Bring in the New Year at the Library

Storytimes – 

  • Monday evenings at 5:30 pm
  • Wednesdays at 10:00 am 
  • Saturdays at 11 am in English and 11:30 in Spanish
  • Facebook Storytimes in English and Spanish

Closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day

Library Closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, 17th – 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Teen Otaku Club

Do you love anime and manga and are in middle or high school? Then come to our Teen Otaku Club meeting.

On Wednesday, January 18th at 5 pm we will watch & discuss the anime Black Clover!

Sign up in advance to get a free sticker at the meeting! Join us for your chance at an anime door prize and fun anime/manga discussion.

Game Day

Jan 2023 Video & Board Game Day

On Thursday, January 26th at 4 pm, come to the library and play video games, board games, and card games. This event is open to all ages, bring a friend or family member to try out a new game! We will also have occasional tournaments on Mariokart & Super Smash Bros. for those interested.

Books, Coffee & Donuts

On Wednesday, February 1st starting at 9 am, come to the library to chat with our staff over coffee and donuts about new releases and new events happening that month.

Library and Lunch

On Tuesday, February 10th​ at Noon, our book club will meet to discuss “A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail” by Bill Bryson. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

New Year’s Resolutions

Here are a few books from our New Year’s Resolutions book display to inspire you.

How to be perfect

How to be perfect : the correct answer to every moral question 
by Michael Schur ; with philosophical nitpicking by Professor Todd May.

From the book description
“From the creator of The Good Place and the co-creator of Parks and Recreation, a hilarious, thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life, drawing on 2,400 years of deep thinking from around the world”

Most people think of themselves as “good,” but it’s not always easy to determine what’s “good” or “bad”—especially in a world filled with complicated choices and pitfalls and booby traps and bad advice. Fortunately, many smart philosophers have been pondering this conundrum for millennia and they have guidance for us. With bright wit and deep insight, How to Be Perfect explains concepts like deontology, utilitarianism, existentialism, ubuntu, and more so we can sound cool at parties and become better people.

Sit down to rise up

Sit down to rise up : how radical self-care can change the world
by Shelly Tygielski ; foreword by Chelsea Handler.

From the book description
An empowering book on propelling profound social change by going inward, from a mindfulness teacher and activist.

Shelly Tygielski shows that self-care can be a powerful tool for spurring transformative collective action. She shares her evolution from a Jerusalem-born child of traditional Sephardic Jewish parents to a middle-class American suburban youth who questioned her faith to a young executive in corporate America. As she used radical self-care practices to manage a serious chronic health issue, she had an epiphany: finding true health and peace is not a solo endeavor but one that lives in connection with others. Shelly’s work began as “me” work and transformed into “we” work. In Sit Down to Rise Up, she shows that this is possible for all of us.

Miss Independent

Miss Independent : a simple 12-step plan to start investing and grow your own wealth
by Nicole Lapin.

From the book description
You’ve worked hard for your money and now it’s time for your money to work for you. You will never earn or budget your way into real wealth. Growing your money significantly doesn’t require starting with a lot of money. It requires a little bit of knowledge about taking smart risks and as much time as possible to take advantage of the glorious power of compound interest, which Einstein refers to as the eighth wonder of the world. 

From automating your savings to easy, no-stress investing strategies, Nicole will teach you how to take your financial knowledge and portfolio to the next level and start you on your journey to your ultimate destination: true financial independence.

Dopamine Nation

Dopamine nation : finding balance in the age of indulgence
by Anna Lembke, M.D.

From the book description
We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. As such, we’ve all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption.

Psychiatrist and author Dr. Anna Lembke explores new scientific discoveries that explain why the relentless pursuit of pleasure leads to pain . . . and what to do about it. She illustrates how finding contentment and connectedness means keeping dopamine in check. The secret to finding balance is combining the science of desire with the wisdom of recovery.

