The Horton Library is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a 2015 LEAP (Literacy and Education in Action Program) for Libraries grant from Better World Books. The grant, in the amount of $1,962.00 is for a community outreach project titled “We’ll Bring the Library to You”. The project involves the creation and placement of Little Free Libraries (LFL) in 5 neighboring cities who do not have a public library and 1 at Mission Lake for our city’s vacationers. The grant also provides for the initial supply of books for all age groups. The concept of the Little Free Libraries is that you take a book and leave a book, so it is hoped that the supply is always changing and different, but if needed the Horton Library will keep them stocked. The Little Free Library is now a global literacy movement since the first little library was built in Hudson, WI in 2009. It is estimated that by the end of this year there will be over 25,000 of these little structures around the world.
The Library Director, Rita Higley, first heard of the LFL project a couple of years ago from one of her board members. At a seminar last fall she heard of a library in another state that used the little libraries to create pride in their city by having a contest among the different city neighborhoods to design the best looking libraries. That got the wheels spinning and since Higley had always liked the idea of the little libraries she thought it would be great to have them in neighboring towns, who could have a contest to design one, representative of their town’s history. After discussing the idea with her staff (who loved the idea), she saw this grant opportunity and decided to go for it. Out of hundreds of applications, she was shocked when she heard that it was one of 6 selected for 2015.
The communities that have been selected to receive the Little Free Libraries include: Willis, the Kickapoo Reservation, Muscotah, Whiting, Robinson and Horton’s Mission Lake area. Everyone will hold a contest (with a $100.00 prize award) to create the finished design. (Watch the paper, watch for flyers and visit the Horton Library’s Facebook page for the upcoming announcement of Horton’s contest.) The Horton High School (Jay Logan’s class) is partnering with the Library to build and finish out the structures and our local Boy Scout troop will do the installations. Carolyn Olsen is assisting Rita Higley in managing this project and for further information, you may contact either of them at the library. Also, check out www.betterworldbooks.com for a complete list of winners and information about how they are helping to further the cause of literacy.
The weather hasn’t really been very cooperative with our lunch program, the Bookworm Cafe. Last week we did see one nice day when we could venture out in the back yard for a picnic. The kids loved it! The library was awarded a $500.00 Community Giving Grant sponsored by the Hiawatha Walmart in April, which allowed us to purchase the two tables and our refrigerator that we are using for this program. We received a nice memorial gift in honor of Shirley Hosford from her daughter Jodi and used a portion of it to purchase the benches. THANK YOU to both for helping us in this endeavor!
Lunches for kids 1-18 are being served every day (except July 3) until Aug 14 from 11:30 – 12:30. Hope you can stop by for a free lunch!
This week the Bookworm Café opened up in the basement of the library. As part of our summer library program, we are offering a free lunch M-F from 11:30-12:30 for children 1-18 years old. The Library has partnered with the Ministerial Alliance churches, USD 430 and Lentz Express (Tim & Rebecca Lentz) to bring the No Hunger Summer program to our community. It is a federally funded program administered through Second Harvest in St. Joseph, MO. A lot of wonderful volunteers from the local churches will be helping to prepare and serve the food. As of now we are offering a cold meal that would typically include: a sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, fruit cups, veggies and milk.
Lunches will be served every day (except July 3) until August 14.
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 didnâ€™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!