Library Events in July and August

Storytimes – 

  • Monday evenings at 5:30 pm
  • Wednesdays at 10:00 am 
  • Saturdays at 11 am in English and 11:30 in Spanish
  • Facebook Storytimes on Thursdays at 11 am

Teen Otaku Club

Do you love anime and manga and are in middle or high school? Then come to our Teen Otaku Club meeting.

On Wednesday, July 20th at 5 pm we will watch & discuss the anime “A Lull in the Sea”!

On Friday, August 12th at 3 pm we play Nintendo Switch games and win prizes!

On Wednesday, August 17th at 5 pm we will watch & discuss the anime Polar Bear’s Cafe!

Sign up in advance to save your spot. Join us at the meeting for your chance at an anime door prize and fun anime/manga discussion!

USD 480 Summer Lunch Program

July 29th is the last day that USD 480 Nutrition Services will be at the library handing out free grab-and-go lunches. The program is for children from 1 to 18 years old. It runs 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays and does not require special identification or registration. Limit one meal per child per day.

Harry Potter Party

On Monday, August 1st at 2 pm, Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with us at the library. We will have Harry Potter themed games and crafts. For all ages.

2022 Harry Potter's Birthday Party

2022 Tile Coasters

Teen & Adult Craft: Tile Coasters

On Thursday, August 4th at 2 pm, teens & adults are welcome to this craft where we will be making tile coasters.

Use colored sharpies to decorate your tile and alcohol drops to blur the edges to make a cool effect that is unique to your tile!

Supplies will be limited. Call 620-626-0180 or sign up online.

Teen H2O Party

On Friday, August 5th at 3 pm, we will have water based games on the front lawn. Have fun with water balloons and a frozen t-shirt race. Signup Required. Call 620-626-0180 or sign up online.

2022 teen H2O party

Library and Lunch

On Tuesday, August 9th​ at Noon, our book club will meet to discuss “Rock Paper Scissors” by Alice Feeney. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Library and Lunch August 2022

Back to School Party

On August 18th at 4 pm, play games and have fun at our Back to School Party.

Cutest Pet Contest

Do you think you have the cutest pet? Bring us the cutest picture of your fur babies, feather babies, or even scaly babies during our Cutest Pet Contest in August and let our patrons choose the cutest of the cute! And don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

Watch the library’s website https://lmlibrary.org and Facebook for details.

Upcoming Summer Reading Events

  • Storytimes
    • Monday evenings at 5:30 pm
    • Wednesdays at 10:00 am
    • Saturdays at 11 am in English and 11:30 in Spanish
    • Facebook Storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am
2022 Closed for Juneteenth
  • Library Closed for Juneteenth – Monday, June 20th

    The library will be closed tomorrow, Monday, June 20th in observance of the new federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.

  • Aaron Fowler “Climb Onboard the Boat” – Tuesday, June 21st at 11 am

    Musician Aaron Fowler and his trained therapy dogs, will be at the library on Tuesday, June 21st at 11 am with his “Climb Onboard the Boat” Summer Reading program.

    There will be singing, moving, playing instruments, and sharing stories, including stories from the latest book in the Bella and Choco series, The Boat.

    For ages 4 & up.

  • Teen & Adult Craft: Bubble Art – Tuesday, June 21st at 2 pm

    Teens & adults are welcome to this craft where we will be making bubble art. Use oil pastels on black paper to make your bubble creation really pop!

    Supplies will be limited. Call 620-626-0180 or sign up online.

Luau Bunco 2022
  • Luau Bunco – Thursday, June 23rd at Noon

    Adults, come join our Luau Bunco Party! Seating is limited, so sign up online or at the front desk. (Snacks will be served)

  • Movie Time – Thursday, June 23rd at 4:30 pm

    Come to the library and enjoy a movie and free popcorn! This will be part of our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

    Based on a true story, this live action family movie stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman.

    While swimming free in the ocean, a young dolphin gets caught in a trap and severely damages her tail. Though she is rescued, her tail cannot be saved, and the prognosis is dire. What the dolphin needs is a miracle. She gets that miracle in the form of a marine biologist , a prosthetics designer, and a devoted boy, who find a way to help her swim again.

  • Teen Water Fun – Friday, June 24th from 3 pm to 6 pm

    We’ll have several water based games for teens on the library’s front lawn. Sign up is required and please wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet!

