Changes are coming for eAudiobooks

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Kansas Library eCard 

If you’re familiar with the Kansas Library eCard and use it to borrow ebooks or eAudiobooks, you might have gotten an email from the State Library of Kansas letting you know that changes are coming to the state library’s audiobook collection.

Due to a change in ownership at the company where most of the state’s audiobooks come from, RBdigital, and due to changes in that company’s policies, the state library is moving its collection of eAudiobooks to cloudLibrary as of December 2nd.

cloudLibrary is currently the place where you can check out ebooks, including bestsellers and books from large publishers and well-known authors. Soon you will also be able to check out new and bestselling eAudiobooks there as well.

To use cloudLibrary, download the app on your smartphone or tablet, choose “State Library of Kansas” as your library, and login using your Kansas Library eCard number.

Don’t have a Kansas Library eCard?

Kansas residents can visit their local public or school library to get a free Kansas Library eCard, which is different from the regular library card. We would be happy to set you up with a Kansas Library eCard and get you started borrowing ebooks and eAudiobooks to read or listen to on your phone or other devices.

library and lunch December 2020

Online Library and Lunch

On Tuesday, December 8th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham.

Kansas Notable Books display

Every year the Kansas State Library chooses books that are either written by Kansas authors or about  Kansas related topics to be among their selection of Kansas Notable Books. These are a few of this year’s new notable books.

You can find a complete list of Kansas Notable Books available for checkout from our library catalog, http://catalog.lmlibrary.org. Search for “Kansas Notable Book 2020” for this year’s books or just type “Kansas Notable Book” for a listing including previous year’s books.

Headwinds

Headwinds: a memoir

by Edna Bell-Pearson

When World War II makes its way to southwest Kansas, Edna Bell-Pearson’s life is forever changed. After meeting the man who is to become her husband—a pilot stationed in her hometown of Liberal—Edna moves to the opposite corner of the state. She is instrumental in starting what will become the Marysville Municipal Airport. Edna’s story, taking place over the course of five short years, tells of Ungerer Flying Service, a family-built and operated business. As the business is born, Edna learns to appreciate the importance of the little things—hunting and fishing trips, a good housekeeper, and crisp, autumnal days without wind.

The reckless oath we made

The Reckless Oath We Made

by Bryn Greenwood

A provocative love story between a tough Kansas woman on a crooked path to redemption and her unlikeliest of champions.

Zee is nobody’s fairy-tale princess. Almost six foot, with a redhead’s temper and a shattered hip, she has  a long list of worries: never-ending bills, her beautiful, gullible sister, her five-year-old nephew, her housebound mother, and her drug- dealing boss.

Two years ago Gentry, a knight in shining armor who carries an invisible sword, is called by the voices he hears to be Zee’s champion. Both shy and autistic, he’s barely spoken to her since, but he has kept watch, ready to come to her aid.

When an abduction tears Zee’s family apart she turns to the last person she ever imagined—Gentry—and sets in motion a chain of events that will not only change both of their lives, but bind them to each other forever.

Birds, bones, and beetles

Birds, Bones, and Beetles: The Improbable Career and Remarkable Legacy of University of Kansas Naturalist Charles D. Bunker

by Charles H. Warner

Birds, Bones, and Beetles tells the story of a man whose passion for learning led to remarkable discoveries, extraordinary exhibits, and the prestigious careers of many students he mentored in the natural sciences.

Steel Tide

Steel Tide
by Natalie C. Parker 

The second book in a heart-stopping trilogy that follows the captain of an all-female ship hellbent on taking down a vicious warlord’s powerful fleet.

Caledonia may have lost her crew, but she’s not done fighting yet. After nearly dying at the hand of a powerful foe, Caledonia is pulled from the sea and nursed back to health by a crew of former Bullets who call themselves Blades. 

Now Caledonia wants to find the Mors Navis and her beloved sisters. She wants to continue fighting Aric’s fleet and to take back the Bullet Seas. She’ll need to do everything in her power to convince the Blades that fighting is their only option, that there has to be a life better than the one under Aric Athair’s reign, and that finding the women of the Mors Navis is the first step to revolution.

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The library will close at 1 pm on Wednesday the 25th and will be closed on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

October Fun at the Library

Online Crafts and Storytime

All through the month of October, we will be showcasing a different Halloween craft tutorial video each Friday at 3 pm on our Facebook page.

