Adventure Begins at Your Library

Summer Reading is nearly here!

Help us kickoff Summer Reading on Thursday, June 3rd with our Summer Reading Kick Off Party. From 12 to 2 pm there will be games, prizes, hot dogs, and more! After that, starting at 2 pm, Mad Science will present “Dino Show”, a program millions of years in the making.  All ages are welcome.

Signup begins June 3rd. Sign up online at https://lmlibrary.org/srp2024 or stop by the Kick Off Party to sign up!

The Children’s Summer Reading Program

How it Works

Earn prizes by reading 5, 10, and 15 hours! Fill out and turn in a reading log by July 13th to qualify to earn prizes. For every hour your child reads (or is read to), color in one circle on the reading log. Bring your reading log in after five circles are filled and get a prize. Earn another prize for ten circles, and earn a final prize for fifteen circles!

Come in to the library to pick up your reading log and Summer Reading calendar.

The Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs

How it Works

Teens and adults, play our Summer Reading Adventure Bingo to receive prizes and raffle tickets for chances to win more prizes.

Complete a bingo square by performing the actions or reading the books described on the bingo sheet square. Earn a bingo by completing a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line. For each square completed, have a library employee stamp that spot. Attending a program allows you to get any spot stamped. First bingo receives a prize. For each spot stamped you will receive a raffle ticket for chances to win prizes. Black Out receives 10 extra raffle tickets.

Saturday, July 13th is the last day to turn in raffle tickets.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to teens ages 12 to 17. The Adult Program is open to adults ages 18 and up.

Come into the library to pick up a bingo sheet (one sheet for Teens and another for Adults) and a copy of the Summer Reading calendar.

Summer Reading Events

In addition to our regular library events, we will also have lots of fun Summer Reading events:

  • Monday evenings at 5:30 pm – Evening Storytime
  • Wednesdays at 10 am – Morning Storytime
  • Fridays at 1 pm – Mahjong – for Adults
  • Saturdays at 11 am – Saturday Storytime
  • Saturdays at 11:30 am – Saturday Storytime in Spanish
  • Mon, June 3rd at noon – Summer Reading Kick-Off Party followed by Mad Science – All ages
  • Wed, June 5th at 12 pm – Gardening with Ron Honig – for Adults
  • Wed, June 5th at 5 pm – Taskmaster – for Teens 
  • Thurs, June 6th at 2 pm – Jay and Leslie: Laughing Matters – for all ages
  • Thurs, June 6th at 4 pm – The Zen Den Cafe – for Teens 
  • Tues, June 11th at 1 pm – Dan Dan the Magic Man – for all ages
  • Wed, June 12th at 5 pm Teen Movie Night – for Teens
  • Thurs, June 13th at 1 pm – Wisconsin Schneider and the Magic of Music – for all ages
  • Fri, June 14th at 12 pm – Luau Bunco – for Adults
  • Mon, June 17th at 5 pm – Adventure Board Game Night – for Teens
  • Tues, June 18th at 11 am – Smoky Hills Share-A-Story Presentation with Jennifer Hanson – for all ages
  • Thurs, June 20th at 2 pm – Musician Aaron Fowler – for all ages
  • Tues, June 25th at 3 pm – Bioluminescent Bingo – for all ages
  • Wed, June 26th at 5 pm – What’s in the box? – for Teens 
  • Thurs, June 27th at 2 pm – Juggler Extraordinaire Richard Penner – for all ages
  • Thurs, June 27th at 6 pm – Charcuterie 101 – for Adults 
  • Mon, July 1st at 1 pm – Master Storyteller Jefferson Knapp – for all ages
  • Wed, July 3rd at 10 am – Llamas at the Library – for all ages
  • Tues, July 9th at 1 pm – Musician Thad Beach – for all ages
  • Fri, July 12th at 2 pm – End of summer reading party – for all ages

Closed Memorial Day

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday for our normal hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer Fun at the Library

Summer Reading 

We had a great time during this year’s Summer Reading program and want to thank all of the sponsors who helped make it possible. Without your help funding special events, such as the visit from the Lee Richardson Zoomobile, Mad Science, and Dan Dan the Magic Man, and without your help with Summer Reading prizes, this year’s Summer Reading program could not have been the success that it was.

