December 2020 Newsletter

The Christmas Tree Angels are here!  Each angel is for a child in the community who need help with having a Merry Christmas.  Each comes with a list of items needed or wanted.  Giving people from the community choose an angel, purchase and wrap the gifts, and then return them to the library.  Volunteers gather the presents and distribute them at Christmas time.  Even though there are many angels on the tree this year, you need the hurry because they go quickly.  The library is thrilled to be a part of this project.

December 6th is the date of the Thayer Christmas Drawing.  Activities begin at 4 pm at the city park.  Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be provided by the Masons and the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Santa will be greeting children and handing out treats at 4:15 and the drawing will begin at 4:30.  All activities will be held outside this year for the safety of everyone.  The library is contributing two gift bags for the drawing as usual.  Pictures of the two gift bags are posted on our Facebook page.  Everyone needs some holiday cheer this year so come join the fun.  This event is sponsored by the Thayer City Booster Club.

The dates for the Thayer FRC City Library Board meetings will be different for the next four months.  The board will meet on the second Monday of the month rather than the first Monday.  The meetings is still be at the library and begin at 5:30 pm.  The dates of those meetings are: December 14, 2020, January 11, 2021, February 8, 2021, and March 8, 2021.  There is still one open position on the board that needs to be filled.  If you are interested in serving on the library board, please attend a meeting and let us know.  You do not have to live inside Thayer City limits, but you must have a Thayer mailing address.  The library strives to be a service to the community and welcomes community input.  We can’t do it without you.

Have a great holiday season!  Stay safe and well!

November 2020 Newsletter

Baby, It’s cold outside!” from the song written by Idina Menzel is so true for this weather.  It is cold and nasty outside, so it is time to check out a huge stack of books and movies and huddle on the couch to wait for spring.  We have everything you need to keep you entertained.  Come browse our huge selection of books, magazines, DVD’s, and even music CD’s.  If you are feeling screen-overwhelm, try putting on a book on CD to listen to while you putter about.  We have many to choose from for every taste.  They are a great way to spend a daily commute.

November is Kansas Reads to Preschoolers month.  Pledge to read a book aloud to your favorite preschooler.  Children should be read to regularly.  We have the “1,000 Books before Kindergarten Program” here at the library.  It is literally a gift that lasts a lifetime.  Children who are read to from birth to school-age enter the educational world with such advantages that other kids just don’t have.  Children who come from homes that own few books tend to struggle with school and other issues into their adult lives.  Owning and reading books to children is an easy way to help them succeed in life.  Using the library resources, it is also absolutely free.  It just takes a few minutes a day and a weekly trip to the library.

October 2020 Newsletter

We would like to thank everyone who stopped in to visit us during Homecoming.  You bought enough cookies that we were able to buy books to give away at the Trunk’n Treat again this year.  Watching children get so excited to pick out a book to take home is one of our favorite activities of the year.

The 2020 Kansas Notable Books are at the library.  Here is more information about the program from a press release issued by the Kansas State Library.

“State Librarian Eric Norris announced today the 15th annual selection of Kansas Notable Books. The fifteen books feature quality titles with wide public appeal, written either by a Kansan, set in Kansas, or about a Kansas related topic. “I am proud to present the 2020 Kansas Notable Book list. This year’s list covers a wide swath of our cultural and natural history,” said Eric Norris, State Librarian. “The rich array of works on this year’s list examine petroglyphs across the prairie and go on fantastical high seas adventures with pirates; explore the careers of academics, athletes, and aviators; and consider the importance of family from the viewpoint of a young Exoduster in the 1880s and as a world traveler in a present day small western Kansas town. This year’s list will both educate and entertain. I encourage every Kansan to contact their local public library and celebrate the artists and artistry of Kansas.” A committee of librarians, academics, and historians nominated titles from a list of eligible books, and state librarian Eric Norris selected the final list. In 2006, the first Kansas Notable Books list was announced. Since then more than 200 books have been recognized for their contribution to Kansas literary heritage. Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book. The Kansas Center for the Book is a program at the State Library of Kansas and the state affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book. The Kansas Center for the Book exists to highlight the state’s literary heritage and foster an interest in books, reading, and libraries.”

