Upcoming Summer Reading Events

  • 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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am
2022 Closed for Juneteenth
  • Library Closed for Juneteenth – Monday, June 20th

    The library will be closed tomorrow, Monday, June 20th in observance of the new federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.

  • Aaron Fowler “Climb Onboard the Boat” – Tuesday, June 21st at 11 am

    Musician Aaron Fowler and his trained therapy dogs, will be at the library on Tuesday, June 21st at 11 am with his “Climb Onboard the Boat” Summer Reading program.

    There will be singing, moving, playing instruments, and sharing stories, including stories from the latest book in the Bella and Choco series, The Boat.

    For ages 4 & up.

  • Teen & Adult Craft: Bubble Art – Tuesday, June 21st at 2 pm

    Teens & adults are welcome to this craft where we will be making bubble art. Use oil pastels on black paper to make your bubble creation really pop!

    Supplies will be limited. Call 620-626-0180 or sign up online.

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  • Luau Bunco – Thursday, June 23rd at Noon

    Adults, come join our Luau Bunco Party! Seating is limited, so sign up online or at the front desk. (Snacks will be served)

  • Movie Time – Thursday, June 23rd at 4:30 pm

    Come to the library and enjoy a movie and free popcorn! This will be part of our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

    Based on a true story, this live action family movie stars Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman.

    While swimming free in the ocean, a young dolphin gets caught in a trap and severely damages her tail. Though she is rescued, her tail cannot be saved, and the prognosis is dire. What the dolphin needs is a miracle. She gets that miracle in the form of a marine biologist , a prosthetics designer, and a devoted boy, who find a way to help her swim again.

  • Teen Water Fun – Friday, June 24th from 3 pm to 6 pm

    We’ll have several water based games for teens on the library’s front lawn. Sign up is required and please wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet!

  • Game Day – Thursday, June 30th starting at 4 pm.

    Join us for free play and tournaments. Come and go as you please. This event is open to all ages, bring a friend or family member to try out a new game!

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  • Mad Science – Amazing Oceans – Friday, July 1st at 11 am

    Mad Science presents Amazing Oceans! Join Mad Science this summer as they dive into the deep and amazing Ocean of Possibilities!

    How do fish rise and sink in water? Why do some fish light up in the dark? What other mysteries lie within the murky deep? We even learn how to exercise environmental responsibility as we give back to the ocean that gives us so much. Join us this summer as we discover together this great Ocean of Possibilities!

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  • Container Gardening Craft – Thursday, June 30th at 2 pm

    Learn about container gardening while having fun planting seeds and decorating a flowerpot to take home! Supplies are limited, register to save your spot. Presented by the Wild West District of K-State Research and Extension.

    Adults and teens only.

  • Interactive Movie for Teens and Adults – Friday, July 1st at 3 pm

    Enjoy an interactive showing of the first swash-buckling tale of Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann.

    Interactive showings are a fun way of watching a movie where everyone gets a bag of surprises and instructions, and you shout and snack along with the movie.

    Part of our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. For Teens and Adults only.

  • Library Closed for Independence Day – Monday, July 4th

2022 Zoomobile
  • Lee Richardson Zoomobile – Tuesday, July 5th at 11 am

    The Lee Richardson Zoo will bring their Zoomobile to the library on Tuesday, July 5th at 11 am. Enjoy a storytime and a visit from an animal friend straight from the Lee Richardson Zoo.

  • Teen & Adult Craft: Sea Glass Windchimes – Tuesday, July 5th at 2 pm

    Teens & adults are welcome to this craft where we will be making sea glass windchimes. Sea glass is a really pretty muted color. String them together and hang them up to make a unique wind chime for your home!

    Supplies will be limited. Call 620-626-0180 or sign up online.

  • Movie Time – Thursday, July 7th at 4:30 pm

    Come to the library and enjoy a movie and free popcorn! This will be part of our Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program.

    This Disney Pixar film is set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera. It is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. But all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.

  • Library and Lunch – On Tuesday, July 12th​ at Noon, our book club will meet to discuss “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren.