We also will continue to have our Facebook Live Storytimes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 pm in English and on Tuesday and Thursdays at 4 pm in Spanish. Catch them live or watch the recordings later.

Art Display in the Teen Area

Stop by the library to see the lovely display of still life and watercolor paintings on the wall in the Teen area. The art was provided to us by the Seymour Rogers middle school art class. We are looking forward to adding to the display as the school year progresses.

Halloween Virtual Escape Room

Watch our Facebook page and website for an upcoming online event. We are developing a Halloween themed virtual escape room based on a popular scary movie. Follow the clues to escape the room before the villain catches you!

Online Library and Lunch

library and lunch November 2020

On Tuesday, November 10th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson.

A Spooky Book Display

If you’re in the mood for a scary book that will keep you up at night, or you prefer a Halloween themed cozy mystery, then check out our Halloween book display.

The Perfectly proper paranormal museum

The perfectly proper paranormal museum
by Kirsten Weiss

When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But then a fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present, making her wonder if a ghost could really be on the loose.

Maddie grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home.

Death overdue

Death overdue
by Allison Brook

Carrie Singleton is just about done with Clover Ridge, Connecticut until she’s offered a job as the head of programs and events at the spooky local library, complete with its own librarian ghost. Her first major event is a program presented by a retired homicide detective, Al Buckley, who claims he knows who murdered Laura Foster, a much-loved part-time library aide who was bludgeoned to death fifteen years earlier. As he invites members of the audience to share stories about Laura, he suddenly keels over and dies.

The medical examiner reveals that poison is what did him in and Carrie is determined to discover who murdered the detective, convinced it’s the same man who killed Laura all those years ago. Luckily for Carrie, she has a friendly, knowledgeable ghost by her side. 

Haunted house murder

Haunted house murder
by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross.

Tricks and treats keep the Halloween spirit alive in coastal Maine. But this year the haunted house theme is getting carried a little too far . . .

Haunted house murder by Leslie Meier

Newcomers to Tinker’s Cove, Ty and Heather Moon have moved into a dilapidated house reputed to be a haven for ghosts. Now strange noises and flickering lights erupt from the house at all hours and neighborly relations are on edge. And when a local boy goes missing near the house, it’s up to Lucy Stone to unravel the mystery of the eccentric couple and their increasingly frightful behavior.

Death by haunted house by Lee Hollis

For the past two years, the house next door to Hayley Powell has sat abandoned after the owner died under mysterious circumstances. The Salinger family has recently taken possession of the property, but the realtor behind the deal has vanished—after a very public and angry argument with Damien Salinger. If Bar Harbor’s newest neighbors are murderers, Hayley will haunt them until they confess.

Hallowed out by Barbara Ross

With its history of hauntings and ghost sightings, Busman’s Harbor is the perfect setting for Halloween festivities. But when a reenactment of a Prohibition-era gangster’s murder ends with a literal bang and a dead actor from New Jersey, Julia Snowden must identify a killer before she ends up sleeping with the fishes.

20th century ghosts
by Joe Hill

Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She’s also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. . . .

Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he’s an eight-foot-tall locust, and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. . . .

John Finney is locked in a basement stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. . . .

The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past. . . .

Arrg! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Pirateguys portrait
From left: Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers and John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur Photo by Karl Maasdam, Karl Maasdam Photography

Yesterday was International Talk Like A Pirate day, a fun holiday that was started in 1995 by a couple of guys during a racquetball game. See talklikeapirate.com for more details.

Ye can learn how t’ natter like a pirate wit’ Mango Languages, which is free to Kansas residents through the Kansas State Library’s eCard. Go to mango.lmlibrary.org and you’ll see Mango’s log in screen. Kansas residents can sign up for free or choose to use Mango as a guest. If you do log in as a guest, the program won’t remember where you left off. Once you’re in you’ll be asked to pick a language, type or choose “Pirate” to get started learning how to talk like a pirate.

World War II Historical Fiction

World War II began and ended in September,1939 to 1945 . In honor of those who served, we’ve put together a book display featuring fiction books that take place during the war. Here are a few books from the display. 

