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 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
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Books Are Fun Items are here once again!

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Oct 012015

Books Are Fun merchandise has arrived here at the library.  Come by and see what we have, Cook books, children’s books, handyman and hunting books, gifts and other useful item for sale.  Orders will be sent in Tuesday morning, October 13th and your merchandise will be here on October 14th for pick-up.035

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down your hair!

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Oct 012015

Ness City Public Library will once again be hosting The Wichita Children’s Theatre Professional Touring Company for all Ness County school age children.  This year they will present the play RAPUNZEL on Wednesday, October 7, at the Ness City High School Auditorium.  All school ages children, preschool through sixth grade, are invited to attend.  If your child is home schooled and will not be attending with one of the four county wide schools, they are welcome to attend with adult supervision. For questions, please call 785-798-3415.

Rapunzel is a familiar tale with a fantastic new spin.  Forced to live in a tower with nothing but her very long locks of hair and her mother – a Witch; Rapunzel’s sixteenth birthday has come and she’ll finally  be able to see the outside world for the first time, just as her mother promised.  Afraid to let her go, the Witch goes back on her word and keeps Rapunzel locked up in the tower.  Lucky for Rapunzel, a young Prince named Brian, comes by her tower and calls out to her as he’s seen the witch do: “Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Let down your hair!” But before the Prince and Rapunzel have their “happily ever after”, they are going to have to face the wrath of the witch and other hilarious obstacles. Rapunzel is a glittering gem of theatrical goodness, great for all ages!

The Wichita Children’s Theatre Professional Touring Company performs from September through February in Kansas and Nebraska.  The Company is professional in every facet, complete with storybook sets, costumes and props appropriate for each production.


September is Library Card Sign-up Month

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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

Story Time @ the Library!

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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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