  • Game Day – Thursday, June 30th starting at 4 pm.

    Join us for free play and tournaments. Come and go as you please. This event is open to all ages, bring a friend or family member to try out a new game!

2022 Mad Science
  • Mad Science – Amazing Oceans – Friday, July 1st at 11 am

    Mad Science presents Amazing Oceans! Join Mad Science this summer as they dive into the deep and amazing Ocean of Possibilities!

    How do fish rise and sink in water? Why do some fish light up in the dark? What other mysteries lie within the murky deep? We even learn how to exercise environmental responsibility as we give back to the ocean that gives us so much. Join us this summer as we discover together this great Ocean of Possibilities!

2022 Container Gardening Craft
  • Container Gardening Craft – Thursday, June 30th at 2 pm

    Learn about container gardening while having fun planting seeds and decorating a flowerpot to take home! Supplies are limited, register to save your spot. Presented by the Wild West District of K-State Research and Extension.

    Adults and teens only.

  • Interactive Movie for Teens and Adults – Friday, July 1st at 3 pm

    Enjoy an interactive showing of the first swash-buckling tale of Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann.

    Interactive showings are a fun way of watching a movie where everyone gets a bag of surprises and instructions, and you shout and snack along with the movie.

    Part of our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. For Teens and Adults only.

  • Library Closed for Independence Day – Monday, July 4th

2022 Zoomobile
  • Lee Richardson Zoomobile – Tuesday, July 5th at 11 am

    The Lee Richardson Zoo will bring their Zoomobile to the library on Tuesday, July 5th at 11 am. Enjoy a storytime and a visit from an animal friend straight from the Lee Richardson Zoo.

  • Teen & Adult Craft: Sea Glass Windchimes – Tuesday, July 5th at 2 pm

    Teens & adults are welcome to this craft where we will be making sea glass windchimes. Sea glass is a really pretty muted color. String them together and hang them up to make a unique wind chime for your home!

    Supplies will be limited. Call 620-626-0180 or sign up online.

  • Movie Time – Thursday, July 7th at 4:30 pm

    Come to the library and enjoy a movie and free popcorn! This will be part of our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

    This Disney Pixar film is set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. It is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

  • Library and Lunch – On Tuesday, July 12th​ at Noon, our book club will meet to discuss “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren.

  • End of Summer Reading Party with Magician Dan Dan the Magic Man – Thursday, July 14th at 1 pm

    Our end of Summer Reading Party will feature Dan Dan the Magic Man along with fun activities for all ages.

Getting Ready for Summer Reading

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Summer Reading signup starts June 1st this year. You’ll be able to sign up online or at our Summer Reading Kickoff Party starting at 2 pm on Wednesday, July 1st.

Events

  • Storytimes  
    • Monday evenings at 5:30 pm
    • Wednesdays at 10:00 am 
    • Saturdays at 11 am in English and 11:30 in Spanish
    • Facebook Storytimes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am
  • Teen Volunteer Work Day – Monday, May 16th at 4:30 pm

    Teens, here is an opportunity to complete community service hours at the library. For the month of May we will be creating decorations for our upcoming summer reading program.
  • Teen Craft Night: Morse Code Bracelets – Tuesday, May 24th at 5 pm

    Create unique coded messages with morse code using beads and turn them into bracelets! Challenge yourself creatively in more ways than one with this craft that involves secret messages. All supplies will be provided.
  • Teen Otaku Club – Wednesday, May 25th at 5 pm

    Do you love anime and manga and are in middle or high school? Then come to our Teen Otaku Club meeting. This month we will watch and discuss the anime My Roommate Is A Cat! Sign up in advance to save your spot and get a free snack. Join us at the meeting for your chance at an anime door prize and to enjoy a craft.
  • Game Day for all ages – Thursday, May 26th at 5:30 pm

    Come in and play board, card, and video games. This event is open to all ages, bring a friend or family member to try out a new game!
  • Closed for Memorial Day – The Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.

  • Summer Reading Kickoff Party – Wednesday, July 1st at 2 pm.

    Help us kickoff Summer Reading. We will have games, hot dogs, popcorn, a bouncy house, and more! All ages welcome.

  • Library and Lunch – On Tuesday, June 14th​ at Noon, our book club will meet to discuss “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir.