To find more World War II historical fiction books in our catalog, follow this link https://swkls.agverso.com/sch?&cid=swkls&lid=lici&index=subject&term=World War+1939-1945+Fiction. From there you can place a hold on books you’d like to read. We will pull the books for you and contact you to schedule a convenient pickup time.

The Huntress

The Huntress: A Novel

by Kate Quinn

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and fearing nothing. When the tide of war sweeps over her homeland, she gambles everything to join the infamous Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on Hitler’s eastern front. But when she is downed behind enemy lines and thrown across the path of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, Nina must use all her wits to survive.

British war correspondent Ian Graham has witnessed the horrors of war from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials. He abandons journalism after the war to become a Nazi hunter, yet one target eludes him: the Huntress. Fierce, disciplined Ian must join forces with brazen, cocksure Nina, the only witness to escape the Huntress alive. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth. 

The One Man

The One Man
by Andrew Gross

Poland. 1944. Alfred Mendl and his family are brought on a crowded train to a Nazi concentration camp after being caught trying to flee Paris with forged papers. His family is torn away from him on arrival, his life’s work burned before his eyes. To the guards, he is just another prisoner, but in fact Mendl―a renowned physicist―holds knowledge that only two people in the world possess. And the other is already at work for the Nazi war machine.

Four thousand miles away, in Washington, DC, Intelligence lieutenant Nathan Blum routinely decodes messages from occupied Poland. Having escaped the Krakow ghetto as a teenager after the Nazis executed his family, Nathan longs to do more for his new country in the war. But never did he expect the proposal he receives from “Wild” Bill Donovan, head of the OSS: to sneak into the most guarded place on earth, a living hell, on a mission to find and escape with one man, the one man the Allies believe can ensure them victory in the war.

Bursting with compelling characters and tense story lines, this historical thriller from New York Times bestseller Andrew Gross is a deeply affecting, unputdownable series of twists and turns through a landscape at times horrifyingly familiar but still completely new and compelling.

The American Agent

The American Agent: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
by Jacqueline Winspear

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.

As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.

The Warsaw anagrams

The Warsaw Anagrams: A Novel
by Richard Zimler

Richard Zimler, whose bestseller The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon earned him acclaim as a uniquely masterful storyteller, has written his most compelling novel yet in The Warsaw Anagrams. 

Autumn, 1940. The Nazis seal 400,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto. Erick Cohen, an elderly psychiatrist, moves to a tiny apartment with his last remaining relatives. One bitterly cold day, his beloved great-nephew Adam goes missing. The child’s body is discovered tangled in the barbed wire surrounding the ghetto, strangely mutilated.And then another body turns up — this time a young girl. Evidence begins to point to the unthinkable, a Jewish traitor luring children to their deaths. Could this be?

A profoundly moving and darkly atmospheric historical thriller, this book takes the reader into the most forbidden corners of Nazi-occupied Warsaw — as well as into the most heroic places of the heart.

Online Library and Lunch

library and lunch October 2020

On Tuesday, October 13th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie.

New Arrivals at the Library

Here are just a few of the new books that we’ve gotten in lately. If these or any of our other new books appeal to you, you can check them out in person or schedule a Library Pickup and have them delivered to your car in the library parking lot or pick them up at the front desk.

The Pull of the Stars

The Pull Of The Stars : a novel
by Emma Donoghue.

The latest from the author of the worldwide bestseller Room.

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders — Doctor Kathleen Lynn, a rumoured Rebel on the run from the police , and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney.

In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, these women change each other’s lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.

The Living Dead

The Living Dead
by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus.

A brand new novel started by Night of the Living Dead creator, George A. Romero before his death in 2017, and finished by Daniel Kraus. 

It begins with one body. A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who won’t stay dead.It spreads quickly.

In a Midwestern trailer park, a Black teenage girl and a Muslim immigrant battle newly-risen friends and family. On a US aircraft carrier, living sailors hide from dead ones while a fanatic makes a new religion out of death. At a cable news station, a surviving anchor keeps broadcasting while his undead colleagues try to devour him. In DC, an autistic federal employee charts the outbreak, preserving data for a future that may never come.

Everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead.

We think we know how this story ends. We. Are. Wrong.

American Demon

American demon
by Kim Harrison.

The latest book in the Hollows series is out after a 6 year hiatus. “American Demon” is set before the epilogue of the previous book, which was originally meant to be the end of the series.