  • End of Summer Reading Party with Magician Dan Dan the Magic Man – Thursday, July 14th at 1 pm

    Our end of Summer Reading Party will feature Dan Dan the Magic Man along with fun activities for all ages.

Getting Ready for Summer Reading

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Summer Reading signup starts June 1st this year. You’ll be able to sign up online or at our Summer Reading Kickoff Party starting at 2 pm on Wednesday, July 1st.

Events

  • 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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am
  • Teen Volunteer Work Day – Monday, May 16th at 4:30 pm

    Teens, here is an opportunity to complete community service hours at the library. For the month of May we will be creating decorations for our upcoming summer reading program.
  • Teen Craft Night: Morse Code Bracelets – Tuesday, May 24th at 5 pm

    Create unique coded messages with morse code using beads and turn them into bracelets! Challenge yourself creatively in more ways than one with this craft that involves secret messages. All supplies will be provided.
  • Teen Otaku Club – Wednesday, May 25th at 5 pm

    Do you love anime and manga and are in middle or high school? Then come to our Teen Otaku Club meeting. This month we will watch and discuss the anime My Roommate Is A Cat! Sign up in advance to save your spot and get a free snack. Join us at the meeting for your chance at an anime door prize and to enjoy a craft.
  • Game Day for all ages – Thursday, May 26th at 5:30 pm

    Come in and play board, card, and video games. This event is open to all ages, bring a friend or family member to try out a new game!
  • Closed for Memorial Day – The Library will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our regular hours.

  • Summer Reading Kickoff Party – Wednesday, July 1st at 2 pm.

    Help us kickoff Summer Reading. We will have games, hot dogs, popcorn, a bouncy house, and more! All ages welcome.

  • Library and Lunch – On Tuesday, June 14th​ at Noon, our book club will meet to discuss “Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir.

End of Summer Reading

Summer Reading will come to a close in just a couple of weeks. But we still have lots of fun programs coming up.

Events

  • Monday evenings at 5:30 and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m – Storytimes

    In person Summer Reading Storytimes are open to children of all ages. Enjoy stories, crafts, and songs!
  • Fridays at 4 pm Facebook Storytimes

    Facebook Live storytimes will be held on Fridays at 4 pm. Catch them live or watch the recordings later.
  • Tuesday, June 22th at 4 pm – Anime Drawing Class

    A fun class on learning how to draw an anime character. You will be given some tips and tricks on how to improve your skill! This program is open to Teens and Adults.

  • Tuesday, June 24th at 10 am – Mad Science

    Watch as Mad Science puts a twist on the Summer theme by demonstrating the science of flight. This program is open to all ages.
  • Tuesday, June 24th at 5:30 pm – Evening Spinning Yarns

    Do you love to crochet, knit, or do other needlework? Would you like to spend time with other adults who share your interest, give pointers, and socialize? Then come work on your current project at our Spinning Yarns group! This program is open to adults.
  • Friday, June 25th at 4 pm – Kahoot Animal Trivia

    Play Kahoot Animal trivia at the library! It doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are, come in and join the fun! Sign up to reserve your spot. Bring an electronic device or use one of ours for a chance to play and win prizes. This program is open to all ages.
  • Saturday, June 26th – Cutest Pet Contest Submission Ends

    Bring us the cutest picture of your fur babies, feather babies, or even scaly babies and let our patrons choose the cutest of the cute! The winning pets will receive a basket of goodies donated by the Kansas Avenue Vet Clinic and Shirley’s Critter Care.
  • Monday, June 28th – Cutest Pet Contest Voting Starts


Come into the library and vote for the pet you think is the cutest.Voting will be open until July 3rd and the winners will be announced Monday, July 5th.

  • Wednesday, June 30th at 10 am – Spinning Yarns

    Do you love to crochet, knit, or do other needlework? Would you like to spend time with other adults who share your interest, give pointers, and socialize? Then come work on your current project at our Spinning Yarns group! This program is open to adults.

  • Thursday, July 1st at 10 am – Dan Dan the Magic Man

    Be amazed by awesome magic and hilarious comedy with Dan Dan the Magic Man. This program is open to all ages.