Black History Month at the Library

Events

  • Storytimes We have Storytime sessions on Wednesdays at 10 am, Monday evenings at 5:30 pm, and now we have brand new Saturday Storytime sessions at 11 am for Storytime in English and 11:30 for Storytime in Spanish.
Saturday Storytime

  • Facebook Storytimes – Tuesdays at 11 am for Storytime in Spanish and Thursdays at 11 am for Storytime in English.

    Visit the library’s Facebook page every week for a new Storytime recording.  https://www.facebook.com/lmlibrary

  • Closed for Presidents’ Day – The Library will be closed on Monday, February 21st for Presidents’ Day.  We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.

  • Mardi Gras Bunco – Thursday, February 24th at 2 pm

    Adults, come to our Mardi Gras themed Bunco Party! We will have masks, beads and prizes! Seating is limited. Sign up on our website or call 626-0180. (Snacks will be served)
2022 Mardi Gras Bunco

  • Encanto Party – Feb. 24th at 4 pm

    On Thursday, Feb. 24th at 4 pm, come to the library and celebrate with the Family Madrigal! We will have Encanto themed photo ops, a craft, popcorn, and lemonade while we watch the movie.

  • Pokemon Day – Monday, Feb. 28th

    Stop by for a Pokémon themed grab and go activity pack and join in on a Pokémon scavenger hunt to be entered to win a prize!

    Packs will be available at the library starting Friday, Feb. 25th. The scavenger hunt must be returned to the library by 8 pm Monday, Feb. 28th to be eligible for the prize drawing. All ages are welcome to participate!
Pokemon Day 2022

Black History Month Display

2022 Black History Alcove

Come in to see the Black History Month alcove display put together by one of our library patrons. While you’re here, stop by our display of books by African American Authors. Here are just a few:

You can also find these books listed on our catalog http://catalog.lmlibrary.org

Black Bottom Saints

Black Bottom Saints: A Novel
by Alice Randall

For decades, Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson, the founder and dean of the Ziggy Johnson School of the Theatre, has been the pulse of Detroit’s famous Black Bottom. A celebrated gossip columnist for the city’s African-American newspaper, the Michigan Chronicle, he is also the emcee of one of the hottest night clubs, where he’s rubbed elbows with the legendary black artists of the era, including Della Reese,  Billy Eckstein, and Nat “King” Cole. 

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 “Saints.” 

Accompanying these “tributes” are thoughtfully paired cocktails that capture the essence of each of Ziggy’s saints―libations as strong and satisfying as Alice Randall’s wholly original view of a place and time unlike any other.

And Sometimes I Wonder About You

And Sometimes I Wonder About You 

by Walter Mosley

In the fifth Leonid McGill novel, Leonid finds himself in an unusual pickle of trying to balance his cases with his chaotic personal life. Leonid’s father is still out there somewhere, and his wife is in an uptown sanitarium. 

Meanwhile, Leonid is approached by an unemployed office manager named Hiram Stent to track down the whereabouts of his cousin, Celia, who is about to inherit millions of dollars from her father’s side of the family. Leonid declines the case, but after his office is broken into and Hiram is found dead, he gets reeled into the underbelly of Celia’s wealthy old-money family. It’s up to Leonid to save who he can and incriminate the guilty.

Black Deutschland

Black Deutschland: A Novel
by Darryl Pinckney

Jed―young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago―flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, is where he’s chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America.

But history, both personal and political, can’t be avoided with time or distance. Whether it’s the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband’s bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits.

New Year’s Resolutions

Are you determined to make 2022 better than 2021? Is your resolution to get healthy? Eat better? Develop a more positive outlook? Check out our New Year’s Resolutions book display to find some inspiration.

Whats a homeowner to do

What’s a Homeowner to Do?
by Stephen Fanuka and Edward Lewine

With hundreds of clear, helpful illustrations, this essential reference covers such topics as how to install a ceiling fan; determining the right amount of paint to buy; how to repair a loose stair tread; choosing the proper child safety gate; and many more.

More importantly, you’ll get expert advice on when a repair is something you can do yourself and when it’s best executed by a professional. In the process, you’ll learn more than enough to speak knowledgeably about any problem with a hardware store clerk, a repairman, or a contractor.

ego is the enemy

Ego Is the Enemy
by Ryan Holiday 

Ego Is the Enemy draws on stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.