What happens after you’ve saved the world? Well, if you’re Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch-born demon, you quickly discover that something might have gone just a little bit wrong. That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old. With a rash of zombies, some strange new murders, and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town, it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world–and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.

Jim Carrey Memoirs and Misinformation

Memoirs and misinformation : a novel
by Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon

A semi-autobiographical, fictional account of the life of a movie star named Jim Carrey.

Meet Jim Carrey. Sure, he’s an insanely successful and beloved movie star drowning in wealth and privilege – but he’s also lonely. He’s tried diets, gurus, and cuddling with his military-grade Israeli guard dogs, but nothing seems to lift the cloud of emptiness and ennui. Even the sage advice of his best friend, actor and dinosaur-skull collector Nicolas Cage, isn’t enough to pull Carrey out of his slump. 

But then Jim meets Georgie: ruthless ingénue, love of his life. And with the help of auteur screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, he has a role to play in a boundary-pushing new picture that may help him uncover a whole new side to himself – finally, his Oscar vehicle! Things are looking up! 

But the universe has other plans. 

Here are a couple of new graphic novels for a younger audience.

City of Secrets

City of Secrets
by Victoria Ying

A shy orphan has become an expert on the city’s shapeshifting communications building where he lives in secret. 

Hannah, the daughter of the building’s owner, befriends him. Together they protect the city’s secrets from a band of ruffians.

Stranger Things into the fire

Stranger things, Into the fire
by Jody Houser, Ryan Kelly, Le Beau Underwood, and Triona Farrell 

The powerful children that have escaped from Hawkins Lab are out in the world, trying to live normal lives, but it comes at a steep cost. Nine was left behind in the lab, comatose and alone. Now she lives in a fractured reality of her own creation under the watchful eyes of doctors who have no idea about the psychic volcano building inside  her that could erupt at any moment, obliterating their entire hospital. 

Three and Nine’s twin sister, Marcy, both escaped Hawkins lab several years ago and have been on the run ever since. They had just settled down into a new life when, all of the sudden, the lab has made the national news. With the veil of normalcy completely shattered, they pack everything they have and hit the road, hoping to find and help any of the other kids they can. 

library and lunch September 2020

Online Library and Lunch

On Tuesday, September 8th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” by Mark Haddon.

Yes We’re Open!

Library Hours

The Library is open to the public with reduced hours. The current hours are Monday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm. We will be closed each day from 1 pm to 2 pm for a shift change and cleaning.

We are also offering by appointment hours from 9 am to 11 am each day for at-risk individuals. Please call 620-626-0180 to make an appointment.

Safety Precautions

Please follow these precautions to ensure that your visit to the library is a safe one.

  • Please wear a mask. If you don’t have a mask, a free mask will be available for you at the front desk.
  • Please practice social distancing by maintaining a six-foot distance between yourself and other people.
  • Please use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is stationed throughout the building for your convenience.
  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

These rules are temporary and will be relaxed as we see cases in our community decline.

Services Available

Here is a list of services that we can offer at this time. Some of our services are temporarily reduced or unavailable.

  • Library Pickup Service – Place a hold on the items you want from our catalog, https://catalog.lmlibrary.org, and schedule an appointment for us to bring them to you in the parking lot. You can also choose to come into the library to pick them up in person.
  • Book Bundles – We select items for you from a form you can fill out, https://lmlibrary.org/book-bundle, letting us know what sort of books or movies you would like.
  • Public Computers – In order to maintain social distancing at computers, we have a limited number of computers available. You can reserve a computer ahead of time or go to the front desk to make a walk-in reservation.
  • Printing, Copying, and Faxing – Limited printing, copying, and faxing is currently available. We are encouraging patrons who need more than ten pages copied or printed to go to one of the local office supply stores.
  • Scanning – We can scan your documents and send them to an email address.
  • Notary Public – The Notary is currently available from 11 am to 1 pm.
  • The coffee bar area, children’s play area, and seating areas are closed until further notice to avoid spread of the virus.
library and lunch August 2020

Online Library and Lunch

On Tuesday, August 11th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson

New books

We are adding new books to the library every day. Here are a few.

Death in her hands

Death in her hands by Ottessa Moshfegh – A haunting novel of suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home

The vanishing half

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – Identical twins, the Vignes sisters grow up to have very different lives. Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.

