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.
The library has been awarded a Books for Children grant from the Libri Foundation and as such is conducting a spare change fundraiser. With donations of spare change, the goal is to raise $350 by May 31st. The Libri Foundation will match at a 2-to-1 ratio, the money raised. If the goal of $350 is met, the library may choose $700 worth of books and also receive a bonus of $350 in math and science books. The Libri Foundation amounts plus the $350 generated from the fundraiser will allow the library to obtain $1400 worth of books. 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. This is a wonderful opportunity for the library. Help Us Meet this Goal!
Come help capture the “wild things” which will be lurking about as you travel through the jungle and the African grassland. Keep your eyes open and have a swingin’ good time as you hunt them down!
Be sure and register when you arrive and get your safari map and binoculars for your animal search. You can seize some snakes in a Sneaky Snake Snatch, help capture the lions and tigers as you stun them in a Sleepy Time Shoot, and feed a bunch of howling monkeys as you take care of Monkey Business.
Don’t miss the 7:15 performance of “Rumble in the Jungle,” a short play based on the Little Golden Book, “The Tawny Scrawny Lion”. It will feature local physician, Dr. Roger Tobias, as the lion along with other jungle animals.
It’s sure to be an evening of fun for the whole family with a “big catch” of prizes to be given away, a photo opportunity in the Jungle Jeep Ride, crafts, snacks, and a chance to “bag” some goodies.
Don’t miss your chance to snare some fun at an exciting evening celebrating literacy at the library. Doors will open at 6:30.
Please note, children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.