The beginning of September marks the start of storytime at the library. Weekly storytime sessions begin Thursday, September 1st from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. and continue through the school year. Preschool age children are invited to attend the Thursday sessions each week. Children may enroll in storytime anytime after their third birthday. Those joining at five years of age, may continue throughout the school year, even after turning six. The new Storytime Coordinator will be incorporating reading, games, crafts and so much more into the weekly themed sessions. Story times for September will center on outdoor adventures and fun with bears. Storytime provides many benefits exposing participants to good literature and library resources while helping them grow in school readiness skills such as listening, observation, reasoning, familiarity with the flow of written language, vocabulary, and social skills, all in a fun, non-threatening environment. For those enrolled in preschool, outreach sessions will be held at Headstart, Cornerstone Day Care, and Park School. For more information or to enroll your child in storytime held at the library, simply stop by the circulation desk at the library or call 257-2961.
Learn more about Sweden as Anki Apel shares from her unique life experiences. Anki was born and reared in Sweden, and later became a missionary to Kenya. She has lived in Kansas the past seven years. She will share her love of the Swedish culture from customs, to clothing, to food, to music and of course stories. Join us at 6:00 pm for an evening focusing on her native home, Sweden. There will be plenty of time to ask questions following the presentation. All ages are welcome to attend this program. Children should be accompanied by an adult, but adults need not have children to come.
Local resident and author Judith Robl will be the featured speaker for Conversations with Judith, focusing on her book As Grandma Says: Timeless Words to Live By. Those attending this event at the library will find out how the book came to be, from inspiration to final product, and hear more about her grandmother, the writing process and the publishing miracle. There will be time for questions.
The library is pleased to announce that books from the Libri Foundation have arrived. Many may remember the library was awarded a Books for Children grant from the foundation in May 2010. As part of the grant process, the library conducted a spare change fundraiser and raised over $350. The Libri Foundation matched the $350 at a 2 to 1 ratio and also provided a bonus of $350 in math and science books. The spare change fundraiser and the Libri Foundation grant allowed the library to select 82 books worth $1417.51. The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN Program. For more information about the Libri Foundation visit www.librifoundation.org