January “White (Color) Sale” at your Library!

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Jan 152016

BOOKS ARE FUN merchandise will be here at the library on Tuesday, Jan. 19th: with the scheduled delivery date of Friday, Jan. 29th.
We are going to have several exciting new items with just one of them being Microfiber Sheets there is no thread count as they are not cotton. These will be available in 6 different colors and two sizes, King & Queen. Prices are King- $29, Queen $27 and that includes the tax.

Talk about great January White Sales! WOW! this is a super good deal. Please spread the word.

Picture from Twila Blakely’s Book Signing

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Dec 032015

To see the picture from Twila Tuttle Blakely’s Book Signing, click on the Tab at the top of this page.  We are getting a few more of her books in to sell, they are going like hot-cakes!  So, if you’re interest in purchasing one, let us know and we will save one (two, three) back for you.  The cost per book is $14.  Twila has been very gracious to give the library a percent of the sales, thanks Twila!

Christmas Crafts for Boys & Girls

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Dec 032015

thumbnailCAULT9NOCome and join us in making some Christmas crafts on Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. here at the library.  This is for kids in first throug 6th grades.  We are limited to 20 crafters so call 785-798-3415 and reserve your spot soon.  There is no cost for this class – we will furnish the craft supplies and snacks.

NEW “Books Are Fun” Items Have Arrived!

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Nov 132015

Books Are Fun items arrived this morning.  Orders will go in on Nov. 23rd so hurry in and see what’s new!  Lots of gift ideas!  This will be the last time Books Are Fun will be here this year.  Questions call: (785) 798-3415.

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Twila Tuttle Blakely Book Signing on November 18th

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Nov 072015

 The Ness City Public Library is excited to host a book signing for Twila Tuttle Blakely, author of her first book “Thirty-one Miles From Nowhere” on November 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. here at the library.

 Growing up thirty-one miles from nowhere in the sparse country of Western Kansas is challenge enough…but add the years 1940 to the early 1960s, a house full of independent, rowdy kids, a mother who teaches one room country schools and a father that scrapes out a career in farming…it’s all bound to collide in an unpredictable life. Written with reference from an armload of diaries and a heritage rich in hard work, struggle and humor, we relive the times of a family growing up determined to survive. As a first-time author, Twila Tuttle Blakely has shared the resilience of a family who met everyday life head-on. Having parents who grew up in the early 1900s with no modern conveniences (running water, electricity, inside bathrooms, phones, or vehicles) created tough individuals. The lack of these same “modern conveniences” carried over into the first several years of their married life, with the exception of a vehicle, as their family grew to nine children, seven who survived to adulthood. Life was made interesting with a dirt floor, glass cloth windows, farming chores, pet skunks, a variety of different high schools…and even a Haunted House. Entertainment in the boonies was created by the vivid imagination of the four boys and three girls…often at each other’s expense…but there was always “pay back” time. Hard times and tragedies were faced with a faith in God and the support of each other. Written in a rather whimsical way, the author has created moments that will make you smile often, tear up, and relive your own treasured memories.

 Twila’s family lived and attended to schools in Ness, Hodgeman, Finney, Lane and Scott counties.  Her father grew-up in Nonchalanta, which is now a historic ghost town in southwest Ness County.

 We hope you will stop by and visit with Twila and enjoy some refreshment with us.  If you have already purchased one of Twila’s book, be sure and bring it by for her to sign.

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Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week Nov. 15-21

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Nov 072015

Ms. Jean will be reading to the two Ness City Preschools, Sacred Heart Preschool, and Western Plains South Preschool during the week of November 17 through 20.  Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is a program of the Kansas State Library and encourages all librarian to read to their area preschools during that week.  The Ness City Public Library will give each child a copy of this year’s selected book, “Is Your Mama a Llama?”  by Deborah Guarino.


 (Cover illustration copyright 1989 by Steven Kellogg from “Is Your Mama a Llama?’ written by Deborah Guarino.  Reproduced by permission of Scholastic Inc.)is you mama a llama

What’s happening at the Library Next Week?

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Nov 072015

Coming up next week- Library will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Lap-Sit Story Time for birth to three year-olds will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 12th. (Parent or care giver must stay with children). We will be reading the 2015 Kansas Reads to Preschooler’s book ” Is Your Mama a Llama?”

Happy Halloween!

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Oct 312015

We had so much fun with the little people who visited the library on Thursday during the annual Chamber of Commerce Trick or Treat parade around town to the local businesses.  I’m sure we did not get picture of every child, as there were well over 100 kids and parents who came through our door.  It was a beautiful day and so many great costumes.  Thanks for coming kids!

This little video was taken by accident, as Ms. Jean has a new camera and doesn’t know exactly how to operate it!  Turned out pretty cute for an accident.  Check out more pictures on our photo shots (black button at top of page – 2015 Trick or Treaters).  Click on the link below, it does take and minute or two to load.


Short Tour of the Kansas State Capitol

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Oct 312015

I received this e-mail and link to the C-SPAN video clip from Bill Sowers with the Kansas State Library today, and I just had to share it with my patrons.  If you have never been to the Kansas Statehouse you are really missing a beautiful trip and a great part of our Kansas history.  Please enjoy this short video and see just what you have been missing.  Just click on the link below and enjoy the tour!  Thanks for sharing with us Bill!

FROM Bill Sowers:

This spring C-SPAN’s Book TV was in the Statehouse filming. This 10 minute video http://www.c-span.org/video/?325368-1%2Fkansas-state-capit is part of the program that was aired. There are several minutes devoted to the State Library.

The narrator/guide is Andrea Burton. Andrea recently lost a long battle with cancer…. This video is not just a great look at our refurbished State Capitol but also a tribute to a wonderful person who devoted her professional life to providing people with a first hand look at this symbol of our state and its history.

Bill Sowers
Kansas Documents and Cataloging Librarian
State Library of Kansas
visit the KGI Online Library!!