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November 2017

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  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Mommy & Me Mixer
  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
  • Community Read - Author Event
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  • Forum: Disaster Management (flooding)
  • CLOSED at 4PM for private event
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  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Mommy & Me Mixer
  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Parents as Teachers Play Group
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • CLOSED at 3 PM to set up Water/Ways exhibit
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  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Mommy & Me Mixer
  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • Jane Kurtz - Author Visit
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • CLOSED
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • OPEN 3-5PM
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • OPEN 3-5 PM
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • Giving Tuesday
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Mommy & Me Mixer
  • Budding Readers Storytime
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring
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  • Smithsonian Water|Ways Exhibit
  • Math Academy - Free Tutoring

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Stop by the library today for:
- Jane Kurtz, Author Visit 3 pm
- Smithsonian exhibit
- thanksgiving reads!
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Just a reminder that there will be NO Storytime this morning! We will see you all next Wednesday at our regular times! Happy Thanksgiving! ...

Don't miss the chance to visit with author Jane Kurtz ...

Author Visit: Jane Kurtz

November 22, 2017, 3:00pm - November 22, 2017, 5:00pm

Meet author Jane Kurtz! Jane Kurtz was born in Portland, Oregon, but when she was two years old, her parents moved to Ethiopia. Jane grew up in Maji, a small town in the southwest corner of the country. Since there were no televisions, radios, or movies, her memories are of climbing mountains, wading in rivers by the waterfalls, listening to stories, and making up her own stories, which she and her sisters acted out for days at a time. When she was in fourth grade, she went to boarding school in Addis Ababa. Her family left Ethiopia in the late 1970s, but a decade later, first her brother and his family and then her older sister and her family went back to teach in a girls' school in Addis Ababa. By the time Jane came back to the United States for college, she felt there was no way to talk about her childhood home to people here. It took nearly twenty years to finally find a way - through her children's books. Now she often speaks in schools and at conferences, sharing memories from her own childhood and bringing in things for the children to touch and taste and see and smell and hear from Ethiopia. "It's been a healing and inspiring experience," she says, "to re-connect with my childhood and also be able to help people know just a little of the beautiful country where I grew up." She is also a co-founder and member of the board of Ethiopia Reads that works to bring books and literacy to the children in Ethiopia.

Hesston Public Library updated their cover photo. ...

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Seuss-a-bration Family Fun Night

Preschool through elementary school children and their parents and siblings are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special Seuss-a-bration Family Fun Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at Hesston Public Library, 300 N. Main St.

Various activities will be set up throughout the library, including Sight Word Bingo, a Book Walk, crafts, and more! Children will be able to move through the activities at their own pace and should bring their parents or other adults to the festivities.

Registration is required by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, by emailing hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com or calling the library at 620.327.4666. See you on the 2nd!

 

Join us for Seuss-a-bration!

Preschool through elementary school children and their parents and siblings are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special Seuss-a-bration Family Fun Night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at Hesston Public Library, 300 N. Main St.

Various activities will be set up throughout the library, including Sight Word Bingo, a Book Walk, crafts, and more! Children will be able to move through the activities at their own pace and should bring their parents or other adults to the festivities.

Registration is required by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, by emailing hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com or calling the library at 620.327.4666. See you on the 2nd!

 

Used Book Sale in Community Room

We have lots & lots of books, VHS, and other items for sale in our community room! Come check out the great deals and support the library!

TALK Discussion of “Caramelo”

Hesston Public Library will host a TALK Book Discussion Series on the topic of contemporary immigration, with three sessions beginning March 1.

A different book will be discussed each evening, facilitated by a discussion leader provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, which is sponsoring the series. TALK stands for Talk About Literature in Kansas.

Participants are welcome to attend any and all sessions, and there is no charge for participation.

“This is a wonderful way for people in the community to gather and examine a timely topic through the eyes of literature,” said Cari Cusick, library director.

