Wowza, Hesston! Crunching the numbers for May, and your library was BUSY. Thank you for making the HPL such a great destination. The library saw its highest May circulation EVER - 8,097 items! (that's more like a summer month circulation number) ...

2 weeks ago

Hesston Public Library

Anyone interested in memoir writing is encouraged to attend the free workshop tonight, 6:30 p.m., with Al Ortolani, published poet and writing instructor. This event is part of “Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War,” a statewide oral history project to commemorate 50 years since the escalation of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The program is supported by Kansas Humanities Council. No registration required. ...

Over a dozen published authors are in Hesston today for Nerdcamp KS!!!

Don't miss out on the "community book signing" opportunity this afternoon from 3:45-4:15. Watermark Books & Cafe will have books available for purchase.

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.

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