Yes, We’re Open Again!

Library Hours

The Library is now open to the public. Our 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. 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. 

Services Available

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

  • Curbside 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 – Limited printing is currently available. We are encouraging patrons who need more than ten pages printed to go to one of the local office supply stores.
  • The coffee bar area, children’s play area, and seating areas are closed until further notice to avoid spread of the virus.

Pokémon Day

We’re celebrating National Pokémon day with a fakémon contest. Send us your fakémon (fake Pokémon) creations at activities @ lmlibrary.org. All entries must be submitted by 11 pm on Saturday Feb. 27th to be entered into our prize drawing.

Download a fakémon creation sheet on our website, lmlibrary.org/pokemon-day-2021, or pick one up at the library. You can also get a creation sheet with your library curbside pick up.

Winter Reading Challenge

There’s still time for you to participate in our Winter Reading Challenge. March 1st is the last day of the program.

The Way It Works

This program is for all ages. Earn 6 total badges to complete the program and be entered into a prize drawing. Earn badges by logging your time read, posting reviews and/or by completing activities online. The badges will change from black/white to color as you earn them.

With each badge you earn, you will also earn a ticket which you can redeem for a drawing of either a book, a variety of movie posters, or a mystery item.

How to Get Started

Sign up on our site at https://lmlibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack tracker from Google Play or Apple App Store to register and get a look at the badges and prizes.

Online Library and Lunch

Library and Lunch March 2021

On Tuesday, March 9th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “The Dry” by Jane Harper.

African American Authors

Come into the library and check out our display of books by African American Authors. 

Black Bottom Saints

Black Bottom saints
by Alice Randall

From the Great Depression through the post-World War II years, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson, has been the pulse of Detroit’s famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist and emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, Ziggy has rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era, including Ethel Waters, Billy Eckstein, and Count Basie. Ziggy is also the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of Theater. But now the doyen of Black Bottom is ready to hang up his many dapper hats.

As he lays dying, Ziggy reflects on his life, the community that was the center of his world, and the remarkable people who helped shape it.

Inspired by the Catholic Saints Day Books, Ziggy curates his own list of Black Bottom’s venerable “52 Saints.” Among them are a vulnerable Dinah Washington, a defiant Joe Louis, and a raucous Bricktop.

Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong
by James McBride

From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. 

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride’s funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. 

In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. 

James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us

New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re trying to find a way to make 2021 better than 2020, these books might give you some inspiration. 

Anxiety first aid kit
The Anxiety First Aid Kit: Quick Tools for Extreme, Uncertain Times
by Rick Hanson PhD

From the book description
When you’re experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety, you need quick, in-the-moment relief. Whether you’re dealing with financial strains, relationship struggles, or are just feeling the weight of the world in uncertain times, it’s easy to become trapped in a constant state of mental and physical exhaustion. This emergency kit has you covered.

Every tool's a hammer
Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
by Adam Savage

Adam Savage—star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters—shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality.

Every Tool’s a Hammer is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It’s an exploration of making, but it’s also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you’re interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.

Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and break­ing, along with the lessons I learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop’s worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that I use most often.

Lazy girl's guide to life
The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life: 100+ Ways to Hack Your Look, Love, and Work By Doing (Almost) Nothing!
by Jennifer Byrne

For when you have a lot to do…but just can’t seem to bring yourself to do it, The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life is here. From simplifying daily beauty routines and keeping up with friendships to hacking the dating game and getting by in the corporate world, these easy, low-commitment suggestions have got even the laziest girl covered. Inside are solutions to more than 100 common problems.

Habit Changers
Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals
by M.J. Ryan

What would you like to change in your life? Be more focused at work? Communicate more effectively? Find work-life balance? Make smarter decisions? Be more patient with your team or family? Have greater self-confidence? Less stress? Just . . . be happier?

Often, the biggest obstacle to change lies in our most deeply ingrained habits: those automatic thought processes that operate outside our consciousness, and yet have a profound impact on our behavior, shaping everything from how we respond to challenges to how we engage with others.

The good news is that we can literally rewire our mental habits for the better. In Habit Changers, executive coach M.J. Ryan shares the secret weapon that has helped her highest performing clients improve their focus, better manage under pressure, enhance their emotional intelligence, become more effective leaders, and more.

Library Pick-up Service

The Library is currently limited to curbside pickup only. Although the building is closed to patrons, we will bring your library checkouts to you in the library parking lot. Visit our website for more detailed instructions https://lmlibrary.org/library-pick-up-service.

Request a Book Bundle

Want something new to read or watch but just don’t know what? Fill out a request form, https://lmlibrary.org/book-bundle/, and we will find something for you! Tell us what sort of books or DVDs you want. 

Once you’ve filled out the request form, we will set up a curbside pickup appointment and bring your library checkouts to you in the library parking lot. If you aren’t satisfied with the items we picked, you can immediately return them and place a new request.

Library closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will continue curbside service on Tuesday.

Winter Reading Challenge

We have a fun way for you to start off the new year. Join us in a reading challenge from January 1st through March 1st! 

The Way It Works

This program is for all ages. Earn 6 total badges to complete the program and be entered into a prize drawing. Earn badges by logging your time read, posting reviews and/or by completing activities online. The badges will change from black/white to color as you earn them.

With each badge you earn, you will also earn a ticket which you can redeem for a drawing of either a book, a variety of movie posters, or a mystery item.

