Our town is in the midst of an amazing effort: Reinvent Horton, spawned by the interest of Marcus Lemonis (entrepreneur and host of CNBC’s reality series The Prophet), to help us rebuild our downtown area, attract new businesses and improve the life of our community members.
The Horton Library began 3 years ago to reinvent itself by 1) changing our mission statement to “It’s all about community, learning and fun!” and 2) undertaking a major renovation last year to our 75 year old building to make the library more inviting, up-to-date and provide a comfortable meeting/activity space for the community. Last October we were selected to participate in a Destination Library Grant project through Northeast Kansas Library System. The grant process runs through August 31, 2015. A Destination Library is one that accepts a larger civic role, balancing their traditional needs and operations with connections to the wider community. We began to evaluate what we could do for the community to enrich their lives and broaden our impact in the community.
This year through interviews with community groups and organizations it became increasing clear that there is a major component missing in our community’s endeavors – getting the word out. The Library wants to be an informational hub for the community – by partnering with a range of organizations, groups and businesses to inform people of the community and surrounding areas about civic, educational or fun programs, activities, fundraisers and general community information. We hope to be able to help the City, local businesses, school district, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs, church groups, our neighboring Kickapoo Nation, or individuals sponsoring a charitable cause by promoting these events to the community. With the library being centrally located in town, next to the post office, on the highway through town and at the corner of our downtown area, an LED sign would be the best way to grab the attention of our community and share all the great things we, as well as the rest of the community has going on. Library staff would be responsible for maintaining the Community Bulletin Board and updating it as needed.
We would greatly appreciate any support to this effort to Get the Word Out! – as we believe it will benefit our community and our library for years to come. Thank you for your support!
If you are interested in donating, we have set up a campaign at gofundme.com/uvf7jw4. OR a check may be sent directly to the library (will save us on the admin fees charges from the site.) Hope you can help us with this project.
Check out the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Library program under our Programs for Kids and Young Adults section. Only 12 days away on May 19th is our Kickoff Program at 10:00 - 11:30! There is also a new program this year for kids in 7th – 12th grade – The Unmask Summer Library Camp which will kick off on May 21 at 1:00 with a pizza lunch and signup for summer activities. We’ll post this flyer later today. We’re excited about all the fun plans we have made and look forward to seeing you at the Library this summer!
The library web site now has a link to Driving-Tests.org.
This Driver Education program contains the following state-specific information for Kansas:
- 10 car practice tests
- 6 motorcycle practice tests
- 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
- An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions
The link can be found in the Other Info tab in the right column.
Wednesday, April 15, we celebrated National Library Week and National Volunteer Week with a small reception from 4-6:00. Punch and cookies were served. We have received the plaque commemorating the donors from our 75th Anniversary Capital Improvement Fundraiser last year. It is sitting atop the display cabinet until it finds a permanent home in the library’s foyer.
This year’s theme for National Library Week is “Unlimited possibilities @ your Library”. We are embracing that statement as we strive to bring our community new and exciting technology, community involvement, new programs and a willingness to be what you want your library to be! It involves change which some may not be comfortable with, but it is paramount to our continued success. When I first came to the library as it’s director 15 years ago, I stated that the Library should be the hub of the community. It wasn’t, but I still believe that and with a great staff and wonderful volunteers through the years, we are evolving into the community-centered institution that I envisioned. Thank you to all our volunteers and the businesses and individuals who give so graciously to help us achieve this goal. Rita Higley, Library Director
The second quarter will be even more exciting than the first with summer programs coming:
Here are the scheduled events so far:
- April Showers Gaming Day – April 6 – open to everyone – snacks & a craft also included!
- Snack Attack @ the Library, Friday – April 10. We’re celebrating the Easter holiday with Bunny Bait.
- After Hours Book Club meets April 14 at 7:00. 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! Enjoy a great dessert!
- National Library Week and National Volunteer Week is April 13 – 18 We will have a open house reception on Wednesday, April 15 with cookies and punch as a thank you to all our benefactors and volunteers.
- Earth Day is April 22. The toddlers are planning on digging in the dirt the day before as part of their Toddler Tuesdays @ 10 and plant some flowers in the south flower bed.
- Snack Attack @ the Library – Friday, May 8. We’ll have a colorful fruit and vegetable display for you to nibble on.
- After Hours Book Club – meets May 12 – dessert provided.
- Summer Library Program kicks off on May 19 with sign-up and a performer to get us in the mood for this year’s theme : Every Hero has a Story.
- The Unmask! Summer Camp @ the Library kicks off on May 23. This is a new program this year designed for middle school and high school aged kids. Activities, crafts, and adventures geared for their age group to enjoy the summer and the library!
- After Hours Book Club meets at 7:00 pm on June 9 – dessert provided
- Snack Attack @ the Library – June 12
- Summer Library Programs are in full swing! Maker’s Mondays, Program Tuesdays, Legos @ the Library on Wednesdays, and Movie Day on Thursdays and lots of reading in between!
First Lady Brownback Announces Winners of 2015 Kansas Book Festival Grants
Topeka – Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced the winners of the 2015 Kansas Book Festival Grants during a news conference Thursday at the Statehouse.
“The Kansas Book Festival works year round to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading,” First Lady Brownback said. “These grants will help libraries to purchase new technology and a wide range of reading materials for many reading levels.”
The 15 public and school libraries will share in receiving a portion of the $11,160 in grants.
Library Director, Rita Higley attended the announcement, March 26 at the State Library. When asked how the library intends to spend the money, she replied that initially she contacted the Middle School teachers to see if there were areas where the library could supplement books for their core curriculum. The Library has already purchased books for the Ancient Civilizations studies and are looking at adding books in a comprehensive span for American History. The remainder of the money will be used to purchase new titles in science and other classifications in our Junior non-fiction area.
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. We are also participating in the Kansas Food Campaign, Neighbor to Neighbor. Non-perishable food may be dropped off anytime during this week – will benefit the South Brown County Food Bank.
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!