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.

January 2020 Newsletter

It is cold outside, and what better way to spend a blustery day than with a good book or DVD.  Come on in and see what we have to offer.  Now would be a good time to remind our patrons that if Thayer/Cherryvale schools are cancelled because of weather, the library will also be closed.  With any luck we will avoid any more dangerous weather.

Patrons may not be aware of all the different types of books that the library has to offer.  If you made a New Year’s resolution to start eating better, we have a cookbook for you.  We have many cookbooks that feature various diets or low-fat recipes.  This might be the time to look for a new quilting pattern or craft project.  Maybe you want to read more about the lives of famous Americans.  We have several shelves of biographies.  You may prefer to warm up the cold with a sizzling romance; we have those, too.  The library has magazines, DVD’s, music CD’s, audio books, and a streaming service that allows instant, free access to over 650,000 items. We try to offer something for everyone.

Coming soon will be our annual CHOCOLATE AFFAIR!  This is a fund raiser supported by both the library and the Thayer Friday Reading Club.  We will need to purchase children’s books for our increasingly popular summer reading program. In the past, we have truly enjoyed the support of the community in our efforts to provide services to Thayer.

Remember that we always have computer access, fax machine, laminator, copy machine, color printer, free wi-fi, and a WiiU gaming system.

December 2019 Newsletter


The angel tree is back at the library again this year.  Come quickly to choose a child in the community whose family needs help to provide a Christmas.  Each angel has three gift suggestions and an age.  We ask that all the gifts are wrapped as three separate packages no matter what you buy.  That way each child has the same number of gifts to unwrap.  Due to the generous nature of our community, the angels are adopted quickly so don’t wait too long to stop by the library to pick yours.

While you are at the library, we invite you to look around at our new look.  We have rearranged, sold some items, and added some new ones.  We hope that the changes will make our library more user-friendly.  Please ask if you have any questions.  Make sure to take a look at the display case in the main room.  These are collections shown by Thayer residents.  There are comment cards available if you would like to share your thoughts about the display.  The contents change every two weeks.  If you have a collection you would like to share, ask to see the display calendar at the main desk to reserve your dates.

We would like to remind you of our Welcome, Baby program.  The library gives each newborn in the community a welcome to Thayer a gift.  If the baby is a first baby for the family, we have a special gift so let us know.  For those families with children under 5, we recommend an extra special Christmas gift.  Sign the child up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  This program is absolutely free and is absolutely the best present a child could receive.  The books read to the child do not have to be checked out from our library.  They can be books you already have at home.  Anyone can read the books to the child; it doesn’t have to be a parent.  You can even repeat books when your child wants to hear the same book over and over again,  After each 100 books, your child gets to choose a free book to take home and has his/her picture posted on our Wall of Fame.  Ask for more information at the main desk.

Another thing to check out at the library is our contribution to the Christmas Give Away on December 8th.  We donate two gift bags full of goodies each year.  This year’s bags will be on display near the Angel Tree.  We so enjoy this season of giving and community that thrives in Thayer.  Thank you for letting us be a part it!

November 2019 Newsletter

The weather is turning cooler and letting us know that the Holiday season is approaching quickly.  Trunk n’ Treat starts the season with Halloween treats and free books here at the library.  We will see you Thursday, Oct. 31st from 5-7.  Next up is the Thayer Methodist Church Turkey Dinner and Bazaar on Saturday, November 2 at 4 pm.  We expect to have the Angel Tree up here at the library around Thanksgiving.  The Thayer Christmas Drawing will be Sunday, December 8th at 4 pm.  We will have many opportunities to meet and mingle with friends and neighbors.  This makes this time of year so special.

We are making some progress in the library rearrangement.  The SEKLS rotation books are now located in the main room again.  They are along the West wall.  The printer is now in that funky corner near the front window.  The CD-audio books are along the East wall on a new shelf.  We are waiting on a new magazine rack.  We still have some other items to move, but we are getting there.  We still have several pieces of very nice furniture to rehome.  Come by and see if there is anything you need.  We will make you a good price on them.

