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!

Libraries Rock

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The Summer Reading Program theme for this year is “Libraries Rock!” We will have a lot of music in our events this June & July! Here’s what’s coming up this summer:

Kids ages 0-11 can sign up for Summer Reading Program now at the library or on our website.

No sign-up necessary for young adults (ages 12-19) to participate in our Summer Reading Program! When a young adult checks out a book or comes to a Summer Reading Event, they get a scratch off ticket! (Limit two tickets per person per day.) Most scratch tickets are prize winners. The ones that are not winners are entered to win the grand prize! We have a variety of prizes, including fidget cubes, small speakers, and earbuds.

Adults, complete the stops on our Summer Reading World Tour for prizes! Watch our website for fun summer activities! Watch movies, make crafts, and listen to music.

  • This Saturday at 1:30 pm, Poppa D. Clown will present a musical program for our Summer Reading Kickoff! Free popcorn and drinks will be served.
  • USD 480 is serving free lunches for kids ages 1-18 at the library starting on Monday, June 4. Lunches will be served Monday – Friday, 11:30 am
  • Ages 12 & up can join us for weekly games of Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm, starting next week!
  • Starting June 5, we will have three weekly storytimes, featuring stories, songs, and a craft! Storytime for ages birth – 3 years old is on Tuesdays at 11 am, ages 4 – 6 years on Thursdays at 11 am, and all ages on Thursdays at 6 pm. Every child gets a free book at every storytime!
  • Mad Science will be here on Tues., June 5 at 1:30 pm to show kids the science of sound.
  • We will have Video Game Day for ages 12 & up on Wednesdays at 4 pm! Plus, we will have a craft for ages 12 & up every other Wednesday at this time.
  • Starting June 8, every Friday is Funday at 2 pm! We’ll be watching movies, building with Legos, playing Video Games, making crafts, and enjoying free refreshments.
  • The next Library and Lunch is on Tuesday, June 12 at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Smokey Hills PBS is coming to the library on Wed., June 14 at 1:30 pm with a Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7!
  • Get your hair styled like a Rock Star on Mon., June 18th at 1:30 pm!
  • Dan Dan the Magic Man puts on a magical, musical show on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Musician Aaron Fowler will be at the library on Thursday, July 12 at 11 am! Music, movement, and stories for ages 4 and up.
  • Learn about Native American dances and traditions on Tuesday, July 17 at 2 pm! Ken Dixon and Regina Smith will be at the library for this special event.
  • Our End of Summer Reading Party will be on Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm. Enjoy ice cream and celebrate all you’ve done over the summer!

End of Summer Reading

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Another Summer Reading is coming to an end. Kids and teens, be sure to turn in your completed reading logs by this Friday, July 28th to earn Summer Reading prizes. Adults, turn in your Summer Reading Bingo card with a bingo by Noon this Friday to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.

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 – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making cookout food.
  • Thursday at 11:15 am 4 to 6 yr-olds Storytime
  • Thursday at 4 pm Building Challenge – Kids Summer Reading – Complete a fun challenge using Legos, blocks, and other building materials!
  • Friday at 1 pm Games and a Movie – Kids Summer Reading – Play fun board and card games at 1:00 p.m. followed by a movie at 2:00 p.m. about small blue creatures.
  • Saturday at 1 pm End of Summer Reading Party Kids and Teens – Eat some ice cream and celebrate all that you’ve done during Summer Reading!

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

 

Superhero Fiction and Nonfiction for Adults

Superheroes aren’t just for kids. Here are a few of the books about superheroes that we have for adults.

Indigo: A Novel
by Charlaine Harris, Christopher, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A. Moore, and Mark Morris

From the book description
Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she’s become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus, both as Nora and as Indigo, has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member. But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories.

In a brilliant collaboration by New York Times and critically acclaimed coauthors Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James Moore, and Mark Morris join forces to bring you a crime-solving novel like you’ve never read before.

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
by Sean Howe

From the book description
An Unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America

Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws. Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, the Avengers…quickly won children’s hearts and sparked imaginations.

Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel’s identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth.
For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes. Drawing on more than one hundred original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now, Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayals.

Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story
by Steve Kamb

From the book description
Jason Bourne. Indiana Jones. Steve Kamb? For the past 5 years, Steve Kamb has transformed himself from wanna-be daydreamer into a real-life superhero. Not only that but he actually turned his life into a gigantic video game, flying stunt planes in New Zealand, gambling in a tuxedo at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, and even finding Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef. To help him accomplish all of these goals, he built a system that allowed him to complete quests, take on boss battles, earn experience points, and literally level up his life. Best of all he did all of this without breaking the bank.

