Aug 222015

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  A time to remind parents and children that a library card is another very important school supply!   Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace, among other personas; this fall he makes his star turn when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.  In September, he’s especially proud to serve as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.  Visit the Ness City Public Library to get your library card and see all of the materials and services that we provide to our patrons.  As Snoopy says, “It’s the COOL thing to do!”PEANUTS_WEB_PSA_336x280

Aug 202015

School is back in session and it’s time for the Ness City Public Library to begin their Fall Story Time and resume Lap-Sit Story Time!

“A Taste of the Seasons” will be the theme of our story time for four and five year-old boys and girls; if you are in Kindergarten, but have turned six, you may still attend this story time.  We will hold two sessions each week if we have enough interest.  There will be a Tuesday night session from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and a Thursday afternoon session from 4 to 4:45 p.m.  This is a FREE program, but parents must enroll their child prior to the start of class on September 8th (Tues.) or 10th (Thurs.).   We plan a fun filled time with stories, music, games, crafts and snacks!

The Ness City Public Library has received a ‘Building Blocks Grant’ in the amount $1,500 from the Russell Child Development Center in Garden City.  With this grant we have purchased a beautiful new play rug and toys to spur the imagination of our children.  We also bought some new puzzles, board books, music CDs, puppets, and other toys for the children to use while visiting the library.  I will also be ordering some new parenting books to add to our collection.  This grant enables us to promote literacy to children ages 0-6, foster learning through play, and assist and support parents and caregivers.

We are so excited to begin our Lap-Sit Story Time again for children birth to three years-old where we will be enjoying these new additions to our library.  Lap-Sit Story Time is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.  Parents or caregivers must stay with their child.  We sing song, read stories, action games and free play; as well as occasional simple craft!  If you have questions concerning regular story time or Lap-Sit Story Time, please call Jean at 785-798-3415.  If you are new to the area, this is a great way to meet other parents and their children.

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2015 Summer Reading is History!

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Jul 242015

We completed our “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program on July 18th with a swim party at the Ness City Pool!   A special thanks to Savannah Moore for helping with some of the events.  Thanks to Nancy Marshall for keeping the library open while we were swimming at the pool on Saturday.  We are very appreciative of the City of Ness for letting us use the pool and to Rhonda Snodgrass and Jaycie Richardson for life-guarding.  A big thanks to the United Methodist Church for letting us use the fellowship hall for three of our programs.  Thanks to Coline Marcus and USD #303 for working  with us to allow the children to take Accelerated Readers Tests here at the library this summer.  Thank you to all the parents who let their children take part in our programs and activities.  Most of all thanks to the kids for participating and coming to the library!   It was a very rewarding time for us and I know these children have benefited by keeping their reading skills sharp.  Check out all the pictures under the Summer Reading tab at the top of our home page.  We just added the swim party pictures!

Week #5 Every Hero Has a Story is History!

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Jul 162015

How many of you know how Bruce Banner became the “Hulk”? This was a very popular TV series from 1978 to 1982. It was one of my son’s favorite television shows; well, truth be know, the whole family loved it!

This week during our activity time, we read “The Incredible Hulk, an Original Story” adapted by Richard Thomas. So if you don’t know the answer to my question, come by the library and check out this very short story.

The girls in attendance today enjoyed painting their super hero banks and making wooden treasure boxes adorned with decals of super heroes.

Everyone enjoyed snacking on s’more dip and graham crackers. We did have one person who didn’t like chocolate! I don’t know of very many girls/women who don’t like chocolate; but we aim to please here at NCPL so this particular individual had melted marshmallow on her graham crackers! We ran short on time, so no game were played, but everyone received a bag of goodies to take home.

We had a very small group today, but sure enjoyed the ones who came!