This time of year is also a busy one for the publishing business.  Most of your favorite authors are releasing books for the Christmas season.  We have new books by Stephen King, Clive Cussler, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, and J.A. Jance.  If anyone of you read Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, we now have a follow-up, non-fiction book that explores the true story of what happened to the orphans of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.  An older book that warrants a mention is The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Holt.   She tells of the female, human computers of the Jet Propulsion Lab from 1939 until the mid-2010’s.  What an incredible story of unsung heroes.  Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins is a great read.  If you stop by, we will fill you in on all of our favorite books

October 2019 Newsletter


The Thayer Friday Reading Club City Library is excited to announce the beginning of a new program.  We are starting a “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.”  This program is completely free.  Participants don’t even have to be library patrons.  Books do not have to be checked out from the library.  Parents just need to sign up and choose how they would like to record the books read to the child.  They can keep track of number of books read or they can write down the titles of the books.  After each 100 books, the child is rewarded with a free book of his or her choice and a picture on our wall of fame.  The books can be read to the child by anyone; parent, grandparent, sibling, caregiver, or teacher.  When the child goes through the, “I want to hear it again” stage, that is fine: repeats of the same book are allowed.  We hope that every family with young children will take part in this program.  It will be such a positive experience for everyone.

We have some upcoming events to tell you about.  We will have a book talk to introduce the 2019 Kansas Notable Books to our patrons.  We will have light refreshments at 6:30 on Wednesday, October 9th.  There is no registration required, and everyone is invited.  The talk shouldn’t last more than 30 minutes.  We haven’t heard any plans for the annual Trunk’n Treat, but Halloween is will be here before the next newsletter so this is a good time to remind everyone that the library will have treats and free books for all the trick ‘n treaters.  We love to see all the costumes and excited faces.

We still have several pieces of very nice furniture and a couple of TV’s for sale at the library.  We also have a piano that is free to anyone who would like to have it.  We need to make room to rearrange our space to serve the needs of our patrons better.  Please feel free to come by and make us an offer on anything you like.

As always we offer free wifi, computers, printing, copying, fax machine, books, magazines, cd-audio books, music CD’s, laminating, meeting room with computer projector, exploration kits for both young and older kids, the Welcome, Baby program, free information on services available in the area, information on how to become a 2020 census worker ( great part- time job), and we collect Cash not Trash donations, Box Tops for Education for the Thayer School, and pop tops for the Joyce Family.  We need you to let us know of newborns in Thayer.


September 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to Thayer’s Homecoming celebration.  We hope everyone is planning on taking in some the terrific events planned for this weekend.  The library will be having its annual book give-away and cookie sale, but we will have other offerings, also.  We are rearranging and redecorating the library!  We are selling some of the furnishings that we have now so that we can redo how the library is laid out to better serve our patrons.  If you visit the library, you can see our progress.  We have already moved our display case to the main room.  We will offer the use of the display case for two week periods to anyone in the community who wishes to showcase a collection.  Right now we have some wonderful wood cravings done by Dale Newton of Chanute.  There is a calendar available to book your two-week slot.

Some of the items that will be for sale at the library during Homecoming (and afterward) include: two wooden bookcases, a large wooden desk, a copier or two, an entertainment center,  a wooden magazine rack, and large-screen TV.  All of the items will be on display during the book give-away.  We also have a piano that is free to a good home.  These are the one-time items that will be available.  We are excited to announce that we now will have hand-made greeting cards for sale.  These cards are large enough to mail and are only $2 apiece.  One dollar of that stays at the library so it is a fund raiser for us.

Another change will come to our board of trustees.  Three of our board members have reached the end of their terms.  We are looking for community members who are interested in seeing the library thrive in Thayer to serve on the library board.  The library board meets once a month to decide on library policy issues and happenings at the library.  Library board members also take turns volunteering to staff the library on Saturday mornings.   Interested persons are invited to attend the library board meeting at 5:30 Monday, September 9, 2019 at the library.