Schedule for the sessions is:

  • March 1, 2012 • 6:30 p.m.
    Discussion of “Caramelo”
    Discussion leader: Kim Stanley from McPherson College
  • March 29, 2012 • 6:30 p.m.
    Discussion of “Harbor”
    Discussion leader: Martha Ortiz Sanchez from Wichita State University
  • April 26, 2012 • 6:30 p.m.
    Discussion of “Typical American”
    Discussion leader: Martha Ortiz Sanchez from Wichita State University

Book sets are available for checkout at the library. Participants are encouraged to pick up books as soon as possible to ensure enough copies are on hand. For more information, contact the library at 620.327.4666 or hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Mobile App for E-books now available

The State Library of Kansas e-book collection is now available via mobile app for iPad/iPod touch/Android phones and similar devices. (The downloadable website, for use with e-readers, Nook Color, and Nook Touch is supposed to be live within a week.)

For directions and information on accessing this services, visit the home of the State Library’s downloadable EZ Library at www.kslib.info/digitalbooks. You will need a Kansas Library Card, available free at our library, to utilize the collection. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at 620.327.4666 or hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Discussion on “Contemporary Immigration” coming in March

The library will host a TALK Book Discussion Series on the topic of Contemporary Immigration, with three sessions beginning March 1. A different book will be discussed each evening, facilitated by a discussion leader provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, which is sponsoring the series.

Book sets are available for checkout at the library. Participants are welcome to attend any and all sessions. This is a great way to interact with others in the community while discussing literature pertinent to today’s issues. For more information, contact the library!

  • March 1, 2012 • 6:30 p.m.
    Discussion of “Caramelo”
    Discussion leader: Kim Stanley from McPherson College
  • March 29, 2012 • 6:30 p.m.
    Discussion of “Harbor”
    Discussion leader: Martha Ortiz Sanchez from Wichita State University
  • April 26, 2012 • 6:30 p.m.
    Discussion of “Typical American”
    Discussion leader: Martha Ortiz Sanchez from Wichita State University

It’s tax time!

We have many of the basic federal tax forms and instructions here (such as 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ) at the library if you need copies. If you need additional specialized forms, locate them at www.irs.gov.

We’re happy to help you locate the forms you need, but please remember, we’re not tax professionals and cannot advise you on which forms to use or other tax issues.

New links

We’ve just added a good number of helpful links, available through the “Links” tab in the menu above. We’ve added a Consumer Information link page, and a General Reference & Misc link page. We’ve also added several new Health links. Check them out! (And if you ever find a link that doesn’t work, please send an email to hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com so I can fix it right away!)

Library Board of Trustees meeting

The library board of trustees will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the library. This is a regular meeting and open to the public.

Update on library e-books

We’ve had lots of questions about e-books lately, as many people received e-readers for Christmas! I wanted to let you know that we’re paying attention!

The State Library of Kansas has offered a downloadable e-book service for all Kansas residents for several years. In December, the State Library switched providers. The transition to the new provider is taking longer than expected, but a new downloadable e-book library should be up and running within a few weeks. The new e-book service, along with the downloadable audio service (which is up & running) will be located at www.kslib.info/digitalbooks, and you’ll need a free Kansas Library Card to access the services (which you can get here at the library). We’ll let you know when the e-book service becomes available. At this point, it appears that titles for Kindle users may not be available initially.

We are looking into options for providing our own e-book library. However, it may be several months before we are able to do so, because of timelines set forth by the vendor. However, we are hoping  to have such a service up by early summer.

There are several websites that have free e-books available, mostly public domain works. A few sites include:

Sources for Free Content
  • Project Gutenberg – Free e-books for PC’s, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable devices.
  • Feedbooks – Provides some free e-books for Android & iPhone/iPad.
  • Open Library – Initiative of the Internet Archive providing free world classic literature e-books.
  • Inkmesh – an e-book search engine to find free content and compare prices for e-readers.
  • Google Books – Public domain titles available for PC’s and other portable devices.
  • Free Technology for Teachers – Places to find free e-books for yourself and your students.
  • ManyBooks – over 29,000 titles available in many formats and languages. search by author, title, genre or language.
  • Munseys – collection of fiction titles available in several digital formats.
  • Baen – science fiction and fantasy titles available from Baen Publishing.
  • Free-eBooks.net – a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.
  • GetFreeEBooks.com – site includes a variety of genres.
We appreciate your patience, and feel free to ask questions and make suggestions for how we can better serve you in 2012! Email comments to hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com or call Cari at the library at 620.327.4666.