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.
Every Tuesday at 10:00 the Library gets noisy with toddlers coming for an hour of reading, singing, game playing, crafts and playing with the Legos. Led by Vanessa Piper the children learn Early Literacy skills to prepare them for school. Pictured here are some of the kids who made Cat in the Hat masks on Mar 4, 2014.
So much has happened in the last 2 months. The library has been painted and the upstairs has new carpet. New windows have been installed upstairs and downstairs. The downstairs also has been painted. We’ve changed the floor plan and put the videos in the basement, created a file room and cleared out the magazine room for a storage/donation room. We’re still working on the main room downstairs, going through years of accumulation and finding a spot for it. The upstairs looks awesome, it’s bright and more roomy and now features 4 areas for you to relax, read a book, study or work with your own device. The only downside was that our heater quit working in the middle of January. We’ve got one of the two units back up and working, but it has changed our plans for phase 2. A new heater is now in order. We’ve started a major capital campaign, our 75th Anniversary Remodeling Fund and are seeking donors to help us build up our Capital Improvement account which will be decimated with the purchase of a new furnace. We plan to finally, adequately heat and cool the basement so that it will be more conducive for comfortable meetings, events and programs. In addition to looking for major benefactors who will be acknowledged on a plaque in the foyer, (Star Platinum – $5000 or more, Platinum – $1,000 or more, Gold – $500 or more, Silver – $250 or more, Bronze $75 or more), the local businesses have joined with us to start a Change War (collecting spare change and dollars) to allow those that can’t contribute in a big way a chance to help out. We are working to get the basement cleaned up in time for an open house to celebrate our 75th Anniversary at the current location which occurs this year. There’s a lot going on and we are so excited to have been able to do what has been done so far. Your support and continued patronage are greatly appreciated!
In January of 2014 the library will celebrate its 75th Anniversary at our current site. To celebrate this milestone, the library board has approved some renovations to the library. Today the new energy efficient windows and new front door will start to be installed. In January the inside of the library will be painted and carpeted. Outside painting occurred last fall and repair to the front walkway (step) occurred this past summer. We are excited about the changes and hope to have an open house once the weather is a little more pleasant. The Library Board is also planning some events and fundraisers to help us continue with needed repairs to your library.
In the meantime, there will be a small disruption of service to our library patrons. We will freeze our catalog beginning January 4 and will resume full operations on January 20 (if all goes as planned). Our patrons will still be able to drop off books in the book drop, order books from other libraries through our on-line catalog and pick up these materials on the following days: Jan 6, 8, and 10 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. During the week of Jan 13 – 18 staff will deliver materials to our patrons as long as you can be reached to confirm drop off schedule.
Unfortunately, there will be no computers available for our patrons during the 2 weeks we are undergoing renovations. Check our FACEBOOK page: Horton Public Library for updates and pictures of the work in progress.