Even with all the changes and going-ons, we are still here to serve the community.  Don’t forget we are collecting pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Wichita and Box Tops for Education for the Thayer School.  Enjoy your Homecoming Weekend!

August 2019 Newsletter

We would like to thank all of the Summer Reading Program participants for reading so many books this summer. The program is winding down with the final reading celebration August 8th at 3 pm.  We will be learning about the planets of the solar system.  Remember to register early for the program because we only have room for 15 kids. The last day to write down books is August 15th.  We have had a great summer; it is a great joy to see the love of reading in those young faces.

Homecoming is headed our way.  We look forward to seeing old friends and so many new faces.  We will be having the book give away and cookie sale as usual.  The quilt show at the senior center is a new activity this Homecoming.  We will be checking out the beautiful, hand-made treasures of Thayer.  We are so glad that they have decided to offer this special opportunity.  Another new sight at this year’s Homecoming will be the Brewster School House.  The museum board members and friend have spent many, many hours getting the school ready for everyone.

Our second little free library at the park seems to be popular.  Please feel free to check it out and help yourself to a book or two.  The Sunshine Café has installed a book exchange shelf which is also another chance to pick up a book or two for free.  The third little free library should be installed soon as Smitty’s beautiful renovation project is finished.

The Library Board has decided to have Movie Nights the third Friday of every month during the summer months.  We feel that schedule will allow people to make plans.  Our last movie we held inside because of the heat so inside-viewing will allow us to keep to the plan.  Our next movie night will be August 16th.  We will gather at 8 and start the movie once it is dark enough.

We offer our apologies for the internet service interruptions this past month.  It has been a trial, but, hopefully, that is all in the past.  We thank you for your patience.  We try very hard to be dependable and a service to the community.  We are collecting pop can tabs to help offset the expenses of the Joyce Family.  We have three gift bundles for Thayer’s newborn residents.  The Thayer Christian Preschool has decided to continue to collect “Cash-Not Trash” items for the next year.  We have collections containers at the library.


July 2019 Newsletter

Summer seems to have finally arrived.  We would like to thank the crowd who came to the movie night on June 21st.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.  We will schedule another one for July.  Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for details.  This would be a good time to thank all of you who follow us on Facebook.  We enjoy the feedback and responses.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should do so.  It is the quickest and easiest way for us to let everyone know what is going on.  Thanks to our Facebook followers, we have two more “Welcome, Baby” gift bundles to go to Thayer’s newest citizens.  We love to provide this welcome.

Our second little free library was installed at the city park a couple of weeks ago.  We noticed that people have helped themselves to the free books which is exactly what we want.  Check the libraries often because they are replenished on a regular basis.  We know you are going to find your next “favorite author” when you choose a book to read.  When you do, you know where to come to find more books by that author: the library!

Our summer reading program is having a blast this summer.  We have so many dedicated participants, both children and adults.  We have had some reading celebrations already this summer for the kids.  Our next one is scheduled for July 18th at 3 pm.  We only have room for 15 kids so we ask that you register for the programs.  This next one will celebrate the pioneers of aviation.  Kansas should be very proud of the impact this state has had on aviation.  We have included several space themed books and DVD’s in our collection for both children and adults.  If you have always had a fascination with the stars and space exploration, come see what we have added.

The Kansas State Library has announced the list of the 2019 Kansas Notable Books.  They also offer a grant that allows us to purchase a copy of each book so that we can share them with all Kansans.  The Library is in the process of purchasing and making the books ready for check out.  We are also reading them so that we can introduce them to readers at a later date.  Keep watching our Facebook page.

Even with all the added excitement of a busy summer season, we still offer free computer access, free wifi, printer/copier and fax machine.  Let us know what you need.