New Year’s Resolutions

Are you determined to make 2022 better than 2021? Is your resolution to get healthy? Eat better? Develop a more positive outlook? Check out our New Year’s Resolutions book display to find some inspiration.

Whats a homeowner to do

What’s a Homeowner to Do?
by Stephen Fanuka and Edward Lewine

With hundreds of clear, helpful illustrations, this essential reference covers such topics as how to install a ceiling fan; determining the right amount of paint to buy; how to repair a loose stair tread; choosing the proper child safety gate; and many more.

More importantly, you’ll get expert advice on when a repair is something you can do yourself and when it’s best executed by a professional. In the process, you’ll learn more than enough to speak knowledgeably about any problem with a hardware store clerk, a repairman, or a contractor.

ego is the enemy

Ego Is the Enemy
by Ryan Holiday 

Ego Is the Enemy draws on stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.

In an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion, the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts. Armed with the lessons in this book, as Holiday writes, “you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.”

no more excuses diet

The No More Excuses Diet: 3 Days to Bust Any Excuse, 3 Weeks to Easy New Eating Habits, 3 Months to Total Transformation
by Maria Kang

We all know that we should exercise and eat right, so why is it so hard to follow through? We make excuses for why we aren’t taking better care of ourselves, saying things like, “I’m too tired,” “I don’t have time,” or “I’m just not built to look that way.” 

The No More Excuses Diet combines short term goals with healthy habit-forming behaviors to create permanent lifestyle changes. Using a specially designed transformation calendar, readers set clear, personal goals and make an easy-to-follow plan for each day.  

The No More Excuses Diet also provides a completely customizable workout guide, with over 50 illustrated exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and to shed fat.

Are you really listening

Are You Really Listening?: Keys to Successful Communication
by Paul J. Donoghue and Mary E. Siegel

Listening is an essential skill worth every effort to learn and to master. Listening takes us out of our tendency toward self-absorption and self-protection. It opens us to the world around us and to the persons who matter most to us. When we listen, we learn, we grow, and we are nourished.

Why do we often feel cut off when speaking to the people closest to us? What is it that keeps so many of us from really listening? Practicing psychotherapists, Donoghue and Siegel answer these questions and more in this thoughtful, witty, and helpful look at the reasons why people don’t listen. Filled with vivid examples that clearly demonstrate easy-to-learn listening techniques, Are You Really Listening? is a guide to the secrets and joys of listening and being listened to.


hoopla BingePass

hoopla BingePass gives Library patrons unlimited access to collections of streaming content for 7 days…with a single borrow. It’s a new way to explore great online content—and a lot of it!

BingePass launched with the introduction of hoopla Magazines and The Great Courses Video Library Collection and the Curiosity Stream BingePass is coming late January.

hoopla Magazines offers 50 popular and in-demand magazines for all ages and interests, such as HGTV, Elle, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, Inc., Men’s Health, Time for Kids, Woman’s Day, Runner’s World, and many more. These 50 titles are just the beginning—the catalog will evolve and grow steadily over time.

The Great Courses BingePass offers a collection of popular courses curated specifically for Libraries. The collection features more than 300 courses, with each containing numerous lectures. That means patrons can access thousands of learning sessions with a single hoopla Instant borrow.

The Curiosity Stream BingePass will give access to the Curiosity Stream platform that showcases all their documentaries and nonfiction series! With a single hoopla Instant borrow, Library patrons can watch thousands of high-quality videos about science, history, technology, nature, society, and lifestyle, plus some great content for kids! Watch films like The Year That Rocked the World, Royals: Keeping the Crown, Rescued Chimpanzees of the Congo with Jane Goodall, Ancient Engineering, Underworld, Psychology of Con Artists, and thousands more.

All Liberal Memorial Library patrons can sign up for a free hoopla account. If you haven’t signed up yet, call 626-0180 or come in and we can help you get started.

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

Request a Book Bundle

Want something new to read or watch but just don’t know what? Fill out a request form,, 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 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,, 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,, 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 @ 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.

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 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.