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Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library

a service of the State Library of Kansas

State Library Resources


Get Your Summer Reading T-Shirt, order now through Mon. Apr. 6th!!

Every-Hero-Has-Story-platypus tshirt SR Escape Ordinary adult shirt art SR Escape Ordinary teen  shirt art

Every Hero Has a Story:  Children’s design comes in children size sm, med, lrg, XL = $10 and Adult sm, med, lrg, XL = $10  Adult XXL, XXXL for $12.


Escape the Ordinary: Adult design,  same sizes and prices except NO XXXL for adult.

Unmask: Teen design, same sizes and prices except NO XXXL for adult.

Orders accepted til Monday April 6th, so hurry and call 242-3080 now!

Chasing Weather program coming this Spring

You won’t want to miss this, Chasing Weather, Tornadoes, Tempests, Thunderous Skies in word and image  by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Stephen Locke.

Poetry and gorgeous photography combined into a dynamic program in which the author and photographer will take you to a whole new experience.

Thursday, April 30th 6:30 – 8pm

Respect the Storm of the Storm Caryn Mirriam Goldberg Stephen Locke

Lego Competition

lego competition

Click the link:  lego contest rules pdf  to see out Rules for the New LEGO Competition, Sat. Feb. 14th 10-11:30 am.

Ages 3 – Adult!  Bring your own LEGO’s. You will have one hour to build your design, creations will be judged on originality and creativity.

Blind Date with a Book

These books are single and ready to mingle.            Take a chance, spice up your reading life.

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Check out a book from the display, read it, rate it. On your next visit, put your rating in our jar once you have read the book. You may enter only twice, we will draw from rate cards on Feb. 28, you may win a date-night prize.

You may find yourself turned on to a whole new genre!  These books are not all Romance, they are from many different genres, take a chance on something new today!

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language classes will be offered for 9 weeks here at Ottawa Library, free of charge.

The classes will be taught in conjunction with Ottawa University. They will start Feb. 16th.

ESL logo      If you are interested please call 785-242-3080, we are registering for the classes now.

If you know someone who may be interested tell them to call or stop in the library to sign up for classes.

Need help enrolling in Health Insurance?

Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act or the Health Insurance Marketplace?  Are you confused by the online website?

There are two Certified Marketplace Navigators located in Franklin County can assist you:

Jayne Turner, Elizabeth Layton Center, 204 E 15th St., 242-3780

Leslea Rockers, East Central Kansas Aging and Disability, 117 S Main, 242-7200

– there is no charge for services

Closed for New Year Holiday

The Library will close early on Wednesday Dec. 31st at 1 pm and will be closed Thursday on New Year’s Day. We will reopen on Friday at 9am.  Have a happy and safe New Year!happy new year

Closed for Christmas Holiday

xmas treeThe Library will be closed Wed. Dec. 24th, Thur. 25th and Fri. 26th for the Christmas Holiday.

We will reopen Sat. Dec. 27th fro 9 – 1pm.

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.

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