Space Opera – Battle amid the Stars

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    What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – 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 “Garden Fresh”.
  • Thursday at 4:30 pm Lego Day – Kids, come use your imagination to build something great!

The Library will not have Storytime this week, because we are taking a short break after the flurry of activity that is Summer Reading. But daytime Storytimes will resume on Tuesday, September 12th at a new time, 10 am, and evening Storytimes will resume on Thursday the 14th at 6 pm.

We will be closed next Monday, September the 4th, for Labor Day.

Space Opera

Space Opera is a type science fiction that is full of adventure and drama. It occurs at least partly in space or involves space travel. I’ll show some of the books from our Space Opera book display here, but if you think these books look interesting, there are plenty more to check out in the display at the Library.


The collapsing empire
by John Scalzi

From the book description
Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible―until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.

Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war―and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

The Flow is eternal―but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals―a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency―must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

Star wars: Thrawn
by Timothy Zahn

From the book description
One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe…Grand Admiral Thrawn has earned an iconic status among the greatest Star Wars villains.

But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

 

Slow bullets
by Alastair Reynolds

From the book description
The survival of civilization depends on one woman – and her archenemy.

A vast conflict between hundreds of worlds appears to be finally at an end. But even as the cease-fire takes effect, a conscripted soldier is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead.

When Scur revives, she finds herself aboard a prisoner transport vessel where something has gone terribly wrong. The ship’s dying computer is waking its passengers, combatants from both sides of the war forced into hibernation. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to worlds they can’t find a a planet they don’t recognize

Now Scur must keep the peace. And when an old enemy reappears, the stakes are much higher than just her own life.

 

The long way to a small, angry planet
by Becky Chambers.

From the book description
When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she doesn’t expect much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she’s known than the crew of the Wayfarer.

From Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the chatty engineers who keep the ship running, to noble captain Ashby, life aboard is chaotic and crazy – exactly what Rosemary wants.  That is until the crew is offered the job of a lifetime: tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet. Sure they’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years, but risking her life wasn’t part of the job description.

 

 

New Children’s Area at the Library

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   What’s happening this week

  • Tuesday at 11:15 am Birth to 3 yr-olds Storytime – We will have special storytimes for each age group during Summer Reading. Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft.
  • Tuesday at 2 pm 7 to 11 yr-olds Storytime
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – 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 “Picnic Foods”.
  • Thursday at 11:15 am 4 to 6 yr-olds Storytime
  • Thursday at Noon and again at 6 pm Bird Watching – Adult Summer Reading – Learn the ins and outs of effective bird watching in Southwest Kansas. We will meet at Blue Bonnet Park at the gazebo.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Building Challenge – Kids Summer Reading – Complete a fun challenge using Legos, blocks, and other building materials!
  • Friday at 1 pm Dan Dan the Magic Man – Summer Reading – If We Can Dream It, We Can Build It.” Dan’s magic show will guide you on a journey full of architecture and construction!

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

New Children’s Area Complete

The renovation of the children’s area of the library is finished and it looks great. There are beautiful trees and rolling grassy mounds along the walls. Sarah Foreman came up with the forest themed concept and Mindy Allen painted the artwork on the walls. Cowboy’s Custom Cabinetry made the big tree in the corner storytime area and the tree bookshelf near the entrance of the children’s area.

Red, White, and/or Blue

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What’s happening this week

 

  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – 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 “anything red, white and/or blue”.
  • 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.
  • Thursday at 11:15 am Storytime – Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.

We will be closed on Monday the 29th for Memorial Day.

Books in honor of Memorial Day

Speaking of Memorial Day, here are a few of the books the library has to offer that are written by or about the soldiers we honor.

The Soldiers’ Story
by Ron Steinman

From the book description
This book is the first major oral history of the Vietnam War in the last twenty years. In these pages, veterans from the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy talk about the war, their roles in it, and how they came out the other side. These eyewitnesses to this historic conflict have opened their hearts and souls to us.

When the war ended, everyone wanted to forget it. It was not a good war to remember. But forgetting was impossible for the men who fought there. In The Soldiers’ Story these veterans speak their minds for the first time about the war and their roles in it.

The blog of war : front-line dispatches from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Matthew Currier Burden

From the book description
In The Blog of War, Burden presents selections from some of the best of the military blogs, the purest account of the many voices of this war. This is the first real-time history of a war, a history written even as the war continues. It offers a glimpse into the full range of military experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, from the decision to enlist right through to homecoming. There are powerful stories of soldiers in combat, touching reflections on helping local victims of terror and war, pulse-racing accounts of med-evac units and hospitals, and heartbreaking chronicles of spouses who must cope when a loved one has paid the ultimate price.

