Summer Fun at Your Library

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“Libraries Rock!” this summer, and we have a lot of fun events for all ages going on at the library! Here’s what’s coming up in June:

  • It’s not too late for kids ages 0-11 years old to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! If they read (or are read to) at least 25 hours over the course of the summer (until July 28), they get a prize! Sign up at the library or on our website, lmlibrary.org
  • Kids 18 & under can get a free sack lunch every Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the library. No registration or identification is required.
  • Young Adults ages 12 & up, play Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm!
  • Young Adults (ages 12-19) get a scratch ticket every time they check out a book or come to a Summer Reading Event (limit 2 tickets per day). Scratch for a chance to win a cool prize, including free food, a fidget cube, a Bluetooth speaker, and more!
  • We have three weekly storytimes with stories, songs, and a craft. Children ages birth – 3 years are invited to storytime on Tuesday at 11 am. Ages 4 -6 are invited to storytime on Thursday at 11 am. All ages are invited to storytime on Thursdays at 6 pm. And remember, every child gets a free book at storytime!
  • Library & Lunch is on Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Wednesday at 1:30 pm, Smoky Hills PBS presents a special Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7! Listen to a story, watch a video, and make a craft.
  • Young Adults ages 12 – 19, come play our Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 4 at YA Video Games. Every Wednesday at 4 pm.
  • We also have fun crafts for Young Adults every other Wednesday at 4 pm, including this Wednesday!
  • Thursday at 1 pm, make a Record Clock! Adults only.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in slips for books you’ve read and tour stops you’ve completed by Friday at noon to enter our weekly drawing!
  • Friday Fun Day is every Friday at 2 pm! This week, we’ll be watching a fun children’s animated movie. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served. Next week at Friday Fun Day, play our Xbox, Playstation 4, or Wii!
  • Get your hair styled in a cool ‘do at Rock Star Hair Styling, Monday the 18th at 1:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 6 pm, watch a fun Marvel movie! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn.
  • Listen to Celtic Knot perform on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm! Shawn and Allison Reynolds will perform traditional Celtic folk music from the British Isles and beyond.
  • Recipe Swap will be on June 26 at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) and enjoy everyone’s dishes! This month, we’re making dishes with 5 ingredients or fewer.
  • Dan Dan The Magic Man brings his magical, musical tour to the library on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Watch our website, lmlibrary.org or our Facebook page (search “Liberal Memorial Library”) for reminders and updates on all our events!

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at Noon Library and Lunch – Bring your lunch and join in on the conversation. The September book discussion pick is “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.
  • Tuesday at 10 am Storytime – This week daytime storytime is starting its new day and time. Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.
  • 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.
  • Saturday at 1 pm Mexican Independence Day Party – Kids, celebrate Mexican Independence Day at the library. Make a craft, play games, and enjoy free food & drinks!

 

Talk Like a Pirate

Ahoy mateys! Breakout your tricorne hat, eyepatch, and stuffed parrot. Next Tuesday, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Be the best-spoken pirate on the block once you’ve taken advantage of the Pirate language course from Mango Languages. Mango Languages is offered free to Kansas residents through the State Library of Kansas. Just go to http://kslib.info/mango get started.

Besides learning to speak like a pirate, you can also choose from more than 70 other language courses. Have you always wanted to learn, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish? Maybe you’d like to brush up on your American Sign Language. Or maybe you’re drawn to something a bit more unusual. How about learning Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Scottish Gaelic, or Shakespearean English?

 

Pirate Books

Check out a few of these pirate themed books.

Pirate hunters : treasure, obsession, and the search for a legendary pirate ship
by Robert Kurson

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified…But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.

Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.

 

The only pirate at the party
by Lindsey Stirling and Brooke Passey.

From the book description
Dancing electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring memoir. A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey is the epitome of independent, millennial defined success: after being voted off the set of America’s Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and tour sold-out venues across the world.