  • Friday, July 2nd at 4 pm – Teen/Family Feud Game

    Join us for the fun live version of the classic game show! Sign up individually or with friends or family to play. Call 620-626-0180 to sign up. This program is open to teens and families.

Grand Prizes

For people who are using paper logs, be sure to turn in your completed logs or bingo sheets by Saturday, July 3rd to be entered into the grand prize drawings for fun prizes.

For people keeping track online using the Beanstack app, be sure to use the app to log your time spent reading, and finish earning your badges so you can apply your earned tickets toward the grand prizes before July 3rd.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading

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Summer Reading Kickoff Party

Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party is just around the corner! Next Tuesday, May 25th, at 2 pm we will be kicking off Summer Reading in the parking lot with games, prizes, balloon animals, hot dogs, and popcorn.

Summer Reading Signup

Starting on the 25th, you’ll be able to sign up for Summer Reading online at https://lmlibrary.beanstack.org/ or if you prefer an offline option, you can pick up a paper registration form at the library.

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Kids’ Summer Reading

Kids ages 0-5, read 20 books to complete the challenge and receive a prize.

Kids ages 6-12, read 15 hours to complete the main challenge and receive a prize, or go the extra mile and read 30 hours to receive an additional prize! 

Earn badges by logging your minutes or books read and by completing activities online. The badges will change to color from black/white as you earn them.

Stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up the weekly Kids Craft Kit.

 

Teens’ Summer Reading

The teen program is for ages 13-17. Earn 8 badges of any kind to complete the program.

Earn badges by logging the minutes you read, writing reviews of books you read, and by participating in activities. Any kind of reading will count toward earning badges. The badges will change to color from black/white as you earn them.

For every badge you earn, you will earn tickets to put towards prizes. Prizes will be available half way through the program and until June 11th. Final prizes will be available for you to earn after that and until the end date of July 3rd.

Adults’ Summer Reading

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The adult program is for ages 18 and up. Earn badges by logging the books you read, by completing activities online (the activities are like attending virtual library events), and by writing book reviews. The badges will change to color from black/white as you earn them.

Earn 5 badges to get the completion badge and be entered into a prize drawing. Go above and beyond by earning 24 badges to be entered into our grand prize drawing!

If you want to participate in Summer reading offline, come by the library to pick up a bingo card instead.

Closed Memorial Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our normal hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer Reading Events

We will have several special events at the library during Summer Reading this year, including:

  • Tuesday, the 25th at 2 pm – Summer Reading Kickoff Party

  • Tuesday, June 1st at 10 am – Jammin’ Randy will perform fun songs about all kinds of animals. Everyone will be encouraged to dance and sing-a-long!

  • Friday, June 4 at 4 pm – Teen Drawful Game Night

  • Tuesday, June 8th at 10 am – Lee Richardson Zoomobile – Enjoy a storytime and a visit from an animal friend straight from the Lee Richardson Zoo.

  • Tuesday, June 8th at 4 pm – Anime Drawing Class, for Teens and Adults

  • Friday, June 11th at 4 pm – Teen Anime Trivia

  • Friday, June 16th at 5 pm – Virtual Teen Otaku Club

  • Friday, June 18th at 5 pm – Teen Among Us Night

  • Tuesday, June 22th at 4 pm – Anime Drawing Class, for Teens and Adults

  • Tuesday, June 24th at 10 am – Mad Science

  • Friday, June 25th at 4 pm – Teen Animal Trivia

  • Thursday, July 1st at 10 am – Dan Dan the Magic Man

  • Friday, July 2nd at 4 pm – Family Feud Game Night

Yard and Garden book display

Spring is well under way. Are you growing a garden this year? Maybe you want to improve your lawn or patio area? Check out our Yard and Garden display either in person at the library or online by going to our catalog, http://catalog.lmlibrary.org, then choose Adult on the top menu and Book Display under the List of All option.

