September 2018 Newsletter

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Summer Reading Program.  We have 16 kids who reached their goal of reading at least 20 books this summer.  We also had a record number of adults who signed up for the adult program.

The Little Free Library project continues to move forward.  The material sot make the libraries has been purchased and the pieces cut.  Now we heed to assemble them, paint them, and install them.  We would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and support.  We should have everything done by the end of the month.  The library board voted to dedicate one of the libraries to Ted and Anita Ohmart for their long service to the community and to the library.

The rummage sale at the library went well. We raised several hundred dollars which we can put toward purchasing more outdoor seating at the library.  We will replace the aging flower box with a new bench and maybe add another bench to the front of the library.

Homecoming is here and we are excited to offer free books to the community.  Come on in and buy some cookies, too.  We will have free ice pops for all of the kids.  Stop on by!

Contest!– Contest!- Contest!- Contest!

The Thayer Friday Reading Club is going to have a contest during the Road to the Final Four.  In this newsletter you will find a bracket.  Fill out the bracket and return it to the library with your $5.00 entry fee by March 17th.  We will be giving points for every game chosen correctly.  At the end of the tournament, the person with the most points will win 50% of the money collected in the contest.  Please put the final number of points that you think will be scored in the championship game on your bracket.  If there is a tie, we will use this number to break the tie.  The person with the most points, or if needed, total number of points in the championship game will win.  We will also be selling munchies.

March 2018 Newsletter

Some of you may have noticed that the library didn’t hold its annual chocolate sale this year.  We thought we would try something different this spring.  We will be having a March Madness Munchies Moneymaker!  The Thayer FRC City Library board and the Friday Reading Club will be working together to prepare snacks and goodies just in time for the NCAA basketball tournament.  We will be offering so much more than just chocolate.  We will have snack mixes, caramel popcorn, breads, cookies, cracker spreads, etc.  They will all be packaged and ready to sell. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 24th from 11-1.

We are also sponsoring a 50/50 fundraiser with the bracket.  (There is more information on that in the Neighborly News.)  Come in often to check our large wall bracket to keep up with the standings in the tournament.  Who doesn’t love college basketball?!  While you watch the games, we will fix your snacks!

We will use all funds raised to purchase children’s books for the summer reading program.  We always have such great participation for our program, and those kids can really read those books.  Last summer, they read more than 1000 books!  It can be expensive providing new material for them to read every year.  We would like to thank you in advance for your support, and we hope you have fun with our new activities!

February Newsletter

Tax season is fast approaching, and the library is here to help.  We no longer offer paper copies of tax forms, but we do have computers and a printer.  If you need some place to print off a W-2 form or a computer to file your taxes on line, we are here.  Remember that we are now open until 6pm on Tuesdays for your convenience.

We have a few new books to offer our patrons.  The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, Two Kinds of Truth by Micheal Connelly, and Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark.  We have many new DVD’s, both regular movies and TV series.  Titles include: Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Dark Tower, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Atomic Blonde, Wind River, Kidnap, Home Again, Victoria & Abdul, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, American Assassin, Home Invasion, and Waiting.  Some of the TV series are; Vikings, Game of Thrones, Longmire, Orange is the New Black, Friends, Supergirl, The Flash, and many more.  You will have to stop by and see if we have your favorites.

We would like to remind everyone that we are able to order almost any book, movie, or TV series if we don’t have it here.  This is just one of the services we offer the citizens of Thayer.  We have computers, printer/copier, fax machine, laminator, magazines, rotation books, free public information, computer training, meeting room with a computer projector, free wi-fi, and more.  If you can think of a service or need that the community has, let us know.  We may be able to help.  See you at the Library!

January 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the New Year everyone.  We are happy to announce that we have added another hour to our schedule at the library.  We will now be open until 6 pm on Tuesday evenings!  We are doing everything we can to provide service to all Thayer residents, even those who work until 5.

Several patrons have asked us about offering a basic computer class.  We will be starting such a class Tuesday, January 9th at 5 pm.  The class will last 8 weeks.  We are limiting the class to 10 participants but is open to any resident. Each student will have to bring a flash drive to class.  Flash drives can be purchased at the library.  The topics covered during the 8 weeks include; terminology and navigation, email, web browsers, word processing, images, file management, Excel spreadsheets, and printing.  Participants are welcome to bring a laptop computer with them or use our computers.  Many of the topics are applicable to tablets, also.  This class is not graded or official, but we will try to make it fun!

We have added many new TV series seasons to our DVD collection.  We ask that patrons limit the number of DVD check outs to 5 and only 1 TV series season at a time.  When we have so many new offerings, they are very popular.  We want everyone to have a chance to view them.  If you have overdue DVD’s, please remember that you can return them to the book drop even when the library is closed.  We do not charge fines so there is no need to come in to make your return.  We can’t purchase new materials when we have to replace items that are not returned.  We make purchases based on the belief that these materials will be popular with many people, but many people can’t view them if they aren’t brought back to the library.  This not a small problem.  Currently, there are 59 overdue DVD’s.  We would like to see that number decrease.

Thanks to the generous people of Thayer, all of the angels from the angel tree were adopted by December 11th.  We sure enjoy hosting the tree and look forward to doing so next year.  We also enjoyed making the two goodie bags for the Thayer Christmas Drawing.  What a neat idea for bringing the community together.  We hope you had a joyous holiday season and we wish you all a very happy 2018!

 

December 2017 Newsletter

 

The library is very happy to announce that we will once again host the Christmas Angel Tree.  Local children who need a little extra this Christmas are available for those who would like to help.  The angels and the sign-up sheet are at the library.  Also, we will be happy to accept the wrapped gifts when purchased.  This is such a festive time of year, and it feels so good to spread the cheer.  The angels are adopted very quickly, so don’t delay.