Of mutts and men


Of mutts and men by Spencer Quinn – When Chet the dog and his partner, PI Bernie Little, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight. Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. Is his death a random robbery, or something more?

Grown ups

Grown ups by Marian Keyes – The Caseys are a glamorous family who spend a lot of time together–birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. Under the surface, though, conditions are murky. Still, everything manages to stay under control, until Ed’s wife, Cara, gets a concussion and she starts spilling all their secrets. As everything unravels, each of the adults finds themselves wondering if it’s finally time to grow up.

Online resources

All Kansans are eligible for free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks through the Kansas State Library’s Digital Book eLending site, https://kslib.info/128/Digital-Book-eLending. There are several platforms to choose from. CloudLibrary is a good source for new bestselling books, but there may be a waiting list for some of their more popular books. On Freading all of their titles are always available. They includes books from small and medium sized publishers and a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction

Tumblebooks access

Access reading/learning databases is still being offered free from the people at Tumblebooks until August 31st through the Kansas State Library. 

  • Tumble Book Library includes animated talking picture books, puzzles and games, chapter books, a language learning section, videos, non-fiction books, and more.
  • Tumble Math is aimed toward Kindergarten through 6th grade. 
  • Teen Book Cloud includes ebooks for teens. 
  • AudioBookCloud includes audio books for all ages.
  • RomanceBookCloud contains a collection of romance novels for adults. Each of these collections can be accessed online using a web browser.

Other online offerings for kids include BookFlix – storybooks paired with a nonfiction ebook, and Britannica E-STAX – nonfiction eBooks for PreK through grade 9.

Pick up something new at the Library

Library Pick-up Service

Although the Library building is currently closed to the public, you can still checkout using the Library pick-up service.

How it works
Log in to catalog.lmlibrary.org to find items you want to checkout. Use your library card number and password to log in. If you don’t know your library card number or password or are having trouble logging in, call 620-626-0180 or email circdesk@lmlibrary.org and a staff member will be happy to help. 

Once you are logged in, you can search for and place holds on items you want. You can check out up to 15 items total. Four of the fifteen items can be DVDs. If you need help getting started searching you can call the library and a staff member will help you or you can visit our online catalog help page, https://lmlibrary.org/how-do-i/catalog-help/, for instructions.

Schedule your appointment
Once you have placed your holds, a staff member will pull the items that you placed on hold and get them ready for pick up. They will then call you and set up a convenient time for you to pick them up.

When you pick up your items – stay in your car, park in the parking lot near the front doors, and call the library to let us know that you’ve arrived. There will be a sign with the library phone number and instructions next to a table by the front doors. 

A staff member will bring out your items and set them on the table.  Please retrieve your items once the staff member has gone back inside.  Let us know ahead of time if you need special arrangements due to physical limitations. 

Returning Library Items
We ask that all returning items be put in the alleyway book drop. 

You may notice that items are still on your account after you’ve returned them. We are placing the items in isolation for one week before returning them to the library shelves. Don’t worry, no fines will be accrued while the items are in quarantine.

Book Bundles

Want something new to read or watch but just don’t know what? Fill out a request form lmlibrary.org/book-bundle and we will pick something for you! Tell us what sort of books or DVDs you want. If you aren’t satisfied with the items we picked, you can return them to the alleyway book drop and place a new request.

Online Library Programs

Teen Kahoot Trivia – Star Wars
As part of Teen Summer Reading, we are offering a different virtual Kahoot Trivia challenge each week. Monday is the first day of a week-long Star Wars Kahoot Trivia contest. Test your Star Wars knowledge and earn an activity badge for Teen Summer Reading. Log in to lmlibrary.beanstack.org to get the trivia contest link, or sign up for Summer Reading if you haven’t already.

Virtual Recipe Swap
Friday is the last day to participate in our Virtual Recipe Swap. Send us a picture of your dish along with the recipe to activities@lmlibrary.org and include ‘Recipe Swap’ in the subject line of your email.

Every month we have a different Recipe Swap theme. This month’s theme is “Summer BBQ”. And if you have any suggestions for future Recipe Swap themes please let us know.

Once you’ve emailed your recipe, you can log in to lmlibrary.beanstack.org to claim your Virtual Recipe Swap activity badge or sign up for Summer Reading if you haven’t already.

