Hot Kid’s Series for Hotter Summer Days

While the summer reading program is over for kids and teens, the adults are still reading for a Bingo! If your teens and children haven’t turned in their summer reading logs, make sure to bring it by the library soon to get a t-shirt.

Just because summer reading is over, doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything to do at the library! The month of July is going to be really busy in the children’s department (and every other department) of the library and parents are encouraged to pick up a schedule in the library, look online at or give us a call at 626-0180. For July, we have board game days, movies, games on the lawn, Roblox days, rainbow looming and, of course, story times. All activities are free of charge for children in the community.

While reading to earn a t-shirt is over, we still have a lot of great books at the library. Here are some of the series that are hot, hot, hot this summer:

The Kylie Jean books star Kylie Jean a lovable girl who has a lot of personality. Kids who like Junie B. Jones or Judy Moody will like these books because of their sparkle and pinkness and parents who hate Junie B. or Judy Moody will like the kinder, gentler Kylie Jean. Kylie Jean always gets into a bit of mischief, gets out of the scrape and then learns a lesson. Kylie Jean is the Spelling Queen, Cupcake Queen, Singing Queen and more.

For slightly older readers (both boys and girls) we have the Geronimo and Thea Stilton books. These books with a mouse hero and heroine are great beginning chapter books because they have a lot of pictures, use easy words and are in color. The series goes on and on, so it will keep kids reading for trip after trip to the library.

For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid who have finished Hard Luck and are looking for something to read before the ninth book, The Long Haul gets released in November, we have a lot of great series that are similar. The Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger. This series of five books (plus the activity book) is so much fun, and you don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to get it. The book is based on journal entries to find out whether or not the origami yoda is wise enough to give good advice.

A second Wimpy Kid read-alike is the Loser List by H.N. Kowitt. When a middle school kid finds himself on the loser list on the inside of the girl’s bathroom wall, he gets caught removing his name and ends up getting detention and changing the way everyone at school looks at him. There are four books in the series so far.

Finally, we have a lot of the popular series books in Spanish. We have Dork Diaries, Wimpy Kid, Goosebumps, Judy Moody, Stink, Junie B. Jones, Harry Potter and more. These are great for parents to read to their kids or for kids who are learning Spanish to read during the summer so they don’t lose what they’ve learned in the school year.

We are always ready to give book recommendations to kids and their parents at the library. Check out some of our new books today or pick up an old classic.

I’m Not Going to Beg, but…

If you haven’t signed up for summer reading at Liberal Memorial Library, then pop into the library or apply online at our website ( We’ve already had hundreds of children sign up already. The goal is to get more kids signed up, more kids to complete the program and more total hours read than last year. We will still accept applications for a little while longer (and since the program is free and fun, you have no excuse not to sign up). One of the best parts of the summer reading program is the weekly sessions that we have. This year, we have six different groups – the wee ones, toddlers, preschoolers, grade 1 & 2, grade 3 & 4 and grade 5 & 6. Since the theme of the summer reading program is Fizz, Boom, Read, each of the weekly programs is going to be a lot of fun, because we are going to have science experiments, stories, crafts, music and other activities.

Last year we had worms as a mascot for the summer reading program. Kids had a great time digging through the newspaper bedding to find the worms cowering in the bottom of the box. This year we are having another mascot – since the theme of summer reading is a science theme, what better animal to have at the library than a monkey? Well, since I would probably be fired for ordering a real monkey on the library’s credit card, we are going to discover the scientific importance of sea monkeys. In the first weekly session (which is this coming week), each group is going to try their hand at growing sea monkeys. I’ve dug out the magnifying glass, so we should be able to see something almost instantly. The sea monkeys will stay in the library until the end of the summer reading program so that each week the kids can see them grow.

While you are at the weekly programs, make sure to check out a few books. Right across from the circulation desk, we have a lot of books from the American Library Association’s summer reading list on display. This list has some great books for kids of all ages – from story books to chapter books. We’ll keep replenishing the display with books that are favorites with kids. Don’t worry, there won’t be any boring books on display.

