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.

More Events

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/ )

Halloween Happenings

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Fall has arrived, and it’s a great time to curl up with some hot chocolate and a good book from the library! We even have audiobooks on CD and self-contained mp3 players, if you would rather listen to a story. And, don’t forget about our wide selection of DVDs, if you want to watch a movie and relax.

If you would rather get out of the house, you can come to the library and have fun inside at one of our great events!  Here’s what’s coming up at the library in October:

  • Storytimes are Tuesdays at 10 am and Thursdays at 6 pm. Join us at Storytime for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every Storytime.
  • We have a special Fire Prevention Month Storytime this Saturday (14th) at 1 pm! Come learn about fire safety with the Liberal Fire Department and Sparky the Fire Dog! Listen to stories, make a fun craft, and see a real fire truck!
  • Join our Beginning Computer Class every Tuesday at 11 am! It’s a fun morning of learning how to use a computer, presented in both English and Spanish. For more information, call us at 626-0180.
  • Come to our Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop on Monday the 16th at 6 pm to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. We will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up online or at the front desk.
  • The Friends of the Library are having a Book Sale Oct. 16 – 20th! Monday evening, October 16th from 6 pm – 8 pm, will be the Book Sale reception for Friends of the Library and Library Board members only. The Book Sale will be open to the public Oct. 17-20 during regular library hours. Books will sell for $1.00 each on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday everything will be 1/2 price. Everything that’s left on Friday will be free. Funds from the Book Sale go to the Friends to help support library programs including Baby’s Bookshelf, Budding Bookworms, and our Summer Reading Program.
  • Tuesday, October 17 at noon is Library & Lunch! Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the books Welcome to Harmony, Sunrise Crossing, and Wild Horse Springs by Jodi Thomas.
  • USD 480 has no school on Oct. 20 and 27. We will be playing board games at 1 pm on those Fridays, followed by a family-friendly, Halloween-themed animated film at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • Join us for our popular dice game, Bunco, on Thursday, Oct. 26 at noon! Registration is required, so talk to Shannon! Adults only, snacks provided.
  • Our Halloween Party for all ages will be on Saturday the 28th at 2 pm. Wear your Halloween costume! Make slime, play games, listen to spooky stories, and get candy!
  • This month’s Recipe Swap is on Monday the 30th at 6:30 pm! Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making Halloween food.

Building A Better Library

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We’re building a better library in our Children’s room! Please excuse the mess for the next few weeks while we repaint shelves, rearrange books, move things around, and change the space to become an enchanted storytime forest! It’s going to be an improved space for kids to read, play, and listen to stories.

Here’s what’s coming up at the library the rest of this month:

  • Teens ages 12 -18 can enter our drawing contest! Create your own manga or anime character to enter the contest. Drawing, painting, and other methods are welcome, but you can only use one sheet of paper. Write your name, age, and phone number on a separate sheet of paper. Only one entry per person, and entries are due on April 28. Either bring your artwork to the front desk of the library, or you can mail it to the library. Prizes will be awarded, and winners will be announced at our annual Comic-Con on May 6.
  • This week is our Friends of the Library Booksale! Friends of the Library are welcome to come to buy books on Monday from noon – 4 pm. The booksale will be open to the public 6pm – 8pm Monday, and during library hours on Tuesday – Thursday. Books will sell for $1.00 each Monday – Wednesday, and $1.00 a bag on Thursday. Pick up some great used books and DVDs! We will also be selling some of the stuffed toys that used to be on top of the shelves in the Children’s room.
  • Don’t forget about our weekly storytimes, Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 11:15 am! This week, we’ll be reading some Easter stories and making an Easter Egg craft.
  • Tuesday at noon, join us for Library & Lunch. Bring your lunch and discuss the book The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney.
    • Adults, make an Easter craft on Thursday at 6 pm! Refreshments will be served.
  • School’s out on Monday the 17th, and we’re having a Videogame Day starting at 2 pm! Come play our Wii, Playstation 4, and Xbox! All ages welcome.
  • Want to learn how to use the library’s 3D Printer? Come to our Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop on Monday the 17th at 6 pm! We will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as-is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up on our website at http://lmlibrary.libcal.com/event/2900207
  • Bunco will be Thursday the 20th at noon! Join our popular dice game. Registration is required, so talk to Shannon or check out our website. Adults only, snacks provided.
  • Recipe swap is on Tuesday the 25th at 6:30 pm. Bring a Mexican or Tex-Mex dish to share along with the recipe, and enjoy everyone else’s dishes!
  • School will also be out on Friday the 28th, so we’ll be showing a fun movie at 2 pm! Popcorn and lemonade will be served.
  • We’ll be celebrating El día de los niños / El día de los libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) on Saturday the 29th at 1 pm! Make a craft, listen to stories, and play games! Plus, take a book home to keep! Sign up on our website at http://lmlibrary.libcal.com/event/3263765

