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Learning Express Library

a service of the State Library of Kansas

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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

Labor Day closings

Ottawa Library will be closed Monday Sept. 1st for Labor Day, we will be open Sat. Aug. 30th from 9-1pm.

Friends of the Library Bookstore on 209 E 2nd St. will be closed on Monday Sept. 1st for Labor Day.

Kansas Farm Families : an interactive workshop

wheat thomas hart bentonThis is a hands on,  interactive workshop. Be introduced to life before electricity, automobiles and commercially processed foods. See what farm families in Franklin County did for recreation. A celebration of Ottawa’s 150 years.

Ages 6 and older, children must be accompanied by an adult.  A great program for kids to attend together with parents or grandparents.  Thursday, Sept 4th.  If you are on Facebook click to join our event :  Farm Families Event .   If not, just call us 242-3080 or come in and sign up.

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New items at Ottawa Library: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Food

New Arrivals!  We have a shelf full of new fiction, new non-fiction and books on food and cooking. Check out what’s new.

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Programs for Children will resume August 19th

Our Librarians deserve a break after a fantastic, busy and fun Summer Reading season.  We will resume our children’s programs on Tues. Aug. 19th. We will also resume Adult Pageturners book club in September, no book club discussion for August.  Septembers book will be announced next month.


Summer Reading winding down this week.

Our Summer full of Science and Reading fun in winding down this week, last day to collect prizes for kids is Friday July 25th. The Pool Party, for those that qualify will be Friday night 6:45-8:15 pm .  The Teen Party at Forest Park is 7:30 – 9 pm.  The Adult Summer Reading Party is Thursday July 24 at 6:30 pm.

scientist3powell obs at night fizz rocket4powell obs at night2Please support our Business Members who help make Summer Reading possible:

Porter-Spears and Bundy Insurance, Carstar Ottawa, Gibson Electric, Ottawa Family Physicians, Rex’s Barber and Hair Salon and KOFO 1220 radio.

Meet Authors at Library, Thursday July 17 from 4-7 pm, refreshments, books & conversation

flyover peopleThe oath sagaAuthors from many different genres will be at the Library this Thursday July 17 between hours of  4-7 pm. We offer books, book signings, refreshments and conversation.

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Meet The Cruelheart series author Edward Mayhan, or Final Reflections author, Gary Dunn.  Randy Attwood has several books and many stories  take place right in our local area. Karin Reeve has a new best seller out and she will be showcasing The Oath Saga. Dave Burns will be here and he has some information about the Ottawa Writer’s Guild and classes if you’re interested.  Cheryl Unruh, Claudia Provin, Diana Staresinic-Deane of Shadow on the Hill, and children’s author Beth McCluney, to name a few!





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Mad Scientists and experimenting fun at Library

Kids and Teens Summer reading programs prove to be a hit, visiting scientists, Brown Bag Science, Deconstruction and Rocket Building is just a small sampling of our July calendar.

July 2014 SR Calendar    

Kids July Summer Reading Calendar

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kids and teens Summer Reading Program FUN!!

Just LOOK at all the fun we’re having at the Library this Summer!  Science based programs galore!!   Robotic Legos, Scientist Longbeard, Deconstruction, and for the younger group we’ve added “Music with Meg” storytime.   July 2014 SR Calendar   Kids calendar of programs, some you need to register for in advance.

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