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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

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

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

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.

image: Wheat, by Thomas Hart Benton, 1967

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.