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.

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.

Holiday Events at the Library

Events This Week

joy christmas ornament
  • Tuesday at 11 am Preschool Storytime – We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Tuesday at 5 pm Library Closing Early – The library will close at 5 pm for a Staff Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, December 17th. We will reopen for normal hours on Wednesday, December 18th at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Storytimes for newborns to 2 year olds. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm Spinning Yarns group – Hang out with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework. Bring your own materials. All are welcome.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – Evening Storytime is open to all ages. We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Movie Time – Watch a fun new movie at the library. After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. We’ll provide popcorn and drinks or you can bring your own drinks.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
  • Friday at Noon Ugly Sweater Party – Wear an ugly Christmas sweater for this fun party for adults! Participate in a White Elephant gift exchange (bring a gift costing $10 or less), play games, and eat snacks. Adults only. Seating is limited. Sign up online at lmlibrary.org or at the front desk.
  • Saturday at 1 pm Last Minute Make & Take Holiday Gifts – Don’t know what to get your friends or family this holiday season? On Saturday, December 21st from 1 to 3 pm, join us to make something with your own hands that they are sure to enjoy! We will have several different craft gift options to choose from, you are welcome to make one or make them all. This event is free but supplies will be limited.

More Events

Food for Fines

Food for Fines is still going on until the end of the year. Donate canned vegetables, any nonperishable food items, new toiletries (toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.), or socks to the library and we will waive your overdue fines! All donated items will be given to local charities. (No expired or used donations, please.) Donate to a worthy cause and get your overdue fines forgiven.

This works for overdue fines only, fines for lost or damaged items will not be waived.

Video & Board Game Day

Kids out for Christmas break? On Monday, December 23rd between 1 and 4 pm, come on down to play video and board games at the library! We have all kinds of games that will keep them entertained.

Closed for Christmas Holiday

The library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Tuesday, December 24th through Thursday the 26th. We will reopen for normal hours on Friday the 27th from 9:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m.

Bad Art Kids Craft

bad art kids craft

Kids, are you bad at art, but love to do it anyway? On Friday, December 27th at 2 pm, come to Bad Art: Kids Edition, where the worst art is the best! We will be making art out of leftover craft supplies.

Indoor Snowball Fight

Kids & teens don’t be bored at home, come to the library and join in on our indoor snowball fight! On Monday, December 30th at 1 pm, we will be crafting our own marshmallow shooters and will have a “snowball” fight with them.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Noon Year's Eve

Starting at 10:30 am on Tuesday, December 31st, we’re counting down to Noon for our Noon Year’s Eve party. Kids can celebrate of the coming New Year with fun and games without having to stay up until midnight!

Library Closed for New Year’s Eve and Day

The library will close at 1 pm on Tuesday, December 31st and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year’s Day. We will reopen for normal hours on Thursday the 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop

Do you have questions about 3D printing? Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer.

On Monday, January 6th at 6 p.m., we will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. The workshop is held every 1st Monday of the month at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Signup online (http://lmlibrary.org) or at the front desk.

Spinning Yarns

On Wednesday, January 8th from 2 to 4 pm – join our Spinning Yarns group and spend time with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework! Bring your own materials and work on your ongoing projects. Beginners to experts, are all welcome.

Library and Lunch book discussion

Library and Lunch January 2020

In January, we will discuss “The Mother-in-Law” by Sally Hepworth. We’ll meet on Tuesday, January 14th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Ahoy Matey! Thar’ be pirates ahead

message in a bottle

Events This Week

  • Tuesday at 11 am Preschool Storytime – We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Tuesday at 5:30 pm Movie Time – A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. We will bring the popcorn and you can bring the soda!
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Storytimes for newborns to 2 year olds. We’ll have stories, songs, and rhymes. Also, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • Wednesday at 2 pm Game Day for Adults – Hang out with other adults and play board or card games.
  • Thursday at 2 pm Comfort for Critters – Make knotted fleece blankets to donate to the Liberal Animal Shelter.
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – Evening Storytime is open to all ages. We’ll have stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.

