April 2019 Newsletter


Spring has sprung!  We are all ready to get out and enjoy the fine weather.  If you are heading out to your garden, you might want to check out some of our gardening books.  We have information on many different topics here at the library.  If we don’t have it, we can get it for you.

April 7th -13th is National Library Week.  Please join us here for a week of fun, prizes, and treats.  We have already set up the “Guess the Jellybeans” contest.  Come in and try to guess how many jellybeans are in the glass jar.  We will announce the winner on April 12th.  The winner receives the jar and the jellybeans.  You can’t win if you don’t enter.  We will have other activities and games during the week.

We have purchased 25 new large-print Christian fiction books.  There is a good variety of genres in the collection.  Some are mysteries while others are romances.  There a few adventure stories and some historical fiction.  Come see what we have.  See you soon at the library!

March 2019 Newsletter

We would like to thank everyone who turned out for our Chocolate Affair on Feb. 17th.  We will be able to purchase many new children’s book thanks to your generosity.  We truly appreciate your support.

Some Thayer residents haven’t been to the library in a while so we thought it would be a good idea to let you know about some of our offerings that you may not know about.

Did you know …that we offer music CD’s for check out?

Did you know … that we have STEM kits for children ages 8 to 12 to explore here at the library?

Did you know…that we have Take, Play, and Learn kits for the parents of preschoolers to check out and practice skills at home?

Did you know… that we have magazines to check out?

Did you know … that we have board games to play here at the library?

Did you know … that we have an educational computer for children ages 2 to 8?

Did you know… that we offer tons of free information on nutrition, exercise, tourism, and financial planning?

Did you know…that we have a paper shredder and would be pleased to shred any documents that you want to dispose of safely?

Come check us out!

February 2019 Newsletter

The library is excited to announce the beginning of a new program.  Welcome, Baby provides the parents of newborn Thayer residents with some board books, a small gift, and library information.  We need the public’s help in letting us know when the babies arrive.  You can contact the library in person, by phone, or on-line.  If the parents are first-time parents, we will include a parents’ guide for the first year.  Please help us welcome Thayer’s newest members.

February brings the annual library fundraiser.  Library board members and members of the Thayer Reading Club provide a wide array of chocolate and baked good treats.  For $5, you can fill a container with your choice of goodies.  This year the Chocolate Affair will be Sunday, Feb. 10th from 11 am until 2 pm at the library.  The funds we raise will be used to purchase new books for the Summer Reading Program, the Welcome, Baby program, and the Halloween book give-away.  Childhood literacy is so important!   We always appreciate the support that Thayer shows for the library.

We have been hearing a buzz about our new streaming service, Hoopla.  Patrons seem to really like the service.  Hoopla allows a library card holder to stream up to five free movies, ebooks, audio books, comics, music, and TV episodes to any device or computer.  Please come see us if you need a library card or need help setting up your account.

Welcome, Baby!

Thayer FRC City Library is excited to announce a new program for 2019.

The Welcome Baby Program will provide newborn residents of Thayer with board books, library information, and small gifts.

We need your help in letting us know about any newborns in the Thayer area.

  • Please call (620) 839-5646 during our business hours,
  • contact us on Facebook,
  • leave a message on our website, thayerfriday.mykansaslibrary.org,
  • email us at thayerfrc@embarqmail.com
  • stop by the library.

*We will need to know if this is first child.

January 2019 Newsletter

A great way to start a new year is with new services and offerings at the library!  If you have driven by the library lately, you have noticed the two pretty new benches.  On the East side of the building, between the sign and the book drop, we have installed the first of three little free libraries.  The other two should be installed soon.   Inside the building, we have put up the new quick charging station for people to charge their devices while at the library.  This station will accommodate both Apple and android devices, including tablets.

As a library we have books and movies for our patrons, but we are also an information center.  We have access to many databases (think interactive encyclopedias) that cover many different subjects.  We offer printed information that is free to take if you need it.  We are also able to direct you to various websites and organizations that can help you solve any number of issues.  Now with the Hoopla Streaming service, we are available at the touch of an app.  We have heard several positive reviews of the service from those patrons who have downloaded it.

We try to help Thayer citizens grow and thrive in their community.  If there is any service, that you feel would benefit Thayer, please let us know.


Digital Movies, Music and More – Instantly Available – 24/7 – Free with your Library Card!

