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!


May Newsletter

School is out here in Thayer so that means it is time for our Summer Reading Program (SRP).  This year we have both children and adult programs!  We are so excited about this year’s theme of “Build a Better World.”  What a positive message to celebrate this summer.  We will explore building better communities, relationships, bodies, just all kinds of ideas are buzzing around here.  Registration for the program begins May 18, 2017, but anyone can register at any time.  Once a month on the third Thursday at 3 pm, we will have a reading celebration for the children that focuses on the theme.  We ask that children sign up ahead of time because we are limited to just 15 people at each session.

April is a busy publishing month and many of the most popular authors have new books.  Fern Michaels has High Stakes, John Sandford’s newest is Golden Prey, Davis Baldacci wrote The Fix, and Jeffery Deaver is the author of The Burial Hour.  We have some new, highly-recommended books.  Year of Impossible Good-byes by Sook Nyul Choi and Daughters of the Dragon by William Andrews.  These deal with the Japanese occupation of Korea during WWII.  The other is Killers of the Flower Moon:  The Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann.

We have new DVD’s for our movie fans.  The titles include: Why Him?, Hidden Figures, Collateral Beauty, Sully, Inferno, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and La La Land.

As always we offer computer access, free wi-fi, printing copying, laminating, fax machine, books, magazines, DVD’s, audio books, meeting room, community bulletin board, and many other services.  Come check us out!


April 2017 Newsletter

Things are heating up at the library.  We are preparing for the Summer Reading Program.  The program is open to all children and adults in Thayer.   We will begin May 18th and continue until August 18th.  This year the theme is “Build a Better World.”  We will have several celebrations during the summer where we can explore how to build a better life, community, and world.  We are starting the fun activities with a movie night Friday, May 19th at 8 pm.  We will have popcorn, hot dogs, and drinks.  The movie will be shown outside the library so bring your lawn chair, blanket, or wagon and join in the fun and food.

We have several new books in by some of our favorite authors.  Man Overboard is J.A. Jance’s newest book.  Fannie Flagg has The Whole Town’s Talking.  C.J. Box’s newest book is Vicious Circle. Debbie Macomber has a new one out called If Not for You.  A couple of new mysteries include Mary Higgins Clark with All by Myself, Alone and James Patterson with The Black Book.  A new voice is Romalyn Tilghman with her novel, To the Stars Through Difficulties.

We also have new DVD’s: Assassin’s Creed, Star Wars: the Force Awakens, Patriots Day, Passengers, and Moana.  We were lucky enough to receive a large donation of action adventure DVD’s this month.  These are not new movies, but they are new to us.  Come check them out.

We are happy to help the Thayer community however we can.  We have computers, free wi-fi, laminator, printer/copier, fax machine, books, audio books, DVD’s, magazines, meeting room, children’s computer, and much, much more!

March 2017 Newsletter


With all of the wild weather we have been having, this is a good time to remind parents that they must be able to pick up children at the library quickly.  The library building is not a tornado shelter, and we cannot transport children in a private vehicle to a shelter.  We certainly don’t want to turn children out to walk home in severe weather.  The library board passed a policy that parents will be called to come get children in case of a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning.  Parents need to make arrangements for that possibility.

We have new children’s books, thanks to the chocolate sale fundraiser.  Some the new adult titles are Melt by Helen Hardt, the Christmas Wish by Nora Roberts, Christmas in Alaska by Debbie Macomber, Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman, Woman of God by James Patterson, and many new donations.  Our new DVD’s include The Jungle Book, Tyler Perry’s Boo, Kevin Hart; What Now?, and Blair Witch (2016).

We still have a few Red Folders available for Operation Red Folder, the medical information form that can be placed on the front of the refrigerator.  If you have picked up your Red Folder, make sure you fill out the form!

Our community services include computer/ internet access, free wifi, laminator, copier/printer/scanner, document shredder, books, DVD’s, audio books, reference desk, bulletin board, magazines, meeting room with computer projector and screen, collections of Box Tops for Education, Cash; Not Trash for the preschool, and interlibrary loans.  We still have the free book bench.  If you can think of any service that would valuable to the community, please let us know!

February 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who came to the Chocolate Sale on Sunday.  We appreciate your support.  We plan to buy many new children’s books with the money raised.  We were pleased to be able to distribute red files for Operation Red File.  For those of you who haven’t heard about this effort, Operation Red File is a plan to distribute a plastic red file to members of the community, especially those who live alone.  Inside the plastic file is a form which can be filled with pertinent medical information like medications and allergies.  The file has magnets on the back to attach to front of a refrigerator.  EMT or emergency responders can easily find the information.  We still have a few files left here at the library.  If you are interested in getting a file, just come ask.  This is a good time to remind you that we are now open until 6 on Wednesday evenings.

