Mother’s Day at the Library

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am 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.
  • Thursday at Noon Bunco – Come Join the Bunco Party! Seating is limited so sign up now. (Snacks will be served). Bunco is a popular game played with nine dice and a whole lot of luck. It requires twelve players.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Water Candle craft for adults – Make a water candle! Seating is limited, so sign up at the front desk. Adults only.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there. I hope you were able to make it to our Mommy & Me teatime with your younger kids yesterday.

You deserve a break on your special day. If you’re looking for a good read, check out our “Chick Lit” book display. It includes old favorites and new. Here are a few examples:

Babyville
by Jane Green

From the book description
Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend.

Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected.

And then there’s Samantha – happily married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaver mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend’s incredibly sexy husband the answer?

By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, Babyville isn’t really a story about babies it’s about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside-down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every single girl: motherhood.

Surprise Me
by Sophie Kinsella

From the book description
After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Remember Me?
by Sophie Kinsella

From the book description
When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

Exercise Your Mind at the Library

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2016-srp-adult-exercise-bookThis month at the library, it’s time for Adult Summer Reading! Make sure to sign up on our website at http://lmlibrary.org/adults/summerreading/ or at the library. Then, turn in a slip every time you finish a book, magazine, or audio book for a chance to win one of our weekly prize drawings!  Here’s what’s coming up for Adults this month:

  • Tuesday, August 16 at Noon: Exercise Your Mind: Prepare for the Fair! The Five-State Fair is at the end of August. Come learn about the fair and get help signing up your entries for the fair.
  • Wednesday, August 17 at noon and Thurs, Aug. 18 at 6 pm: Coffee & Crafts! This month, we’ll be making stuffed sock animals! Create a fun animal for display or gifting. Teens & adults welcome.
  • Every Friday at 1 pm: Weekly drawing for prizes! Make sure you get in your entry slips before this time.
  • Tuesday, August 23 at Noon: Exercise your mind: Trivia Face-off! Come challenge your trivia knowledge to win prizes!
  • Blue Ribbon PieTuesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm: Recipe Swap and End of Summer Reading Party! Bring a fair food, along with the recipe, to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Bring your reading list with you, or turn in your list prior to the start of Recipe Swap. We will have the final prize drawing during this event. Do not have to be present to win.

We also have some fun events for kids and teens this month:

If your kid(s) read at least 15 hours this summer or your teen(s) earned at least 25 points, and you turned in their Summer Reading Log(s), don’t forget to come pick up their prizes!  Prizes can also be picked up on the 18th at the High Readers’ Party, for those attending.

  • Wednesdays at 4 pm: Lego day! Come use your imagination to build something great.
  • Thursdays at 11:15 am: Storytime! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. All ages welcome.
  • Thursday, August 18 at 4 pm: High Readers’ Party! If you got at least 50 stickers in the Children’s Summer Reading Program or earned at least 50 points in the Teen Summer Reading Program, you are invited to a pizza party! Please email Elizabeth at childrens@lmlibrary.org if your kid(s) plan to attend. High readers will be entered into drawings for special prizes; you don’t have to attend to win.
  • Fridays at 2 pm: Movie day! Watch a family-friendly movie and enjoy free popcorn and lemonade.
  • Thursday, August 25 at 4 pm: Teen Videogame & Tabletop Game Club. Play on our Xbox, Wii, or Playstation 4. Or, challenge your friends to Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, or one of our other board games. Or, get crafty!

There are a lot of fun ways to Exercise your Mind during the rest of August at the Library!

Train Your Brain and Get Smart With the Arts

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April is packed until the end of the month with things to do at the library.

microphoneIf you missed Friday’s Open Mic, join us for next month’s Open Mic Nite at 6 pm in the library basement. We love having new performers (contact Tammy tammyg@lmlibrary.org or Elizabeth childrens@lmlibrary.org to get on the bill for next month), but we also need a great audience! Check out new and familiar local performers, or come and try out your poetry, music, dramatic readings, or any other performance you wish to share.