In an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion, the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts. Armed with the lessons in this book, as Holiday writes, “you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.”

no more excuses diet

The No More Excuses Diet: 3 Days to Bust Any Excuse, 3 Weeks to Easy New Eating Habits, 3 Months to Total Transformation
by Maria Kang

We all know that we should exercise and eat right, so why is it so hard to follow through? We make excuses for why we aren’t taking better care of ourselves, saying things like, “I’m too tired,” “I don’t have time,” or “I’m just not built to look that way.” 

The No More Excuses Diet combines short term goals with healthy habit-forming behaviors to create permanent lifestyle changes. Using a specially designed transformation calendar, readers set clear, personal goals and make an easy-to-follow plan for each day.  

The No More Excuses Diet also provides a completely customizable workout guide, with over 50 illustrated exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and to shed fat.

Are you really listening

Are You Really Listening?: Keys to Successful Communication
by Paul J. Donoghue and Mary E. Siegel

Listening is an essential skill worth every effort to learn and to master. Listening takes us out of our tendency toward self-absorption and self-protection. It opens us to the world around us and to the persons who matter most to us. When we listen, we learn, we grow, and we are nourished.

Why do we often feel cut off when speaking to the people closest to us? What is it that keeps so many of us from really listening? Practicing psychotherapists, Donoghue and Siegel answer these questions and more in this thoughtful, witty, and helpful look at the reasons why people don’t listen. Filled with vivid examples that clearly demonstrate easy-to-learn listening techniques, Are You Really Listening? is a guide to the secrets and joys of listening and being listened to.

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hoopla BingePass

hoopla BingePass gives Library patrons unlimited access to collections of streaming content for 7 days…with a single borrow. It’s a new way to explore great online content—and a lot of it!

BingePass launched with the introduction of hoopla Magazines and The Great Courses Video Library Collection and the Curiosity Stream BingePass is coming late January.

hoopla Magazines offers 50 popular and in-demand magazines for all ages and interests, such as HGTV, Elle, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, Inc., Men’s Health, Time for Kids, Woman’s Day, Runner’s World, and many more. These 50 titles are just the beginning—the catalog will evolve and grow steadily over time.

The Great Courses BingePass offers a collection of popular courses curated specifically for Libraries. The collection features more than 300 courses, with each containing numerous lectures. That means patrons can access thousands of learning sessions with a single hoopla Instant borrow.

The Curiosity Stream BingePass will give access to the Curiosity Stream platform that showcases all their documentaries and nonfiction series! With a single hoopla Instant borrow, Library patrons can watch thousands of high-quality videos about science, history, technology, nature, society, and lifestyle, plus some great content for kids! Watch films like The Year That Rocked the World, Royals: Keeping the Crown, Rescued Chimpanzees of the Congo with Jane Goodall, Ancient Engineering, Underworld, Psychology of Con Artists, and thousands more.

All Liberal Memorial Library patrons can sign up for a free hoopla account. If you haven’t signed up yet, call 626-0180 or come in and we can help you get started.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Library!

Events

  • Storytimes Wednesdays at 10:00 am and again on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm
  • Facebook Storytimes – Fridays at 4 pm
  • Kids Thanksgiving Bingo – Tuesday, November 23rd at 5 pm

Kids, join us for a fun game of Thanksgiving themed Bingo! For ages 12 and under. Snacks and fun prizes will be available!

  • Movie Night – Tuesday, Nov. 30th at 6 pm

Come to the library and enjoy a movie and free popcorn! Feel free to bring your own drink, and a blanket/pillow to be comfy!

When the patrol’s biggest rival, Mayor Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head-on.

Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Closed for Thanksgiving

The library will close at 1 pm on Wednesday the 24th and will be closed on Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen for normal business hours on Saturday at 9 am.

Holiday Open House

2021 Holiday Open House

On December 9th from 6 to 8 pm, we are having a holiday celebration at the library. There will be cookies, musical performances, and a special visit from Santa. Bring the kids to listen to Santa tell stories and to take their pictures with Santa. 

Teen Grab & Go Craft Kit: Mystery Craft

Teens, during the month of December come in and pick up a ready to make craft! Get one while supplies last, craft will be available for the rest of the month or until supplies run out.