Garden Walls and Fences

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Garden Walls & Fences
by Phil Schmidt 

Whether it is for aesthetics, security, or simple privacy, no project is more important to a landscape than its vertical boundary structures—the fences, walls, screens, and retaining wall terraces. This book includes classic favorites, like picket fences and panel fences, but also includes interesting regional variations, like Virginia split rail fences and dry-fit stone garden walls.

Gardening for Butterflies

Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects
by The Xerces Society  

Welcome the world’s most exquisite visitors to your garden! Gardening for Butterflies, by the experts at the Xerces Society, introduces you to a variety of butterflies who need our help, and shows you how to design a habitat where they will thrive. This optimistic call to arms is packed with everything you need to create a beautiful, pollinator-friendly garden. 

Dryland Gardening

Dryland Gardening: Plants that Survive and Thrive in Tough Conditions
by Jennifer Bennett 

An essential reference to gardening in hot and cold dry climates.

Gardening where summers are hot and prone to periods of drought, or where winters are snowy one week and freezing rain the next, is best managed by xeriscaping — dryland gardening techniques that favor not only water conservation but also the conservation of time, energy and other resources.

Xeriscaping enthusiasts exist throughout North America wherever the climate calls for dryland gardening, from the Great Plains prairies to the California desert.

Summer Fun at Your Library

“Libraries Rock!” this summer, and we have a lot of fun events for all ages going on at the library! Here’s what’s coming up in June:

  • It’s not too late for kids ages 0-11 years old to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! If they read (or are read to) at least 25 hours over the course of the summer (until July 28), they get a prize! Sign up at the library or on our website, lmlibrary.org
  • Kids 18 & under can get a free sack lunch every Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the library. No registration or identification is required.
  • Young Adults ages 12 & up, play Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm!
  • Young Adults (ages 12-19) get a scratch ticket every time they check out a book or come to a Summer Reading Event (limit 2 tickets per day). Scratch for a chance to win a cool prize, including free food, a fidget cube, a Bluetooth speaker, and more!
  • We have three weekly storytimes with stories, songs, and a craft. Children ages birth – 3 years are invited to storytime on Tuesday at 11 am. Ages 4 -6 are invited to storytime on Thursday at 11 am. All ages are invited to storytime on Thursdays at 6 pm. And remember, every child gets a free book at storytime!
  • Library & Lunch is on Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Wednesday at 1:30 pm, Smoky Hills PBS presents a special Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7! Listen to a story, watch a video, and make a craft.
  • Young Adults ages 12 – 19, come play our Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 4 at YA Video Games. Every Wednesday at 4 pm.
  • We also have fun crafts for Young Adults every other Wednesday at 4 pm, including this Wednesday!
  • Thursday at 1 pm, make a Record Clock! Adults only.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in slips for books you’ve read and tour stops you’ve completed by Friday at noon to enter our weekly drawing!
  • Friday Fun Day is every Friday at 2 pm! This week, we’ll be watching a fun children’s animated movie. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served. Next week at Friday Fun Day, play our Xbox, Playstation 4, or Wii!
  • Get your hair styled in a cool ‘do at Rock Star Hair Styling, Monday the 18th at 1:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 6 pm, watch a fun Marvel movie! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn.
  • Listen to Celtic Knot perform on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm! Shawn and Allison Reynolds will perform traditional Celtic folk music from the British Isles and beyond.
  • Recipe Swap will be on June 26 at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) and enjoy everyone’s dishes! This month, we’re making dishes with 5 ingredients or fewer.
  • Dan Dan The Magic Man brings his magical, musical tour to the library on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Watch our website, lmlibrary.org or our Facebook page (search “Liberal Memorial Library”) for reminders and updates on all our events!

Libraries Rock

The Summer Reading Program theme for this year is “Libraries Rock!” We will have a lot of music in our events this June & July! Here’s what’s coming up this summer:

Kids ages 0-11 can sign up for Summer Reading Program now at the library or on our website.

No sign-up necessary for young adults (ages 12-19) to participate in our Summer Reading Program! When a young adult checks out a book or comes to a Summer Reading Event, they get a scratch off ticket! (Limit two tickets per person per day.) Most scratch tickets are prize winners. The ones that are not winners are entered to win the grand prize! We have a variety of prizes, including fidget cubes, small speakers, and earbuds.

