The Horton Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an AWE Early Literacy Station, a self-contained computer, just for kids. The station features 16 educational applications with numerous activities geared for children, whose ages range from toddlers through elementary school.
Grants were received from the Ruth and Roger Wolfe Charitable Trust and from the State Library of Kansas (LSTA subgrant) to secure this purchase,. “We are very thankful and excited about this new technology, as it rounds out our early literacy program that was started 2 years ago.” stated Library Director, Rita Higley. The Library currently offers a weekly program for its youngest patrons, Toddler Tuesdays @ 10, coordinated by Vanessa Piper, Youth Services Librarian. The Library also has 6×6 Kits (teaching 6 skills to prepare for reading before the age of 6), available for checkout by parents and caregivers to enjoy and promote interactive learning and play with toddlers and preschool aged children. And here it is. It has colorful keys and a child sized mouse.
WOW! 2015 is going to be a great year! Each week we have Toddler Tuesdays @ 10 for the littlest patrons and on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 6:30 the Legos are out for everyone to enjoy! And the second Friday of every month is Snack Attack @ the Library! Below are some additional events being planned. Be sure and like us on Facebook (Horton Public Library) to get information for these events and times!
- Martin Luther King Gaming Day – Jan 19 – open to everyone
- Kansas Day - Jan 29 We’re making Sunflower cookies and having a drawing for prizes for kids as well as adults.
- After Hours Book Club – kicks off Feb 10 – 7:00 p.m. (dessert provided). Spend an hour or so visiting with other readers and finding out what they are reading – what they liked and didn’t like. Meet new friends!
- Love My Library Week – Feb 9 – 14. We’re having a fun-filled week with Plinko everyday for all patrons. There will be a Valentine’s guessing game for all, a drawing for adults, teens & tweens and kids, Snack Attack on Friday when you can enjoy Fruit bouquets and Friday the 13th we’ll have a Movie/Date Night at the Library with popcorn and snacks. The movie will be R rated, so this event is for mature audiences.
- President’s Day, Mon., Feb 16 is an in-service day for the schools, so we’re planning a Gaming Day @ the Library. Board and card games will be available as well as the PS4 with a couple of new games to try out.
- After Hours Book Club meets at 7:00 pm on March 10
- Spring Break is Mar 16-20 so we decided to plan a Saint Patrick’s Day Carnival in the basement of the library for kids in K – 4th grade.
- Kansas Agriculture Week will be celebrated Mar 23-28. We’ll have a special display at the library to celebrate Kansas’ rich history of Agriculture.
Well, we’ve got summer over, school has started and we’ve evaluated the fun activities and events that we plan to have for the fall.
September 15 – we kick off our 6 x 6 Program. The 6 x 6 program is an early literacy program, co-sponsored by the State Library. We have been busy creating kits that parents and caregivers can check out that will give them lots of books to read and activities to engage their children through the age of 5. 6 x 6 stands for 6 skills that children should have before the age of 6 so that they are ready to read. We are really excited about the program and have partnered with the Walmart Stores in Hiawatha and Atchison to create these kits. Check out will be for 1 week for the kits.
September 21 – it’s Banned Books Week. We’ll have displays of banned books in the library and a drawing to own your own banned book.
October 12 – We’ll celebrate Teen Read Week – we’re planning games and giveaways – check out our facebook page HortonLibrary for more info as time gets closer.
October 18 – Horton will have it’s annual Oktoberfest and that means we kick off our Book Sale at the Library.
October 19 – This is the week we celebrate our Friends of the Library with a drawing for our patrons.
October 30 – It’s Trick or Treat @ the Library. We have treats and books for all kids.
November – is Native American Heritage month. We are forming plans now to celebrate our native friends’ history. More details to follow.
November 15 – is National Gaming Day. We’re planning a gaming event at the library.
November 16 – this is Kansas Reads to Preschooler’s Week. We’ll plan special Story times at local schools and day care facilities so we can read the selected book.
December 1 – we’ll celebrate Tweens – those kids who are in Middle School but aren’t teenagers yet. Activities are still being planned.
In addition to these special events, the Library continues with Toddler Tuesdays at 10:00, Legos Day @ the Library on every Wednesdays from 1:30 – 6:30, the TMBNET (Too Many Books, Not Enough Time) Book Club on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 (dessert provided) and Snack Attack @ the Library on the 2nd Friday of every month. We’re currently reviewing our options to begin hosting a Game Night/Afternoon for families to come and have some fun. Further announcements on this event will be forthcoming.
Our mission: “It’s all about Community, Learning & Fun” – let us know if there is anything we can do to make your library experience better!