Now that I have gotten that pitch out of the way, it’s probably time to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart: Comicon! This year will be our second year, and we’re going to be bigger than before! We have superhero crafts for kids, and games with super hero themed prizes. For the gamers among us, we have video and tabletop areas for kid and adult gamers alike. We’ll have video rooms again for anime and other TV you might want to catch up on, such as the BBC Sherlock Holiday Special. There will be panels again this year to discuss your favorite pop culture stories.

Darth Vader and his Storm Trooper friend will be among us once again, thanks to the 501st Legion. They may be visited by a wookie and other friends, you never know. As always, costumes and nerd memorabilia will be encouraged and rewarded with our late-in-the-day costume contest for all ages.

I am so excited about our expanded offerings this year! If you have any questions, please let me know! If you want to contribute to panels, or have a skill (such as game-leading) you would like to contribute, we’d love to have you!
star wars force awakensAnd this isn’t even the half of it! We’re still looking for Bunco players for the 24th, which is also our Earth Day Party. Our adult coffee klatch and craft is going to be faux stained glass (you can’t mess it up! I promise!) at noon on Wednesday the 27th. Tuesday the 26th is our DNA party where we will build monsters and create life! Thursday of the same week is our monthly Sensory Storytime for children of all ages with communicative and developmental disorders such as autism, and lastly, when the kids are off school on Friday the 29th, we will be doing crafts at 1pm and watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 2 pm.

Next month we’re firing off Summer Reading with a bang! Watch this space, and our website for more info!

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!

Spring Into Fun at Your Library

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spring flower and eggSpring Break is here! It can be a fun time to relax, maybe take a trip, catch up on reading, and catch up on sleep. But if your kids find themselves bored over Spring Break, or you just feel the need to get them out of the house for a while, Liberal Memorial Library has a lot of fun stuff that they can do!

Our basement has been transformed into a great space to make crafts, watch movies, and listen to fun speakers. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday this week, kids and teens can join us there for a craft at 1 pm and a movie at 2 pm. We will be serving popcorn and lemonade at the movies. And, kids have the chance to win prizes playing games over the craft hour (1-2).

This Thursday at 4 pm, kids and teens should come to our St. Patrick’s Day Party! Wear green and enjoy green snacks along with games, prizes, crafts, and party favors.

shamrockWe will also be having a special St. Patrick’s Day Storytime at 6 pm on Thursday. Come hear some stories and do a craft that relate to this green, lucky holiday.

You can also get yourself out of the house, as adults can come on Thursday at noon for another game of Bunco! Bunco is an easy-to-learn dice game, and players had a ton of fun last time. Seating is limited, so call the library at (620)626-0180 to sign up.

Don’t worry, the fun doesn’t stop just because Spring Break ends. On Tuesday the 23rd at noon, adults can join us to “Jazz up your candles and coffee.” We will be using simple techniques to make candles smell and look more interesting. We’ll be doing the same with our coffee! Register on our website: http://lmlibrary.libcal.com/event/2510242?&hs=a

We will have Bilingual Storytime on Thursday, March 24 at 6 pm. Join us for stories and songs in English and Spanish along with a craft.

The library will be closed on Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26 for Easter.

On the 29th, we’ll have a Spring Fling for kids and teens – we’ll be making catapults! Have fun catapulting objects across the room, and compete to see who can fling their objects the farthest!

We will have our second Sensory Storytime on the 31st at 6 pm. This is a quiet and gentle storytime for children who need a safe environment in which to explore. We will move at a slower pace and focus on experiences with the five senses. Children with special needs are especially encouraged to attend.

As always, we will have our normal storytimes every Tuesday at 6 pm and every Thursday at 11:15 am. Come join us for Easter-themed stories and crafts this month as we look forward to that holiday.

william allen white awardOne final note – Kids in grades 3-5 and 6-8 can vote on which book will win the William Allen White Award until April 15. So, if you have a child in one of these grades, see if you can get them to read one or more of the books on our William Allen White Awards shelf! The nominees can be found online at: http://www.emporia.edu/libsv/wawbookaward/masterlists/list2015-16.html