If you’re somebody who’s always dreamed of adventure and growth but can’t seem to leave your hobbit-hole, this book is for you.

In Level Up Your Life, you’ll meet more than a dozen of these members of The Rebellion: men and women, young and old, single and married, from all walks of life who have created superhero versions of themselves to live adventurously and happily. Adventure is out there, and the world needs more heroes. Will you heed the call?

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!

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.

Build a Better World At Your Library

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This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build A Better World!” And the library has a bunch of fun programs lined up this month to help inspire us all to do just that.

  • The Library is once again hosting USD 480’s free lunches for kids! Kids ages 1-18 can come to the Downstairs Activity Area for a free lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. No signup or ID required.
  • Comfort For Critters is this Monday and next Monday at noon. Adults only can make no-sew fleece blankets to be donated to Angels for Animals. Angels for Animals will be joining us to talk about homeless pets and may bring a few that need a home! Attend one or both sessions.
  • Library & Lunch is Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.
  • Every child gets a free book to take home at Storytime! We have three storytimes a week split by age group. Ages Birth – 3 years, Tuesdays at 11:15 am. Ages 7 – 11, Tuesdays at 2 pm. Ages 4-6, Thursdays at 11:15 am. Join us in The Learning Center (at the back of the library) for stories, songs, and a craft! This week, we’re making a special Father’s Day craft and reading about construction!
  • Smoky Hills PBS is presenting a special “Bob the Builder” storytime this Wednesday at 1 pm. Join us for a story, a cartoon, and a building activity! Recommended ages: 3-7.
  • Building Challenge is every Thursday at 4 pm! Have fun building with Legos and other materials.
  • On Fridays, we play boardgames at 1 pm, followed by a movie at 2 pm! Popcorn and lemonade will be served during the movie.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in slips for books you’ve read by Friday at noon to be entered into this week’s prize drawing! And keep filling out your Bingo card for an entry to win the grand prize!
  • This Saturday at 1 pm is Outdoor Fun day! We’ll do crafts, play games, and have fun outside in front of the Learning Center.
  • Singer and storyteller Aaron Fowler, along with his dog, Bella, will be joining us on Tuesday, the 20th at 10 am! Music, movement, and stories, recommended ages: 4 & up.
  • Bunco, our popular dice game for adults, will be on Thursday the 22nd at noon. Registration is required, so talk to Shannon if interested. Snacks will be provided.
  • Recipe Swap is Tuesday the 27th at 6:30 pm. Bring a dish you’ve made along with the recipe, and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making picnic foods.
  • Want to learn the basics of effective bird watching? Just enjoy watching birds here in Liberal? Then join us at Blue Bonnet Park at the gazebo on Thursday the 29th at noon and/or 6 pm for Bird Watching!
  • Dan Dan the Magic Man will join us on Friday the 30th at 1 pm! If we can dream it, we can build it in this magical show.

Pokemon Go in the Library

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pokemon goHere at the library, we’re working on Catching Them All! Liberal Memorial Library is a Pokemon Gym, and a Pokestop in the new Pokemon Go game for phones and tablets. Stop in and catch some of the Pokemon who wander our aisles, and pick up Pokeballs at our stop. If you feel ambitious, challenge the Gym Leader! If you win, and become the new Gym Leader, come into the library for a special Pokemon Badge! One per Gym Leader, and for a limited time only!

Library-Badge-w-loop-001If you aren’t into catching Pocket Monsters, our Adopt A Plant program is continuing! If you walk through the library, you will see our plants budding and growing, and you can see who belongs to each plant. The beans are sprouting like mad, but the tomatoes are not far behind! I’ve got my eye on the basil plants, and the carrots are not looking bad either.

What else is happening at the library? More than you can imagine!

Summer reading is wrapping up. Only one more week to go, can you believe it! We’ve had two months of fun and excitement, and now it is time to reward everyone for a job well-done. But I will say, during our last week, we go out with a bang! Here’s our schedule!