The Blog of War provides an uncensored, intimate, and authentic version of life in the war zone. Dozens of voices come together in a wartime choir that conveys better than any second-hand account possibly can what it is like to serve on the front lines.

The long walk : a story of war and the life that follows
by Brian Castner

From the Book Description
Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late.

But The Long Walk is not just about the battle itself. It is also an unflinching portrayal of the toll war exacts on the men and women who are fighting it. When Castner returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, and unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms the Crazy. The Long Walk will hook you long after its final gripping page has been turned.

Love stories of World War II
by Larry King

Both poignant and inspiring, these are the moving stories of men and women who met amid the chaos of the most devastating war in history and became the loves of one another’s lives.

They met in many remarkable ways, some in the briefest of chance encounters, and their love endured heart-rending ordeals of long separation and the constant threat that a husband or lover might not return. As these couples reflect on the profound experience of the war, the stories they most like to tell are of the deep bonds they forged during that tumultuous time, bonds so strong that they lasted a lifetime.

Getting ready for Spring at the Library

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What’s happening this week

  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipes with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Anything Irish or anything green“.
  • 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.
  • 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 Good Friday and Easter on Friday, April 14th and 15th.

 

March Book Madness

We are now down to our Final Four books in Liberal Memorial Library’s March Book Madness. On March 17th our patrons selected their favorites to become the Elite Eight out of sixteen books. The Sweet Sixteen books were chosen from a list of books that were checked out most during the last two years.

Last Friday the eight were reduced to four and this coming Friday we will tally all of the votes to see which two books will become the finalists for our 2017 Champion Book of the Year.

So be sure to vote either in person at the library, or online at http://lmlibrary.org/adults/march-book-madness-2017 for the adult book tournament and http://lmlibrary.org/kids/march-book-madness-2017 for the kid’s book version.

 

Purchase Suggestions

We now have a form on our website where patrons can leave suggestions about items they would like the library to purchase. So if you would like the library to carry more books about a certain subject, or if you want the library to get the latest book by your favorite author, you can leave us a suggestion at http://lmlibrary.org/how-do-i/item-purchase-suggestion-form.

 

Gardening Books

Waterwise plants for sustainable gardens : 200 drought-tolerant choices
by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden.

From the book description
People everywhere are facing the realities of restricted water availability. Yet sustainable gardens and landscapes that use less water don’t have to be boring. The key to keeping your garden beautiful and waterwise is intelligent plant choice.

This practical and inspiring guide includes all kinds of plants, from trees to succulents, from perennials to bulbs, selected for their wide adaptability and ornamental value.

Grow great grub : organic food from small spaces
by Gayla Trail

From the book description
Your patio, balcony, rooftop, front stoop, boulevard, windowsill, planter box, or fire escape is a potential fresh food garden waiting to happen. In Grow Great Grub, Gayla Trail, the founder of the leading online gardening community (YouGrowGirl.com), shows you how to grow your own delicious, affordable, organic edibles virtually anywhere.

Whether you’re looking to eat on a budget or simply experience the pleasure of picking tonight’s meal from right outside your door, this is the must-have book for small-space gardeners–no backyard required.

Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver
by Fern Marshall Bradley

From the book description
With the latest research, breakthroughs, and troubleshooting advice, Rodales Vegetable Garden Problem Solver features hundreds of organic and natural solutions for tackling disease, pest, and weed problems.

No matter what challenge crops up in your vegetable garden, you’ll discover all the answers you need to find solutions fast and keep your crops on track.

All new square foot gardening : the revolutionary way to grow more in less space
by Mel Bartholomew

From the book description
Square Foot Gardening works; over two million gardeners will agree. That’s how many folks have put Mel Bartholomew’s innovation grid-based method to the test over the years, and always with the same result: more produce in less space with less work.

In this exciting new edition of All New Square Foot Gardening, you’ll find all of Mel’s secrets revealed and all of his techniques explained. Your Square Foot Garden can be created practically anywhere. This beautiful new edition also contains all-new information on popular topics like gardening with kids and controlling pests.

Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop

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If you’ve heard about the library’s new 3D printer and want to learn more about it, come to one of our beginner’s 3D printing workshops. They are held on the first and third Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Our next workshop will be on Monday, November 7th. Seating is limited. Signup in person at the library, online at http://lmlibrary.org, or by phone 626-0180.

