Magic and Music at Your Library

Dan Dan the magic man poster imageWhat’s happening this week at the Library

  • Monday – Friday at 11:30 am to 12:30 Summer Lunches – This summer lunches will be served from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Downstairs Activity Area at the Library. USD 480’s Summer Food Service Program is open to all children and teens, ages 1-18. No registration or identification required. For more information, contact Connie Vogts at 620-604-1204.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – This storytime is for newborns to 3 year olds. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “5 ingredient recipes”.
  • Wednesday at 4 pm Teen Crafts and Video Games – For ages 12 & up. Play our X-Box, Playstation 4, or Wii! Or, make a cool craft! Free snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Thursday at 11 am Storytime – This storytime is for 4 to 6 year olds. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – This evening storytime is similar to the daytime version but is for all ages.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Yu-Gi-Oh – For Ages 12 and up. Play the fun card game with friends! Free snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Friday at Noon Adult Summer Reading Grand Prize Drawing – We will have our June grand prize drawing for Adult Summer Reading. This month’s grand prize is a ukulele. Get your drawing slips in before Noon this Friday to be entered to win.
  • Friday at 2 pm Dan Dan the Magic Man – Dan’s magic show will guide you on a journey full of musical adventures! Silly songs, live animals, and tons of audience participation will have you Rockin’, Rollin’, and Reading!


New Library Mobile App

Check out the new free app for our library catalog! Now you can use your mobile device to view your library account, quickly see what’s new at the library (new books, new DVDs, etc.), put a hold on items you like, renew what you have checked out, and even pay library fines using PayPal. You can also create lists of items you would like to check out, books you would like to read.

Suppose you are at a store and see a book you’d like to read, but don’t want to buy it if the library already has a copy. You can use the Library Mobile catalog app to scan the book’s ISBN barcode (usually on the back of the book towards the bottom) and instantly see if the library owns it.

Look for Auto-Graphics Library Mobile in your app store to get started. Once you’ve installed the app, type in the zip code to find your library and login using your library card number and password. You have the option of setting the app to remember your library card number and password for you so you won’t have to enter it again.

Teen Area

We’ve added computers to the library’s teen area that are exclusively for the use of our teen patrons. The computers and the lovely new computer tables they sit on are a welcome addition to our vibrant teen area, which includes comfy furniture and a good selection of books and graphic novels that are sure to engage even reluctant readers.


Books that inspired a Movie or TV show

What’s happening this week

Children’s Summer Reading is over and Adult Summer Reading is winding down, but there’s still plenty going on at the library this week.

  • Blue Ribbon PieTuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme. This month’s theme will be fair foods.We will also have our Adult Summer Reading final prize drawing during Recipe Swap. Bring your reading list with you, or turn in your lists prior to the start of Recipe Swap. We will have the final prize drawing during this event. You do not have to be present to win.
  • Wednesday at 4 pm Lego Day – Kids, come use your imagination to build something great!
  • Thursday at 11:15 am Storytime – Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Teen Video and Tabletop Game Club – Come play our Wii, Xbox, Ps4, or one of several fun board games.

Books that inspired a Movie or TV show

There are so many books in the library that have been made into movies or TV shows. We even have quite a few of the movies they were made into. We’ve put together a book display featuring some of the book and movie pairs that the library has to offer.

the roadThe Road
by Cormac McCarthy

This post-apocalyptic novel was written in 2006 and made into a movie in 2010 starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Robert Duvall.

From the book description
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.


by Diana Gabaldon

New York Times bestselling book and first in a very popular series, this novel inspired a TV series of the same name.
From the book description

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.


this is where is leave youThis Is Where I Leave You
by Jonathan Tropper

The dramatic comedy that was based on this book stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll as adult siblings.

From the book description
The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose affair with Judd’s radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened.

This Is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

Exercise Your Mind at the Library

2016-srp-adult-exercise-bookThis month at the library, it’s time for Adult Summer Reading! Make sure to sign up on our website at or at the library. Then, turn in a slip every time you finish a book, magazine, or audio book for a chance to win one of our weekly prize drawings!  Here’s what’s coming up for Adults this month:

  • Tuesday, August 16 at Noon: Exercise Your Mind: Prepare for the Fair! The Five-State Fair is at the end of August. Come learn about the fair and get help signing up your entries for the fair.
  • Wednesday, August 17 at noon and Thurs, Aug. 18 at 6 pm: Coffee & Crafts! This month, we’ll be making stuffed sock animals! Create a fun animal for display or gifting. Teens & adults welcome.
  • Every Friday at 1 pm: Weekly drawing for prizes! Make sure you get in your entry slips before this time.
  • Tuesday, August 23 at Noon: Exercise your mind: Trivia Face-off! Come challenge your trivia knowledge to win prizes!
  • Blue Ribbon PieTuesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm: Recipe Swap and End of Summer Reading Party! Bring a fair food, along with the recipe, to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Bring your reading list with you, or turn in your list prior to the start of Recipe Swap. We will have the final prize drawing during this event. Do not have to be present to win.

We also have some fun events for kids and teens this month:

If your kid(s) read at least 15 hours this summer or your teen(s) earned at least 25 points, and you turned in their Summer Reading Log(s), don’t forget to come pick up their prizes!  Prizes can also be picked up on the 18th at the High Readers’ Party, for those attending.

  • Wednesdays at 4 pm: Lego day! Come use your imagination to build something great.
  • Thursdays at 11:15 am: Storytime! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. All ages welcome.
  • Thursday, August 18 at 4 pm: High Readers’ Party! If you got at least 50 stickers in the Children’s Summer Reading Program or earned at least 50 points in the Teen Summer Reading Program, you are invited to a pizza party! Please email Elizabeth at if your kid(s) plan to attend. High readers will be entered into drawings for special prizes; you don’t have to attend to win.
  • Fridays at 2 pm: Movie day! Watch a family-friendly movie and enjoy free popcorn and lemonade.
  • Thursday, August 25 at 4 pm: Teen Videogame & Tabletop Game Club. Play on our Xbox, Wii, or Playstation 4. Or, challenge your friends to Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, or one of our other board games. Or, get crafty!

There are a lot of fun ways to Exercise your Mind during the rest of August at the Library!