We also have some great special programs lined up for the beginning of the month. Professor Popcorn from K-State Extension is going to come on June 4th. We’ll have two groups – one at 2:00 and one at 2:30. This program is limited to 20 participants from grade one to six in each group and is going to be an exploration of food science.

One June 11th at 2:00 we have a science show – Fizz, Boom, Pop, Science Rocks. Kids (and adults) are going to see the exciting side of science and what happens when things get mixed together. It’ll be fun for all ages. It’s free and open to as many people as we can squeeze in the library!
If you don’t have a library card, now is the time to get one. Kids of any age can get a library card with their parent’s permission. To get a first card, mom or dad needs a photo ID and a piece of mail that was sent to them (like a utility bill) so that we can verify an address. The card will be mailed to you and then you are ready to start checking things out.

Don’t forget to start reading and logging those minutes once you sign up for summer reading. Set aside time each night to read. Turn off the TV for a half an hour, and read as a family. Mom and dad can set a good example by signing up for the adult summer reading program and completing a bingo over the course of the summer.

Check out our website (, call (626-0180) or come into the library to find out what is going on each week. It’s an exciting summer at Liberal Memorial Library as we plan to Fizz, Boom, Read!

Why Don’t You Sign Up for Summer Reading?

Sign up for swimming lessons – Check!

Sign up for summer reading at the library – Hmmm….

A lot of parents are good at signing their kids up for swimming lessons, sports and other camps, but
then forget to sign them up for the summer reading program at the library. Sign up for summer reading at Liberal Memorial Library begins tomorrow for everybody in the community. We often get asked a lot of questions about the program (and given a lot of bad excuses about why they didn’t participate once the program is over), so here is the information that you need to know.

1. Who is summer reading for? We have three different programs, one for kids from birth to grade 6, a teen program for kids from grade 7 to 12 and then an adult program for everybody else. While you are signing up you kids, make sure to sign up for the adult program! Each program has different special events all revolving around a theme. For example, the theme of the children’s program is Fizz, Boom Read, a science theme. Each week, we will be discovering a different aspect of science and technology.

2. Why would I sign up for summer reading? I won’t bore you with statistics that show that kids who don’t read during the summer lose some of what they’ve learned the previous year in school, which sets them back when school starts again in the fall. Summer reading isn’t just about the books, it is also about having fun. We have crafts, games, songs, science experiments, stories and more planned for the weekly sessions this year and some stellar special programs. Plus, all of it is free!

3. Isn’t summer vacation supposed to be fun? Summer reading is fun. This year, Dan, Dan the Magic Man is coming to perform a science/magic show. We have a mad science show – Fizz Boom Pop, Science Rocks! We have tons and tons of Legos coming over to the library from the Air and Space Museum. Professor Popcorn from K-State Extension is going to wow us with food science. Weekly movies will give us a chance to just veg out with friends (and with popcorn and lemonade). I promise, it is going to be fun for kids.

4. How does it work? It’s simple. Sign up at the library (or online at our webpage, Choose a reading goal (at least ten hours to earn a t-shirt). Come to programs if you can. Keep reading at home. At the end of the program, return your logs to the library to get a t-shirt.

5. My kid doesn’t like to read books. You don’t have to read books in order for it to count for summer reading. You can read magazines, comic books, anything… We have books on nearly any subject at the library.

6. I live in Oklahoma- I can’t join. It doesn’t matter where you live, you can sign up for summer reading at the library. If your grandkids are visiting for the summer from Arkansas, sign them up too. (Insider tip, Oklahoma residents can get a library card from the library for free now, so you can check out books and participate in library programs.)

7. I work, so I can’t bring my kids to the programs. You can sign up for the reading part of summer reading even if you don’t plan on coming to any of the programs. And none of the programs have registration (although a few this summer do have limits to the number of participants), so you can be spontaneous!

Signing up for summer reading takes less than five minutes and is easy to do. It’s free and it’s one of the great things that the library has to offer. If you haven’t participated in summer reading before, now is your chance to get signed up! For more information, contact me at the library at 626-0180.