  • TEENS—Movies & crafts (Tues. 7/19 @ 4 pm)
    Enjoy some summer films and make cool crafts.
  • Beejays Baseball Team (Wed. 7/20 @ 10 am)
    Bring your glove for a story and play time with Liberal’s own Beejay’s Baseball Team! All ages welcome.
  • TEENS—Tabletop & Video Game Club (Thu. 7/21 @ 4 pm)
    Come play our Wii, Xbox, PS4, or one of several fun board games. If that doesn’t strike your fancy, check out our teen crafts!
  • Coffee & Crafts (Wed. 7/20 @ Noon & Thu. 7/21 @ 6 pm)
    This month, we’ll decoupage boxes using pretty paper. Make a decorative box you’ll want to show off.
  • End of Summer Reading Party (Fri. 7/22 @ 1 pm)
    Celebrate the end of Summer Reading Program with ice cream and play games for prizes!
  • Recipe Swap (Tues. 7/26 @ 6:30 pm)
    Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations!
  • Summer Reading Logs due 7/27! Turn in your completed summer reading log to get a prize!

As we say goodbye to youth summer reading, we also want to remind our adults that our Adult Summer Reading will take place during August. We have some fun prizes, and a chance to read new things. Also take the opportunity to expand your circle of friends! The library is filled with people who are just as interested in engaging with reading learning as you.

We always have something exciting happening at the library, and we hope you will check us, and our books, out!

Karate, Baseball, and So Much More!

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Angry Housewives Eating Bon BonsSummer Reading Program will be over soon, but don’t worry, we here at the library have a lot of stuff lined up before the end!

This Tuesday at noon, adults can join us for our Library & Lunch program! Bring your own lunch and discuss Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons by Lorna Landvik.

Weekly storytimes are available for all ages! Storytime for Babies and Toddlers is Tuesdays, July 12 and 19, at 11:15 am. 3rd – 5th graders can come to storytime on July 12 and 19 at 2 pm. Preschoolers and Kindergarteners have a storytime on Thursdays, July 14 and 21, at 11:15 am. Storytime for 1st and 2nd graders is on July 14 and 21 at 2 pm. Join us at storytime for sports-filled stories, songs, and a craft!

If you can’t make it to our regular storytimes, or if Friday mornings are just better for your schedule, you can come to Spencer Browne’s Coffeehouse for a special storytime on July 15 at 10 am! Enjoy coffee while your kids enjoy stories and a craft.

liberal beejaysWe also have a couple more special guests coming; they should help us get up and get moving. This Wednesday at 1 pm, an instructor from Rine’s Karate will show us some easy karate moves. All ages are welcome at this program. Then, Wednesday the 20th at 10 am, Liberal’s own Beejays Baseball Team will be here to show us some baseball basics – bring your glove and ball, if you wish.

This Friday at 1 pm, join us for board games, followed by a family-friendly movie at 2 pm. Popcorn and lemonade will be served during the movie.

This Saturday at 1 pm, join us for Outdoor Fun Day! We’ll be coloring Frisbees, designing with sidewalk chalk, and playing fun outdoor games.

Teens shouldn’t feel left out, as they have their own special events! Tuesdays, July 12 & 19, teens can join us at 4 pm for a movie and a craft. On Thursdays, July 14 & 21, teens can join us at 4 pm for our videogame & tabletop game club. Play on our Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 4, or challenge your friends to one of our many board games.

Teens and adults, our popular Coffee & Craft days will be on Wed., July 20 at noon and Thurs., July 21 at 6 pm. This month, we’ll be making decoupage boxes. Decorate a small box to keep your jewelry or treasures in while enjoying coffee from Spencer Browne’s.

Friday, July 22 at 1 pm will be our End of Summer Reading Party! Come celebrate all the reading we’ve done and all the fun we’ve had this summer with ice cream and games – you might even win a prize!
And don’t forget to turn in your kids’ and teens’ Summer Reading Logs by July 27! This is so that we can make sure everyone gets a prize.

We do have a few things scheduled after Summer Reading ends. On Tuesday, July 26, join us at 6:30 pm for our monthly recipe swap! Bring a vegetable dish and enjoy everyone else’s recipes.

On Thursday, June 28 at noon, adults only can join us for our popular dice game, Bunco! Refreshments will be served. Registration is required, so visit our website or talk to Shannon to sign up.

We will have a storytime on Thursday, July 28 at 11:15 am. Kids can learn through stories, songs, and a craft!
Watch a family-friendly movie and enjoy popcorn and lemonade on Friday, July 29 at 2 pm.

We hope you join us at the library for karate, the Beejays, Bunco, Outdoor Fun Day, and/or any of our other great programs this July!

Adopt a plant at the library

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plantDid you know you can adopt a plant at the library? Anyone can  come to the front desk and adopt a plant. You’ll be able to water your little guy and watch him grow, right here at the library. We have plenty of sunlight and air conditioning to make sure your new baby vegetables don’t wilt in the extreme summer heat while they make their first attempts to break the surface of the earth. Then, at the end of the summer, plants will be available to go home with their adoptive parents.