 

We are very pleased to be able to offer these award-winning books to Thayer residents.  We will plan a book talk to introduce each individual book at a later date.

We continue to order the latest books and DVD’s for our library collection.  We don’t have room to list all the new purchases; you will just have to come see for yourself!

 

September 2020 Newsletter

Homecoming is approaching quickly.  We are so excited about the number and variety of books we have available for the book give away this year.  Not only do we have books that we have removed from our collection but the books from two large donations.  There is an incredible selection.  You have to see it to believe it.  So come by the library on Saturday, Sept. 5th from 9 until whenever and find some new reading material.  While you are here you can buy three cookies for $1.00 and help support our Halloween book trick or treat when we feed the minds of our kids not just their tummies.

We have just received a new selection of rotation books.  We are so thankful for this service from Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS).  It allows us to offer an ever-changing collection to our patrons.  The large print books and Westerns are very popular.

We had a small but successful summer reading program this year.  We had just 16 children sign up, but of the 16, 12 of them reached the goal of 20 books this summer.  We are so proud of their effort.  We know this extra reading practice will help them in their schoolwork this coming year.

August 2020 Newsletter

Summer is almost over.  We have another movie night coming up on August 21st.  We will start the movie as soon as it is dark enough to see.  At this time of year that should be 8 to 8:15.  Bring your lawn chair and snacks to watch a family-friendly movie under the stars.  We would like to thank everyone who has come out so far this summer.  We have had a good time.  If there is enough interest, we can extend movie nights into the autumn.

The Summer Reading Program will end August 15th.  We are so proud of all the kids who have spent the summer reading.  Some kids have read up to 50 books so far!  Even the ones who haven’t read so many have worked to improve their reading skills.  Hopefully, next summer we will be able to offer our reading celebrations to our participants.

It is not too early to start thinking about Homecoming.  We still plan to have our annual book give-away and cookie sale.  We received a very large donation of very nice books.  They are in excellent condition.  We have a huge selection of romance books, quilting books and magazines, and like-new cookbooks.  As always, the books are free to anyone on the Saturday of Homecoming weekend.  Please come see what is available and take as many as you want.  We don’t have enough shelves to add all of these books to our collection!  We would have to start a new library.

Do you have a collection that you would like to share with the community?  We have enjoyed some incredible miniatures this spring.  Now the display case holds an impressive array of antique railroad keys, including some caboose keys.  We would like to give everyone a chance to share.  After all, why have a collection if you can’t show it off?

July Newsletter

The Library is open!  We are following our normal hours of operation.  The Library Board voted at the last meeting that masks are recommend within in the library, but not required.  They also lifted the limit of 10 persons in the library at one time.  As of now, we are operating as before.   We can receive books from other libraries, so if we don’t have book you want, we can probably get it for you.  This situation is subject to change if the Neosho County Health Department issues any directives.

Our Summer Reading Program is underway.  There is still time to sign up for both children and adults.  The theme this summer is “Imagine Your Story” with a focus on fairy tales and imagination.  Come be a unicorn, a magician, a knight, a princess, a king or a queen! Join the fun!

We were so pleased to be able to welcome three newborns to Thayer this month with our “Welcome, Baby” program.  Please continue to let us know when there is a new arrival in Thayer.  We have presents!

For those children who have been around awhile, we invite their parents to sign them up for our free “1,000 Books before Kindergarten” program.  Kids get to choose a book to keep after every hundred books they have listened to.  The books don’t have to be from our library, and anyone can read the books, grandparents, caregivers, siblings.  Have your child join our Wall of Fame!

Movie Nights have returned!  On the third Friday of every month during the warm months, we will be showing a family-friendly movie free of charge for the whole community.  Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and snacks and join us for a movie under the stars.  The movie will begin as soon as it is dark enough to see, usually a half hour after sunset.   Rain cancels.