 Saturday, July 18th is our swim party at the Ness City Pool at 10 a.m. I just found out that the parade it that morning. So if you are planning to attend the swim party, we would love to know so that we can adjust our snacks and prizes that we take with us to the pool party

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Week #3 – Dan Dan and First & Second Grade Activity Day

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Jul 012015

Week 3 for Ness City Public Libray Readers was a fun filled one!  On Tuesday, Dan Dan the Magic Man and his two side-kicks (sons) arrived at the Methodist Church and presented an awesome show of entertainment and magic!  Several kid in the audience participated and of course Dan Dan had a few of his special trick pets with him, a hamster name ‘Flash’ was the speediest thing on paws, and a beautiful white rabbit kept disappearing.  In the end all the animals were back in their homes.

Friday brought out eleven the first and second graders for their ‘activity day’.  We met here at the library and had a great time.  Hero sun catchers were painted by each child.  Ms. Jean read the book, “Lucy and the Bully” by Clair Alexander.   The children had to decide who they thought was the hero in the book.  The kid came up with several heroes and described why the felt they were a hero.  The next book was about real life heroes – policemen.

The children created red, white and blue bees and butterflies with foam craft, they turned out really cute.  Everyone enjoyed the snack of some-more dip and graham cracker with fruit-punch juice.  We ended the activity time with a game of “Extinguish the Flames.”  Two teams tried to get their bean-bag to land on a paper flame, which extinguished it and gave their team a point.  The boys had the red flames and the girls had the yellow flames.  It was a very close race!

We were having so much fun we forgot to hand out the ‘goodie bags’ to the children.  So if you attended the activity time for first and second graders, please stop by and pick up your bags.

Also check to see if you were a winner for the prize drawing last week, we still have some prizes that have not been picked up and it time to draw more name for this week’s prize drawing.

Friday, July 3, will be the summer reading activity day for 3rd and 4th grade students.  Be sure to call and let us know you are coming, we don’t want to be short on craft supplies or FOOD!


Dan Dan the Magic Man presents – What is a real hero?

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Jun 232015

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Week 3 of our “Every Hero Has a Story”  Summer Reading Program has begun!  Dan Dan the Magic man presented his “What is a real hero?” program  on Tuesday, June 23rd.  We had a nice group in attendance and miss those of you who couldn’t make it.  More free books were given away through our partnership with Scholastic Books.

First and Second Grade summer reader’s it your activity day here at the library on Friday, June 26th.  We do need to know if you are planning to attend, so we can have enough craft supplies and food for everyone.  Give us a call at 785-798-3415 by Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. if you plan to be here!

Continue bringing in your reading records, the more books you have in the box the better your chance is for winning a prize!

Week #1 winners were:  T-Shirts – Alex Randa & Gracie Karst; Hero Book – Weston Smith; Pre-school & Kindergarten – Isaiah Fitzgerald & Hunter Stenzel; First Grade – Trinity McAlister & Joshua Brookshire; Second Grade – Emma Karst; Third Grade – Monica Jordan & William Childers; Fourth Grade – Gracie Karst; Fifth Grade – Zoe Seib.  There were no 6th Grade entries.

Week #2 winners were: T- Shirts – Monica Jordan & Taylor Gross; Hero Book – Sadie Durhan; Preschool & Kindergarted – Samuel Coleman & Tenley Wittman; 1st Grade – Joanna Coleman & Joshus Brookshire; 2nd Grade Malachi Durham & Kaycee Gross; 3rd Grade – Monica Jordan & Chailyn Scott; 4th Grade – Gracie Karst & Taylor Gross.  There were no 5th or 6th Grade entries.

If you haven’t picked up your prizes, stop by at your earliest convenience.

Clink on the Summer Reading tab at the top of our home page to see all of the pictures from the Dan Dan the Magic Man program.

Summer Reading Program Off to A Great Start!

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Jun 172015

Ness City Public Library’s “Every Hero has a Story” summer reading program is underway!  We had twelve readers turn in their “hero image” for our kick off contest.  Each child received a prize for their creativity.  If you’d like to see a great variety of heroes, stop by the library and view them!

