The library is sponsoring its seventh “Food for Fines” food drive during August. In the past six years, 1179 food items and $566.98 cash donations have been received while $1558.89 in library fines have been waived. The food and cash received during the drive will be donated to the Northern Rice County Food Bank. Food items must carry their original packaging and labels and must be in usable condition — undamaged, unopened, and with an unexpired date. Suggested food items include canned goods, dry goods, and miscellaneous items like peanut butter, jelly, syrup and cooking oil. Everyone is invited to clear fines and benefit the community. For each non-perishable food item donated, the library will reduce an existing or new fine by $1. Bring in 20 items and a fine is reduced by $20. No fine is too big. A fine may also be paid with cash and the money will be donated to the food bank. Fees for lost or damaged materials are not covered by the program. Don’t have fines, but want to participate? Simply make a food or cash donation. The “Food for Fines” campaign will run from August 1st to August 31st.
The library has an opening for a Summer Reading Coordinator. Responsibilities for this position include the oversight, planning, and implementation of the summer reading program for preschool children through 5th graders. The summer reading program is in session six weeks during June and July. Experience working with children as well as a minimum of one year of college or equivalent experience in teaching is desired. Applications are available at the library.
This month the library is hosting summer book discussions that feature presidential biographies. Vanity Fair’s Presidential Profiles: Defining Portraits, Deeds, and Misdeeds of 43 Notable Americans–And What Each One Really Thought About His Predecessor edited by Graydon Carter, will be featured July 5th and includes profiles of America’s 43 presidents written by Vanity Fair contributors Judy Bachrach, David Friend, David Kamp, Todd S. Purdum, and Jim Windolf. The book also contains newly drawn portraits by artist Mark Summers. Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama, up for discussion on July 12th, is an autobiographical look at Obama before he became president. Obama writes a compelling autobiography that powerfully articulates America’s racial battleground and tells of his search for his place in black America. Cheryl Harness has written a number of presidential picture books for children. Her titles Ghosts of the White House, George Washington, Revolutionary John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Young Teddy Roosevelt will be featured on July 19th. Finally, Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough will be discussed on July 26th. This title is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as “a masterpiece” (John A. Gable, Newsday), it is the winner of the Los Angeles Times 1981 Book Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Biography. Join us Mondays in July at 7:00 pm as Will Best, Sterling College English instructor moderates the discussions.
Water, water, everywhere. Did you know about 326 million trillion gallons of water can be found on our planet and about 70 percent of the planet is covered by ocean? Want to know more about water—it’s benefits, fun facts and more? Children 3 years old through 5th grade are encouraged to sign up for summer reading and Make a Splash READ! Kindra Rowley returns to direct this year’s program. Weekly sessions will be held at the library each Thursday through July 8th. Preschoolers will meet from 4:00-5:00 pm; kindergarten, first and second graders will meet from 2:30 to 3:30; and third, fourth, and fifth graders will meet from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The sessions are designed to be age appropriate and feature stories, crafts, and other fun activities. Children may meet the reading achievement guidelines by reading 12 hours. Prizes will be awarded for reading and for attendance at the sessions. Don’t miss out on another fun summer at your library. Enroll now!
Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks/Kansas Wetlands Education Center educator will present Turtle Tales on May 27th at 11:00 am. Turtles may be slow but they know what they’re doing and are great survivors. Kids will get up close with the turtles of Cheyenne Bottoms in this program that features live turtles, from the ornate box turtle to the yellow mud turtle, turtle shells and eggs. How do you tell a boy from a girl box turtle – by the color of its eyes of course. This and other fascinating facts about turtles will be presented in an interactive fun program. Kids will create their own turtle, with a craft designed for all ages. This event at the library is free and open to everyone.