Summer Lunch Program

Summer Reading may be over but the Summer Lunch program is still continuing until July 27th. USD 480 Nutrition Services is providing free grab-and-go lunches to any child from 1 to 18 years old. The program runs Monday through Thursday and does not require special identification or registration. Limit one meal per child per day.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pick-up Locations:  Liberal Memorial Library, Recreation Center (950 S. Grant Avenue), Blue Bonnet Park (1101 W. 8th Street), Light Park (1100 N. Kansas Ave.) and Mary Frame Park (200-298 E. Pancake Blvd)

For more information contact Connie Vogts @ 620-604-2230 or connie.vogts@usd480.net

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, July 19th at 5 pm we will watch & discuss the anime “Sweetness & Lightning”.

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

Bee Jay Storytime

Two of the Liberal Bee Jays will visit the library for a special storytime on July 20th at 4 pm. We will read a couple books, make a craft, and do a meet and greet with the Liberal Bee Jays.

Regular 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

Books, Coffee & Donuts

On Wednesday, August 2nd 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.

Mahjong

Do you love to play Mahjong? Are you interested in learning a new game to play with family and friends? Every Friday at 1 pm, we will get together for a fun game of Mahjong here at the library. Learn the rules of this traditional Chinese game and play some Mahjong.  No experience necessary. For adults only. Signup is required.  

Library and Lunch

On Tuesday, August 8th​ at Noon, our book club will meet to discuss “Remarkably bright creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt. Bring your lunch and join the discussion.

Summer Book Display

Come in and check out our Summer themed book display. Here are a few of the books on display available for checkout.

The Summer List
by Amy Mason Doan

Laura and Casey were once inseparable…

Coming of age in California, Laura felt connected to her best friend in every way. Until one summer night, when a shocking betrayal sent Laura running through the pines, down the dock, and into a new life, leaving Casey and a first love in her wake.

But the past is impossible to escape, and now, after seventeen years away, Laura is pulled home and into a reunion with Casey she can’t resist—one last scavenger hunt. But just as the game brings Laura and Casey back together, the clues unravel a stunning secret that threatens to tear them apart…

Mesmerizing and unforgettable, Amy Mason Doan’s The Summer List is about losing and recapturing the person who understands you best—and the unbreakable bonds of girlhood.

Invincible Summer
by Alice Adams

Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey.

Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of the new millennium. But as their dizzying twenties evaporate into their thirties, the once close-knit friends, now scattered and struggling to navigate thwarted dreams, lost jobs, and broken hearts, find themselves drawn together once again in stunning and unexpected ways.

A dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood, Invincible Summer is a story about finding the courage to carry on in the wake of disappointment and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world.

Summerlong
by Dean Bakopoulos

From the author of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon and My American Unhappiness, a deft and hilarious exploration of the simmering tensions beneath the surface of a contented marriage which explode in the bedrooms and backyards of a small town over the course of a long, hot summer.

Claire, Don, and their neighbors and friends find themselves on an existential odyssey, exploring the most puzzling quandaries of marriage and maturity. 

Award-winning writer Dean Bakopoulos delivers a brutally honest and incredibly funny novel about the strange and tenuous ties that bind us, and the strange and unlikely places we find connection. Full of mirth, melancholy, and redemption, Summerlong explores what happens when life goes awry.

#IMAFAN Summer Reading 2023

Summer Reading is nearly here!

Help us kickoff Summer Reading on Thursday, June 1st from 2 to 4 pm at our Summer Reading Kick Off Party. We will have games, hotdogs, chips, lemonade, and more! All ages welcome.

Signup begins June 1st. Sign up online at https://lmlibrary.org/srp2023 or stop by the Kick Off Party to sign up!

This summer’s theme is all about exploring the different characters and stories that get people of all ages excited about reading.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program

How it Works

Children’s program is open to kids ages 0-11 years old. Kids who read (or are read to) 25 hours or more will earn a prize! Fill out and turn in a reading log by July 15th to qualify to earn a prize. Fill out one star on the reading log for every hour your child reads,. When all the stars are filled, your child has read 25 hours and earned a prize!

