Kicking off the Summer at Liberal Memorial Library

ZinioZinio for Libraries

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

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

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

Some of our most popular titles available for checkout include:

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

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

Memorial Day

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

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

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

by Eric Blehm

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

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

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

Summer Reading Kick Off Party

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

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

Gifting Tablets, Phones or E-readers this Season? Do This First!

If there are some tech gifts under your tree, make sure to make the most out of your gifts and have them ready to go out of the box. Tablets, e-readers, mp3 players and smart phones are all popular gifts this year and many of you may have some of these under your tree. Before gifting, take them out of the box and turn them on. You will not only know that you don’t have that rare dud that isn’t going to power up, but it will allow the device to update. It’s not much fun for anyone to unwrap a new tablet, only to find out that it needs a huge update right out of the box you have to wait three hours to use it. While you are at it, give it a full charge so that there will be plenty of time to play once it is opened.

Updated and charged? Now you can add the stuff to your tablet or phone that will make your gift even better.

Get Free Magazines: 
If the person you are giving the gift to likes magazine, load the Zinio app on their device. After that, you can download magazines to your tablet, computer or phone and read them for as long as you want. There isn’t any limit to how many magazines you can have on your device either. Some of the magazines that would be great to read are Better Homes and Gardens, Car and Driver, Cosmo (in English or in Spanish), the Economist, Girls Life and more. You do need your Liberal Memorial Library card number to sign up for an account (and if you don’t have a library card, those are free from the library), but the magazines are free.

Entertain the Kids for Hours: 
If the tablet or phone is a child or someone who has children, make sure to add the shortcut for Scholastic BookFlix and TumbleBooks. These are two collections of children’s stories. The program will read the book and the words and animations flash across the screen. For TumbleBooks, you don’t need anything but an Internet connection to access the books. Go to our library website ( and find the dancing blue book. TumbleBooks has some great books… My favorite is Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess read by Robert Munsch himself. They have new books as well, like Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. To get on BookFlix, you’ll need a State of Kansas Library Card (which is different from a Liberal Memorial Library Card). Don’t worry. Those are free and easy to get with a visit to the library. Both TumbleBooks and BookFlix have Spanish books as well!

We also have e-books and audiobooks available for download from the State Library. You need a State of Kansas Library card to check them out. Come in and get one before the holidays, and bring your tablet, e-reader or whatever and we will help you to get started downloading. The time after Christmas always brings a rush of people who want help, so beat that rush and come in now.

We have phenomenal resources that can be digitally accessed, giving you a library from your own home. By having a Liberal Memorial Library Card and a State of Kansas Library Card, you have access to these resources for free.

Zinio – Free magazines with a Liberal Memorial Library card. Sign up for a Zinio Account by clicking on the Zinio button on our website at

TumbleBooks-Animated children’s story books. No signup required! Free from our website at

BookFlix- Animated children’s story books. Free with a State of Kansas Library Card (which is available free at the library).

OneClick Audio Books – Free audio books with a State of Kansas Library Card.

3M Cloud Library – Free e-books with a State of Kansas Library Card.