Fall Fun at the Library

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Fall is here, and there are a lot of fun things going on at the library this month!

We have Storytimes twice every week, on Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 11:15 am. Kids of all ages and their parents can join us for stories, songs, and a craft. It’s a fun way to learn early literacy skills.

If your kid loves Legos, they should come to our weekly Lego Day, every Wednesday at 5 pm! Kids can use their imaginations to build something wonderful.

For teens, we have our Tabletop & Video Game Club every week on Thursdays at 5 pm! Come play our Wii, Xbox, Playstation 4, or one of our many board games. Or, make a craft.

piles of booksThis coming week is our Book Sale! Come in Monday through Friday when the library is open to find some great used books for low prices! On Monday, the Book Sale is restricted to the Friends of the Library only. Books will sell for $1.00 each on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, everything is half-price. Thursday and Friday, fill a bag with books for $1.00!

Tuesday, adults can enjoy Library and Lunch at noon. Bring your lunch and join in a discussion of the book The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman.

Adults and teens, join us Tuesday the 11th at 6 pm or Wed. the 26th at noon for “Want to Write a Novel?” You’ll learn how to write a novel in only one month! Get ready for November, which is National Novel Writing Month, and see a published novel written during NaNoWriMo. Fanfiction welcome!

The Liberal Fire Department will be coming to the library for a special storytime on Thursday, the 13th, at 11:15 am! Firefighters and Sparky the Fire Dog will teach us about fire safety.

On Saturday at 2 pm, author Sheyvette Dinkens will be signing her book, Bruised But Not Broken. This coming-of-age story explores the indefinable something that Bleu carried throughout her life that led her to college, through career challenges, and finally to a leadership role in her community — despite a chaotic and troubling (yet crazily loving) childhood. See Sheyvette’s website at http://www.sheyvettedinkens.com for more information on both the author and her book.

Next Tuesday, the 18th, at 6 pm, teens can join our Teen Advisory Meeting! They can tell the library what to do and help us plan and execute future events. Teens can also receive community service hours for attending this meeting.

Our monthly Coffee & Crafts session will be on Wednesday the 19th at noon. Adults and teens, relax and enjoy some coffee while you make fun Halloween Pinecone Decorations! Sign up online at http://lmlibrary.libcal.com/event/2851104

