he may actually fit right in.

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel (illustrated chapter book): Kitty and Puppy are out of control! They’re screaming, fighting, hissing, and drooling all over the house, and all of the commotion is upsetting Baby. Time for school—obedience school, that is. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? Find out in Bad Kitty’s hilarious, new (mis)adventure!

image of a sandwichPlus, don’t miss our fun events! Here’s what’s going on at the library for the rest of August:

  • We have Storytime twice a week: Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at storytime.
  • Library and Lunch will be on Tuesday the 14th at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
  • Join us for movie night on Wednesday, August 15! Free popcorn will be served. Visit the library, our website, or our Facebook page to see what we’re watching.
  • Back-to-School Saturday is on the 18th at 1:30 pm. Play games, make crafts, and get some FREE school gear! Space is limited, so register on our website
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday the 28th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making sandwiches.

So come to the library and check out a book or have fun at one of our events. We’re your free source for education and entertainment!