Library Closings in September

The library will be closed Monday, September 1st, for the Labor Day Holiday.

The library will be closed Saturday, September 13th, for SwanFest.

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September Newsletter will be in boxes by the weekend

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State Librarian Jo Budler visits La Cygne (first time in over 35 years that we’ve had a visit)

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No T-shirt Quilt craft time on Sunday…Aug. 10th

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La Cygne to be part of “Big Read”

Six Kansas communities to read and explore “The Things They Carried” during The Big Read

Big Read

TOPEKA—The Kansas Humanities Council received a grant of $7,200 to host The Big Read in six Kansas communities: Coffeyville, Harper, La Cygne, Lansing, Manhattan, and Wamego. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. The Kansas Humanities Council is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2014 and June 2015.

The Big Read in Coffeyville, Harper, La Cygne, Lansing, Manhattan, and Wamego will focus on “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, a novel in stories about a young platoon in the Vietnam War. The Big Read partner libraries include Coffeyvillle Public Library, Harper Public Library, Lansing Community Library, Library District #2 of Linn County (La Cygne), Manhattan Public Library, and Wamego Public Library.

“From the beginning, KHC saw The Big Read as an opportunity to have a statewide conversation about the important and timely topic of veterans and the aftermath of war,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “We’re so pleased that Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts supported our vision to extend The Big Read to six communities and we look forward to Kansans’ rich and lively humanities discussions using Tim O’Brien’s novel as the common text.
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La Cygne’s Plans for THE BIG READ are developing with more information in the September Newsletter.  We invite everyone who is interested remembering our veterans to join us as we explore the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.  We have several of his books in the library and several years ago Mr. Sims used some of his writings in his Senior English class and several students encouraged me to get books at the public library.  While the story takes place during the Vietnam era, it really relates to the experiences and feelings of any serviceman or woman who has experienced war.

Our kick-off event will be held, September 29th in the Swan Room at 6:30 PM, with a meal and a talk by Dr. Kim Stanley from McPherson College.  She will share some from the book and discuss what the Big Read is and we will hand out books to all who are interested in joining in the program.  You will have approximately 6 weeks to read the book and we will gather on Tuesday evening, Nov. 10th to discuss the book with Virgil Dean as discussion leader.  We will need to have at least one more event during the time and I will include more details in the September newsletter.  The book is made up of several short stories, so you can read sections of it, if the whole book becomes a daunting task.

This project is a joint project between library and museum and I just want to remind you that we have 3 displays honoring our veterans from Civil War, WWI, and Vietnam War at the museum. We’d love to have you visit, Monday (10-4) or Thursday (10-4) at museum.

 

KHC good logo

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Genealogy Group–Wed. 8/6/14 @ 4 PM

Don’t forget if you’re interested in genealogy and especially Ancestry and Family Treemaker 2014 and how they work together, as well as how the DNA program from there works, come to Genealogy Group at 4 PM Wednesday at the library. Larry Mooney will be presenting a program about it in the Swan Room.

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Library Closed July 29th for Summer Reading Party

Anyone who participated in the 2014 Summer Reading Program is invited to join us at the La Cygne pool for our Summer Reading Party.  10:30 to Noon then come down to the shelter house for a picnic.  If you met your goal and haven’t picked up prizes, stop by the library when we’re open and get them.  Thanks to all ….my 35th Summer Reading Program was awesome!

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Program from Young Historians

2014 Young Historians

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Don’t Forget to come see Young Historians

They will be performing at the museum at 5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm on Friday, July 25th.  Space is limited.  Please call the library 913-757-2151 to reserve your spot to see them perform at the museum and bring the artifacts alive.  Just a reminder….the museum is now Air Conditioned, so even though it is going to be HOT outside, it will be nice inside.  We have 18 Young Historians who will be presenting at the 5 PM show, then some have to leave, so there will be 14 at the other shows.  They have worked hard this week learning all about history, so come support them.

14 of the Young Historians sporting their costumes.

14 of the Young Historians sporting their costumes.

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July 21st at Library

NO GENEALOGY CLASS ON MONDAY, JULY 21ST
Mad Science at noon on July 21st
Young Historians 1 to 4:30 PM on July 21st
Program by Ride into History at 6:30 PM (public welcome!)

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