April Activities at Liberal Memorial Library

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Happy National Poetry Month! Look for poems around the library while you’re here checking out books, movies, playing with toys and puppets, or participating in one of our many activities. Our April calendar is chock full of fun activities for all ages! piles of booksThe Friends of the Library are holding their Annual Spring Book Sale Apr. 12 – 14 (Tues. – Thurs.) There will be an opening reception for all members of the Friends of the Library and LML Board Members on Monday night April 11th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The reception is open only to members of the Friends and Board members so we encourage all of you to spread the word of this benefit of becoming a Friend of the Memorial Library – information can be found on our website at http://lmlibrary.org/friends/ Funds from the Book Sale go to the Friends to help support library programs including Baby’s Bookshelf, Summer Reading Program, etc.
  • Tuesday, April 12th at Noon: Library & Lunch – Bring your lunch and join us to discuss The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.
  • Alien 3Tuesday, April 12th at 4 pm: Alien Poetry Party! Kids and teens are invited to write out-of-this-world poetry, do alien crafts, and play games! Snacks provided.
  • Tuesdays at 6 pm: Evening Storytime! Join us for stories, songs, and crafts.
  • Wednesday, April 13th, 20th, & 27th at 4 pm: Lego Challenge! Join us in our weekly building challenge!
  • Thursdays at 11:15 am: Storytime! Join us for stories, songs, and crafts.
  • Thursday, April 14th at 6 pm: Poetry storytime! Join us as we celebrate National Poetry Month with rhyming stories by some of our favorite children’s poets.
  • microphoneFriday, April 15th at 6 pm: Open Mic Night with the cast of SCCC’s Hairspray! Join us when the library reopens at 6 for songs, stories, poems, and more! Email Tammy, tammyg@lmlibrary.org, if you would like to share your talents with us that night.
  • Thursday, April 21st at 4 pm: Earth Day Celebration! Kids and teens can join us to paint their ideal planet, eat earthy snacks, and learn how to take care of our Earth!
  • Thursday, April 21st at 6 pm: Bilingual Storytime – Join us for stories and songs in English and Spanish, followed by a craft.
  • Monday, April 25th at 6:30 pm: Recipe Swap – This month’s theme is “light and fresh foods” for summer. Bring something to share and taste everyone else’s recipes before you try them out at home.
  • Tuesday, April 26th at 4 pm: DNA Day! Party with the building blocks of life! We are making DNA and building mutant monsters. Board games, crafts, and snacks for everyone!
  • faux stained glassWednesday, April 27th at Noon: Coffee & Faux Stained Glass – In this crafting session for adults, we are making fake stained glass that is so easy, you’ll be trying it again at home! We will also have coffee and dunkable snacks on hand to go with our chatting and crafting!
  • Thursday, April 28th at 6 pm: Sensory Storytime – A special storytime for children with learning and communicative disorders, such as autism. Children will play and learn in a calming environment through all of their senses.
  • Friday, April 29th – No school day! Crafts & games at 1 pm, followed by a movie at 2 pm! Popcorn and lemonade will be served during the movie.
  • Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 am – El día de los niños/El día de los libros – Come celebrate Children’s Day/ Book Day!

Celebrate National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18, 2015)

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Next week is National Library Week and the Library has a few things planned.

The big event is our Annual Friends Book Sale. Things kick off on Monday when we will host a Friends Reception for Library Board members and Friends of the Library from 6pm-8pm. This will be your first opportunity to buy books at the book sale. Friends of the Library applications will be available at the door for the low price of $5.00.  Beginning the following day on Tuesday and continuing on Wednesday we will be open to everyone from 9am to 8pm. All items are moderately priced. Thursday, the last day of the book sale will be dollar bag day. Stuff all you want into a plastic bag, or your own bag, for $1.00.

The Friends of the Library is a group that has a long history with the library, but a few years ago withered away. We are currently in the process of getting it to grow again. We are looking for people who would like to volunteer to help the library at library events, summer reading, and during the hours the library is open. Volunteers bring a special energy to the library and our something we cherish very much. If you have any questions please go to the link on our website at: www.lmlibrary.org/friends or follow the Friends of the Liberal Memorial Library on Facebook.

The money made from the book sale will go to support other library activities. Most notably our program entitled “A Baby’s Bookshelf.”  The way that this program works is that we distribute flyers to all new parents in the Liberal area. When the parent signs up for the program they are able to come to library every two months to pick up a free book for their child. The program runs for the first two years of the child’s life and at the end of the program the child will have 12 books that they can call their own.  Early childhood literacy is important to us at the library. Not only do we want every child to start school with a grasp of the essential skills to be effective learners, but we also want them to understand the role the library plays in helping them become better readers. Kids who love reading do well in school, graduate from high school, and become outstanding additions to our community.