We hope this message finds you well. Thank you for being a loyal library cardholder of  Thayer FRC City Library! We appreciate that you have found value in the many materials, services and programs we offer our community, and we wanted to let you know that you are appreciated!

We are excited to announce hoopla digital: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy over half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or smartphone!


With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.


It just works!


On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.


We really love this service because it is easy to use and provides our library patrons instant access (again, with no waiting!!) to any titles they have interest in. As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 5 titles per month at this time.

To register for and enjoy hoopla digital for free with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit https://www.hoopladigital.com. For more information, visit hoopladigital.com/help.

Thanks again for your patronage and support over the years! We hope you enjoy hoopla digital and look forward to your feedback!

Most Sincerely,

Thayer FRC City Library


December 2018 Newsletter

Hoopla is here! You can now download the app and begin streaming up to five check outs a month.  You need to use your library card number for your user ID.  Please stop by the library if you have questions or need help.

The Christmas Angel Tree is up at the library.  There are still angels left to adopt.  The gifts need to be returned by Dec. 19th.

The Little Free Libraries are in the final stages of construction and should be mounted soon, just in time for Christmas.

Soon we will have the multi-device charging station mounted and ready to use.  This station can charge up to 8 devices at one time.  It can charge Apple phones, Ipads, smart phones, and other personal devices.  It is totally free to use during library hours.  Never run out of battery life again.

Merry Christmas to all!

November 2018 Newsletter

A new service will be coming to the library soon.  It is a streaming service called Hoopla.  Our patrons will be able to download movies, TV shows, music albums, audiobooks, ebooks, and comics to any of their devices.  There are 650,000 items available with no holds or waiting times.  Patrons will access the service using their library card number.  If you no longer have your card or need to sign up for a library card, please come see us at the library.  We can get you fixed up and ready for this new service.  We are still waiting to find out just when the service will be operational.  We will keep you informed.  Watch our Facebook page and our website for updates!

November is Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month.  Library staff will be visiting preschools and daycares in and around Thayer to read this year’s pick.  We encourage all parents, grandparents, and care providers to read often to the young people in their lives.  No baby is too young or no child too old to listen to a story read by a person important in his/her life.  Reading to children can have an enormous impact.

We continue working on our Little Free Libraries.  They should be ready to mount in the coming weeks.  We have piles of books ready to fill them, thanks to generous donations from the community.  Soon, you won’t have to wait until the library is open to change the book you have just finished for a different one.   We appreciate the support we have received for this project.

After Thanksgiving, we will be setting up the Angel Tree in our main room.  We so enjoy hosting this.  It is wonderful to see the community support and generosity during the Christmas season. Speaking of the Christmas season, the Thayer Christmas Drawing will be Sunday, December 2nd at 4:15 in the City Building.

We continue to offer the community services we believe help make life easier and more enjoyable; computers, printer, fax machine, books, movies, TV series, magazines, audio books, laminating, and meeting room with computer projector.  Visit us soon!

October 2018 Newsletter

Progress continues on our Little Free Library project.  Thanks to everyone who has come to help.  All three of the libraries are together.  We just need to put roofs on them and do the finishing touches.  We hope to have them mounted and placed soon.  Once they are set, the people of Thayer are encouraged to take a book and leave another book.  It is the same concept as our “free book” bench at the library.  Now you can help yourself any time of day or night at any of the three locations.

We have mentioned how fortunate we are to have received funds from the State Library to purchase Kansas Notable Books.  It is time to introduce the books to the Thayer community.  We will have an open house/book talk Monday, October 22nd at 5:30.  We will be serving refreshments.  So come and hear a little about each of these award-winning books.  Remember every book was written by a Kansas author or is about some aspect of Kansas.  These books were also chosen for this award by Kansas readers and the Kansas State Librarian.

October means Halloween!  The plans are already made for the annual Trunk or Treat!  Cars should start arriving on Neosho Street after 5 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 31st.  There will be free food, hot chocolate and Candy!!!  Don’t forget to visit the library.   We have a free book for the first one hundred trick or treaters.  We have candy, too.  This is such a great community event.  Don’t miss it!

We would like to remind everyone of the services offered here at the library.  We have computers, printer/copier/scanner, fax machine, books, interlibrary loans, DVD’s, audio books, and so much more!  If you haven’t been in for a while, you should come check us out!

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!