A full article of information about this year’s summer reading program can be found in the Library Info section of the site. May 20th at 10:00 – 12:00 is the kick-off date for this 5 week program which ends June 24. We’re planning on Having a Blast! this summer at the library. Hope you can join us for awesome crafts, good food, great books, fun activities, movies and much more!
The Library is forming a new book club – Too Many Books Not Enough Time (TMBNET) which will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 1:00 pm. We’re planning on having dessert at every meeting. Individuals may read whatever they like and come to the meeting to discuss what they’ve read – if it is good or bad – and enjoy some yummy desserts! Hope to see you all at our kickoff meeting May 13th!
The first 20 individuals that sign up and walk with us will receive a commemorative towel! Give us a call at 785-486-3326 to get on the list.
On April 16, the Library had a celebratory open house to commemorate 75 years at their current location, 809 1st Ave E. The year started with an extensive remodeling project with new windows, new carpet, paint and a new floor plan layout being accomplished by mid-January. At the conclusion of these endeavors, the furnace decided to give out and it was repaired with the knowledge that a new HVAC unit would need to be purchased asap. This kicked off a capital campaign to build the Capital Improvement account which would be nearly depleted with the purchase of a new system. There are still other projects that the library wants to accomplish with this remodel – namely foundation/drainage work on the north side, a new door on the ramp entrance to the library and new carpeting in the basement. The business community joined us in a Change War and over a 3 month period collected over $700 to go into the 75th Anniversary Remodeling Fund. Compton Hardware and Lumber won the Change War with the most funds collected. Individual donors are also being sought this year, to be benefactors on a larger scale. A donor plaque will be placed in the foyer for those giving a minimum of $75 to the library. There are levels of giving: Bronze $75, Silver $250, Gold $500, Platinum $1,000 and Star Platinum $5,000. However, the library appreciates anything that patrons may be able to give. Before we start the summer reading program next month, the new HVAC system will be in place and for the first time there will be effective heating and cooling in the basement area to allow us to better utilize that space. We hope you’ll stop in and see your library if you haven’t had a chance to this year!
With memorial fund honoring Bernice & Mike Dachenhausen, given by Michael (Dean) Dachenhausen, the Library was able to frame with archival glass, the Pony Express map that was on the table top under glass for many years. The Horton History and Literature Club gave the Library a nice donation when they disbanded, and the remaining funds were used to frame what we believe is the architect’s drawing of the library when it was initially built. We appreciate these donations and the contribution that could be made to the library to protect these 2 pieces of history for the library.
The Horton Public Library is partnering with the Willis All Stars 4-H group to participate in the Neighbor to Neighbor statewide food drive during Kansas Agriculture Week, March 23-29. The drop off spot will be at the library for any non-perishable items. All donations will stay local and benefit the South Brown County Ministerial Alliance Food bank.
The Library is also planning a day filled with special events on Tuesday, March 25, Kansas Agriculture Day, from 9-1 am and 4-7 pm. We are inviting local agribusinesses to display their wares at the library. There will be free samples, giveaways and door prizes. We will have Gardening books, Farm Equipment Toys, a miniature farm set and vintage gardening items on display as well.
Hoping everyone will stop by and kick off spring as we celebrate Kansas Agriculture Week.
Statewide events are also being planned. For more information about state-wide Kansas Agriculture celebrations, folks can visit agriculture.ks.gov/ksagday
The Library will be hosting an early St. Patrick’s Day party on Friday, March 14 for all Elementary students K through 4th grades. Plan to stop by the Library after school until 6:30 to participate in games: Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun and a Leprechaun Coin Toss. It’s also the second Friday of the month, so it’s Snack Attack @ the Library day! We’re having green punch and cookies. All kids can sign up for the Door Prize, a popcorn surprise that will be awarded to one lucky winner. So, wear your GREEN and we’ll see you on Friday!
The Library has been hosting the Love My Library Adult reading program to get us through these cold winter months. Individuals signed up in late January and throughout Feb and March we’ve gathered for book talks and lunch/dinner. Our latest event was March 10 when a Dessert bar was offered and where we discussed Bleeding Kansas, written by Sara Paretsky. This book was the selection for Kansas Reads, a one-book/one-state reading and discussion project for adult readers. Supported by the State Library of Kansas, the Kansas Center for the Book selects titles for broad-based appeal to encourage spirited discussion among readers at libraries, booksellers and other partners statewide. Other books read by participants were also discussed. We’ll finalize our “winter” activity with a final party on April 1 when we will gather for a final book talk and a Salad Luncheon.