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.
It’s that time of year again when Kansas Reads to Preschoolers. We are having 2 programs at the library to accommodate your opportunity to bring in your child for a fun reading experience and craft! Join us either at Toddler Tuesdays at 10:00 or on Thursday evening from 6:00- 6:30. This year’s selection is Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd. Let’s join the 1000′s across Kansas who are reading this special book to their children!
Don’t forget the Library has a box for those Thriftway receipts. We’re helping the High School collect receipts so they can turn them into needed materials.
During the month of October there is a lot going on with your library:
October 8 – 7:00 pm - at the Horton Senior Citizens Center we and the Horton Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring an informative meeting on The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). As of October 1, this new act requires everyone to have health insurance or face a penalty. Cindy Hermes from the Kansas Insurance Department will be in attendance to help us understand how to enroll in health insurance using the on-line exchange; to discuss the eligibility for financial assistance and the health policy provisions.
October 11 – 1:00 – 7:00 pm - Snack Attack @ the Library. This month we’ll have Halloween related snacks.
October 15 – 18 – when the library is open it’s Teen Read Week! Stop by the Library and be a contestant in our version of A Minute to Win It (based on the TV show). There will be a prize given away every day to the contestant that completes the game in the least amount of time (one chance to play per day). Plus, every time you play you can enter your name in a drawing for the grand prize. Plus, check out all the great YA books that we have available!
October 19 – 8:00 – 3:00 - Annual Book Sale in the basement kicks off. Very reasonable prices and lots of good reading material available.
October 24 – 3:30 – 6:30 - Legos @ the Library. Anyone can stop by during this time and be creative with Legos.
October 31 – until 8:00 pm - Trick or Treat at the Library! Stop by for some candy and a special treat!
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 10:00 – 11:00 am Toddler Tuesdays @ Ten. Story hour, songs, games and sometimes crafts for all pre-school aged children.
The Library will now be having a Story Hour for pre-school aged children every week on Tuesdays at 10:00. Kids can enjoy stories, songs, games and at times small craft events. Plan your week for these programs for our youngest patrons!
Plans for the Summer Reading Program are complete and we’re looking forward to a fun-filled month of June! Information on this year’s programming can be found under the Program for Kids and Young Adults Tab to the right! See you on May 21 for sign-up!
National Library Week begins April 14 and we’re planning some events for you! This year’s theme is Communities matter @ your library. You certainly matter to us and so we’ve got 3 days and activities planned for all our patrons!
On Tuesday, April 16 from 3:30 – 6:30, pre-school children through 4th grade are invited to stop by the library and create a chia pet.
On Wednesday, April 17 from 3:30-6:30, middle school and high school aged children can stop by and try their luck on the Plinko Board to win a prize.
On Thursday, April 18 from 5:00 – 6:30 Library patrons are invited to a reception where we will be specifically honoring individuals and businesses in the community that have been supportive of Library programs.
Everyone that visits the library next week will receive a special bookmark commemorating National Library Week.
The Library has new shirts (along the theme of the Wizard of Oz) available for you to order until April 8. The front logo reads “Reading Makes You Great & Powerful”. The library name and Horton, KS will appear on the sleeve. They are available in light blue or natural color as shown. A donation of $12 for a child’s shirt or $15 for an adult shirt will cover the cost to provide these to our patrons and help to support our facelift efforts! Stop by the library anytime before April 9th to place your order! Thanks for your support!