Facebook Live storytimes
Follow our Facebook Live storytimes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 pm in english and Tuesday and Thursdays at 4 pm in spanish. Catch them live or watch the recordings later.

Online Library and Lunch

On Tuesday, July 14th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Extended Free Wi-Fi

For those who don’t have internet access at home, the Liberal Memorial Library parking lot is a great place to access free Wi-Fi from the safety of your car. We’ve extended our free Wi-Fi to well beyond the parking lot. Now you can park anywhere around the library building and get free internet with a strong Wi-Fi signal.

Visit your library online


For now the library is closed to the public, but the staff is hard at work. If you visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lmlibrary, you’ll find the most recent updates and library related information.

Online library programs

We continue to offer storytimes for the kids, but for now they will be held online instead of in person. Facebook Live storytimes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 pm. Catch them live or watch the recordings later.

Our book club is also meeting online these days. The next meeting will be on June 9th at noon on Zoom where we will discuss “Call of the Wild” by Jack London.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading is scheduled to start June 1st. This year we’ll offer it online through Beanstack from Zoobean, Inc. Using the Beanstack website or free Beanstack Tracker mobile app, you’ll be able to sign up for Summer Reading for yourself and the kids, complete reading challenges, do online activities, update your reading log, and earn badges toward fun prizes. Watch our facebook page for more information about how to sign up for Summer Reading.

Access to digital books

Are you looking for something good to read? All Kansas residents have access to lots of great ebooks and digital audio books through the Kansas State Library Digital Book eLending program. If you follow the Digital Book eLending link on their website https://kslib.info/, you’ll find ebooks and digital audio books for all ages. Most of which can be downloaded then read offline later.

  • With RBdigital you can checkout up to 10 audiobooks at a time for up to three weeks.

  • cloudLibrary offers ebooks and audiobooks and includes new bestsellers and larger publishers. Checkout up to 5 books for 2 weeks. The app works with most mobile devices and on Windows and Mac computers.

  • Enki Library includes independent publishers and shelf-published books. They have a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books. Checkout up to 10 books for 3 weeks.

  • Freading is the only one that doesn’t require you to place a hold on checked out items. It has a large collection that is always available. It includes books from small and medium sized publishers and a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction. Checkout up to 5 books per week for 2 weeks each.

For the kids, there is BookFlix – storybooks paired with a nonfiction ebook, and Britannica E-STAX – nonfiction eBooks for PreK through grade 9.

Tumblebooks access

Through August 31, 2020 the good people at Tumblebooks are making their reading and learning databases freely available to us through the Kansas State Library. 

For kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade, Tumble Book Library includes animated talking picture books, puzzles and games, chapter books, a language learning section, videos, non-fiction books, and more.

Tumble Math is also aimed toward K-6th grade. Teen Book Cloud includes ebooks for teens. AudioBookCloud includes audio books for all ages, and RomanceBookCloud contains a collection of romance novels for adults. Each of these collections can be accessed online using a web browser.

Free Wi-Fi

For those who don’t have internet access at home, the Liberal Memorial Library parking lot is a great place to access free Wi-Fi from the safety of your car. Many fast food restaurants also provide free Wi-Fi.

What’s New at the Library

Events This Week

Mardi Gras Bunco
  • Monday – The Library will be closed on Monday, February 17th for presidents’ Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Preschool Storytime – We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Storytimes for newborns to 2 year olds. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm Spinning Yarns group – Hang out with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework. Bring your own materials. All are welcome.
  • Thursday at Noon Mardi Gras Bunco – We’re having a Mardi Gras themed Bunco Party! We will have masks, beads and prizes! The signup sheet is full, but there is a waiting list in case of last minute dropouts. (Snacks will be served)  Signup online or at the Circulation Desk.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – Evening Storytime is open to all ages. We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
chocolate with candy hearts
  • Saturday at 1 pm Chocolate Party – Kids, have an afternoon filled with chocolate themed crafts and watch a movie. Charlie finds a golden ticket and wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by Willy Wonka, the world’s most unusual candy maker. We will have popcorn, lemonade, and of course, chocolate.

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March Book Madness

March Book Madness 2020 banner

We are getting ready for March Book Madness here at the library. The Sweet Sixteen books have been chosen from the most checked out books of the last two years. Voting is open for the Elite Eight and bracket forms are available for predicting the winning book.