At 1:00 pm on Tuesday, the library will be hosting a special cake and refreshment celebration to celebrate the Libraries 60th Anniversary as the “Book Front Library”. Back on April 14, 1955 the library opened up its doors with its new look. A look that saw it showcased in newspapers across the country and on tourist postcards for years to come. In fact, we still get visitors who travel to Liberal just to see our unique building. We hope that you can join us. I have challenged myself to make a cake in the shape of the library, so please stop by and see how well I did or didn’t do in this regard.

National Library Week is a week to celebrate the library and for me as director to celebrate our most important asset: Our Employees. Our staff represents the diversity of our community and the passion that people in our area have for the library. They take on challenges with gusto and never fail to surprise me with the energy they put into everything they do. Join me in saying thank you to them for their efforts.

National Library Week is also a week to celebrate the community to which the library belongs.  When I think about what makes our town so awesome I think of things like the Mid-America Air Museum, Dorothy’s House, The Baker Arts Center, the parks, and the Library. I think of the people who visit our library every day. The people wait outside for the doors to open on a Saturday. The kids rushing to our afterschool programs.  The participants in our summer reading program. The attendees at our Recipe Swap and Adult Crafts. It takes a town to make a Library and we are proud to serve you.

See you at the library.

April showers

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The old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” The implication is that April is a dreary and miserable month. I say, “Ha!” In fact, I say, “Double Ha!” There is hardly anything dreary and miserable at the Liberal Memorial Library. It’s all fun and exciting and bright this month!

We’ve got programming galore. More programming than you can shake a stick at. So much programming, it’s hard to contain it all in one month. Good thing there’s 12 months in a year. But this month is just busting out.

Holy cow! We’ve got a book sale, a 60-year celebration, National Library week, trivia night and a writing workshop.

What??? You want more??? I say, “Triple ha!!!!!” We’ve got more! We’ve got all our monthly programming like Monday Night movie, Library and Lunch, after-school activities, storytimes and lapsits and a genealogy club.

So where do I start??

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale from Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday, April 16 in the Cooper Clark room. Not only will there be books for sale, but DVDs, too!!!

But did you know that you can get a jump on everyone else? How is that you may ask. Let me fill you in on a little secret. If you become a Friend of the Liberal Memorial Library, you can attend an opening reception on Monday, April 13 starting at 6 p.m. and get the first shot at all those wonderful books and DVDs before anyone else.

Funds from the Book Sale go to the Friends to help support the library programs including Baby’s Bookshelf, Summer Reading Program, etc.

And during the book sale, we’ll be celebrating National Library Week. This year’s theme is unlimited possibilities. And it’s a very apt theme.

Today’s libraries are more than just books. Increasingly, they are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

What have you created with the help of your local library?  Did you research or write your book, learn how to make a hand-knitted scarf or culinary creation? Did the library help you find a new job or get your small business off the ground?

The possibilities really are unlimited.

And during the week, we’ll be celebrating by giving away t-shirts and other prizes to our patrons because the library couldn’t exist without the support of our patrons and the community.

Also, the Library will be celebrating a milestone on Tuesday, April 14. On that date in 1955, the book cover entrance was completed. It’s been 60 years.

This month will also feature a Trivia Night on Tuesday, April 21 and a Writing Workshop on Thursday, April 30. Both programs are at 6:30 p.m.

Here’s our schedule of our monthly events:

  • Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. – Monday Night Movie: “His Girl Friday” starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
  • Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. – Adult crafts: Making coasters with ceramic tiles.
  • Tuesday, April 14 at noon. – Lunch and Library:  “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai
  • Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. – Book Chat in under and Hour
  • Monday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. – Recipe Swap: Ballparks foods.