Starting Monday, March 10th, the north atrium entrance to the library will be closed so that construction crews can work in that area. Please use the southwest entrance by the Tech Center to enter the building. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we grow!
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All of the MLK Art and Writing Contest entries have now been taken down. If your child is in USD383 school district or Manhattan Catholic Schools, we will return your entries to the schools sometime next week. All other entries can be picked up at the Children’s Desk in the Children’s Room through the end of March.
Kids and parents have enjoyed watching diggers and cranes from the perfect viewing point in our storytime room! Visit us on weekdays for more live entertainment for our construction vehicle loving friends!
There will be no storytimes on Tuesday due to a staff training day. Please join us for a storytime later in the week!
Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced today the start of the Kansas Book Festival Writing Contest. The contest begins now and runs through April 30, 2014. Winners will be contacted by July 31 and announced at the 2014 Kansas Book Festival on September 13 at the Kansas State Capitol. The contest is open to students in grades 3-12 in the state of Kansas.
“The writing contest is in its third year and is thriving as we see the talent level of our future Kansas authors continue to grow,” said Mary Brownback. “It is our hope that this writing contest will help spark a love for reading and writing among children across the state and inspire them to use writing as a creative outlet.”
The theme for this year’s contest is “My Journey on the Kansas Plains.” The theme asks students to think back to what life might have been like for their friends and family in the early years of Kansas’ statehood and to write a creative story depicting that life. There will be a first and second place winner in each grade level division, per congressional district. Divisions consist of the following: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12.
For more information about this contest or the Kansas Book Festival, scheduled for September 13, visit http://kansasbookfestival.com/
The warm weather in this week’s forecast means we can continue moving forward with construction. Facing on the north side of the building has been completely removed and the rock is being hauled away. Once the space has been cleared, the crew will start work on the building pad.
On the south side, the window well that used to lead to the basement has been filled in and digging is set to begin this week. Utilities need to be re-routed before concrete can be poured for that new building pad. The crew has to dig down 14 feet, lay new utility lines, disable old lines, and then connect the new ones. Hopefully, utility service will not be interrupted.
Parking is still a bit scarce. It is a good idea to allow extra time if you are attending an event at the library. Thank you for your patience.
There will be no storytimes on Monday, February 17. The library is closed for President’s Day. Please join us for a storytime later in the week!
Schools in USD 383 are out today. Come to the library for a fun, free movie! A crop-dusting plane has dreams of being a high-flying racer. With hours of practice and help from a seasoned aviator, he takes on the defending champ of the race circuit. Rated PG; 91 minutes.
You know you’ve always wanted to! School’s out Thursday so come down to the library to have fun and make up your own amazing board game to take home. Meet in the library auditorium at 2:00, and choose your poster board, game pieces and supplies. Come with friends or siblings and work together to make a masterpiece you can play again and again.
Really love to play games? Stick around for the bi-monthly Chess Club meeting at 3:30 in the library’s auditorium. Members of the K-State Chess Club provide some instruction or pointers, and then kids and teens can try them out using the library’s chess boards. If you don’t feel ready to play, you can always come and watch first. Chess Club is for beginners or more experienced players in 5th-12th grades. Younger players are welcome to attend with a parent if they are interested.
Westward ho! Join us for a pioneer party at 2:00 today. Kids in grade K-6 can learn about life in pioneer times and decide what they would bring in their wagon. Make a pioneer toy to take home, enjoy an old-timey banjo music performance, and snack on gingersnaps and lemonade!