We are here to serve the community.  Please let us know if there a service or a need that we can provide to better meet the needs of our patrons and fellow citizens.

*Update – Beginning July 3, 2020, masks will be required inside the building.

 

Closure

We will be closed until further notice.

I will be at the library on Friday afternoons to take care of chores.  If you let me know via Facebook or e-mail, I can check books out to you then and bring them to the car.  No need for you to come in.  You can return books and DVD’s in the book drop.  I will restock the little free libraries on a weekly basis, also.

Stay safe and healthy.

See you soon.

March 2020 Newsletter

Here’s to hoping that March “comes in like a loin and goes out like a lamb.”  We could all use some warm, sunny weather.  To brighten up these grey, last of the winter days, we are having Shamrock Shenanigans at the library March 10th through the 17th.  We will have games, contests, and treats all week long.  It’s time to drag out the green and get your Irish on.  Come on in and see what we fun we have planned for you.  There will be something for everyone!

Speaking of plans, we are already making plans for the Summer Reading Program.  This year’s theme is Imagine Your Story.  We are looking forward to fairy tales, myths, and all kinds of fantastic beasts and beauties.  We will have two separate programs again this year.  One for the children with monthly programs and prizes for reading and another for adults.  We are considering adult programs as well.  Look for more updates as we draw closer to summer.

Do have a pastime or hobby that you would like to share with others?  Are you interested in learning a new skill?  We are looking for people to lead adult programs at the library during our open hours.  Someone mentioned an interest in starting a Mah Jong club at the library.  We will gladly lend our meeting room for such a purpose.  There are only two requirements; the registration must be open to any adult, and it must be free of charge.  You can require that participants provide materials for personal use but can’t charge for attending.  Please let the library know if you are interested.

We would like to remind everyone of our Welcome, Baby Program.  Please let us know of newborn Thayer Citizens, and we will put together a Welcome to Thayer gift package for them.  We really enjoy putting these together and giving them out.  Let know if the baby is a first-born so we can include an extra gift for the parents.  Once those babies are born, we encourage the parents to sign them up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.  The program is easy, free, and so important.  We already have several families involved and are putting up pictures of our milestone readers on our Wall of Fame.

 

February 2020 Newsletter

The biggest news this month is our annual Chocolate Affair fundraiser.  The Thayer Library Board and the Thayer Friday Reading Club work together to supply homemade treats and chocolate candies for sale to the public.  This year’s sale will be Sunday, Feb. 9th from noon until 3pm.  For just $5 you can fill a container with as many goodies as you want.  We will have some sugar-free items available also.  The library uses the proceeds of this sale to purchase extra books for the summer reading program.  We have an impressive number of kids sign up for the program every summer.  It is great to be able to offer them new books to read.  Many of the participants read well over twenty books during the summer.  If we raise enough money, we can also purchase some large print books for some of our adult patrons.  Large print books are very expensive and often cost more than our usual budget can manage.  Every penny spent goes to providing more reading opportunities for our community.

February is not a big month for new book releases.  We will be adding a recent Danielle Steel book, a new J.D. Robb, and Jonathan Kellerman’s latest book.  Future purchases of DVD’s include Addams Family, Gemini Man, Joker, Maleficent, and for the kids, Abominable.  For Heartland Series fans, we are pleased to announce that season 12 has been released on DVD.  Let us know if you want your name on the list.  This is a hugely popular series.

For those of you wanting to get a head start on filing your taxes, we just received information from the Kansas Department of Revenue on how to file your taxes on-line for free.  We also offer computers so that you can file state or federal tax forms.  We no longer have paper forms of any tax forms.  The 2020 census is set to begin in a month or so.  The easiest and quickest option for everyone is to fill out an on-line form.  We will, of course, offer any assistance we can to make this an easy process.

As always we provide computers, fax machine, copier/printer, laminator, books, magazines, DVD’s, and free wifi.