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809 1st Ave E Horton KS 66439
Mon 1:00 - 7:00
Tues 9:00 - 1:00 and
..........4:00 - 7:00
Wed 1:00 - 7:00
Thur 1:00 - 7:00
Fri 1:00 - 7:00
Sat 9:00 - 1:00


The Library will be closed for the following holidays:
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
May 25 - Memorial Day
July 4 - 4th of July
Sep 1 - Labor Day
Oct 12 - Columbus Day
Nov 26 - Thanksgiving
Nov 27 - Thanksgiving
Dec 24 - Christmas
Dec 25 - Christmas
Dec 31 - New Year's Eve

Driver’s Ed Practice Tests now available

The library web site now has a link to

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.


National Library and Volunteer Week

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.

75Plaque   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

Spring has sprung and we’re busy making plans!

The second quarter will be even more exciting than the first with summer programs coming:

Here are the scheduled events so far:

April events

  • 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.

May events

  • 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!

June events

  • 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!


Library awarded $500 from Kansas Book Festival Grants

007             Grant Winners

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.


Horton Library receives $2,700 in grants to expand their Early Literacy Program

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.


2015 – We’re off and running!

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!

January events

  • 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.

February events

  • 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.

March events

  • 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.

Fall line-up at the Library

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!


FIZZ BOOM READ – 2014 Summer Reading Program Kicks off May 20

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!

New Book Club Forming – TMBNET

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!

Mark your calendar – April 30 – Walk at Lunch Day

Photo: It's all about Community, Learning & Fun!  And on Wednesday, April 30, we invite the entire community to come to the Library at 12:00 to participate in the National Walk @ Lunch Day.  The first 20 individuals to sign up and walk with us receive a commemorative towel!  Call the library anytime 486-3326 to get your name on the list of participants.  Let's have fun and enjoy the spring weather!

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.