 

Golden Lion
by Wilbur Smith

From the book description
He saw his father executed in battle. He spent his youth avenging that death. And now Henry “Hal” Courtney is a man with a ship – and a family – of his own.

But fate had not finished with Hal. On a voyage among the eastern shore of Africa, a powerful enemy abducts his wife, the fearless warrior Judith… and with her Hal’s unborn child. Hal must track his nemesis across desert and ocean, through the slave markets of Zanzibar and the dangerous waters of the coast, in pursuit of the woman he loves, the child he sired, and the glorious destiny that awaits him.

Bursting with action and suspense, heroism and heartache, this unforgettable novel proves once more that Wilbur Smith is the world’s greatest adventure writer.

 

Pirate
by Clive Cussler

From the book description
Going on a treasure hung. X marks the spot. It’s a children’s rhyme for a reason. While wealth can be lost or stolen, and even found again – if husband-and-wife treasure hunters Sam and Remi Fargo are on the case – a long-forgotten map is just the stuff of bedtime stories. Like Long John Silver and Robin Hood.

But when Sam and Remi try the unthinkable – a relaxing vacation and a visit to a rare-book store – a very real dead body suggests what they hold in their hands is an actual, ink-on-paper guide to a historic fortune.

Buzzing with Sam and Remi Fargo’s chemistry and wit, Pirate reinvents the classic treasure hunt as only a Clive Cussler adventure can.

Summer Fun at the Library

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July is here and the weather is hot. But inside the library, we’ve got a lot of cool programs for all ages! Our Summer Reading Program continues throughout July, so make sure to keep reading and recording the books you’ve read! Here’s what we’ve got going on at the library in July:

  • Want to learn how to paint with watercolors? Then join our Beginning Watercolor class, Monday the 10th and 17th at noon. Learn the basics of watercolor painting, including using the color wheel and different color tones. Attend one or both sessions. Adults only.
  • Our weekly storytimes feature fun stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every kid gets a free book to take home and keep! Tuesday at 11:15 am is our storytime for ages birth – 3 years. Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm, ages 7 – 11 years are invited to storytime. Ages 4-6 years can come to our storytime on Thursday at 11:15 am.
  • Don’t forget, USD 480 serves free lunches for kids ages 1 – 18 at the library. Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, come to the downstairs activity area for a free and healthy lunch. No ID or registration required.
  • Tuesday the 11th at noon, it’s our monthly Library & Lunch! Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey.
  • This Thursday at 4 pm, kids and teens ages 9 and older are invited to “Build a Mouse Maze!” Build a maze with your team and then program a computerized mouse to go through it!
  • Thursday at 6 pm, join us for Bad Art! It will be a fun time crafting art where the worst is the best! We will be making art from leftover crafting supplies. Prizes will be given for the worst project. Adults only.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in your slips for books you have read by Friday at noon to be entered into our weekly prize drawing! And, don’t forget to keep filing out your Bingo sheet for an entry for the grand prize.
  • Every Friday, join us for board games at 1 pm and a family-friendly movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks are served during the movie.
  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer? Then join our Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop, Monday the 17th at 6 pm. We will walk you through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as-is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up at the front desk or online at http://lmlibrary.org/blog/2017/06/20/beginners-3d-printing-workshop-july/
  • Kids of all ages are invited to our Construction Petting Zoo, Wednesday the 19th from 10 am – noon. See and touch some construction vehicles and learn about what they do!
  • Join our popular dice game, Bunco, on Thursday the 20th at noon! This month, it’s Hula Bunco, so make sure to wear your grass skirt! Registration is required, so talk to Shannon. Adults only, snacks provided.
  • Do you love building with Legos? Then join our Building Challenge, Thursday the 20th and 27th at 4 pm. Use your imagination to build something great! All ages welcome, join us at one or both sessions.
  • Recipe Swap will be on Tuesday the 25th 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 cookout food.
  • Adults, turn in your Bingo card with a Bingo by noon on July 28 to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing!
  • Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm is our End of Summer Reading Party for children and teens! Eat some ice cream and celebrate all that you’ve done during Summer Reading!
  • Kids and teens should have their summer reading logs turned in by August 4 in order to receive their prizes!

