January 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the New Year everyone.  We are happy to announce that we have added another hour to our schedule at the library.  We will now be open until 6 pm on Tuesday evenings!  We are doing everything we can to provide service to all Thayer residents, even those who work until 5.

Several patrons have asked us about offering a basic computer class.  We will be starting such a class Tuesday, January 9th at 5 pm.  The class will last 8 weeks.  We are limiting the class to 10 participants but is open to any resident. Each student will have to bring a flash drive to class.  Flash drives can be purchased at the library.  The topics covered during the 8 weeks include; terminology and navigation, email, web browsers, word processing, images, file management, Excel spreadsheets, and printing.  Participants are welcome to bring a laptop computer with them or use our computers.  Many of the topics are applicable to tablets, also.  This class is not graded or official, but we will try to make it fun!

We have added many new TV series seasons to our DVD collection.  We ask that patrons limit the number of DVD check outs to 5 and only 1 TV series season at a time.  When we have so many new offerings, they are very popular.  We want everyone to have a chance to view them.  If you have overdue DVD’s, please remember that you can return them to the book drop even when the library is closed.  We do not charge fines so there is no need to come in to make your return.  We can’t purchase new materials when we have to replace items that are not returned.  We make purchases based on the belief that these materials will be popular with many people, but many people can’t view them if they aren’t brought back to the library.  This not a small problem.  Currently, there are 59 overdue DVD’s.  We would like to see that number decrease.

Thanks to the generous people of Thayer, all of the angels from the angel tree were adopted by December 11th.  We sure enjoy hosting the tree and look forward to doing so next year.  We also enjoyed making the two goodie bags for the Thayer Christmas Drawing.  What a neat idea for bringing the community together.  We hope you had a joyous holiday season and we wish you all a very happy 2018!

 

December 2017 Newsletter

 

The library is very happy to announce that we will once again host the Christmas Angel Tree.  Local children who need a little extra this Christmas are available for those who would like to help.  The angels and the sign-up sheet are at the library.  Also, we will be happy to accept the wrapped gifts when purchased.  This is such a festive time of year, and it feels so good to spread the cheer.  The angels are adopted very quickly, so don’t delay.

In October, we were very fortunate to receive a grant from the Southeast Kansas Library System.  We plan to use the money to purchase TV series seasons.  These are very popular so we will ask that patrons limit their check out to one season at a time.  We will be rearranging the display shelves at the library soon to make room for all of the new DVD’s.  Speaking of DVD’s, we have a large number of them overdue right now.  Almost 80% of the overdue items are DVD’s.  We don’t charge fines for overdue materials because we don’t want to discourage people from checking out items.  We do expect people to return the items that they borrow.  When items are not returned, we have to spend our money to replace them and we don’t have money to buy new ones.  Sometimes these items are borrowed from other libraries which means we have to pay them for their stolen materials.  Please double-check to see if you have unreturned DVD’s and return them.  You can always drop them in the drop box on the east side of the building if we are not open.

November is a big month for new books.  If you have a favorite author or authors, we are sure to have the latest book.  We have too many to list here individually.  The library also will place a hold on any book that you may want to read.  Just call and ask or stop by.  You can also use the online catalog to order it yourself.  Please ask if you need help.

We replaced our printer/copier.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  As always, we offer computer access, free Wi-Fi, and fax machine.

Have a great holiday season!

October 2017 Newsletter

 

This month’s newsletter isn’t about the new books and DVD’s at the library.  We need help printing and distributing this newsletter to the people of Thayer.  Many of you have been asking about the status of The Neighborly News.  We have a someone putting the newsletter together, but the organization that printed off the copies and brought them to your homes can’t do it anymore.

We are having a meeting Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thayer FRC City Library to see if we can find solutions.  We are inviting business owners, community leaders, and any other interested parties to come.  We will offer refreshments.  Please come and share your ideas. We really need help and advice.

The Neighborly News is a Thayer tradition.  It will be a shame if the distribution is limited to just a few people in town.  Everyone should have access to the information in the newsletter.  Please make plans now to attend this important meeting!

 

September Newsletter

Well, school is back in session, and we can report a terrific Summer Reading Program!  A total of 57 adults and children participated this summer.  Twenty-one of the children reached the goal of reading twenty books this summer.  We are very thankful for the adults who took their time to bring the kids to the library and keep track of the books.  Altogether, the kids read 759 books!

Our new books for this month include a little bit for everyone.  For the readers of mystery and suspense, we have Sue Grafton’s Y is for Yesterday, and Iris Johansen’s Look Behind You.  Readers who prefer a quieter read can enjoy Lauraine Snelling’s The Promise of Dawn or Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber.  Historical fiction fans are in for a treat with Mel Starr’s Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series.  We have the first four books of the series which is set in 1600’s England.  We are expecting the fifth, The Tainted Coin, any day now.  Sarah Dessen is a very popular author of young adult literature.  Her newest book, Once and for All, is available.  Many people have watched the movie Dunkirk.  We have the non-fiction book by Walter Lord titled The Miracle of Dunkirk:  the True Story of Operation Dynamo.  If you are interested in checking out any of these books, you can always call the library and we will put your name on the list, or you can go on-line to SEKnFind and place a hold.  If you would like information about this option, we can help.

The regular meeting of the library board has been postponed until Monday, September 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm.  Board meetings are held at the Thayer FRC City Library and are open to the public.

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.