Vote for your favorite books each week during March. At the end of March, the book with the most votes will win. If you correctly predict the winning book and turn in your pick by Friday, March 6th by 4:30 p.m., you will win a March Book Madness trophy. Plus, every time you vote, you will be entered into a prize drawing. We will draw names for fun prizes every Friday in March. Vote every week to increase your chances of winning.

There will be a separate contest for Adult books, Teen books, and Kid’s books. If you participate in all three contests, you will increase your odds of winning!

Recipe Swap

Recipe Swap - Fat Tuesday

On Tuesday, February 25th, 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 “Fat Tuesday”. New Orleans inspired recipes.

Pokémon Day

On Thursday, Feb. 27th at 4 pm, celebrate Pokémon day with us by creating your own fakémon (fake Pokémon), going on a scavenger hunt to find lost Pokémon, and creating your own Pokéball!

Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop

Do you have questions about 3D printing? Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer.

On Monday, March 2nd at 6 p.m., 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. The workshop is held every 1st Monday of the month at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Signup online (http://lmlibrary.org) or at the front desk.

Spinning Yarns

On Wednesday, March 4th from 2 to 4 pm – join our Spinning Yarns group and spend time with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework! Bring your own materials and work on your ongoing projects. Beginners to experts, are all welcome.

For those of you who can’t make to the daytime group, we will have an evening version of Spinning Yarns on Thursday, March 12th and again on the 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Library and Lunch book discussion

In March we will discuss “An American marriage” by Tayari Jones. We’ll meet on Tuesday, March 10th at 12 p.m.

Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Teen Otaku Club

anime and manga

Love anime and manga? On March 15th at 1 pm, our Otaku club is focusing on the Slice of Life genre vs the Adventure genre.

We will vote between two shows in each category and watch the winner. Afterwards we’ll vote again to decide which show to watch for the rest of the meeting.

We will have a craft and discussion along with each show. Feel free to bring your own refreshments!

Teens only please, 11 – 18 year olds (or middle and high school students).

What’s New at the Library

Events This Week

  • Monday – The Library will be closed on Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.

  • Tuesday at 11 am Preschool Storytime – We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.

  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Storytimes for newborns to 2 year olds. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm Spinning Yarns group – Hang out with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework. Bring your own materials. All are welcome.

  • Thursday at 2 pm Game Day for Adults – Play board or card games with other adults. Signup online or at the Circulation Desk.

  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – Evening Storytime is open to all ages. We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.

  • Thursday at 6 pm Movie Time – Watch a new animated version of an old favorite at the library. An eccentrically macabre family moves to an ordinary suburb where Wednesday’s friendship with the daughter of a hostile neighbor causes conflict between the families. We’ll provide popcorn and drinks or you can bring your own drinks.

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Recipe Swap

On Tuesday, January 28th, 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”.

super bowl deluxe snack stadium

Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop

Do you have questions about 3D printing? Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer.

On Monday, February 3rd at 6 p.m., 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. The workshop is held every 1st Monday of the month at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Signup online (http://lmlibrary.org) or at the front desk.

Spinning Yarns

On Wednesday, February 5th from 2 to 4 pm – join our Spinning Yarns group and spend time with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework! Bring your own materials and work on your ongoing projects. Beginners to experts, are all welcome.

Teen Otaku Club

Love anime and manga? Join us at the library on Saturday, February 8th at 1 pm for a few episodes of a show and an activity. We’ll vote to determine what show we will watch and there will be a new themed activity every month. Feel free to bring your own refreshments and a blanket or pillow to be comfortable! Teens only please, 11 – 18 year olds (or middle and high school students).

Blind Date with a Book

Library and Lunch book discussion

In February, we will have a “Blind Date with a Book”. Check out a wrapped, unknown book and maybe find a new love. We’ll meet on Tues, February 11th at 12 p.m. to discuss the books. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re looking for inspiration for your New Year’s resolutions, we may be able to help. Are you determined to eat healthier, lose weight, gain self-confidence, learn to say “no” and mean it? Come in and check out our New Year’s resolutions book display.

Smarter Faster Better

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

From the Book Description
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we can get better at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.

Everything you need you have

Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self
by Gerad Kite

From the Book Description
The secret to feeling at home in yourself isn’t therapy, meditation, silencing your phone, throwing out your possessions or traveling the world. The answer is already inside you.

