These are the entries for our 2018 contest. What a fun batch of characters we had this year! Everyone was so creative! The pictures are not in any particular order, as far as the age category they were entered in.

Video of 2018 Pumpkin Contest Winners

This is our 3rd Pumpkin Decorating Contest! It’s been a lot of fun to see the creativity in our patrons of all ages!      Here are the rules:

  1. Pumpkins can be any size as long as they are NO BIGGER than a standard basketball.
  2. Pumpkin design must depict a character from a book. Think Curious George, Scarlett O’Hara, Anne of Green Gables, etc.
  3. Designers can use most craft supplies: paint, glitter, glue, paper, buttons, etc. PLEASE NO CARVING. The pumpkins will be on display for several days  in the library. This is a decorating contest, not a carving contest.
  4. Your entry must have your name, age/grade, phone number and either the book or a photocopy from the book used as your design inspiration.
  5. Pumpkin entries can be brought to the library during regular hours Thursday October 25 through Saturday October 27. NO entries will be accepted after closing on October 27. Judging will be on Monday October 29 and winners will be announced then. All entries must be picked up by closing time, 8:00 pm, October 31st or they will be thrown away.

FOUR ENTRY CATEGORIES:  Ages Pre-K~2nd grade, 3rd ~ 6th grade, 7th ~ 12th grade and, last but not least, Graduated Folk.

THE PRIZES: One prize will be offered per category for the best book/character representation.



More Quilting Classes Set for Fall






You will need to bring your own sewing machine, fabric, and all notions.

Class size is limited, so don’t wait too long to decide you really want to do this!



Beginner Level will be held Thursday, November 1, from 6 – 9- PM and continues on Saturday , November 3, from 10 AM – 4 PM.

Registration fee is $30.00, fee includes the pattern.


Quilt As You Go Tree Lot Table Runner

This intermediate class is set for Thursday November 29 from 6:oo ~9:00 PM and continues on Saturday December 1 from 10:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM

The $30.oo fee includes the pattern.




September STEM Helped Students Find Direction

We were having so much fun in the Library, we forgot about taking more pictures!!



padded envelopes

Are you saving those padded envelopes and bubble wrap for us?

Remember the library would like to have those padded shipping envelopes that are everywhere this time of year. We can also use any bubble wrap that tumbles out of those shipping boxes. Whatever the size we can use them for shipping our DVDs and audio books around northeast Kansas and state wide. They really do help protect the cases and discs. Leave them in our drop box if you need to. Thank you for remembering us!

You’d be surprised at how quickly we go through these items when shipping our DVDs and audio books. Small boxes come in handy too when we have a stack of movies to send out.  In cold weather, they need all the protection they can get!

Thank you!


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Little Things You Can Do

We mention these things often in our

From the Bookshelf column in the newspaper.

These suggestions really are helpful, if you take the time to add our contact information to your devices and accounts.

Add our phone number, 785-336-2377, to the contacts list on your phone. We aren’t always able to leave a message when we call about the books or movies waiting here for you. At least you will know who the missed call is from.  Our policy states that holds need move on after one week. If we can’t leave a message, how will you know your item is here?

Do you have an online account set up yet? It doesn’t take long and there is so much you can do online; check to see what you have checked out, renew items that are not already due, search our catalog, place items on hold.

Also, add these email addresses to your account:, and, so that any email messages from us don’t get lost in spam-land.

You now have the option to sign up for text messages for hold or item due notices. If you have signed up and are not receiving text messages, mention it to us next time you are in, we’ll try to fix it for you.

Thermal Paper Shortage Information

The library staff  learned in January 2018 about a shortage of the thermal paper we use to print your check out receipts coming later this year. No, this was not caused by damage to thermal trees in the hurricanes. It is much more complex than that. We’re sharing a link for those of you who would like more information. This site was last updated August 23, 2018.

What this means for us as a library and you as our patron is conservation. The cost of the rolls of paper is expected to rise again, so we are thinking of ways to use less of this paper. We will no longer automatically print a receipt for everyone. Patrons are encouraged to sign up for email receipts, which list your items, a text receipt will not. Other options for you are to request electronic notices for advance notice of item due and item due alerts via text or email.

If you would like to know all the items you have checked out we can open an online account for you. This will allow you to peruse your list and even renew items if you need to…IF they are not on hold or new items or overdue. We will be happy to talk with you about all of this when you visit the library.

A.R.T. and STEM Class Dates Settled for New School Year

Our popular Artistic Recreation Time {A.R.T.} is expanding this year. We are adding a class for students in grades 4-6.

This group will meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

A.R.T. for 1st through 3rd graders will continue to meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

The 4th Wednesday of the month is reserved for STEM students.

Classes begin after school at 3:15.

We will announce on Facebook when sign up for each class starts, so be sure to follow us there! 

Class size is limited to 12 students and will fill up fast!


A. R. T. 2 – for students in grades 4-6