Red, White, and/or Blue

What’s happening this week


  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – 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 “anything red, white and/or blue”.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Thursday, you can come to the evening Tuesday one instead.
  • Thursday at 11:15 am Storytime – Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Storytimes are open to children of all ages.

We will be closed on Monday the 29th for Memorial Day.

Books in honor of Memorial Day

Speaking of Memorial Day, here are a few of the books the library has to offer that are written by or about the soldiers we honor.

The Soldiers’ Story
by Ron Steinman

From the book description
This book is the first major oral history of the Vietnam War in the last twenty years. In these pages, veterans from the Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy talk about the war, their roles in it, and how they came out the other side. These eyewitnesses to this historic conflict have opened their hearts and souls to us.

When the war ended, everyone wanted to forget it. It was not a good war to remember. But forgetting was impossible for the men who fought there. In The Soldiers’ Story these veterans speak their minds for the first time about the war and their roles in it.

The blog of war : front-line dispatches from soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Matthew Currier Burden

From the book description
In The Blog of War, Burden presents selections from some of the best of the military blogs, the purest account of the many voices of this war. This is the first real-time history of a war, a history written even as the war continues. It offers a glimpse into the full range of military experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, from the decision to enlist right through to homecoming. There are powerful stories of soldiers in combat, touching reflections on helping local victims of terror and war, pulse-racing accounts of med-evac units and hospitals, and heartbreaking chronicles of spouses who must cope when a loved one has paid the ultimate price.

The Blog of War provides an uncensored, intimate, and authentic version of life in the war zone. Dozens of voices come together in a wartime choir that conveys better than any second-hand account possibly can what it is like to serve on the front lines.

The long walk : a story of war and the life that follows
by Brian Castner

From the Book Description
Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them in Iraq as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. Days and nights he and his team would venture forth in heavily armed convoys from their Forward Operating Base to engage in the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating work of either disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices that had been discovered or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late.

But The Long Walk is not just about the battle itself. It is also an unflinching portrayal of the toll war exacts on the men and women who are fighting it. When Castner returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, and unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor’s guilt that he terms the Crazy. The Long Walk will hook you long after its final gripping page has been turned.

Love stories of World War II
by Larry King

Both poignant and inspiring, these are the moving stories of men and women who met amid the chaos of the most devastating war in history and became the loves of one another’s lives.

They met in many remarkable ways, some in the briefest of chance encounters, and their love endured heart-rending ordeals of long separation and the constant threat that a husband or lover might not return. As these couples reflect on the profound experience of the war, the stories they most like to tell are of the deep bonds they forged during that tumultuous time, bonds so strong that they lasted a lifetime.

Kicking off the Summer at Liberal Memorial Library

ZinioZinio for Libraries

If you’re gearing up for a Summer vacation this year, why not take along a few eMagazines for a little light reading. It’s easy to do if you have a mobile device that you like to use. Zinio for Libraries has new apps for iPad®, iPhone®, AndroidTM, and Kindle FireTM HD/HDX.

Did you know that Zinio also has instant streaming on PC and Mac computers? You can check out a magazine and start reading immediately on your computer.

Liberal Memorial Library, as part of a consortium of Southwest Kansas Libraries, is offering free online magazine checkout to our patrons through Zinio. You can use your Liberal Memorial Library card number to sign up for the service. Come by, call, or visit us online at to learn more about setting up an account.

Some of our most popular titles available for checkout include:

  • Country Living
  • Do It Yourself
  • Us Weekly
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Food Network Magazine
  • OK! Magazine
  • Family Circle
  • Family Handyman
  • HGTV Magazine.

“mental_floss” is the newest addition to our online magazine offerings.

Memorial Day

The Library will be closed tomorrow, Monday 25th for Memorial Day. Memorial Day originated after the Civil war as a way of remembering soldiers who died in the war. Here are a few of our newest books involving soldiers who also deserve to be remembered.

It’s what I do : a photographer’s life of love and war
by Addario, Lynsey

Book Description – War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life.

by Eric Blehm

Book Description – The unforgettable account and courageous actions of the U.S. Army’s 240th Assault Helicopter Company and Green Beret Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez, who risked everything to rescue a Special Forces team trapped behind enemy lines.

Soldier girls : the battles of three women at home and at war
by Helen Thorpe

Book Description – In Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home…These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated.

Summer Reading Kick Off Party

Poppa D ClownSummer Reading is kicking off a little early this Tuesday with Poppa D Clown! The Kick Off party will be at 6:00 p.m., on the lawn at the Library and it is free for everyone. There will be games, snacks, and crafts to get you ready for Summer Reading. And of course Poppa D Clown will be there to entertain us all.

It’s still not too late to sign up for Summer Reading. You can come into the library or just visit our website. Visit the Kids, Teens, or Adults area on our website,, to find out more about Summer Reading.