What’s happening at the library this week

  • soup-and-breadTuesday 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 will be “Bread and Soup”.
  • 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 noon Want to Write a Novel? – Get ready for November’s National Novel Writing Month and see a published novel written during NaNoWriMo! Fanfiction welcome!
  • Wednesday at 4 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.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Teen Video and Tabletop Game Club – Come play our Wii, Xbox, Ps4, or one of several fun board games.
  • Friday at 2 pm Movie – Kids, there’s no school on Friday so join us for a movie day.Saturday at 1 pm Family Halloween Party – Celebrate Halloween with games and a craft! Fun for the whole family!

Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses
There are all kinds of ghost stories; from spooky haunted house stories that make you want to sleep with the lights on, to stories about friendly spirits who need a little help crossing to the other side. Check out our book display to find a few ghost stories that appeal to you.

ghost-times-twoGhost times two
by Carolyn Hart

From the book description
Bailey Ruth Raeburn’s latest mission is to guide the happy-go-lucky spirit of a deceased young man named Jimmy to the next life. But Jimmy is determined to watch over his still-living girlfriend, Megan, whom he wants to be happy even without him–which is easier said than done.

As if being haunted by her late boyfriend wasn’t enough, Megan is dealing with an arrogant, manipulative senior partner who threatens to fire Megan’s vulnerable secretary if Megan accepts a partnership at another law firm. She’s in an impossible bind.

Since Jimmy refuses to move on while Megan is being blackmailed, Bailey Ruth agrees to help him. But after the partner turns up dead and Megan is found at the crime scene, Bailey Ruth and Jimmy have to find a way to uncover a killer before the love of Jimmy’s life is ordered to spend a lifetime behind bars…

the-greatcoatThe greatcoat : a ghost story
by Helen Dunmore

From the book description
It is the winter of 1952 when Isabel Carey moves to the East Riding of Yorkshire with her new husband, Philip, a medical doctor. While Philip spends long hours working away from home, Isabel finds herself lonely and vulnerable while she adjusts to the realities of being a housewife in the country.

One evening, while Philip is on call, Isabel is woken by intense cold. When she hunts for extra blankets, she discovers an old RAF greatcoat hidden in the back of a cupboard. Sleeping under the coat for warmth, she starts to dream and is soon startled by a knock at her window. Outside is a young RAF pilot wearing a coat the bears a striking resemblance to the one draped over Isabel’s shoulders. His name is Alec and his powerful presence disturbs and excites her as they begin an intense affair. Nothing though has prepared her for the truth about Alec’s life, nor the impact it will have on her own.

maybe-this-timeMaybe this time
by Jennifer Crusie

From the book description
Andie Miller is ready to move on with her life. She wants to marry her fiancé and leave behind everything in her past, especially her ex-husband, North Archer. But when Andie tries to gain closure with him, North asks one last favor. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans who driven away three nannies already, He needs someone to take care of the situation, and he knows Andie can handle anything.

When Andie meets the two children, she realized the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers.

Then her ex-brother-in-law arrives with a duplicitous journalist and a self-doubting parapsychologist, closely followed by an annoyed medium, Andie’s tarot card-reading mother, her avenging ex-mother-in-law, and her jealous fiancé. Just when Andie’s sure things couldn’t get more complicated, North arrives to make her wonder if maybe this time things could just turn out differently…

Books that inspired a Movie or TV show

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What’s happening this week

Children’s Summer Reading is over and Adult Summer Reading is winding down, but there’s still plenty going on at the library this week.

  • Blue Ribbon PieTuesday 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 will be fair foods.We will also have our Adult Summer Reading final prize drawing during Recipe Swap. Bring your reading list with you, or turn in your lists prior to the start of Recipe Swap. We will have the final prize drawing during this event. You do not have to be present to win.
  • Wednesday at 4 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.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Teen Video and Tabletop Game Club – Come play our Wii, Xbox, Ps4, or one of several fun board games.

Books that inspired a Movie or TV show

There are so many books in the library that have been made into movies or TV shows. We even have quite a few of the movies they were made into. We’ve put together a book display featuring some of the book and movie pairs that the library has to offer.

the roadThe Road
by Cormac McCarthy

This post-apocalyptic novel was written in 2006 and made into a movie in 2010 starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Robert Duvall.

From the book description
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

 

outlanderOutlander
by Diana Gabaldon

New York Times bestselling book and first in a very popular series, this novel inspired a TV series of the same name.
From the book description

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

 

this is where is leave youThis Is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper

The dramatic comedy that was based on this book stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll as adult siblings.

From the book description
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with Judd’s radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

This week at the library

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Print from home or your mobile device

MobilePrint-badge_2xThe library is offering a new service called Mobile Print. If you need to print something from your home computer, but you don’t have a printer or you’re out of ink, now you can send your print job to the library and come pick it up later. Print from your home computer or laptop by visiting http://www.printeron.net/lml/print

You can also print from your smartphone or tablet using the PrinterOn app. Search for PrinterOn in your app store to get started.