That’s one of the many activities we have happening at the library over the rest of the summer. This coming week alone, we have our Recipe Swap (the theme is easy-to-make cold foods), our story times (Tuesday/Thursday at 11:15 and 2) and our Tuesday/Thursday Young Adult clubs. This week we are hosting Smoky Hills Public Television’s Curious George program, and we’ll also be showing an animal-related animated film for our Friday Game-And-Movie day.

So much is happening at the library this summer that we want to share with everyone! Everything from a chance to have a one-plant garden to guests like Rattlesnake Andy, Rine’s Karate, and our local baseball team, the Beejays. All of the fun isn’t for the kids, either. We have a monthly Bunco tournament, Coffee and Crafts meets twice a month, plus our book club and our Recipe Swap, which is the tastiest program at any library around.

We want to keep people learning and active this summer by capturing the imagination and the attention of all of our patrons. So if you don’t have a little one to bring to storytime, and no young adults for Video & Board Game Club, there is still a lot of fun to be had over the rest of the season.

And I’d like to just take this opportunity to mention that we have air conditioning. Please come in and get out of the heat. And while you’re here, check out a fun book or movie, or participate in one of our many programs!

On Your Mark, Get Set … Read

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2016-srp-sloganSummer Reading Program is off to a great start! If you haven’t signed up your kids yet, you can still do so at our website http://lmlibrary.org/kids/summerreading/ or at the library. Teens (6th – 12th grade) can sign up at http://lmlibrary.org/teens/summerreading/

The library has lots of fun stuff going on every week! Here’s what’s coming up in June:

The school system is serving free lunches for kids ages 1-18 Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm here at the library, in our basement. No registration or identification is required.

fieldhouseToday through Thursday: Storywalk! Take a stroll outside the library and read a fun book at the same time. Start outside our front doors (next to the big open book) and go to your right until the last page, which is on the outside of The Learning Center annex.

We have a great guest coming on Wednesday at 6 pm! Former KU Basketball player and Graphic Novelist Scott Novosel will be here, it should be a lot of fun!

We have four storytimes every week, for all ages of kids. Wee ones & toddlers are invited to our Tuesday 11:15 am storytime, and we have a storytime on Tuesdays at 2 pm for 3rd – 5th graders. Thursdays at 11:15 am is our Preschoolers & Kindergarteners storytime, and 1st & 2nd graders are welcome at our 2 pm storytime on Thursdays. If you have children in multiple age ranges, you are welcome to come to the storytime that fits best with your schedule.

If you can’t join us at our normal storytimes, we’re also doing a special storytime on Friday, June 17th at 10 am at Spencer Browne’s Coffeehouse. Enjoy coffee or your favorite morning beverage and relax as your kids listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft.

This week, we also have a special puppet show! “Racing to Read” is Friday at 1:30 pm. Come watch the classic story about a tortoise and a hare.

Teens can join us every Tuesday at 4 pm for a movie and a craft in the YA area. We also have a video game & tabletop game club for teens every Thursday at 4 pm in the basement.

Tuesday at noon, we have our Book Club for adults – bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.

Adults and teens can also join us Wednesday at noon or Thursday at 6 pm for Coffee provided by Spencer Browne’s and Crafts! This month, we’ll be making stone art.

And, adults can join our popular monthly dice game of Bunco at noon on Thursday, June 23! Registration is required, either on our website or by talking to Shannon.

On Wednesday, June 22 at 1 pm, join us for a show from Mad Science! Learn something about science through fun demonstrations.

angels for animalsDo you like dogs? Friday, June 24 is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” and Angels for Animals will be here at the library at 2 pm to show us some rescue animals!

Performers including singers, dancers, musicians, poets, and actors have a chance to show off their talents on June 25 at 1 pm for Open Mic Day! Anyone interested in participating should contact Tammy, tammyg@lmlibrary.org. Or you can just come and enjoy the show.

Our monthly recipe swap will be on Monday the 27th at 6:30 pm. Bring a food that’s served cold for summer or just come enjoy everyone else’s creations.

Smoky Hills Public Television will be at the library on Wednesday the 29th at 1 pm with a Curious George presentation! He’ll teach us about eating healthy in his funny way.

We’re having a lot of fun through our Summer Reading Program here at the library, so come join us as we read, play, craft, and learn for the win!