Adults, complete the stops on our Summer Reading World Tour for prizes! Watch our website for fun summer activities! Watch movies, make crafts, and listen to music.

  • This Saturday at 1:30 pm, Poppa D. Clown will present a musical program for our Summer Reading Kickoff! Free popcorn and drinks will be served.
  • USD 480 is serving free lunches for kids ages 1-18 at the library starting on Monday, June 4. Lunches will be served Monday – Friday, 11:30 am
  • Ages 12 & up can join us for weekly games of Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm, starting next week!
  • Starting June 5, we will have three weekly storytimes, featuring stories, songs, and a craft! Storytime for ages birth – 3 years old is on Tuesdays at 11 am, ages 4 – 6 years on Thursdays at 11 am, and all ages on Thursdays at 6 pm. Every child gets a free book at every storytime!
  • Mad Science will be here on Tues., June 5 at 1:30 pm to show kids the science of sound.
  • We will have Video Game Day for ages 12 & up on Wednesdays at 4 pm! Plus, we will have a craft for ages 12 & up every other Wednesday at this time.
  • Starting June 8, every Friday is Funday at 2 pm! We’ll be watching movies, building with Legos, playing Video Games, making crafts, and enjoying free refreshments.
  • The next Library and Lunch is on Tuesday, June 12 at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Smokey Hills PBS is coming to the library on Wed., June 14 at 1:30 pm with a Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7!
  • Get your hair styled like a Rock Star on Mon., June 18th at 1:30 pm!
  • Dan Dan the Magic Man puts on a magical, musical show on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Musician Aaron Fowler will be at the library on Thursday, July 12 at 11 am! Music, movement, and stories for ages 4 and up.
  • Learn about Native American dances and traditions on Tuesday, July 17 at 2 pm! Ken Dixon and Regina Smith will be at the library for this special event.
  • Our End of Summer Reading Party will be on Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm. Enjoy ice cream and celebrate all you’ve done over the summer!

End of Summer Reading

Another Summer Reading is coming to an end. Kids and teens, be sure to turn in your completed reading logs by this Friday, July 28th to earn Summer Reading prizes. Adults, turn in your Summer Reading Bingo card with a bingo by Noon this Friday to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.

What’s happening this week

  • Tuesday at 11:15 am Birth to 3 yr-olds Storytime – We will have special storytimes for each age group during Summer Reading. Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft.
  • Tuesday at 2 pm 7 to 11 yr-olds Storytime
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making cookout food.
  • Thursday at 11:15 am 4 to 6 yr-olds Storytime
  • Thursday at 4 pm Building Challenge – Kids Summer Reading – Complete a fun challenge using Legos, blocks, and other building materials!
  • Friday at 1 pm Games and a Movie – Kids Summer Reading – Play fun board and card games at 1:00 p.m. followed by a movie at 2:00 p.m. about small blue creatures.
  • Saturday at 1 pm End of Summer Reading Party Kids and Teens – Eat some ice cream and celebrate all that you’ve done during Summer Reading!

Lunches – Lunches are still being served, courtesy of USD 480’s Summer Food Service Program, from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Downstairs Activity Area at the Library. This program is open to all children and teens, ages 1-18. Lunches will continue to be served until August 11th. No registration or identification required. For more information, contact Connie Vogts at 620-604-1204.

 

Superhero Fiction and Nonfiction for Adults

Superheroes aren’t just for kids. Here are a few of the books about superheroes that we have for adults.

Indigo: A Novel
by Charlaine Harris, Christopher, Jonathan Maberry, Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James A. Moore, and Mark Morris

From the book description
Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she’s become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus, both as Nora and as Indigo, has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member. But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories.

In a brilliant collaboration by New York Times and critically acclaimed coauthors Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James Moore, and Mark Morris join forces to bring you a crime-solving novel like you’ve never read before.

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story
by Sean Howe

From the book description
An Unvarnished, unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most dominant pop cultural forces in contemporary America

Operating out of a tiny office on Madison Avenue in the early 1960s, a struggling company called Marvel Comics presented a cast of brightly costumed characters distinguished by smart banter and compellingly human flaws. Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, the Avengers…quickly won children’s hearts and sparked imaginations.

Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel’s identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth.
For the first time, Marvel Comics reveals the outsized personalities behind the scenes. Drawing on more than one hundred original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now, Marvel Comics is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayals.

Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story
by Steve Kamb

From the book description
Jason Bourne. Indiana Jones. Steve Kamb? For the past 5 years, Steve Kamb has transformed himself from wanna-be daydreamer into a real-life superhero. Not only that but he actually turned his life into a gigantic video game, flying stunt planes in New Zealand, gambling in a tuxedo at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, and even finding Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef. To help him accomplish all of these goals, he built a system that allowed him to complete quests, take on boss battles, earn experience points, and literally level up his life. Best of all he did all of this without breaking the bank.

If you’re somebody who’s always dreamed of adventure and growth but can’t seem to leave your hobbit-hole, this book is for you.

In Level Up Your Life, you’ll meet more than a dozen of these members of The Rebellion: men and women, young and old, single and married, from all walks of life who have created superhero versions of themselves to live adventurously and happily. Adventure is out there, and the world needs more heroes. Will you heed the call?

Summer Fun at the Library

July is here and the weather is hot. But inside the library, we’ve got a lot of cool programs for all ages! Our Summer Reading Program continues throughout July, so make sure to keep reading and recording the books you’ve read! Here’s what we’ve got going on at the library in July:

  • Want to learn how to paint with watercolors? Then join our Beginning Watercolor class, Monday the 10th and 17th at noon. Learn the basics of watercolor painting, including using the color wheel and different color tones. Attend one or both sessions. Adults only.
  • Our weekly storytimes feature fun stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every kid gets a free book to take home and keep! Tuesday at 11:15 am is our storytime for ages birth – 3 years. Tuesday afternoons at 2 pm, ages 7 – 11 years are invited to storytime. Ages 4-6 years can come to our storytime on Thursday at 11:15 am.
  • Don’t forget, USD 480 serves free lunches for kids ages 1 – 18 at the library. Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, come to the downstairs activity area for a free and healthy lunch. No ID or registration required.
  • Tuesday the 11th at noon, it’s our monthly Library & Lunch! Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey.
  • This Thursday at 4 pm, kids and teens ages 9 and older are invited to “Build a Mouse Maze!” Build a maze with your team and then program a computerized mouse to go through it!
  • Thursday at 6 pm, join us for Bad Art! It will be a fun time crafting art where the worst is the best! We will be making art from leftover crafting supplies. Prizes will be given for the worst project. Adults only.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in your slips for books you have read by Friday at noon to be entered into our weekly prize drawing! And, don’t forget to keep filing out your Bingo sheet for an entry for the grand prize.
  • Every Friday, join us for board games at 1 pm and a family-friendly movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks are served during the movie.
  • Have you ever wanted to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer? Then join our Beginner’s 3D Printing Workshop, Monday the 17th at 6 pm. We will walk you through the process of finding a print-ready file online that you can print as-is or alter to fit your needs. Sign up at the front desk or online at http://lmlibrary.org/blog/2017/06/20/beginners-3d-printing-workshop-july/
  • Kids of all ages are invited to our Construction Petting Zoo, Wednesday the 19th from 10 am – noon. See and touch some construction vehicles and learn about what they do!
  • Join our popular dice game, Bunco, on Thursday the 20th at noon! This month, it’s Hula Bunco, so make sure to wear your grass skirt! Registration is required, so talk to Shannon. Adults only, snacks provided.
  • Do you love building with Legos? Then join our Building Challenge, Thursday the 20th and 27th at 4 pm. Use your imagination to build something great! All ages welcome, join us at one or both sessions.
  • Recipe Swap will be on Tuesday the 25th at 6:30 pm! Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making cookout food.
  • Adults, turn in your Bingo card with a Bingo by noon on July 28 to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing!
  • Saturday, July 29 at 1 pm is our End of Summer Reading Party for children and teens! Eat some ice cream and celebrate all that you’ve done during Summer Reading!
  • Kids and teens should have their summer reading logs turned in by August 4 in order to receive their prizes!