A third option is to email what you want to print directly to one of our printers; lml-bw@printspots.com for black and white, lml-color@printspots.com for color, etc.

The library will hold your print job for 48 hours before it automatically times out and disappears from the print management computer.

Prices for mobile printing are the same as they are for printing from inside the library. For more information, visit our website at http://lmlibrary.org/mobile-printing/

Barbecue Cookout Recipe Swap

cookoutEvery month we get together to swap and sample some of our favorite recipes. This month the theme of our recipe swap will be barbecue. We will meet in the Learning Center beside the library on Tuesday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m. and will be grilling outside. Please join us. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert and a copy of the recipe. Everyone is welcome!

Clock_underconstructionLibrary Hours Survey

At the last meeting of the library board, the board made the decision to investigate expanding library hours for Saturday and to consider the idea of opening on Sundays. We are asking our patrons to help by taking a quick three question survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFDS5JD, to let us know your opinion about expanding library hours on the weekends.

 Top 10 Crime Novels of the Year

Every May Booklist magazine issues their Mystery Showcase, where they list the year’s best crime novels. We’ve put together a book display featuring some of these books and other new mystery and suspense novels.

King MaybeKing Maybe
by Timothy Hallinan

From the Book Description
Junior Bender finds himself caught in a Hollywood revenge plot epic enough for the silver screen.

Los Angeles’s most talented burglar, Junior Bender, is in the middle of stealing one of the world’s rarest stamps from a professional killer when his luck suddenly turns sour. It takes an unexpected assist to get him out alive, but his escape sets off a chain reaction of blackmail, strong-arming, and escalating crime. By the time Junior is forced to commit his third burglary of the week—in the impregnable fortress that’s home to the ruthless studio mogul called King Maybe—he’s beginning to wish he’d just let the killer take a crack at him.

 

Jane SteeleJane Steele
by Lyndsay Faye

From the Book Description
A reimagining of Jane Eyre as a gutsy, heroic serial killer, from the author whose work The New York Times described as “riveting” and The Wall Street Journal called “thrilling.”

“Reader, I murdered him.” So begins Lyndsay Faye’s Jane Steele.

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre “last confessions” of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement.  Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito, and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents…

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!

Kansas Day

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Kansas Day is celebrated every January 29th to honor the day that Kansas was officially admitted into the Union in 1861.

Here are some of the books that the library has to offer that are all about what Kansas has to offer:

The-Kansas-guidebook-for-explorersThe Kansas guidebook for explorers
by Marci Penner

From the Book Description
Marci teaches you how to see Kansas “with new eyes.” Whether you’re looking for a day trip, a long vacation, or just want to travel from your armchair, The Kansas Guidebook for Explorers is a priceless resource.

 

Kansas curiositiesKansas curiosities : quirky characters, roadside oddities & other offbeat stuff
by Pam Grout

From the Book Description
Kansas Curiosities is your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Sunflower State has to offer. Humor columnist Pam Grout has combed Kansas for one-of-a-kind gems that make her home state truly unique.

 

Kansas off the beaten pathKansas : off the beaten path : a guide to unique places
by Patti DeLano

From the Book Description
Devoted to travelers with a taste for the unique, this easy-to-use guide will help you discover the hidden places in Kansas that most tourists miss.

 

 

Ghost towns of KansasGhost towns of Kansas : a traveler’s guide
by Daniel Fitzgerald

From the Book Description
This illustrated guide to Kansas ghost towns will delight travelers and armchair tourists alike. Organized by region, it tells the story of 100 towns that have either disappeared without a trace or are only “a shadowy remnant of what they once were.”

 

Kansas Day Story Time

Don’t forget to join us at Liberal Memorial Library for a special Kansas Day themed Story Time on Thursday, January 28th at 11:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. There will be stories, crafts, and songs. Story times are open to children of all ages.

 

Super Bowl Recipe Swap

Tomorrow we will have our monthly Recipe Swap. This month’s theme is “Super Bowl snacks”. So come in and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking!

It will be on Monday, January 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Cooper Clark meeting room.

 

 

tax formsTax Forms at the library

It’s that time of year again. If you come in to the library looking for federal and state tax forms, we will be happy to help you find the forms you need.

The library doesn’t receive as many paper tax forms each year as we did in the past, but the forms are available online and we can help you download and print them. There is also a place on our website, http://lmlibrary.org/eresources/tax-form-information/, that gives information about tax forms.

Please remember that the library staff cannot offer tax advice, but we can help you find tax forms that you need.

 

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!