How to Get Started

Sign up on our site at https://lmlibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack tracker from Google Play or Apple App Store to register and get a look at the badges and prizes.

Online Library and Lunch
Library and Lunch February 2021

On Tuesday, February 9th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.

Teen Virtual Club and Virtual Teen Otaku Club

Teens are invited to join us on zoom every second and fourth Wednesday at 4:45 pm to have discussions and play games. Sign up, https://lmlibrary.org/teen-virtual-club/, to gain access to our zoom room. 

Our Teen Otaku Club is back, but in virtual form. Every first and third Wednesday at 4:45 pm starting Feb. 3rd, we will meet on zoom to discuss and enjoy anime and manga. Sign up, https://lmlibrary.org/teen-virtual-otaku-club/, to get placed on the hold list for the monthly anime pick DVD & obtain the zoom room info. Call the Library (620-626-0180) or email (sarahm @ lmlibrary.org) for more information.

To-Go Craft
Baby Yoda paper bag craft

Here is something for the kids. Between January 18th and 22nd, pick up a Baby Yoda (Grogu) Paper bag craft kit. It will have everything you need to create your own Baby Yoda minus the glue stick. Call the Library (620-626-0180) to arrange a curbside pickup for your To-Go craft Baby Yoda.

Holiday Tidings from the Library

Library Pick-up Service

The Library is currently limited to curbside pickup only. Although the building is closed to patrons, we will bring your library checkouts to you in the library parking lot. Visit our website for more detailed instructions https://lmlibrary.org/library-pick-up-service

How it works
Log in to catalog.lmlibrary.org to find items you want to checkout. 

Once you are logged in, you can search for and place holds on items you want. Call 620-626-0180 or email circdesk@lmlibrary.org if you have any questions and a staff member will be happy to help. 

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. A staff member will bring your items to you in a plastic bag. 

Returning Library Items
We ask that all returning items be put in the book drop. All returning items will be put into quarantine for a time before they are made available for checkout again.

Holiday Reading

Here are a few new Christmas themed books to get you in the holiday spirit. See more Christmas books featured in our catalog at catalog.lmlibrary.org.

Twelve dates of Christmas

The twelve dates of Christmas
by Jenny Bayliss

From the book description
When it comes to relationships, thirty-four-year-old Kate Turner is ready to say “Bah, humbug.” The sleepy town of Blexford, England, isn’t exactly brimming with prospects, and anyway, Kate’s found fulfillment in her career as a designer, and in her delicious side job baking for her old friend Matt’s neighborhood café. But then her best friend signs her up for a dating agency that promises to help singles find love before the holidays. Twenty-three days until Christmas. Twelve dates with twelve different men. The odds must finally be in her favor . . . right?

Yet with each new date more disastrous than the one before–and the whole town keeping tabs on her misadventures–Kate must remind herself that sometimes love, like mistletoe, shows up where it’s least expected. And maybe, just maybe, it’s been right under her nose all along. . . .

Christmas cupcake murder

Christmas cupcake murder
by Joanne Fluke

Featuring over a dozen cookie and dessert recipes from The Cookie Jar—Hannah Swensen’s famous bakery, this festive new Christmas mystery from the Queen of Culinary Cozies is just the holiday treat you need this season!

While Hannah speeds through a lengthy holiday checklist, drama in town grows like Santa’s waistline on Christmas Eve. Her sister Andrea wants to stave off the blues by helping out at The Cookie Jar, Michelle’s love life is becoming complicated, Lisa needs Hannah’s advice, and Delores has a Christmas secret she’s not willing to share. But nothing dampens the holiday mood more than the chilling mystery surrounding the man found near death in an abandoned storefront two doors down from Hannah’s bakery . . .

The befuddled John Doe can’t recall a thing about himself—except for his unusual knowledge of restoring antique furniture. With a smattering of clues and barely enough time to frost Christmas cookies, Hannah must solve a deadly puzzle that could leave her dashing through the snow for her life!

Silent Bite

Silent bite
by David Rosenfelt

From the book description
Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, are finding that all is not calm or bright in Silent Bite, the latest Christmas mystery in this heartwarming series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt.

Lawyer Andy Carpenter can finally take a breath; he’s back on dry land after a family Caribbean cruise forced on him by his wife, Laurie, to get into the Christmas spirit. Of course the family’s first stop is to the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization that has always been Andy’s true passion.

But when Andy arrives, his partner, Willie Miller, needs his help. Willie’s old cellmate, Tony Birch, has been arrested for murder. Andy doesn’t necessarily believe in Tony, but Willie does. And Andy believes in Willie, which is why Andy decides to take the case.

Once again David Rosenfelt puts readers in the Christmas spirit in a tale that is equal parts mystery and holiday cheer.

Closed for Christmas Holiday

Wishing all of you a merry and safe Christmas holiday from the Liberal Memorial Library family to yours.  In celebration of the holiday, we will be closed on December 24th and 25th. 

Online Library and Lunch

library and lunch January 2021

On Tuesday, January 12th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “The Henna Artist” by Alka Joshi.

Programs Coming Soon

Teen Virtual Club – Teens are invited to join us on Zoom every Wednesday at 4 pm to have discussions and play games. Visit our website at lmlibrary.org to sign up and gain access to our zoom room.

Winter Reading – We will have a Winter Reading Challenge similar to our Summer Reading program earlier this year. It will be held entirely online using the Beanstack website and mobile app – Google Play or Apple App Store. Watch our website for more information about this upcoming program.

Changes are coming for eAudiobooks

free digital access KSLIB

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.