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Title Tuesday- Kansas Notables!

Title Tuesday- Kansas Notables!

15 titles celebrating Kansas or written by Kansans have been selected as this year’s Kansas Notable Books. Thanks to a grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State […]

Brown Enough by Ken Ohm

Brown Enough by Ken Ohm

Brown Enough by Ken Ohm One of the Kansas Notable books of 2019, this book is part historical fiction part memoir. This book is based on the true story of a baseball team in Emporia, Kansas in 1956. The team, Brown bombers was an eleven […]

Posted By John David Anderson

Posted By John David Anderson

This story takes place in Branton Middle School.  Four boys, Frost, Bench, Wolf, and Deedee formed a very special, close friendship, which they called their “ tribe.”  Perceived by some as nerds, they were intensely loyal to each other and were willing to do their own thing without trying to interact the way most of the students engaged with each other.

After several years, a new student, Rose, entered the school and everything changed.  Rose, too, was a real individual and walked to her own drum beat.  Her first day, she sat at the lunch table with the “tribe.”  It became a true test to see who would remain friends.  They wrestled with the fact that not everyone can be friends with everyone, and even best friends don’t always last forever.

To complicate everything, the administration banned cell phones at Branton Middle School.  The “tribe” counteracted with a different way of communication – leaving sticky notes for each other on the lockers.  Before long, the entire student body was leaving notes – some kind and positive, some cruel and hurtful.  A sort of “war” took over.

The story is a good example of how words can either create or destroy.  They can ruin what was felt to be unshakeable friendship.

Happy Reading

Diana

The Pigeon Has to go to School by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Has to go to School by Mo Willems

Pigeon is back and he has to go to school! He does not want to go to school until he sees the bus. Perfect for those returning to school or starting school for the first time. Happy Reading! Betsy

Astronaut Training at the library

Astronaut Training at the library

Please note the location of Astronaut training has changed from Black Kettle Park to the library. We will see you tomorrow at the library at 10 am

StoryWalk Postponed

StoryWalk Postponed

Due to Soggy conditions on the trail the StoryWalk has been postponed to July 29th. Hopefully we will have less puddles and more fun! 📚🚀
8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook and The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers by Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe

8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook and The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers by Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe

After the program last night I was inspired to read a little more about all the fun places I can go with my family in Kansas this summer. These books are a great resource for those who are wanting to road trip across Kansas, whether […]

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

This is one of my favorite books I read last year. The story follows Will, a young man whose bother has just been murdered. Will knows the rules, No Crying, No Snitching, REVENGE. On his way down the elevator to seek his revenge he connects […]

A Million Ways Home by Dianna Doris Winget.

A Million Ways Home by Dianna Doris Winget.

This wonderful book is about twelve-year-old Poppy who has lived with her grandmother and guardian since she was one- year-old.  Their lives take a sudden turn when Poppy’s grandmother suffers a stroke and is hospitalized.  Poppy hates the orphanage where she was placed following the stroke.

Poppy’s plans get foiled when she is the only witness to a crime. The police devise a witness protection plan by placing Poppy in the home of Detective Brannigan’s mom, whom Poppy learns to appreciate.  She also develops a strong attachment for Gunner, a beautiful dog with a precarious future.

The book is full of action and the many plans Poppy has going to bring her life back to the normal she loved.  There is danger, upheaval, great friendship, and lots happening in this story of great friendships between humans, dogs/humans, and just a real great book to read.

-Diana

Summer Reading Registration

Summer Reading Registration

Universe of Stories sign up has begun. Click the link below or come in for registration. Prek-6th- https://forms.gle/fvGMYNkZXGt6h8aJA 7-12th grade- https://forms.gle/wUywuTk6vk9uGoXt6 Adult- https://forms.gle/NXu3eVjp4ZPic5nx9