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.

August 2016 Newsletter

Homecoming is fast approaching!  We are busy gathering books for the book give away and baking cookies for the sale.  We will also have a booth at the Commercial Building for Thursday and Friday evenings.  We will be open from 10 until 12 on Saturday morning, the 27th, during the parade.  Please feel free to stop in and look at the books we have available.  There are many almost new books in great condition.  We also have magazines and audio books.  This year we will leave the books out until after the car show on the third.  The money we raise from the cookie sale will be used to purchase books for the Trunk and Treat on Halloween.  We hope to have enough money to buy a free book for every trick or treater.  Last year we gave away 100 books.  We would like to do even better this year.

We have some new arrivals here at the library.  We have Debbie Macomber’s latest book, Sweet Tomorrows: A Rose Harbor Novel.  Susan Wiggs has a new book called Family Tree.  Catherine Coulter’s new FBI thriller, Insidious, is also a new arrival.  A couple of lesser known authors have new books that look interesting.  Darker the Night by Lisa London is the story of a young woman’s struggles in war-torn Germany during WWII.  The Castle of Kings is a love story set in 1524 in what is now Germany.  The author is Oliver Potzach who wrote The Hangman’s Daughter.  We also have a new non-fiction book, The Vanishing Cowboy, which is filled with beautiful photos of working cowboys from around the West.

The Summer Reading programs for both children and adults are coming to an end.  We have had a great summer.  We want to thank everyone who participates.  Reading is a great activity for both the young and the not-so-young.  Research shows that readers live longer than others and stay more mentally alert.  It is never too late to start a reading habit.  We have all kinds of books and magazines for all kinds of people.  If you haven’t been to visit the library lately, come see what we have to offer.

Libraries are also communication and technology centers for the communities they serve.  We have computers, printers, copiers, fax machine, free wi-fi, and laminator.  We also offer a jigsaw puzzle exchange, board games, a wii system for patrons to use.  We now offer a community bulletin board where people can post items for sale, find out about educational opportunities, or discover services offered by others in Thayer.

July Newsletter

The library is pleased to announce that the 2016 Kansas Notable Books have arrived!  These award-winning books are written by Kansans or are about Kansas.  For the youngest readers, there are two children’s books.  Sun and Moon, written by Lindsey Yankey, is a beautifully illustrated book about how the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  Alphabet School is a stunning book that will delight adults as well as children.   Older children and teens will find three books: A Bitter Magic by Roderick Townley, The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill:  Growing up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas by Andrea Warren, and Diary of a Waitress:  The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl by Carolyn Meyer.

Don’t worry, there are books for adults also.  Only one adult fiction book made the list this year.  To Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves is a detective novel set in 1930’s Wichita.  The rest of the books are non-fiction titles.  They include; Bottled: A Mom’s Guide to Early Recovery by Dana Bowman, Harvey Houses of Kansas by Rosa Walston Latimer, Kansas Trail Guide: The Best Hiking, Biking, and Riding in the Sunflower State by Jonathan and Kristin Conrad, Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds by Michael Haddock, The Madman and the Assassin: the Strange Life of Boston Corbett, The Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth by Scott Martelle, Notorious Kansas Bank Heists  by Rod Beemer, Twenty-five Years among the Indians and Buffalo: A Frontier Memoir by William Street, and a book of poetry, While the Kettle’s On written by Melissa Fite Johnson.

Come in and check out this year’s Kansas Notable Books.  As always we offer computers, free Wi-Fi, and much more.

June 2016 Newsletter

Summer is here and the library is a busy place.  We are so excited about the number of children signed up for the summer reading program.  We have almost 50 children participating from age 2 to 15.  They are reading books like crazy and several have already met their goal of 20 books for the summer.  At times like this, we are so thankful to the people who support us through our fundraisers.  The money is used to buy books for these busy readers.

The number of adults who have signed up for adult program is impressive also.  We have 20 adults who are earning a chance of winning a prize with each book they read.  The program is super simple.  All you do is sign up, read a book, and wait for the drawing.  The drawing are every other Monday through the summer.  The winning number will be posted on the library sign and in the library.  The next drawing is Monday, June 20th.

We have started the movie nights.  The calendar says 8 pm, but it is still too light outside at that time so the movies will actually start about 8:30 – 8:45.  The name of the movie can’t be advertised, but you can find out by stopping by the library or calling.  The dates for the movies and other summer activities at the library are available on a calendar at the library.  Stop by and pick one up.

We would like to remind everyone of the services offered by the library.  We have computers, free wifi, printer, copier, scanner, fax machine, laminator, books, magazines, audio books, DVD’s, puzzles, meeting room, and air-conditioning!  If you or someone you know has vision problems, we have access to a wide variety of services and items through SEKLS.  Come in and take a look at what is available.  See you soon at the library where journeys begin!