The first day of our summer reading program (6/9/15), we were please to host Matt Deighton, author of the children’s book “Molly and the Tornado.”  Matt, a Greensburg resident, and his faithful Dalmatian Molly were in the storm that leveled Greensburg eight years ago.  Matt read his book to the children attending and talked about that fateful day and the many people who were affected by this storm.  Since that day, Matt and Molly traveled around the world helping people who have gone through various types of natural disasters.  Molly has since gone to doggie heaven, but Matt still aids communities in need, and continues to write books.  We had a small group of seven children and three adults, but those who came seemed to have a great time.


031This week(6/17/15) we were entertained by Savannah Ball, Consultant with the Southwest Kansas Library System.  Savannah read a book about ‘Super Why’ a fiction super hero who makes reading empowering.  ‘Super Why’ made a personal appearance and helped the children solve a rhyming game and he and Savannah played a form of ‘Simon Said’ with the children.  The kids were invited to come up and shake hands or hug Super Why and have their pictures taken if they wished.  You can view the pictures on our library web page at





After Super Why and Savannah left, the kids enjoyed designing masks and super-heroes by scratching off the black wax and revealing a colorful pattern.  Twenty-five children and 7 adults attended this activity.  Thank everyone for coming!

Next week, June 23, Dan Dan the Magic Man will present his ‘What is a true hero?’ program to our summer readers.

Remember that if you are a student of Ness City Elementary, you can take AR tests here at the library over the books you are reading.  The points you earn will be added to your record at school this fall.  The Accelerated Reader program is made available through U.S.D. 303 who has a subscription for the on-line testing for their students.

Check out more photos by clicking the Photo Shots tab at the top of the page and go to “Every Hero Has a Story.”




Every Hero Has a Story

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Jun 022015


The Ness City Public Library Summer Reading Program will begin on Tuesday, June 9th.  Our kick off program will be Matt Deighton, author of a children’s book, “Molly and the Tornado.”  This program is for children first through sixth grade and the ‘Wee Readers’ are preschool through Kindergarten (year completed) and will be held at the United Methodist Church Tuesday morning.  Parents must enroll their children at the library.


Matt and his dog Molly, a real hero, were a part of the rescue and clean-up following the Greenburg tornado several years ago.  We are excited to have Matt visit with the kids about his book and the devastating tornado.


Other programs planned during the six-week time frame are a visit from ‘Super Why’ (based on the fictional PBS character) Dan, Dan the Magic Man – “What is a true Super Hero?” and activities, games, food and fun with the individual groups enrolled in summer reading.  We will be ending our summer reading program with a “Heroes’ Farewell” at the swimming pool on Saturday, July 18th and we have a lot of prizes to give away during our ‘Every Hero Has a Story’ summer reading events.  Sure hope you are enrolled so that you can join us in learning about fictional and real-life heroes, working to keeping or improving your reading skills and having a lot of fun at the same time!

PURPLE UP! for Military Kids

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Apr 072015


Kansas military youth, like their parents, are resilient and take pride in their service to our country.  They deserve our appreciation and support.  The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes; military children.  Established by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the designation of April as the ‘Month of the Military Child’ acknowledges the significant role military youth play in our communities.


Kansas: Operation Military Kids (OMK) was formed nearly 15 year ago as a unique support system to help military families.  The Ness City Public Library will be giving out bookmarks and seed packets donated by Kansas: OMK as a way of recognizing the contribution and sacrifices of military youth in Ness County.

Kansas: Operation Military Kids also invite you to join them for the 5th annual Purple Up! for Military Kids celebration by wearing purple on Wednesday, April 15th.  This is a very visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.  Purple symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Marine red, and Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force blue.

We have contacted the school for the names of our Ness County military kids, however, if anyone knows of a military child/children living in Ness County that does not attend Western Plains, Ness City or Sacred Heart schools, please contact the Ness City Public Library at (785)798-3415 and give us the names of the children.

PlayAways now available at your library!

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Mar 202015

If you’re starting a new exercise program or faithfully continuing your old one, perhaps you would enjoy listening to a great book as you jog, walk, run, or maybe just cleaning  house or working in the yard.  Ness City Public Library has Play-a-Ways to check out.  Come by and ask about them.  All you need is a pair of ear-buds and you’re off!  Just another way to enjoy a good book and doing whatever you enjoy doing at the same time.001