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!

 

More Events

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!!

More Events

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.

Celebrate Tolkien week at the Library

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Tolkien week image

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.

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:

 

book image dinosaur vs school

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!

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!