New Children’s Area at the Library

   What’s happening this week

  • Tuesday at 11:15 am Birth to 3 yr-olds Storytime – We will have special storytimes for each age group during Summer Reading. Listen to stories, sing songs, and do a craft.
  • Tuesday at 2 pm 7 to 11 yr-olds Storytime
  • 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 “Picnic Foods”.
  • Thursday at 11:15 am 4 to 6 yr-olds Storytime
  • Thursday at Noon and again at 6 pm Bird Watching – Adult Summer Reading – Learn the ins and outs of effective bird watching in Southwest Kansas. We will meet at Blue Bonnet Park at the gazebo.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Building Challenge – Kids Summer Reading – Complete a fun challenge using Legos, blocks, and other building materials!
  • Friday at 1 pm Dan Dan the Magic Man – Summer Reading – If We Can Dream It, We Can Build It.” Dan’s magic show will guide you on a journey full of architecture and construction!

Lunches – This summer lunches will be served from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Downstairs Activity Area at the Library courtesy of USD 480’s Summer Food Service Program. This 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.

New Children’s Area Complete

The renovation of the children’s area of the library is finished and it looks great. There are beautiful trees and rolling grassy mounds along the walls. Sarah Foreman came up with the forest themed concept and Mindy Allen painted the artwork on the walls. Cowboy’s Custom Cabinetry made the big tree in the corner storytime area and the tree bookshelf near the entrance of the children’s area.

Build a Better World At Your Library

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build A Better World!” And the library has a bunch of fun programs lined up this month to help inspire us all to do just that.

  • The Library is once again hosting USD 480’s free lunches for kids! Kids ages 1-18 can come to the Downstairs Activity Area for a free lunch from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. No signup or ID required.
  • Comfort For Critters is this Monday and next Monday at noon. Adults only can make no-sew fleece blankets to be donated to Angels for Animals. Angels for Animals will be joining us to talk about homeless pets and may bring a few that need a home! Attend one or both sessions.
  • Library & Lunch is Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly.
  • Every child gets a free book to take home at Storytime! We have three storytimes a week split by age group. Ages Birth – 3 years, Tuesdays at 11:15 am. Ages 7 – 11, Tuesdays at 2 pm. Ages 4-6, Thursdays at 11:15 am. Join us in The Learning Center (at the back of the library) for stories, songs, and a craft! This week, we’re making a special Father’s Day craft and reading about construction!
  • Smoky Hills PBS is presenting a special “Bob the Builder” storytime this Wednesday at 1 pm. Join us for a story, a cartoon, and a building activity! Recommended ages: 3-7.
  • Building Challenge is every Thursday at 4 pm! Have fun building with Legos and other materials.
  • On Fridays, we play boardgames at 1 pm, followed by a movie at 2 pm! Popcorn and lemonade will be served during the movie.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in slips for books you’ve read by Friday at noon to be entered into this week’s prize drawing! And keep filling out your Bingo card for an entry to win the grand prize!
  • This Saturday at 1 pm is Outdoor Fun day! We’ll do crafts, play games, and have fun outside in front of the Learning Center.
  • Singer and storyteller Aaron Fowler, along with his dog, Bella, will be joining us on Tuesday, the 20th at 10 am! Music, movement, and stories, recommended ages: 4 & up.
  • Bunco, our popular dice game for adults, will be on Thursday the 22nd at noon. Registration is required, so talk to Shannon if interested. Snacks will be provided.
  • Recipe Swap is Tuesday the 27th at 6:30 pm. Bring a dish you’ve made along with the recipe, and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making picnic foods.
  • Want to learn the basics of effective bird watching? Just enjoy watching birds here in Liberal? Then join us at Blue Bonnet Park at the gazebo on Thursday the 29th at noon and/or 6 pm for Bird Watching!
  • Dan Dan the Magic Man will join us on Friday the 30th at 1 pm! If we can dream it, we can build it in this magical show.