More Events

Recipe Swap

On Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking!

Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Chicken and Waffles”, breakfast recipes or any recipes that include chicken.

Spinning Yarns

On Wednesday, September 25th from 2 to 4 pm – join our Spinning Yarns group and spend time with other adults who share your interest in crochet, knitting, or other needlework! Bring your own materials and work on your ongoing projects. Beginners to experts, are all welcome.

pirate ship

Pirate Party

Kids, celebrate “Talk like a Pirate Day”, at the library on Saturday, the 28th at 1 pm with a pirate themed Disney movie featuring Tinkerbell. We’ll also have pirate themed crafts to do while you enjoy the movie.

Comfort for Critters

On Thursday, Sept. 19th and again on Oct. 3rd from 2 to 4 pm, we’re getting together to make knotted fleece blankets for the cats and dogs at the Liberal Animal Shelter.

Please sign up for either or both sessions by calling (620) 626-0180 or online at http://lmlibrary.org. You could also help by donating fleece for the blankets. Donations are needed by Sept. 16th.

Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop

Do you have questions about 3D printing? Come to our beginner’s workshop to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer.

On Monday, October 7th at 6 p.m., we will walk through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as is or alter to fit your needs. The workshop is held every 1st Monday of the month at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. Signup online (http://lmlibrary.org) or at the front desk.

Library and Lunch book discussion

In October, we will discuss “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield. We’ll meet on Tuesday, October 8th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Book Series Spotlight

Inspired by the upcoming “International Talk Like a Pirate Day”, I decided draw attention to a new series of books with a futuristic pirate theme.

Revenger

#1 – Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Humanity still thrives amongst the ruins of alien civilizations. There are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them . . . Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find abandoned worlds and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Sisters, Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism . . . and of vengeance

Shadow Captain

#2 – Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds

Adrana and Fura Ness have finally been reunited, but both have changed beyond recognition. Once desperate for adventure, now Adrana is haunted by her enslavement on the feared pirate Bosa Sennen’s ship. And rumors of Bosa Sennen’s hidden cache of treasure have ensnared her sister, Fura, into single-minded obsession.

Shadow Captain is a desperate story of cursed ships, vengeful corporations, and alien artifacts, of daring escapes and wealth beyond imagining … and of betrayal.

March Book Madness is coming to the library

March Book Madness imageEvents This Week

  • Monday – The Library will be closed on Monday, February 18th for Presidents’ Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Special storytime for children ages 0-2. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a FREE book to take home!
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead. For children of all ages.
  • Saturday at 1:30 pm Winter PJ Party – Kids, wear your favorite pajamas and join us at the library for some stories & games! Be sure to bring your favorite stuffed “friend” or blanket!

 

More Events

TacosRecipe Swap

On Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Taco Tuesday”.

 

Oscar Prediction Contest and Movie

Pick up an Oscar prediction ballot at the library. Fill it out and return it by Saturday, Feb. 23rd and you could win a prize if you accurately predict the winners of the four categories on the ballot. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 26th.

After the Oscars are over, come watch an Oscar worthy movie with us on Monday, the 25th at 5:30 pm. Free popcorn will be available!

 

Library and Lunch Book Club

In March, we will discuss “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. We’ll meet on Tuesday, March 12th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

 

March Book Madness Teen Display

March Book Madness

Next week is the official start of our third annual March Book Madness contest. We’ve taken our sixteen most popular books from each area of the library: adult, teen, and kids, and pitted them against each other in a battle to see which books will become our 2019 Books of the Year.

You decide who will be the winner. Vote each week during March for your favorites, either on our website (http://lmlibrary.org) or in person at the library.

You can also fill out a bracket, online or in person, to predict the winners. If you correctly predict the winner of any of the three tournaments and turn in your bracket before March 8th at 4:30 p.m., you will win a 2019 March Book Madness trophy!