We have ordered many new DVD’s.  The titles include; Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the Secret Life of Pets, The Magnificent Seven, Jason Bourne, Miss You Already, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Warcraft, Suicide Squad, and The Angry Birds Movie.  We have set up a display for new DVD’s in the main room, next to the New Book section.

We are expecting new books soon.  We have ordered Believarexic by JJ Johnson; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling; Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb; Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman; Hatchet by Gary Paulson; A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

The Library Board decided to offer the three replaced computers to any Thayer community organization that may have need of a computer.  The computers will be free and include the CPU, keyboard, and flat-screen Monitor.  If your community organization is interested, contact the library or any library board member.

As always we offer computers, free wi-fi, fax machine, printer/copier, laminating, books, magazines, audio books, DVD’s, and jigsaw puzzles.

November 2016 Newsletter


It’s too warm to cozy up with a blanket and good book, but cold days are headed our way so we are getting ready by stocking up on new best sellers and popular DVD’s.  New DVD’s include: Ghostbusters, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, Independence Day Resurgence, The Legend of Tarzan, and Star Trek Beyond.  November is a busy publishing month so many of your favorite authors have new books this month.  Craig Johnson’s new Longmire book is An Obvious Fact.   A Great Reckoning is Louise Penny’s new book.  John Grisham has The Whistler.  Karen Kingsbury has a new Christmas novel; A Baxter Family Christmas. Debbie Macomber also has a Christmas book called Twelve Days of Christmas.  John Sandford has a new Virgil Flowers book called Escape Clause.  Michael Connelly’s new book is The Wrong Side of Goodbye.  Lee Child has a new Jack Reacher book, Night School, and Sandra Brown has a new thriller, Sting.  For our younger readers we have the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down.

The library has purchased new chairs for the meeting room.  We are offering the old chairs to anyone who wants them.  There are six of them, and they are free!!!!!!

November is Kansas Reads To Preschoolers Month.  Nothing helps prepare  children better for school and for life than listening to books read to them by the special people in their lives.  We have thousands of bright, pretty, fun books to make kids giggle and ask for more.  Come check out the special display of Christmas books for children.  Share one these beautiful books with a child.

Everyone is looking forward to the Holiday season.  We are pleased to announce that the Angel Tree will be placed at the library again this year.  We are also donating two prize bags for the Community Drawing on December 4th.

October 2016 Newsletter

Fall into a good book!  We have bushels of them and are getting more all the time.  New DVD’s include: Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War; Forsaken; Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice; Me before You; Paw Patrol; Mother’s Day; and X-men: Apocalypse.  We purchased several new books this month.  We have; Home by Harlan Coben, Love Warrior: A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton (Oprah’s Book Club), Two by Two  by Nicholas Sparks, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does by Jon Weece.  We also received a donation of many books that are Amish romances.  They are in great shape so if you are a fan, we have new choices for you.  We have four new large print books; A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas, Driving with the Top Down by Beth Harbison, Haunted by Randy Wayne White, and Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs.

We are so happy to be able to offer free books to the children of Thayer for Halloween again this year.  We will be open during the Trunk n’ Treat Monday, October 31st.  We have a variety of new books for every age.  Bring your trick or treaters to the library for some mind candy.  We will have warm cider and cookies for the parents.  We look forward to seeing everyone!


September 2016 Newsletter

Thank you to all who stopped by the library during Homecoming!  We gave away many books and sold many cookies.  We thank you for your support.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Autumn is coming and it is time to start thinking about cool evenings with a good book.  We have several new books this month.  We have Iris Johansen’s newest book, Night and Day, an Eve Duncan book.  Linda Fairstein’s, Killer Look, is set in the garment district of New York City.  Nevada Barr’s new book, Boar Island, is set on the coast of Maine.  You can do lots of armchair traveling at the library.  We also have Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb.  A couple of non-fiction books are: Saving My Assassin by Virginia Prodan and Miracles from Heaven by Christy Beam.

For those of you who prefer to watch movies, we have some new DVD’s.  We added My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, Midnight Special, God’s Not Dead 2, and Miracles from Heaven.

We are selling some extra furnishings from the children’s room.  We have five large vinyl-covered foam cushions.  These are brightly colored and very versitil.  They are in excellent condition and would be great seating for a school or play area.  We just don’t have room for them.  We are asking $20 for each one. Please stop by the library to see them.

Remember that we are here to help the citizens of Thayer.  If there is a service you think we could offer but don’t, please bring it to our attention.  As always we have computer access, free wi-fi, copier, printer, laminater, books, audio books, DVD’s, magazines, and fax machine.