Treat yourself to a Valentine’s Day romance

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Visit the library’s Valentine’s Day book display and treat yourself to a new romance.

Best of My Love
by Susan Mallery

From the book description
To overcome her painful past, baker Shelby Gilmore goes on the hunt for a friend—a male friend—to convince her stubborn psyche that men can be trusted. But where in a town as small as Fool’s Gold will the petite blonde find a guy willing to not date her?

Dark, charming Aidan Mitchell puts the “adventure” in Mitchell Adventure Tours…and into the beds of his many willing female tourists. Until he realizes he’s inadvertently become that guy—the one-night Casanova—and worse, everyone in town knows it. Maybe Shelby’s boy/girl experiment will help him see women as more than just conquests so he can change his ways and win back his self-respect.

As Aidan and Shelby explore the secret lives of men and women, the heat between them fires up the Fool’s Gold rumor mill. If no one will believe they’re just friends, maybe they should give the gossips something to really talk about!

Blame It on Paris
by Jennifer Greene

From the book description
Being mugged at the Louvre is not what she had in mind for her long-awaited trip to Paris. Until Will Maguire comes to her aid, and she finds herself completely distracted by the handsome stranger in the Notre Dame sweatshirt.

Kelly can’t seem to resist the world’s most romantic city or Will, who is determined to show her all its treasures, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to strolls along the Seine.

But will their love last when they’re back in plain old South Bend, Indiana, or will they end up blaming their breathless fling on the city of love?

Just Kiss Me
by Rachel Gibson

From the book description
“Hello, Ms. Vivian . . . it’s been a long time.”
And with those words, Vivian Leigh Rochet nearly melted. It’s been years since she last saw Henry Whitley-Shuler. She was a teenager scrubbing houses for a living. He was the gorgeous son of rich parents, not fit for the likes of her.

Vivian had vowed to get out of Charleston, become a big Hollywood star, and stick it to the snooty girls who made her cry. She got what she wanted—and more—but why does her glamorous life seem so trivial?

Henry got out too . . . making it all the way to Wall Street, until a heart attack forced him to trade in his cufflinks for a good set of hand tools.

Making furniture soothes his soul, but escaping the Whitley-Shuler heritage is nearly impossible. And now he’s come face-to-face with the one who got away. He’s not looking for love. He’s not even looking for sex . . . so why is resisting her the hardest thing he’s ever done?

What’s happening at the library this week

  • Tuesday at Noon Library and Lunch – Our monthly book club is meeting on Valentine’s Day this month. We will be discussing “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers, a heartbreaking romance set in the California Gold Rush of the 1800s.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Thursday, you can come to the evening Tuesday one instead.
  • Wednesday at 5 pm Lego Day – Kids, come use your imagination to build something great!
  • Thursday at 11:15 am Storytime – Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.

The Library will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 20th.

Holiday Fun at the Library

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christmas-noteThe holidays are almost here, and we have a lot of fun stuff planned at the library to keep you busy!

