April Newsletter

The display case in the main room of the library has a beautiful display of birds and bells.  They perfectly mirror the explosion of spring colors and sounds that surround us at this time of year.  We are looking for people to contribute to our next display.  A gentleman from Thayer would like to share his collection of unusual rocks that he has found along the streets.  He doesn’t have enough to fill the display case.  If some of you have interesting, small artifacts that you have discovered in Thayer or in the area, would you consider letting us put them in the display case?  This could highlight some of the treasures found right below our feet.

We have a special offer for everyone.  As more people are vaccinated, experts warn that you may need to have prove of vaccination.  We will laminate your card free of charge.  Just bring them in and we will help you keep it safe.

We would like to mention some of the services that we offer along with books and movies.  We have a printer/copier.  We can send and receive faxes.  We can laminate papers up to 8 ½ x 11.  We have two little free libraries and a free book bench.  We have wi-fi both in the library and outside the building.  If there is something you need, we will try our best to help.

We occasionally have unusual offerings also.  Right now, we have several plants to give away.  We had to repot some of our plants so we have offshoots that we have rooted.  If you want one, it is yours.  We are passing along a donation of clean, empty egg cartons.  These are all first come, first served.

As always, we have new books and movies.  Come check us out!

March 2021 Newsletter

We hope everyone made it through the cold weather okay.  We are sorry we had to be closed so often during the last few weeks.  The library came through the storm in good shape, but the heavy snow did a number on our front awnings.  Hopefully, Spring is around the corner.

We have 25 new large print books to offer.  There is an assortment of mysteries, romances, and Christian literature.  We have new books by J.D. Robb, Jonathan Kellerman, J.A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Traci Peterson, Lisa Jackson, and Michael Connelly to name a few of our favorite authors.  We will receive new rotation books March 5th.  We should have something for everyone.  Remember if we don’t have a book that you want to read, we can usually get it for you quickly.

Thank you to the people who have sent recipes.  We will type them up and have you check them to make sure we have everything correct.  Having a library for 125 years is a big deal for a town the size of Thayer.  It speaks to the dedication to learning and culture this town can claim.  It will be interesting to see the family recipes and memories while we celebrate the heroes who keep Thayer thriving.  Remember you can mail your recipes to us, bring them by, email them or even fax them if you want.  Please include information about civic organizations and positions held, if any.

A reminder that our monthly board meeting will be held the second Monday of the month, March 8th, at 5:30 pm at the library.  As always, the meetings are open to the public.  In order to keep all of our patrons healthy, we do require masks or face coverings to be worn while in the library.  We also have a hand sanitizing station that should be used before handling the computer equipment.  We are all so tired of this, but we have to work together to put it behind us as quickly as possible.

February 2021 Newsletter

Exciting News!

2021 is 125th anniversary of Thayer Friday Reading Club City Library.  In order to acknowledge and celebrate all the citizens of Thayer who have provided such support for so long, the Library Board has decided to produce a community cookbook.  We will be doing this rather than the annual Chocolate Affair that we usually have in February.

We need everyone’s help to do this.  We will need recipes and memories.  Please bring, mail, or send us your best recipes.  Please let us know of your favorite library memory and if you have served with any of the many community organizations here in Thayer.  We want to include that information also.  It takes everyone’s help to keep a small town thriving.  What a wonderful way to celebrate these hometown heroes.

We hope to have the cookbooks finished by Homecoming next summer.  Please help!

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.