Adult Programs

Adult programs are offered throughout the year, including programs sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and special Christmas craft programs. Ask at the library, or check our calendar of events for upcoming events.


Coming Soon! Seed Library

We are in the process of starting our own seed library! Patrons can pick up free packets of seeds and start their own vegetable and flower gardens. The Seed Library will be located downstairs in the corner of the adult library lobby. 

Book Clubs

The library hosts two book clubs.

Silent Book Club

Always wanted to be part of a book club but dread actually TALKING about and DISCUSSING your book? No worries! This club is for YOU!

Every 3rd Monday, bring whatever book you happen to be reading, sit in our cozy chairs, drink some of our tea/coffee/cocoa and eat some of our snacks — and read your book in cozy companionship!

Feel free to come early! Come and go as you like.

We’re officially a chapter! Find out more about other Silent Book Clubs here.


Select It Yourself Book Club

Ever been part of a book club where you wished you got to pick the book to talk about? Try our Select It Yourself Book Club! Every month, members choose their own book to read based on the month’s topic. From reading classic genres like historical fiction and mystery to reading about specific topics, like women’s history or specific decades, we read just about anything on just about any topic! The best part is you get to choose your own book to read and tell the club about it!

Select It Yourself Book Club meets downstairs in the adult reading area every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Find out monthly topics on our calendar and Facebook pages.

Monthly Adult Programs

Monthly Adult Crafts

Every month, we host an adult crafts. From card making to bath bombs, painting classes and more, we have a craft class for every adult and every skill level!

Sign up may be required. Check out our calendar and Facebook pages for more information on upcoming crafts.

Special Programs

Throughout the year, the Chanute Public Library partners with community organizations like the Southwind Extension Office or Humanities Kansas to provide programs of special interest to adults.

Check out our calendar and Facebook pages for more information on upcoming events.

Community Puzzle & Puzzle Exchange

Community Puzzle

Help us with our community puzzle! Located downstairs by the adult circulation desk, patrons of all ages can help put together our community jigsaw puzzle. We switch out the puzzle whenever one is completed, so be sure to visit often and see what puzzle is next!


Puzzle Exchange

Tired of your jigsaw puzzles at home? Swap out your old puzzle for a new-to-you puzzle at the library! Don’t have a puzzle to swap out? No problem! Take a puzzle and swap it out with another one when you’re finished!

The Puzzled Exchange is located in the window of the adult nonfiction section by the large print shelves. 

Reference and Genealogy Services

Staff is available to help you answer your questions or assist you in finding information for research. We also provide access to several research databases.


History Room

Our history room is located in the upstairs children’s department and open during regular business hours.

Room includes the following research items:

  • Chanute Newspaper on microfilm beginning in 1871
  • Index to Obituaries
  • School District Yearbooks
  • Directory of Neosho County Cemeteries
  • Civil War Information
  • Marriages 1864-1948
  • Probate Records
  • Variety of photos relevant to the region
  • Vertical File of general information on the area
  • Statewide contact information for various documentation

Printing from the microfilm machines is available and cost $0.25 after the first three copies. For specific History Room questions or research inquiries, fill out our form here. Please be specific as possible, including name(s) and specific dates (or using month and year if exact date is unknown).


Online Databases

Expand your learning and career options by exploring provided by the Kansas State Library. Users may need to get a Kansas State Library eCard first before accessing databases. Ask your local librarian how to apply for an eCard.