  • Don’t forget about our weekly storytimes, Tuesdays at 6 pm and Thursdays at 11:15 am. Children and their parents can join us for stories, songs, and a craft!
  • Our Library and Lunch program is this Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of “The Christmas Note” by Donna VanLiere.
  • Teens can tell the library what to do at our Teen Advisory Meeting, Tuesday at 6 pm! Plan and execute teen events and earn easy community service hours. Plus, we’ll do a fun craft.
  • Lego Day is every Wednesday at 5 pm. Use your imagination and learn engineering concepts as you build something great!
  • The library closes at 5 pm this Thursday, Dec. 15, so there will be no Teen Create & Game that evening.
  • This Saturday brings our yearly Gingerbread Houses event! If you’ve already signed up, don’t forget to come decorate a Gingerbread House at 12:30 pm or 2:30 pm.  Frosting and all sorts of toppings will be available. This is a really fun event, so don’t miss it!
  • If you want to learn how to use a 3D printer, you should come to our Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop, Monday the 19th at 6 pm. 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. Seating is limited, so sign up on our website or at the front desk.
  • Santa Claus is coming to Storytimes next week! Tuesday Dec. 20 at 6 pm and Thursday Dec. 22 at 11:15 am, Santa will be our special Storytime guest.  Come see Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas.
  • Teens can join us for movie and craft time on Tuesday Dec. 20 at 6 pm! We’ll watch a fun movie while making an ugly sweater craft.
  • gingerbread-houses7Teens can also come to Teen Create and Game, every Thursday at 5 pm. Play our Wii, Xbox, Playstation 4, one of our many board games, or do a fun craft! On the 22nd, we’ll be watching anime.  On the 29th, we’ll be making rainbow snowflakes.
  • Every weekday over Winter Break (Dec. 22-23 & Dec. 27-30), kids of all ages can join us for a craft and board games at 1 pm, followed by a movie at 2 pm! Make fun holiday and winter crafts and/or play one of our board games, then watch a fun movie. You can find which movies will be shown on the December Calendar available at the library or through our email list. Popcorn and lemonade will be served during the movie.  Keep your kids busy while they’re out of school with our fun activities and crafts!

The library will be closed Sat. Dec. 24 and Mon. Dec 26 for Christmas.  I hope that you all have a lovely holiday season.  We will also close at 1 pm on Sat., Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve.  Come to the library in December for holiday and winter fun!

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!

Swing into the library this August

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The summer reading programs have wrapped for the year.  It was an astounding success. The adults turned in Bingo sheets at the end of July and three had blackouts! Kudos to their achievement this summer!

A small recap of the activities that we had this summer: for the adults, we had a writing workshop where published authors discussed their experience, Sherlock Holmes trivia, an e-reader workshop led by our library tech Doreen, and sustainable agriculture led by a Seward County Community College instructor among our regularly scheduled Library and Lunch, Book Chats and Recipe Swaps.  On the teen’s front, we had a cooking session, Zumba, CSI: Liberal, games, movies, and parties.  All those who participated had a great time! Hope you join us next summer and don’t forget to stop by the library in the months to come to attend programs.

On Friday, kiddos came to pick up their certificates and enjoy an ice cream party with all kinds of delicious toppings.  They’re preparing for school.  Casandra, our children’s librarian and Royce, our new library director were out at the New Teacher Fair this past week welcoming new teachers to the area and getting them into the library to sign up for new library cards. In a few weeks, it’s National Library Card Month. It’s the most important card in your wallet!

Remember to stop by for storytimes in the month of August. They are open to children of all ages.  They’re on Mondays and Thursday at 11:15 a.m. and Tuesday evening at 11:15 a.m.  Lapsit for infants under 24 months is on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.

Library and Lunch will be held on Tuesday, August 12 at 12 p.m. to discuss “President Me: The America That’s in My Head” by Adam Carolla.  The last few months has seen quite serious novels.  All the members agreed that a comedic book was needed.  Grab your lunch and join in on the conversation. If you haven’t read the book that’s fine, you can still join!

Don’t forget book chat meets every third Thursday of the month.  The group discusses what books they are currently reading and what new books have hit the shelves at the library. This month’s will be on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.

On Monday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m., Recipe Swap will take place.  This month’s recipes are baked goods.  Breads, cookies, or baked goods.

For the latest library programming take a peek at the library website or grab a newsletter from the circulation desk.  Stay tuned and connected through our social media pages.  If you have any questions or suggestions about books or programs don’t hesitate to ask.  We hope to see you at the library this summer!