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Chinese New Year’s resolution: check out a book about dogs, read to a dog at the animal shelter, or donate to a local dog rescue group.

Happy Year of the Dog!

Caring Hands Humane Society
Heartstrings Animal Advocates
Newton Dog Park Project

Today is Do a Grouch a Favor Day!
If you're not sure what kind of favor your grouch might like, you could come in and check out a book or DVD to see if you can get any good ideas.

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Stop by the library
April 24 – 29, 2017
for activities and resources.

Sponsored by the Golden Plains Credit Union

FREE After-School Tutoring

Spots are still available!  Call the library at 620-327-4666 to register.

Free Tutoring

Free Tutoring is back! Thanks to a partnership with Hesston College, we can offer several afternoons this year. Our first session starts February 8th. Pre-register for times on Tues/Thurs or just walk-in on Mon/Wed.tutoring flyer sping 2016 back tutoring flyer sping 2016 front

Community Read Events

COVER ARTHesston College hosts:

  • Amy Tyson, social worker at St. Francis
    Thursday, September 3, 12:30-1:20pm
    Hesston Mennonite Church
  • Diana Schunn Executive Director of Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County
    Tuesday, September 15, 12:30-1:20pm
    Hesston Mennonite Church
  • Panel Discussion with
    Sammie Simmons, Kansas DCF
    Nancy Ross, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lt. Travis Rakestraw,
    Exploited and Missing Children Unit

    Thursday, September 17, 12:30-1:20pm
    Hesston Mennonite Church

Hesston Public Library hosts:

  • Book Discussion with Libby Albers and Kevin Wilder
    September 22, 6:00 pm
    Hesston Public Library

Lincoln Perk hosts:

  • Book Discussion with Marissa King  
    September 28, 6:30 pm, Lincoln Perk

Regina Calcaterra    October 5, 7:30 pm
Hesston Mennonite Church
Author of New York Times bestseller, Etched in Sand discusses her book and current advocacy work with foster care. Stay to to have Calcaterra sign your book, enjoy Salted Creamery ice cream, and discuss how you’ll make change in the community

Q & A with Regina Calcaterra
October 6, 10:30 am
Hesston Public Library
Calcaterra will field follow-up questions about her work in advocacy


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Heroes, Critters, and Books! Oh My!

animal super heroes headerAll of the community is invited to participate in the upcoming library activities:

Friday, June 12
10:30 AM
Join us in the Hesston High School Auditorium for an amazing presentation from the Kansas Wetland Education Center!

Saturday, June 13 – Thursday, June 18
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
We have so many terrific books!  Come shop with us.  All proceeds go to support the library’s Summer Reading Program.

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10 – 11:30 AM
This is the only Summer Reading Program this week and you won’t want to miss it.  Meet our community’s “rescue heroes” from Police, Fire & EMS!

Interested in Hosting International Students?

afsJoin us on Tuesday, April 28th at 5 PM to hear how you can “Connect to a Global Community.”

TEEN “Iron Chef” – April 20th

Teen_Iron_Chef_MugCakes (2)TEENS: Do you have what it takes?

Find out at the Hesston Public Library on Monday, April 20th at 2 PM. (Its free and you don’t have school!)

Whose cake will reign supreme?

*Pre-register at the library! (620-327-4666)
**You must be at least 13 and no more than 17 to play!

Guys Read Book Club – Beginning in April

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The Hesston Public Library and Hesston Middle School Library are partnering to begin a new library program called “Guys Read.”

“Guys Read” is a monthly book discussion group open to guys in grades 5-8 and young professionals. The program is developed to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers by helping them find books they want to read and introducing the participants to male reading role models from around the community.

  • “Guys Read” book discussions will be held on the last Monday each month from 7:00-8:00 in the Community Room at Hesston Public Library.
  • The program is free and open to boys in grades 5-8.
  •  The first two discussion titles will be Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson in April and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card in May.
  • The June read is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

The Hesston Public Library received a $250 grant from the State Library of Kansas to purchase book club kits for the program which includes multiple copies of titles selected to appeal to guys, discussion guides for leaders/mentors and other book-related material.

For more information, or if you are interested in becoming and leader/mentor contact Emily  at the Hesston Public Library, 620-327-4666 or email hplnotifications@gmail.com.


Digital Special Collections Unveiled

The Hesston Public Library holds several Special Collections and Archives that are unique to Hesston, Ks.  Thanks to generous financial support from the South Central Kansas Library System and the Kansas Humanities Council, the Hesston Public Library has begun digitizing these fragile collections so that they can be more accessible to the public.

Access the Digital Special Collections at: http://hesston.digitalsckls.info/

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The initial material has been digitized and uploaded to the Special Collections website, however additional material will continue to be added as long as the public is willing to share it with the Library for this purpose.

Future digitization efforts will include:

  • Murray Bandy Archives
  • Hesston Women’s Civic Club Archives
  • Hesston Public Library Archives
  • Yost Archives (limited material)

Need a New Read? Join us this week!

perk picks testEach month the Hesston Public Library host’s the “Perk Picks Book Previews & Reviews” program.

If you want suggestions for new reads in your favorite genre or are looking to discover a hidden gem, then join us each month!

We will chat over refreshments and hope to hear about YOUR favorite reads too!

Every Final Thursday – 7:30 PM