When you vote each week, besides helping determine which books will move forward in the tournament of books, you will also enter yourself into weekly drawings for fun prizes. The first round ballots to select the Elite Eight are due Friday, March 8th by 4:30 p.m.

So have a little fun and maybe win a prize at the library by participating in this year’s March Book Madness.

 

 

Celebrating Black History Month

Here are a couple of books from our display of books written by African American authors.

The Mothers imageThe Mothers: A Novel
by Brit Bennett

From the book description
It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth.

As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

Homegoing imageHomegoing: A novel
by Yaa Gyasi

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization.

The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

New Year’s resolutions at the Library

   image of Supr Bowl snacksEvents This Week

  • Monday Closed – The Library will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Wednesday at 11 am Lapsit Storytime – Special storytime for children ages 0-2. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and develop key literacy skills. Also, every child gets a FREE book to take home!
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead. For children of all ages.
  • Saturday at 1:30 pm Sing-Along Party – Feel free to dress up as your favorite “Frozen” character for our Sing-Along party. Make a fun craft and enjoy some free popcorn while watching the movie and sing your heart out!!

More Events

Recipe Swap

On Tuesday, January 29th at 6:30 p.m., join us for Recipe Swap and share your favorite recipe with fellow patrons who share your passion — cooking! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “Super Bowl Snacks”.

Movie Time

On Saturday, February 2nd at 3 pm, celebrate Groundhog Day with us by watching the classic comedy movie starring Bill Murray.

On Thursday, February 14th at 6 pm, celebrate Valentine’s Day with us by watching a 2004 romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider. Free popcorn and water are available and feel free to bring your own soda if you’d like!

Library and Lunch Book Club

In February, we will discuss “Small Blessings” by Martha Woodroof. We’ll meet on Tuesday, February 12th at 12 p.m. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Coffee Lounge Area
Check out our new coffee lounge at the Library. Enjoy a free cup of coffee while sitting in one of our new chairs and chatting with friends or just watching the weather channel. This month Space Station Secure Storage was kind enough to sponsor the free coffee. If you or your local business would like to act as sponsor for a month, contact the Library Director, Royce Kitts via email at director@lmlibary.org or by phone at 620-626-0180.

New Year’s Resolutions

If you are working on a New Year’s resolution, this month’s book display might give you the boost you’re looking for.

book image "the power of a positive no"The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes
by William Ury

From the book description
No is perhaps the most important and certainly the most powerful word in the language. Every day we find ourselves in situations where we need to say No–to people at work, at home, and in our communities–because No is the word we must use to protect ourselves and to stand up for everything and everyone that matters to us.

But as we all know, the wrong No can also destroy what we most value by alienating and angering people. The secret to saying No without destroying relationships lies in the art of the Positive No, a technique that anyone can learn.

This book gives you a three-step method for saying a Positive No. In the end, the Positive No will help you get not just to any Yes but to the right Yes, the one that truly serves your interests.

book image "Waste free kitchen handbook"Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money
By Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunders

Despite a growing awareness of food waste, many well-intentioned home cooks lack the tools to change their habits. This handbook–packed with engaging checklists, simple recipes, practical strategies, and educational infographics–is the ultimate tool for reducing food waste.

From a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council come these everyday techniques that call for minimal adjustments of habit, from shopping, portioning, and using a refrigerator properly to simple preservation methods including freezing, pickling, and cellaring. At once a good read and a go-to reference, this handy guide is chock-full of helpful facts and tips, including 20 “use-it-up” recipes and a substantial directory of common foods.

book image "The Lucky Years"The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health
by David B. Agus M.D.

In his first bestseller, The End of Illness, David Agus revealed how to add vibrant years to your life by knowing the real facts of health. In this book, he builds on that theme by showing why this is the luckiest time yet to be alive, giving you the keys to the new kingdom of wellness.

In this new golden age, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the latest scientific findings and leverage the power of technology to customize your care. Imagine being able to get fit and lose weight without dieting, train your immune system to fight cancer, edit your DNA to avoid a certain fate, erase the risk of a heart attack, reverse aging, and know exactly which drugs to take to optimize health with zero side effects.

