Milford Nature Center 1st Progam of the Summer

Squirrel skunk reading (2)

Can you dig it? Life in a dog town is the theme of the program presented. Did you know prairie dogs have kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms in their homes? Learn about black-footed ferrets, burrowing owls and even turtles and salamanders that call these burrows home too! We learned all this and so much more!

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Ellie is holding our mascot Pepper as he meets Vanessa and Yip from Milford Nature Center.
Doesn’t Yip look happy to be out of his cage?

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The children enjoyed touching the buffalo hide.







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Pepper enjoyed listening and learning all about life on the prairie and especially prairie dog towns.

To see more pictures, go to our Facebook page and look for the photo album titled Milford Nature Center.

Click on the image below to learn more about Milford Nature Center.








1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Program


Reading together helps develop important reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation – a key to success for children when they start school. We want to encourage parents to take every chance they have to read with their preschool children, tell and talk about stories, say nursery rhymes, sing songs and visit the library.

This is why we are so excited to start our new 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN reading program. Come in and ask us any questions you have. Then sign up your child and we will add his or her car to those already on the wall. There is no beginning or end, at this time, to this program. Start your child at any age before kindergarten.

You will receive a packet of 6×6 Ready to Read cards explaining the 6 literacy skills every child needs to learn before reaching 6 years of age.  You will also take home a calendar to help you track the titles of the books you read OR make a tally mark on the day to note how many books you’ve read. Each time your child has heard 100 books, bring in the documentation and we’ll move their car down the road to success.

It doesn’t matter who reads to your child, a sibling, grandparent, caregiver or preschool teacher, make a note on your calendar. AND it doesn’t matter if it is the same book 1,000 times! We know children have favorite books and stories. The goal is for children to have quality time with their loved ones and books, the skills will follow!

The 6 by 6 program was developed by members of the Johnson County Kansas library staff.

If you’d like to visit their website to learn even more click on the peacock.

Pete the Cat Contest Winners Announced

Seneca Free Library sponsored a writing contest for Pete the Cat’s new adventure. We received 64 entries from 1st thru 5th grade students at Nemaha Valley Elementary School & Sts. Peter & Paul School.

First place winner from NVEMS is Lillian Schultejans, 2nd place is Addy Holthaus, both are in the second grade.
Winners from SPPS are 1st place Julie Rottinghaus, 2nd grade and 2nd place Hunter Steinlage, 5th grade.
The winners had a choice between a Pete the Cat doll or a Pete the Cat book.

All the entries are on display in the library for the public to read. They will be returned to the students after Christmas break.

Don’t know who Pete the Cat is? Stop by the library soon and check out one of his books!

How Many Books Did It Take to Build Our Christmas Tree?

We are so proud of our Christmas tree! Have you been in to see it for yourself? We’ve decided to give you a little incentive to come in…guess how many books it took to build our beautiful tree! Come in, look it over, write your name, phone number and your lucky guess on a slip of paper, drop it in the jar and wait to see if you win the prize. We will count the books when we take down the tree after Christmas. We look forward to seeing you, good luck and happy guessing!

Christmas Puppet Show Scheduled for December 8

Everyone expects a puppet show at the Library during the summer. We decided to add a show for Christmas too!

Come hear the story of the

Little Lost Stocking

Saturday December 8 at 10:30 AM

presented by

Parasol Puppets of Jamesport, MO

Come hear the story of how Mrs Claus makes sure that all of the Christmas stockings are nice and clean in anticipation of Christmas Day. When she counts them after they’ve come out of the washing machine, she discovers that there is one missing. It is Santa’s special Christmas stocking! Where did it go? Follow the adventures of Little Lost Stocking, as pursued by Sherlock Gnomes, Ace Detective, as it tries to find its way home to the North Pole before Christmas Day dawns.

Children will sing Christmas songs and learn new songs set to familiar music. They will also get to go on an international Christmas tour with the Little Lost Stocking.

Show length about 40 minutes.  This show made be possible through generous donations from our patrons.

The photo and information is from the Parasol Puppets website:

The State Library of Kansas Announces the Addition of Mango Languages


A Free and Fun New Way for Kansas to Learn New Languages

Topeka, KS, July, 19, 2012  The State Library of Kansas is pleased to announce that beginning August 1st, it will offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to the state of Kansas.


Learning a new language with Mango Languages is made available to all Kansas library patrons, at no charge, by the State Library of Kansas and offers a fast and convenient solution for our states increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned.


Mango will be available in two versions per language selected. One is Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. There are more than 40 foreign language courses available and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.


“We are thrilled to add Mango Languages to our new list of databases launching August 1st.” said State Librarian Jo Budler. “Kansans want to learn a second language for business, travel, or just because they think it would be interesting. No matter the reason, Mango makes learning a language fun and we hope the state takes full advantage of one of our newest investments towards enhancing Kansas.”


For a full list of all the databases included in the packages the State Library will offer statewide as of August 1, 2012, visit 

Founded in 2007, Mango Languages is recognized as a leading provider of online language learning services to libraries, government agencies, corporations and the general public. Designed by a team of linguists, teachers, software developers, human interface specialists, writers, voice talents and designers, the company’s award-winning language learning system has drawn acclaim from prominent national and international reference groups, educational resources, Web organizations and travel guides. For more information, visit

Candace LeDuc

Communications Coordinator

State Library of Kansas

300 SW 10th Street

Room 169W

Topeka, Kansas 66612

(785) 291-3230

The Dream Rocket Project on Display at the Library

A small sampling of artwork from the Dream Rocket Project is now on display at our Library. The Dream Rocket Project was launched in 2009 by the International Fiber Collaborative. Artwork with the theme Dare to Dream is being collected to wrap a 365 Saturn V Moon Rocket at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The project is part of the International Fiber Collaborative, which was founded to promote art education and for individuals around the globe to find a common purpose. Artwork has been submitted from a myriad of sources, including school children, scout troops, art guilds and more. A sampling of this artwork is on display through the month of April. It is all very interesting to look at. We hope you stop by and enjoy it. To learn more about the artwork and project you can visit

It is not too late for you to get involved either!  Look for the How to Participate tab on their website or pick up a pamphlet while you are in the library.  The ‘Dare to Dream’ themes include Health, Community, Conservation, Science, Technology, Space, Peace, Freedom, Equality and Education.

Summer Schedule for Programs and Presenters

All programs begin @ 10:30

** Except July 17, Operation Wildlife!**

this is a change from what we originally posted!!


Tues. June 5~Cynthia Zeisman *Come dressed as your favorite prince, princess,

or Disney movie character!

Tues. June 12~Flying Debris *Laugh yourself silly with comedy, clowns and jugglers!

Tues. June 19~Spinmaster Brett Dellinger  * Yoyos galore!  @ 1:30 PM

Tues. June 26~Jay & Leslie’s Laughing Matters* new twist on classic bedtime stories”wacky humor!

  Tues. July 3~JoHo     *It’s a camping trip with fishing tales, not so scary boogie man and a tent mishap.

  Tues. July 10~ Up, Up and Away  *Learn about hot air balloons and hovercrafts and more! with Mad Science of Greater Kansas City.

  Tues. July 17~Operation Wildlife

*There will be live  owls, hawks and falcons!  **@1:30 PM