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Learning Express Library

a service of the State Library of Kansas

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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.

New arrivals fiction New arrivals non-fiction New arrivals cook books

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.

Classic Modern Quilts Tammie Schaffer' Final Reflections Dunn Pieces of me Shadow on the hIll cruel heart vol 2 Snicklefritz 2 Snicklefritz1 Author Visit 2014 8 crazy about you

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!





refreshments, books & converation

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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Soda Fountains in Kansas, Tuesday June 10, 7 pm

Learn about “Soda Fountains in Kansas.”  We will meet at the Old Depot Museum at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 10th. Learn about the historical significance and see a real local soda fountain on display at the Old Depot Museum.  All ages, children must be accompanied by adults, refreshments served.  Brought to you by Kansas Humanities and Summer Reading for Adults, Cindy Higgins will be our speaker.


Summer Reading Schedule

ChemistrynobackgroundTheme this year has a Science Flair, for children it’s Fizz, Boom, Read!, for teens it’s Spark a Reaction! and for Adults it’s Literary Elements.

Lots of neat prizes to win, Programs to attend and field trips to partake.Many programs require Registration and some fill up fast.

Adult calendar, Children’s and Teens calendars are listed below:

Adult Summer Reading June calendar

Adult Summer Reading July calendar

Kids Summer Reading Calendar

Kids event information (details about the kids events)

July 2014 SR Calendar

Kids July Summer Reading Calendar