Celebrate Tolkien week at the Library

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Events This Week

  • Monday all day Scavenger Hunt – We are kicking off Tolkien week with an all day scavenger hunt in the library. Ask the front desk for the scavenger hunt riddle list. Once you complete the entire list you may win a 3D printed Tolkien themed prize!
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 5 pm Sword/Shield Decorating – On day 2 of Tolkien week, celebrate by decorating your own cardboard shield and/or sword. All supplies will be provided. This event is open to all ages!
  • Wednesday all day Trivia – On day 3 of Tolkien Week will have an all day “The Hobbit” specific trivia contest. Trivia pages will be available at the circulation desk just come by and ask! Prizes will be awarded for different grade groups!
  • image of Library Fundraiser Night at McDonaldsWednesday from 4 pm to 7pm Library Fundraiser at McDonalds – The McDonalds on 24 East Pancake is having a fundraiser for the library. They will donate 20% of all sales made on this Wednesday between 4 pm and 7 pm to the library! So if you’re eating out on Wednesday, swing by the McDonalds on East Pancake.
  • Thursday at 2 pm Game Day for Adults – Play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.” For adults only.
  • Thursday at 5 pm Baggins Bingo – On day 4 of Tolkien Week play “Baggins Bingo”! Each of the squares has a familiar face or location in Tolkien’s stories. Open to all ages and 3D printed Tolkien themed prizes will be available for the winner!
  • Thursday at 5:30 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.
  • Friday Activity Sheets – On day 5 of Tolkien Week have fun with themed cross words, word searches and coloring pages!
  • Saturday at Noon Movie – celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday with us with a viewing of the movie along with other fun activities and snacks. We will be finding out our names in Dwarven Runes and pin the ring on Frodo and Bilbo.

More Events

  • Tuesday, September 25th 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 is “International Recipes”.
  • Tuesday, October 9th at Noon Library and Lunch book discussion – In October we will discuss “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Hobbit Day

image of the ring from the Lord of the RingsHobbit Day is observed annually on September 22nd. It is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age (1290 and 1368 respectively in Shire-Reckoning.)

The American Tolkien Society first proclaimed Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week in 1978, and defines them as this: “Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22, which is always observed as Hobbit Day”, but acknowledges that Hobbit Day pre-dates their designation.

You can check out The Hobbit and other Tolkien books at the Library.

Back To School

It’s almost time for kids to head back to school. For students, fall is a time of anticipation and excitement, as they gain a new teacher, new school supplies, new clothes, new classmates, new rules, and some even head to a new school. I thought I would tell you about a few good children’s books about school from our collection:

 

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Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea (picture book)

Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!

The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler (picture book): Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it’s off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day’s work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

Monster School: First Day Frights by David Keane (easy reader): Norm is perfectly normal. That is, until he finds himself at a new school full of monsters. Without fangs, horns, or a tail, suddenly Norm has become the odd one out. But as the day goes on, Norm’s unusual classmates find that Norm isn’t too unlike them after all, and Norm thinks he may actually fit right in.

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel (illustrated chapter book): Kitty and Puppy are out of control! They’re screaming, fighting, hissing, and drooling all over the house, and all of the commotion is upsetting Baby. Time for school—obedience school, that is. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? Find out in Bad Kitty’s hilarious, new (mis)adventure!

image of a sandwichPlus, don’t miss our fun events! Here’s what’s going on at the library for the rest of August:

  • We have Storytime twice a week: Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at storytime.
  • Library and Lunch will be on Tuesday the 14th at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
  • Join us for movie night on Wednesday, August 15! Free popcorn will be served. Visit the library, our website, or our Facebook page to see what we’re watching.
  • Back-to-School Saturday is on the 18th at 1:30 pm. Play games, make crafts, and get some FREE school gear! Space is limited, so register on our website
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday the 28th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making sandwiches.

So come to the library and check out a book or have fun at one of our events. We’re your free source for education and entertainment!