Changes are coming for eAudiobooks

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Kansas Library eCard 

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

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

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

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

Don’t have a Kansas Library eCard?

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

library and lunch December 2020

Online Library and Lunch

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

Kansas Notable Books display

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

You can find a complete list of Kansas Notable Books available for checkout from our library catalog, 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: 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.

Gifting Tablets, Phones or E-readers this Season? Do This First!

If there are some tech gifts under your tree, make sure to make the most out of your gifts and have them ready to go out of the box. Tablets, e-readers, mp3 players and smart phones are all popular gifts this year and many of you may have some of these under your tree. Before gifting, take them out of the box and turn them on. You will not only know that you don’t have that rare dud that isn’t going to power up, but it will allow the device to update. It’s not much fun for anyone to unwrap a new tablet, only to find out that it needs a huge update right out of the box you have to wait three hours to use it. While you are at it, give it a full charge so that there will be plenty of time to play once it is opened.

Updated and charged? Now you can add the stuff to your tablet or phone that will make your gift even better.

Get Free Magazines: 
If the person you are giving the gift to likes magazine, load the Zinio app on their device. After that, you can download magazines to your tablet, computer or phone and read them for as long as you want. There isn’t any limit to how many magazines you can have on your device either. Some of the magazines that would be great to read are Better Homes and Gardens, Car and Driver, Cosmo (in English or in Spanish), the Economist, Girls Life and more. You do need your Liberal Memorial Library card number to sign up for an account (and if you don’t have a library card, those are free from the library), but the magazines are free.

Entertain the Kids for Hours: 
If the tablet or phone is a child or someone who has children, make sure to add the shortcut for Scholastic BookFlix and TumbleBooks. These are two collections of children’s stories. The program will read the book and the words and animations flash across the screen. For TumbleBooks, you don’t need anything but an Internet connection to access the books. Go to our library website ( and find the dancing blue book. TumbleBooks has some great books… My favorite is Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess read by Robert Munsch himself. They have new books as well, like Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. To get on BookFlix, you’ll need a State of Kansas Library Card (which is different from a Liberal Memorial Library Card). Don’t worry. Those are free and easy to get with a visit to the library. Both TumbleBooks and BookFlix have Spanish books as well!

We also have e-books and audiobooks available for download from the State Library. You need a State of Kansas Library card to check them out. Come in and get one before the holidays, and bring your tablet, e-reader or whatever and we will help you to get started downloading. The time after Christmas always brings a rush of people who want help, so beat that rush and come in now.

We have phenomenal resources that can be digitally accessed, giving you a library from your own home. By having a Liberal Memorial Library Card and a State of Kansas Library Card, you have access to these resources for free.

Zinio – Free magazines with a Liberal Memorial Library card. Sign up for a Zinio Account by clicking on the Zinio button on our website at

TumbleBooks-Animated children’s story books. No signup required! Free from our website at

BookFlix- Animated children’s story books. Free with a State of Kansas Library Card (which is available free at the library).

OneClick Audio Books – Free audio books with a State of Kansas Library Card.

3M Cloud Library – Free e-books with a State of Kansas Library Card.

Free Early Learning Software

Labor Day

The Library will be closed tomorrow, September 1st, for Labor Day. The first Monday of September has been dedicated to the workers of our nation since Congress passed the act in 1894. Before that, the idea of a workingman’s holiday was driven by the labor movement of the late 19th century.

Early learning eBooks and games through the library

We all know how important it is to offer early learning opportunities to our kids, whether it’s through reading to or with them or through fun and educational games. Here are a few free and fun online activities that the library has to offer.


ABCmouse is the newest addition to our lineup. It is offered free to libraries. If you are inside the library you can go to from one of the library’s computers or your own device to get free access to the full online curriculum. It is geared toward preschooler through kindergarteners and consists of consist of books, puzzles, games, songs, art activities, and/or printables and covers the subjects of Reading, Math, Science, Art, Colors and Music.

TumbleBooks Library

TumbleBooks library has animated talking picture books. TumbleBooks also has puzzles and games, chapter books, a language learning section, and non-fiction books. There is no login or no software required; it is accessed directly online using a browser on your computer or mobile device. You can follow the link to it either on our library’s website,, or the state’s website,


BookFlix also has animated talking picture books, but they are each paired with a non-fiction book. The books are grouped by subjects that you can browse through to find a pairing you’d like to read. Each pairing includes links to puzzles, games, and other things about the subject. No software required, and it is also accessed directly online. To access it, sign in to your Kansas Library Card,, then click the BookFlix access link.

Kansas Library Cards are free to any Kansas resident and can be obtained at any Kansas Library. They are different from your regular local library card.

Britannica E-STAX

Another new addition is Britannica E-STAX. It’s offered through the State Library and is a nonfiction ebook service for Pre-K to Grade 12. You can browse through the ebook collection by title or subject, or you can use the search bar to find what you want. The books can be read online using a browser or offline on a PC/Mac, iPad, or Android tablet using the optional iPublishCentral Reader. To access Britannica E-STAX, sign in to your Kansas Library Card,, then click the Britannica E-STAX access link.