Online Library and Lunch

Library and Lunch December 2021

On Tuesday, December 14th at Noon, our book club will meet online to discuss “A dog’s perfect Christmas” by Cameron, W. Bruce.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

2021 Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

On Thursday, December 16th at 4 pm, wear an ugly Christmas sweater for this fun party for adults! Participate in a White Elephant gift exchange for gifts up to $10, play games, and eat snacks. Adults only.  

Seating is limited. Sign up online, by phone, or at the front desk.

Teen Otaku Club

Wednesday, December 15th at 5 pm we will be celebrating our love of Otaku by having a holiday party! Join us in games, an ornament craft, snacks, and a gift exchange!

Sign up is required to attend this month due to the planned activities.

Holiday Cookbooks

Are you looking for some inspiration for a holiday feast? Check out some of our cookbooks. The Library has all kinds of cookbooks available for checkout. Here are a few:

A bird in the hand

A Bird in the Hand: Chicken recipes for every day and every mood
by Diana Henry

Chicken is one of the most popular foods we love to cook and eat: comforting, casual, easy, even celebratory, it’s always in the kitchen and on the table. Plundering the globe, there is no shortage of brilliant ways to cook it, whether you need a quick supper after work, something for a lazy summer BBQ or a feast to nourish family and friends. In A Bird in the Hand, Diana Henry o­ffers a host of new, simple and not-so-very-well-known dishes, starring the bird we all love.

Sweets and Treats with Six sisters' stuff

Sweets & Treats With Six Sisters’ Stuff: 100+ Desserts, Gift Ideas, and Traditions for the Whole Family
by Six Sisters’ Stuff

Who doesn’t love dessert? The Six Sisters have gathered together more than 100 of their best dessert recipes into one cookbook that the whole family will enjoy. From cakes and cupcakes and cookies to pies and brownies and ice cream, this cookbook has the easy-to-make, family-friendly recipes you’ve come to expect from the Six Sisters.

Moosewood Restaurant celebrates

Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates: Festive Meals for Holidays and Special Occasions
by Moosewood Collective

For three decades, the famed Moosewood Collective has prepared innovative meatless meals that have left vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike clamoring for more. Now, just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of their internationally acclaimed Ithaca restaurant, The Moosewood Collective presents their first-ever collection of menus for memorable occasions, with vegetarian specialties for every season.

Take the Internet Home With You!

Checkout a Chromebook and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot from Liberal Memorial Library and take the internet home with you!

Chromebook kit and mobile hotspot

Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebook kits are available for checkout to library patrons who are 18 years of age or older, with a limit of one per household. The kits include a Chromebook, charger, mouse, carrying case, and instructions.

Check out a Chromebook kit and a Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot out for two weeks, just like a book.

A mobile hotspot is a portable device that provides internet access to any Wi-Fi enabled device within approximately 30 feet. 

The Chromebooks, when connected to a mobile hotspot or other internet source, will allow patrons to browse the internet and use android or Chrome web store apps for word processing, games, and more.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Banned Books Week

Next week, September 26th – October 2nd, will be Banned Book Week. Come in and check out our displays and the events that we will have throughout the week. Get your picture taken and your name entered into a Banned Books drawing.

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Here are a few of our library’s books that have been banned or challenged in some places throughout the country.

To kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Leebanned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience.

To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. 

A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwoodbanned and challenged for profanity and for “vulgarity and sexual overtones.”

In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birth rates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.

The kite runner

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini banned and challenged for sexuality and profanity

The heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the sweep of history. The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Since its publication in 2003 Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America’s most treasured writers.

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrisonbanned and challenged for profanity, sexual imagery, and a story line about an incestuous relationship

Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon creates a magical world out of four generations of black life in America. On the day that Macon Dead, Jr. (known as Milkman), son of the richest black family in a mid-western town is born, the lonely insurance man, Robert Smith, attempts to fly from a steeple of the hospital.

We follow Milkman as he grows up in his father’s money and death haunted house with his silent sisters and strangely passive mother. And we follow him as he strikes out alone; moving first toward adventure and then–as the unspoken truth about his family and his own buried heritage announces itself–toward an adventurous and crucial embrace of life.

