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Summer Reading

Online Programs

Summer Reading is going to be different for all of us this year. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will be online. Registration is required through the Library’s online calendar for all Teen and Adult programs.

Fairy Tale
Science Show

July 6th | YouTube Video
Discover the science behind mysterious potions and castle catapults! Exploration Place in Wichita presents this fairy tale science show video for kids to enjoy. Suggested for kids of all ages.

Fairy Tale Science Show Activity Guide

Youtube Video
Unicorn Party
with Ms. Arielle

July 20th | YouTube Video
We’re having a Unicorn Party! Ms. Arielle will read a spectacular story about a unicorn named Kevin. 

YouTube Video
Kids' Pop-Up
Library Book Giveaway

July 25th | 10 AM – 12 PM at the Library
Librarians will be in the Storytime Room to give away free books to kids ages 0-17. Enter the Storytime Room through the gated garden at the main entrance of the library. Kids do not have to be present; parents can pick up books for them. Come anytime between 10:00 and noon. Funded by a KLINK – USD 383 Grant.

Baby & Toddler Storytime
with Ms. Laura and Ms. Jan
Youtube Playlist
PreK Storytime
with Ms. Hannah
Youtube Playlist
K - 3rd Summer Club
Enchanted Adventurers
with Ms. Arielle
Youtube Playlist
4th - 6th Summer Club
Questing Beasts
with Ms. Rachel
Youtube Playlist
Book Giveaways

Teen Pop-Up Library Book Giveaways
2:00-4:00, July 11 for 6th-8th Gr.
2:00-4:00, July 18 for 9th-12th Gr.

We will have a table outside the library entrance on Poyntz Ave. Come by anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. to get a bundle of books for free! Each bundle will include both fiction and nonfiction. Funded by a KLINK – USD 383 Grant.

Some titles for 6th-8th include: “City of Islands” by Kali Wallace, “Well, That was Awkward” by Rachel Vail, “Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor” by Temple Grandin, “Proud: Living My American Dream (Young Readers Edition)” by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Some titles for 9th-12th include: “The Weight of Our Sky” by Hanna Alkaf, “How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation” edited by Maureen Johnson, “Beasts Made of Night” by Tochi Onyebuchi, “Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning” by Leslie Jr. Odom.

Book Chat Online with Jan

July 9th | 7 PM on Zoom
Join us as we share “our favorite books!” This will be a fun and light discussion of what you’re reading now, a book you loved or what you want to read next. Looking for great recommendations but don’t have anything to share? That’s fine, you can still join the fun! Everyone will be given the option of whether they would like to share, or just listen in. Registration is required for this event through the Library’s online calendar.

Register | July 9th Event
Humanities Kansas TALK Series

Prodigal Summer
July 30th | 2 PM on Zoom

Join us for a lively book discussion from the “Living with the Land” Humanities Kansas TALK series, led by Margy Stewart, a retired English professor at Washburn University and co-founder of the Prairie Heritage Institute. This event will take place via Zoom. Books are available free on Hoopla and Sunflower elibrary, and several paperback copies are available through the reference department. Contact jjohnson@mhklibrary.org to arrange to pick up a copy of the paperback. 

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (2000) focuses on three sets of intertwined lives. Forest ranger Deanna Wolfe tries to protect coyotes from a Wyoming rancher. City-girl Lusa Landowski must decide whether to take up her dead husband’s farm despite the in-law’s disapproval. Long-time neighbors feud about changes and choices in the modern world. 

Register | July 30th Event

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