In October, we were very fortunate to receive a grant from the Southeast Kansas Library System.  We plan to use the money to purchase TV series seasons.  These are very popular so we will ask that patrons limit their check out to one season at a time.  We will be rearranging the display shelves at the library soon to make room for all of the new DVD’s.  Speaking of DVD’s, we have a large number of them overdue right now.  Almost 80% of the overdue items are DVD’s.  We don’t charge fines for overdue materials because we don’t want to discourage people from checking out items.  We do expect people to return the items that they borrow.  When items are not returned, we have to spend our money to replace them and we don’t have money to buy new ones.  Sometimes these items are borrowed from other libraries which means we have to pay them for their stolen materials.  Please double-check to see if you have unreturned DVD’s and return them.  You can always drop them in the drop box on the east side of the building if we are not open.

November is a big month for new books.  If you have a favorite author or authors, we are sure to have the latest book.  We have too many to list here individually.  The library also will place a hold on any book that you may want to read.  Just call and ask or stop by.  You can also use the online catalog to order it yourself.  Please ask if you need help.

We replaced our printer/copier.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  As always, we offer computer access, free Wi-Fi, and fax machine.

Have a great holiday season!

October 2017 Newsletter

 

This month’s newsletter isn’t about the new books and DVD’s at the library.  We need help printing and distributing this newsletter to the people of Thayer.  Many of you have been asking about the status of The Neighborly News.  We have a someone putting the newsletter together, but the organization that printed off the copies and brought them to your homes can’t do it anymore.

We are having a meeting Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thayer FRC City Library to see if we can find solutions.  We are inviting business owners, community leaders, and any other interested parties to come.  We will offer refreshments.  Please come and share your ideas. We really need help and advice.

The Neighborly News is a Thayer tradition.  It will be a shame if the distribution is limited to just a few people in town.  Everyone should have access to the information in the newsletter.  Please make plans now to attend this important meeting!

 

September Newsletter

Well, school is back in session, and we can report a terrific Summer Reading Program!  A total of 57 adults and children participated this summer.  Twenty-one of the children reached the goal of reading twenty books this summer.  We are very thankful for the adults who took their time to bring the kids to the library and keep track of the books.  Altogether, the kids read 759 books!

Our new books for this month include a little bit for everyone.  For the readers of mystery and suspense, we have Sue Grafton’s Y is for Yesterday, and Iris Johansen’s Look Behind You.  Readers who prefer a quieter read can enjoy Lauraine Snelling’s The Promise of Dawn or Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber.  Historical fiction fans are in for a treat with Mel Starr’s Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series.  We have the first four books of the series which is set in 1600’s England.  We are expecting the fifth, The Tainted Coin, any day now.  Sarah Dessen is a very popular author of young adult literature.  Her newest book, Once and for All, is available.  Many people have watched the movie Dunkirk.  We have the non-fiction book by Walter Lord titled The Miracle of Dunkirk:  the True Story of Operation Dynamo.  If you are interested in checking out any of these books, you can always call the library and we will put your name on the list, or you can go on-line to SEKnFind and place a hold.  If you would like information about this option, we can help.

The regular meeting of the library board has been postponed until Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  Board meetings are held at the Thayer FRC City Library and are open to the public.

August Newsletter

The heat is here!  It’s a great time to pick up a few good books (we have plenty) and a glass of cold iced tea.  Summer is a slow time for authors to publish new books so we don’t have many new ones.  This a good time for us to purchase other types of materials.  We just received 28 new large print books.  Many of them are Christian fiction, but some are westerns.  We have also ordered some new audio books for those of you who prefer to listen to stories.

This is also a good time to talk about some of our other services that we don’t talk about too much.  We are a drop off point for the Thayer Christian Preschool’s “Cash – Not Trash” program.  We have lists available of what types of materials the school recycles for money.  We also collect “Box Tops for Education” coupons for the Thayer School.  Both of these programs help the schools stretch their budgets.  We have a jigsaw puzzle exchange.  Bring in puzzle and take a different home with you.  We provide free information on exercise, social services, and financial literacy. We answer reference questions and help people with genealogy searches.  We have a laminator and a portable scanner.  Come in and see all we have to offer.

The Summer Reading Program is in full swing.  We love seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces when they check out books.  They have checked and read so many this summer.  Many of the children have already reached the goal of 20 books, but they keep on reading!  Our last reading celebration for the summer reading program will be Thursday, August 17 at 3 pm.  All participants are encouraged to attend.  We will be handing out prizes to everyone who makes the goal.

Stay cool.  Read a book or two and come see us!

 

June 2017 Newsletter

 

The 2017 Kansas Notable Book Award winners are here!  These 15 books were chosen from a field of over ninety books as the best in Kansas.  All books are about Kansas or are written by Kansans.  Several of the books are non-fiction.  There are two books of poetry, four novels, and one children’s book. A full description of all 15 books would be too lengthy for the newsletter, but we have descriptions of them at the library. We are so excited that we are able to include these special books in our collection.  We can do so because of a grant from the Kansas State Library which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a Federal organization.  We are so fortunate that these funds exist.

We are also adding new popular books and DVD’s.  The latest ones include Come Sundown by Nora Roberts, Camino Island by John Grisham, Love Story by Karen Kingsbury and The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda Brunstetter.  We also purchased the DVD of the very popular book, The Shack.  We have some new additions to our DVD collection that aren’t really new movies.  Come check them out.

We have another movie night coming up this Friday, June 23rd.  Rain or shine, join us for snacks and a fun movie.  The summer reading program is in full swing for both children and adults.  We have a program for everyone!

As always, we offer computers, printer, copier, fax machine, books, magazines, DVD’s, audio books, laminator, newspapers, free wifi, and air-conditioning!