Come in to the library to pick up your reading log and a copy of the Summer Reading calendar.

The Teen and Adult Summer Reading Programs

How it Works

The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to teens ages 12 to 17 and the Adult Program is open to adults ages 18 and up.

Earn a Liberal Memorial Library Book Buck for every book you read and earn 5 Book Bucks for every Summer Reading event you attend.

After you’ve earned your Book Bucks, you can redeem them anytime at the Library Store located across from the front desk at the library. The store’s inventory will change regularly.

You can also use your Book Bucks to purchase raffle tickets. A raffle drawing for larger prizes will be held at the end of the Summer Reading Program.

Come in to the library to pick up a copy of the Summer Reading calendar.

Summer Reading Events

In addition to our regular library events, we will also have lots of fun Summer Reading events:

Reoccurring

  • Monday evenings at 5:30 pm – Evening Storytime
  • Wednesdays at 10:00 am – Morning Storytime
  • Fridays at 1 pm – Mahjong for Adults
  • Saturdays at 11 am – Saturday Storytime
  • Saturdays at 11:30 in – Saturday Storytime in spanish

1st Week

  • Tues, June 6th at 11 am – Smoky Hills PBS Share A story “All Together Now”

2nd Week

  • Mon, June 12th at 10 am – Exploration Place of Wichita
  • Tues, June 13th at Noon – Book club for Adults
  • Tues, June 13th at 6 pm – Teen Advisory Group

3rd Week

  • Mon, June 19th – Library closed for Juneteenth
  • Wed, June 21st at 5 pm – Teen Otaku Club
  • Thurs, June 22nd at 2 pm – Southern Pioneer Electricity demonstration

4th Week

  • Fri, June 30th at 10 am – Mad Science

5th Week

  • Mon, July 3rd – 4th – Library closed for Independence Day
  • Wed, July 5th at 9 am –  Books, Coffee & Donuts
  • Wed, July 5th at 10 am – Llamas at the library

6th Week

  • Tues, July 11th at Noon – Book club for Adults
  • Tues, July 11th at 6 pm – Teen Advisory Group     
  • Thurs, July 13th at 1 pm – End of Summer Reading Party with Magician Dan Dan the Magic Man
  • Sat, July 15th – Last day to turn in reading logs and to earn and redeem Book Bucks

These are just some of the events we’ll have this Summer. Come in to the library for a copy of the full Summer Reading calendar or visit our website, https://lmlibrary.org, in the coming weeks for more information.

#IMAFAN Summer Reading Book display

Come in to the library and check out our Summer Reading themed book display. It includes books about all kinds of fandoms from a “Tolkien Bestiary” to “The Office, the untold story”. Here are a few:

I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture
by A. D. Jameson

A. D. Jameson takes geeks and non-geeks alike on a surprising and insightful journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero franchises that now dominate pop culture. Walking us through the rise of geekdom from its underground origins to the top of the box office and bestseller lists. “I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing” tells the story of how the geeks have inherited the earth.

Religions of Star Trek 
by Ross S. Kraemer, William Cassidy, and Susan L. Schwartz

Is there a God? What evil lurks beyond the stars? Can science save one’s soul? Profound questions like these have inspired the original creators of the Star Trek canon of TV series and films. Religions of Star Trek tackles these challenging questions head-on and examines in detail the humanistic vision of creator Gene Roddenberry.

The Doctors Are In: The Essential and Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who’s Greatest Time Lord
by Graeme Burk

From his beginnings as a crotchety, anti-heroic scientist in 1963 to his current place in British pop culture as the mad and dangerous monster-fighting savior of the universe, the titular character of Doctor Who has metamorphosed in his 50 years on television. And yet the questions about him remain the same: Who is he? Why does he act the way he does? What motivates him to fight evil across space and time?

The Unofficial X-Files Companion: An X-Phile’s Guide to the Mysteries, Conspiracies, and Really Strange Truths Behind the Show
by Ngaire E. Genge 

A comprehensive fan’s guide to the provocative television show providing detailed background information on the program’s subject matter, scripts, characters, and more.

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.

Luau Bunco 2022
  • 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!

2022 Mad Science
  • 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!

2022 Container Gardening Craft
  • 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.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Rooster

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?