Events

  • Storytimes Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m and again on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm
  • Facebook Storytimes – Fridays at 4 pm
  • Kids To-Go Craft – September 20th – 25th, or while supplies last. Come in and pick up a ready to make craft to do at home!
  • Family Activity: Break-in Bags – Tuesday, Sept. 21st

    For those of you who miss the escape room experience, we’ve switched things up and created Break-In Bags. Test your problem solving skills and be rewarded with treasure! Sign up for the program and pick up your bag at the Liberal Memorial Library. One per family please and only available while supplies last.
  • Teen Otaku Club – Wednesday, October 20th at 5 pm

    Do you love anime and manga and are in middle or high school? Then come to our Teen Otaku Club meeting. This month we will watch and discuss the anime Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun!. We will also make a fun cosplay craft. Sign up to get a copy of the manga to read in advance and save your spot for the meeting. There will be a door prize and there will be a free snack for each person that signs up!

  • Teen Advisory Group – Tuesday, October 12th at 6 pm

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a group where teens will get together over snacks and discuss what they want the library to do for teens and try to make those ideas a reality. Teens may earn community service hours if needed for attending the meeting. 

Applications are required to join. Stop by the library to pick one up or fill it out online, https://lmlibrary.org/teen-volunteer-opportunities. See our website for more information.

New at the Library

Checkout hotspots and Chromebooks

Coming Soon

Thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the library will soon have mobile Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks available for checkout to library patrons. You will be able to check out a mobile hotspot and/or Chromebook and take the Internet home with you! 

A mobile hotspot is a portable device that provides internet access to any Wi-Fi enabled device within approximately 30 feet. Our hotspots will rely on mobile broadband service from T-Mobile to provide 4G LTE coverage.

The Chromebooks, when connected to a mobile hotspot or other internet source, will allow patrons to log in using their personal Google account and browse the internet, use android apps, or apps from the Chrome web store. Don’t have a gmail account? We can help you set up a free account.

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3D Printing

The Library has a brand new 3D printer that’s capable of printing up to four different colored filaments at once. Do you want to try out 3D printing? It costs $0.10 per gram to print with a minimum charge of $0.50. Visit our website, https://lmlibrary.org/ask-about-our-3d-printer/, to find more information about 3D printing.

 

Events

  • Storytimes Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m and again on Monday evenings at 5:30 pm
  • Facebook Storytimes – Fridays at 4 pm
  • Teen Otaku Club – Wednesday, August 18th at 5 pm

    Do you love anime and manga and are in middle or high school? Then come to our Teen Otaku Club meeting. This month we are discussing the manga & anime Fairy Tail. Sign up to get a copy of the manga to read in advance and save your spot for the meeting. There will be a door prize and a box of pocky for each person that signs up!

  • Kid’s Day at the 5-State Fair – Saturday, August 21st starting at 9 am

    The library will be at the activity center on Saturday the 21st as a part of the 5-State Fair’s Kid’s Day! Join us there starting at 9 am for a llama themed storytime and craft!

  • Closed for Labor Day – Monday, September 6th

    The Library will be closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday at 9 am for our regular hours.

  • Teen Advisory Group – Tuesday, September 14th at 6 pm

    Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is a group where teens will get together over snacks and discuss what they want the library to do for teens and try to make those ideas a reality. Teens may earn community service hours if needed for attending the meeting. 

    Applications are required to join. Stop by the library to pick one up or fill it out online, https://lmlibrary.org/teen-volunteer-opportunities. See our website for more information.

“Books about Books” book display

Because August 9th was Book Lover’s Day, we decided to put together a display of books that are all about books. Here are a few:

A curious incident

A Curious Incident: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany

It’s up to Gemma and Jayne to root out the killer when the winner of a garden tour trophy is left pushing up daisies.

“I am not a Consulting Detective,” Gemma Doyle tells 10-year-old Lauren Tierney, when the little girl comes to the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium to beg Gemma to find her missing cat, Snowball. Gemma might not be able to follow the clues to find the cat, but her dog Violet follows her nose. Gemma and Violet proudly return Snowball to her grateful owner, and Gemma basks in praise for a job well done. But a few days later Lauren is back with ten dollars in hand, wanting to once again hire a consulting detective, and this time for a far bigger job: Her mother has been accused of murder.

Despite herself, and despite the disapproval of her police detective boyfriend Ryan Ashburton, the game is once again afoot, and Gemma finds herself and Jayne Wilson using their powers of deduction to ponder yet another curious incident.

 
How to find love in a book shop

How to Find Love in a Bookshop
by Veronica Henry

The enchanting story of a bookshop, its devoted owner, its loyal customers, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart.

Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive. 

