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Learning Express Library

a service of the State Library of Kansas

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Library Wish List is Here! Your donation is tax deductible!

Here are some of the items on Ottawa Library’s Wish List, donations to the wish list help us purchase things that budget can’t always cover.

Go here to purchase online and have items mailed directly to the Library:  http://www.wishlistr.com/ottawakslibrary

Stop in the Library to see our adorable Wishing Well and look at a catalog of items we wish for.

You can even make a donation toward items or departments.

Wish List Logo for website magna tiles orange fatboy chair bulletin board display shelving tambourines eggspert buzzers duplo lego boards blacktablecloth Lenovo computers

Lego Robotics proves to be a popular program

Robotic Legos are really neat, the program is very popular.  Look for more programs like this one this winter.

robotic legos 1 robotic legos 2

New tables and Chairs donated to Children’s Activity Room

These colorful new tables and chairs were donated to the Children’s department from the Friends of Ottawa Library and these donors: John Clark memorial, Jean Warren Lindsay and the Mike Webber Family.     They donated 24 chairs and 4 tables and the kids couldn’t be more pleased, (the librarians are pretty pleased as well.)  Thank You!

chairs tables and chairs

Questions about the Affordable Care Act?

Tuesday, Nov. 18th  from 2-6pm we will have representatives to answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act.

There will be 3 seminars, 30 mins. long each:

At 3 pm:  Medicare Updates

4:30 pm: Employer Updates

6 pm: Individual Affordable Care Updates

General Questions and information available, free.

Questions about where to vote, and if you’re registered?

Do you need to know if you are registered to vote in the Nov. 4th election?
vote-buttonDo you need to know the location of where you vote?

Check out this website to get your answers:


or call:   Franklin County Clerk Office:  785- 229-3410

Hoopla is here! Movies, Music, audiobooks ONLINE!

   Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and more 24/7 with you Ottawa Library card.

What’s all the hoopla about? https://www.hoopladigital.com/home

Hoopla logo   If you try it, let us know how you like it:   https://www.facebook.com/ottawalibrary

   hoopla is an innovative new service that is partnering with Ottawa Library to bring you thousands titles for free. There are no costs or hassles. All you need is a library card and a web browser, phone, or tablet. The titles are a supplement to all the great music, movies, TV series and audiobooks you can physically check out. Below is a sample of digital music, audiobooks, TV series,and movies you can get:  

Bastille Blake Shelton Frozen music halloween sounds mama llama Nye science guy orange new blk Stone Wild things

Winter’s Frost, just released, meet the author Wed. Oct. 15 4:30-6pm

Winter’s Frost , volume 2 of The Oath Sage by Karlie Mavre, has just been released. You may meet the author, and get a signed copy of the her books. Stop by between the hours of 4:30 and 6 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 15th.  We will have refreshments, you can talk to the author and find out what inspires her.

The oath sagawinters frost

3 Openings left for English Paper Piecing & Applique class!

If you are interested in learning a portable and relaxing handcraft give us a call at 242-3080. We have 4 nights of class, starting tonight that will teach you English Paper Piecing and Applique. Tonight, Thursday 6-8 pm at Ottawa Library, next 3 Thursday nights in October.   Learn to make a Dresden Plate block that will be useful in many different projects you choose. Templates will be provided.   This class is for Adults.

dresden plate block

Ottawa’s 150 years of History, Susan Geiss Presentation, Wed. Sept. 24th

Local Archivist, Susan Geiss, will present “Ottawa’s 150 Year History”  here at the Library on Wednesday, Sept. 24th. at 6:30 pm.

Susan has collected photographs, memoirs, manuscripts, letters and more and has pieced together a chronicle of the town. Please join us in the Commissioners room on Wednesday the 24th, this is sure to be a program of entertainment and education.  

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This program is brought to us in part by the Kansas Humanities Council.



Chamber Coffee at the Library, introducing Big Brothers Big Sisters partnership

We enjoyed hosting the Chamber Coffee last Friday morning, thanks to all who came out. The Ottawa Library has become an official place for Big Brothers Big Sisters to bring their “Littles” to participate in programs, find a spot to study, use the technology, play games or just hang out.    We are seeking mentors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, if you have an interest in this program please let us know. Chamber coffee 2 Chamber coffee 2014 3 chamber coffee 2014