May 2016 Newsletter

Summer is here and so is the Summer Reading Program (SRP) for the library!  We are so excited to start our program.  This year the theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”  What a fun platform to work with this year.  We will be doing all kinds of active, sportive, healthy, and reading activities during the next couple of months. Some of the programs include; Fun from the 50’s, Strange Races, Fueling Your Engine, and the Science of Sports.  Children of all ages are invited to sign up for the program.   We are starting an adult reading program this year!   It is super simple, and you have a chance to win a prize every other week.  Registration for both children and adults begins Wednesday, May 18th and is open all summer.  Please join us for a summer of fun!

The SRP this year is all about being active and healthy.  With this mind, the library board has decided to limit the computer time for our patrons aged 15 and under to 30 minutes a day.   Children are always welcome at the library.  We really enjoy getting to spend the time with them during the summer, but too much screen time isn’t healthy for them.  Summer should be a time for play and running around outside.  We would like to do our part by setting a limit for them.   Another issue with children was discussed at the board meeting.  We worry about children at the library during severe weather.  The library building is not a storm shelter and would not be a safe place in case of a tornado.  The board decided that in the event of a tornado warning, parents of children at the library will be called to be pick up the children as quickly as possible.  We don’t want to send kids out into a storm to walk home on their own, and we can’t transport everyone to the nearest storm shelter.  So Parents, please be aware that your children may need to be picked up from the library when the weather is threatening.

We are going to be a busy place this summer!  We are pleased to announce that we are bringing back the Friday Night Movies at the library!  On the second and fourth Fridays of June, July and August, we will showing a family-friendly movie outside at the library as soon as dark falls. We have a license to show movies to audiences, but we can’t advertise the name of the movie, so if you want to know what will be showing, just call the library.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and watch a fun movie under the stars.  Everyone is welcome.  Any groups interested in providing concessions please contact the library.   Youth groups, 4-H, and community organizations, this is a chance for you to raise some money for your programs.


April 2016 Library Newsletter


We would like to thank everyone who came in during National Library Week last week and participated in our Patron Appreciation Celebration.  We had a good time with the games and the goodies.  Congratulations to our winner of the drawing for the outdoor blanket – Ethan Umbarger!  We hope he uses it often this summer to watch our outdoor movies.

Speaking of summer, the Summer Reading Program will start next month on May 18th.  Any and all children and adults are invited to participate in the program.  We will starting an adult program this year that should be fun for everyone.  This year’s theme is READY, SET, READ!  We will explore the world of sports in many different ways.

We have cleared space on the large bulletin board on the East wall of the library for locals to post information on items for sale and for services that are provided.  There is also space for educational opportunities available for citizens of Thayer.  Pittsburg State University (PSU) hosts numerous workshops and seminars for small business owners.  Many of these are free or at a very low cost.  If you are a small business owner, you should come in and check out what they are offering.

We have a few new books this month.  Danielle Steele has a new book entitiled Property of a Noblewoman, and Harlan Coben’s new book is Fool Me Once.  For children we have a new llama llama book, Llama Llama Mad at Mama by author Anna Dewdney.  Our new DVD’s include Ted, Ted 2, and Mockingjay Part 2.


March Newsletter

April 10-15 is National Library Week. We are going to celebrate with a whole week of patron appreciation! We will have refreshments, puzzles, games, drawings, and prizes for patrons of all ages. To top it off, we will have our first outdoor movie night Friday, April15th at dark. Bring your lawn chair, and maybe a blanket, and join us for a family-friendly movie under the stars. If you are not a patron yet, come see us and check out all we have to offer. We have so much more than just books. We have computers, wii u game system, DVD’s, magazines, music CD’s, audio books, rotation books, a children’s play area, toys, learning kits, fax machine, copier/printer, laminator, shredder, and free wi-fi. During the week, Monday through Friday we also have free notary public service.

Of course, we are a library so we do have books. Recently we bought 25 large print romance books by various authors. Our new releases include; Clawback by J.A. Jance, Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver, Off the Grid by C.J. Box, Tricky Twenty-two by Janet Evanovich, The Gangster by Clive Cussler, Find Her by Lisa Gardner, and House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke. Our new DVD’s are; Bone Tomahawk, Downton Abbey season 6, The Walk, The Intern, Bridge of Spies, Spectre, Goosebumps, Everest, Woodlawn, and Do You Believe. Because of the terrific turnout and tremendous support for our chocolate treat sale last month, we could order over $300.00 of quality children’s book for our younger patrons. We thank everyone who participated.