Enter the world of Nightingale Books for a serving of romance, long-held secrets, and unexpected hopes for the future—and not just within the pages on the shelves. How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the delightful story of Emilia, the unforgettable cast of customers whose lives she has touched, and the books they all cherish.

 
The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char
by Scott Hawkins

A missing God.

A library with the secrets to the universe.

A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.

Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. After all, she was a normal American herself once.  

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. 

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.

 
The bookseller

The Bookseller: A Novel
by Cynthia Swanson

1962: It may be the Swinging Sixties in New York, but in Denver it’s different: being a single gal over thirty in this city is almost bohemian. Still, thirty-eight-year-old Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She dedicated herself to the bookstore she runs with her best friend, Frieda, returning home each evening to her cozy apartment. 

Then the dreams begin.

1963: Katharyn Andersson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have beautiful children, an elegant home, and good friends. It’s everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted—but it only exists when she sleeps.

Convinced that these dreams are simply due to her overactive imagination, Kitty enjoys her nighttime forays into this alternate world. Can she choose which life she wants? If so, what is the cost of staying Kitty, or becoming Katharyn?

As the lines between her worlds begin to blur, Kitty must figure out what is real and what is imagined. And how do we know where that boundary lies in our own lives?

End of Summer Reading

Summer Reading will come to a close in just a couple of weeks. But we still have lots of fun programs coming up.

Events

  • Monday evenings at 5:30 and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m – Storytimes

    In person Summer Reading Storytimes are open to children of all ages. Enjoy stories, crafts, and songs!
  • Fridays at 4 pm Facebook Storytimes

    Facebook Live storytimes will be held on Fridays at 4 pm. Catch them live or watch the recordings later.
  • Tuesday, June 22th at 4 pm – Anime Drawing Class

    A fun class on learning how to draw an anime character. You will be given some tips and tricks on how to improve your skill! This program is open to Teens and Adults.

  • Tuesday, June 24th at 10 am – Mad Science

    Watch as Mad Science puts a twist on the Summer theme by demonstrating the science of flight. This program is open to all ages.
  • Tuesday, June 24th at 5:30 pm – Evening Spinning Yarns

    Do you love to crochet, knit, or do other needlework? Would you like to spend time with other adults who share your interest, give pointers, and socialize? Then come work on your current project at our Spinning Yarns group! This program is open to adults.
  • Friday, June 25th at 4 pm – Kahoot Animal Trivia

    Play Kahoot Animal trivia at the library! It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are, come in and join the fun! Sign up to reserve your spot. Bring an electronic device or use one of ours for a chance to play and win prizes. This program is open to all ages.
  • Saturday, June 26th – Cutest Pet Contest Submission Ends

    Bring us the cutest picture of your fur babies, feather babies, or even scaly babies and let our patrons choose the cutest of the cute! The winning pets will receive a basket of goodies donated by the Kansas Avenue Vet Clinic and Shirley’s Critter Care.
  • Monday, June 28th – Cutest Pet Contest Voting Starts


Come into the library and vote for the pet you think is the cutest.Voting will be open until July 3rd and the winners will be announced Monday, July 5th.

  • Wednesday, June 30th at 10 am – Spinning Yarns

    Do you love to crochet, knit, or do other needlework? Would you like to spend time with other adults who share your interest, give pointers, and socialize? Then come work on your current project at our Spinning Yarns group! This program is open to adults.

  • Thursday, July 1st at 10 am – Dan Dan the Magic Man

    Be amazed by awesome magic and hilarious comedy with Dan Dan the Magic Man. This program is open to all ages.

  • Friday, July 2nd at 4 pm – Teen/Family Feud Game

    Join us for the fun live version of the classic game show! Sign up individually or with friends or family to play. Call 620-626-0180 to sign up. This program is open to teens and families.

Grand Prizes

For people who are using paper logs, be sure to turn in your completed logs or bingo sheets by Saturday, July 3rd to be entered into the grand prize drawings for fun prizes.

For people keeping track online using the Beanstack app, be sure to use the app to log your time spent reading, and finish earning your badges so you can apply your earned tickets toward the grand prizes before July 3rd.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Banner

Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party is just around the corner! Next Tuesday, May 25th, at 2 pm we will be kicking off Summer Reading in the parking lot with games, prizes, balloon animals, hot dogs, and popcorn.

