Fines at the Library?

With our new automation process in full swing and going smoothly, some people are worried about being charges fines for overdue books. WE DO NOT CHARGE FINES. When you check out a book, you have it for 14 days with one renewal. If the book is not returned, you will recieve a notice, either by mail or e-mail. After three notices about a week apart, you will be charged for the price of the book so that we can replace it. The same is true for DVD’s and VHS tapes except that they are checked out for 7 days with one renewal. Remember, we are your library, and we will work with you to make your use of the library enjoyable.

August Happenings

Several exciting events are happening in August! The library is joining the Seknfind system, the summer reading program is wrapping up, and we will be choosing our new slogan.
The library has been working for months to get ready to join the automated Seknfind system. All of our collection (books, movies, and magazines) has been added to the online catalogue and barcoded. Patrons who have filled out information forms have been issued new library cards that contain a barcode. We have joined the courier service that links us physically to the other libraries in the system. We are all set and ready to go for August 14th! Beginning on that day, books will be checked out using a scanner that reads both the book barcode and the library card. Patrons won’t have to sign their name to each individual card and have each book stamped. Once the books are checked out, the patron receives a receipt that lists all materials checked out and the due date. People also have access to any book owned by any other library in the system. Anyone can go online, in the library or at home, and place a “hold” or order for any book. The book is brought to our library on the courier service within the next couple of days. This is a tremendous advantage to the new system.
The summer reading program is ending August 9th. The kids will be heading back to school. We had over 20 kids sign up for the program, with about half of them actively engaged in reading and earning prizes. Several have reached the goal of 20 books or 20 time units. We will have our final celebration August 9th at 2 for all participants. We will have a make your own sundae party and will be awarding the larger prizes for those who made the goal of 20 books. We hope everyone can attend.
Finally, our contest to find a new slogan will end at the library board meeting Monday, August 6th at 5:30. The library board members will read the entries and choose one for our new slogan. Plans are to put the new slogan and logo on gift items that can be purchased at the library to raise money for more materials. We have had so many entries. We would like to thank everyone for their participation and ideas.
August promises to be an eventful month. Don’t forget we always have computers, free wifi, copier, fax, and air-conditioning!

Meet and Greet

Thank you to all the people who came to the open house last night. I enjoyed meeting so many new people and showing off the library. Thayer citizens should be very proud of what their support has created. Our collection is enhanced by donations. Yesterday we had four separate donations. We received DVD’s, books, and magazines. Thank you!

Thayer Trivia Contest

Today at 5 pm we will have the first drawing for a winner of the Thayer Trivia Contest.  The winner will receive a free fried cheesecake dessert from our sponsor Big Ed’s Steakhouse in Thayer, Kansas.  We would like to thank Big Ed’s for their support.  The week 2 question will be availbale tomorrow at 2.  Come by and pick up the form.  You have until Monday, July 16 to find the answer and return it to the library.

July Happenings

July should be a busy month at the library. There is something planned for every day that we are open Monday through Thursday. On Mondays at 5 pm we will have the drawing to see who is the winner of the weekly Thayer Trivia Contest. At 6:30 on the 9th, the 23rd, and the 30th we will have Family Time for families with preschoolers. This is a time for a quick story and simple craft. On Monday July 16th there will be a Meet and Greet for members of the community to come and visit with me and have some refreshments. Every Tuesday at 2 the Thayer Trivia Weekly question will be availbale. Come in and pick up a question, see if you can find the answer, and then return the form to the library anytime during the week. A winner will be drawn from all correct entries. Wednesdays will see the start of Story Time for children. All children are welcome to come listen to stories at 3 PM. The events on Thursdays are reserved for our Summer Reading Program participants. This first Thursday, the 5th, will be borad games. The next Thursday is a movie and popcorn. I’ll pick the movie; you pick how many bags of popcorn you can eat. On the 19th, I will be showing how to make healthy snacks at home at the Make and Take Snacks. The final event for Thursday, July 26th will be a Wii system with several games to try out.

We also have a couple of month long contests running. The first is our search for a slogan for our library. We need a short, clever way to advertise our library. We are making every effort to make the library a community asset where everyone can find something useful. We need a slogan to highlight that. We have quite a few entries already, but we can always use more. The entries will be read and voted on by the Library Board members at the August meeting. The second contest is to see which of five authors is Thayer’s favorite. The five authors competing this month are all crime/mystery writers. They are Lawrence Block, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, and John Sandford. Copies of books by each author are available at the library. Check them out and vote for your favorite!

Hopefully, Thayer Friday Reading Club City Library has something for everyone. Don’t forget we always have free wi-fi, computers to use, printer, copier, fax, and air-conditioning! See you at the library!

New Library Director

Hi, my name is Suprena Cheshier, and I am the new library director which is a fancy title for me getting to tell me what to do! I am very excited about this new chapter in my career. For the last 26 years, I have been teaching English and Spanish to seventh and eighth-graders at Royster Middle School in Chanute, Kansas. I taught thousands of great kids over the years, but it was time for a change.
My mission at the library is to provide as many services as we can to all the citizens of Thayer. Everyone is welcome here! We have computers with internet access and a printer, free wi-fi, a copy machine, fax, magazines, VHS tapes, DVD’s, and books!
We want to provide programs for all ages. It is summer, so we have started the summer reading program for kids. We are offering three levels; families with preschoolers, grade school, and middle/high-school. Several activities will be held for each level. Readers also earn prizes for books read or for time spent reading. Adult readers will be challenged to participate in monthly contests. the first contest is to come up with a catchy slogan for the library. Also in the works is a preschool storytime. I would also like to organize a gardener’s seed exchange.
Everyone who has been in to the library has been so friendly. I want to thank all those people who have told during these last two weeks, “Glad to have you here.” I am glad to be here.