Kansas Day Program
The Kansas Day Program is held annually in January and features Kansas authors, historians, celebrities and other guests. Past speakers include Kansas author Nancy Pickard, historian Angela Bates, and news celebrity Larry Hatteberg known for Hatteberg’s People.
Book discussions have been held at various times through the years. Previous programs have been hosted through the Kansas Humanities Council TALK program and the Kansas Speakers Bureau. In the past several years discussions have been held on Mondays in July and moderated by a local retired college English teacher. Topics for those discussions have included culinary mysteries, young adult titles, and books set in Kansas. Watch for information on the next discussion in July.
Family events hosted in recent years have become a community event. Co-Sponsored by local educational and day care institutions and supported by area merchants, family events are intended to promote the value of early education, literacy, and the strength of the family. Recent events have been held in April. Previous themes have included Discover the Treasure, Bookaroo Roundup, Swingin’ Safari, Hawaiian Hula Fest, Under the Big Top, Knight at the Library, and Living Library.
Storytime is in session from September to May in conjunction with the regular school year. Children age 1 to 5 may enroll for storytime held weekly. Storytime promotes reading growth and introduces preschoolers to good literature, art, and a wide variety of experiences. It’s also fun and enjoyable. In addition to the storytime held at the library, outreach sessions are held at local day care centers and preschools. Call the library for further information.
Summer Reading Program
The summer reading program for children 2 years old through 5th grade features a kick off event usually held the last week of May or the first week of June followed by six age appropriate weekly sessions held on Thursdays in June and July and culminating with a final event. A teen summer reading program is also available for those finishing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Self-directed reading, Friday activities and weekly prize drawings are features of this program.