Summer Reading Signup

Starting on the 25th, you’ll be able to sign up for Summer Reading online at https://lmlibrary.beanstack.org/ or if you prefer an offline option, you can pick up a paper registration form at the library.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Rooster

Kids’ Summer Reading

Kids ages 0-5, read 20 books to complete the challenge and receive a prize.

Kids ages 6-12, read 15 hours to complete the main challenge and receive a prize, or go the extra mile and read 30 hours to receive an additional prize! 

Earn badges by logging your minutes or books read and by completing activities online. The badges will change to color from black/white as you earn them.

Stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up the weekly Kids Craft Kit.

 

Teens’ Summer Reading

The teen program is for ages 13-17. Earn 8 badges of any kind to complete the program.

Earn badges by logging the minutes you read, writing reviews of books you read, and by participating in activities. Any kind of reading will count toward earning badges. The badges will change to color from black/white as you earn them.

For every badge you earn, you will earn tickets to put towards prizes. Prizes will be available half way through the program and until June 11th. Final prizes will be available for you to earn after that and until the end date of July 3rd.

Adults’ Summer Reading

Tails and Tales Summer Reading turtle

The adult program is for ages 18 and up. Earn badges by logging the books you read, by completing activities online (the activities are like attending virtual library events), and by writing book reviews. The badges will change to color from black/white as you earn them.

Earn 5 badges to get the completion badge and be entered into a prize drawing. Go above and beyond by earning 24 badges to be entered into our grand prize drawing!

If you want to participate in Summer reading offline, come by the library to pick up a bingo card instead.

Closed Memorial Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our normal hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer Reading Events

We will have several special events at the library during Summer Reading this year, including:

  • Tuesday, the 25th at 2 pm – Summer Reading Kickoff Party

  • Tuesday, June 1st at 10 am – Jammin’ Randy will perform fun songs about all kinds of animals. Everyone will be encouraged to dance and sing-a-long!

  • Friday, June 4 at 4 pm – Teen Drawful Game Night

  • Tuesday, June 8th at 10 am – Lee Richardson Zoomobile – Enjoy a storytime and a visit from an animal friend straight from the Lee Richardson Zoo.

  • Tuesday, June 8th at 4 pm – Anime Drawing Class, for Teens and Adults

  • Friday, June 11th at 4 pm – Teen Anime Trivia

  • Friday, June 16th at 5 pm – Virtual Teen Otaku Club

  • Friday, June 18th at 5 pm – Teen Among Us Night

  • Tuesday, June 22th at 4 pm – Anime Drawing Class, for Teens and Adults

  • Tuesday, June 24th at 10 am – Mad Science

  • Friday, June 25th at 4 pm – Teen Animal Trivia

  • Thursday, July 1st at 10 am – Dan Dan the Magic Man

  • Friday, July 2nd at 4 pm – Family Feud Game Night

Yard and Garden book display

Spring is well under way. Are you growing a garden this year? Maybe you want to improve your lawn or patio area? Check out our Yard and Garden display either in person at the library or online by going to our catalog, http://catalog.lmlibrary.org, then choose Adult on the top menu and Book Display under the List of All option.

Garden Walls and Fences

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Garden Walls & Fences
by Phil Schmidt 

Whether it is for aesthetics, security, or simple privacy, no project is more important to a landscape than its vertical boundary structures—the fences, walls, screens, and retaining wall terraces. This book includes classic favorites, like picket fences and panel fences, but also includes interesting regional variations, like Virginia split rail fences and dry-fit stone garden walls.

Gardening for Butterflies

Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects
by The Xerces Society  

Welcome the world’s most exquisite visitors to your garden! Gardening for Butterflies, by the experts at the Xerces Society, introduces you to a variety of butterflies who need our help, and shows you how to design a habitat where they will thrive. This optimistic call to arms is packed with everything you need to create a beautiful, pollinator-friendly garden. 

Dryland Gardening

Dryland Gardening: Plants that Survive and Thrive in Tough Conditions
by Jennifer Bennett 

An essential reference to gardening in hot and cold dry climates.

Gardening where summers are hot and prone to periods of drought, or where winters are snowy one week and freezing rain the next, is best managed by xeriscaping — dryland gardening techniques that favor not only water conservation but also the conservation of time, energy and other resources.

Xeriscaping enthusiasts exist throughout North America wherever the climate calls for dryland gardening, from the Great Plains prairies to the California desert.