Gerad Kite was a therapist for years before realizing all the talk and analysis weren’t making a lasting difference in the lives of his patients. So he quit his practice and looked for a new way to help people feel better. What he discovered is a different approach to finding a secret, peaceful, and permanent place inside yourself that you can access at all times, a path to getting out of your head, to surrender to what is. You’ll see that you already have what you need to be happy and well.

Gifts of acceptance

The Gifts of Acceptance: Embracing People And Things as They Are
by Daniel A. Miller

From the Book Description
What would your life be like if you accepted people and things as they are? Do you wish you had the “perfect” mate, an understanding boss, obedient children, relatives who never fight, and friends who always agree with you? No one gets to sail through life free of turbulence. What separates people who shake it off, bounce back, and stay positive from the bitter, never satisfied, and defeated? Daniel A. Miller convincingly attests that the answer is choosing acceptance. In this book he offers tools, insights, and strategies for practicing acceptance, coupled with inspiring true stories.

Holiday Events at the Library

Events This Week

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  • Tuesday at 11 am Preschool Storytime – We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Tuesday at 5 pm Library Closing Early – The library will close at 5 pm for a Staff Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, December 17th. We will reopen for normal hours on Wednesday, December 18th at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Storytimes for newborns to 2 year olds. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm Spinning Yarns group – Hang out with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework. Bring your own materials. All are welcome.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – Evening Storytime is open to all ages. We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Movie Time – Watch a fun new movie at the library. After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. We’ll provide popcorn and drinks or you can bring your own drinks.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • Friday at Noon Ugly Sweater Party – Wear an ugly Christmas sweater for this fun party for adults! Participate in a White Elephant gift exchange (bring a gift costing $10 or less), play games, and eat snacks. Adults only. Seating is limited. Sign up online at lmlibrary.org or at the front desk.
  • Saturday at 1 pm Last Minute Make & Take Holiday Gifts – Don’t know what to get your friends or family this holiday season? On Saturday, December 21st from 1 to 3 pm, join us to make something with your own hands that they are sure to enjoy! We will have several different craft gift options to choose from, you are welcome to make one or make them all. This event is free but supplies will be limited.

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Food for Fines

Food for Fines is still going on until the end of the year. Donate canned vegetables, any nonperishable food items, new toiletries (toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.), or socks to the library and we will waive your overdue fines! All donated items will be given to local charities. (No expired or used donations, please.) Donate to a worthy cause and get your overdue fines forgiven.

This works for overdue fines only, fines for lost or damaged items will not be waived.

Video & Board Game Day

Kids out for Christmas break? On Monday, December 23rd between 1 and 4 pm, come on down to play video and board games at the library! We have all kinds of games that will keep them entertained.

Closed for Christmas Holiday

The library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Tuesday, December 24th through Thursday the 26th. We will reopen for normal hours on Friday the 27th from 9:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m.

Bad Art Kids Craft

bad art kids craft

Kids, are you bad at art, but love to do it anyway? On Friday, December 27th at 2 pm, come to Bad Art: Kids Edition, where the worst art is the best! We will be making art out of leftover craft supplies.

Indoor Snowball Fight

Kids & teens don’t be bored at home, come to the library and join in on our indoor snowball fight! On Monday, December 30th at 1 pm, we will be crafting our own marshmallow shooters and will have a “snowball” fight with them.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Noon Year's Eve

Starting at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 31st, we’re counting down to Noon for our Noon Year’s Eve party. Kids can celebrate of the coming New Year with fun and games without having to stay up until midnight!

Library Closed for New Year’s Eve and Day

The library will close at 1 pm on Tuesday, December 31st and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year’s Day. We will reopen for normal hours on Thursday the 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop

Do you have questions about 3D printing? Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer.

On Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m., 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. The workshop is held every 1st Monday of the month at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Signup online (http://lmlibrary.org) or at the front desk.

Spinning Yarns

On Wednesday, January 8th from 2 to 4 pm – join our Spinning Yarns group and spend time with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework! Bring your own materials and work on your ongoing projects. Beginners to experts, are all welcome.

Library and Lunch book discussion

Library and Lunch January 2020

In January, we will discuss “The Mother-in-Law” by Sally Hepworth. We’ll meet on Tuesday, January 14th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.