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Library Events the week of June 26th – July 2nd

Library Events the week of June 26th – July 2nd

Join us for TNT Crafts, adult crafts, a marionette show, the Nutty Professor, and Solar Cooking!

As a reminder, the library will close on Saturday, July 2nd at 1 pm. The library will be closed Monday, July 4th and reopen on Tuesday, July 5th.

  • Monday, June 27th @ 2 pm – TNT Crafts: Join us for our new Tween ‘N’ Teen crafts! We are making sand art jars and decorating different seashells! Ages 10 & up.
  • Monday, June 27th @ 2 pm – Crafts with Kaleigh: Come craft with librarian Kaleigh Wilson! For patrons ages 13 & older. If you have any questions, please call Kara or Kaleigh.
  • Every Tuesday @ 10 am – Story Time: Join us for our outside storytime! Listen to stories about the ocean and the animals that live there, sing songs, and do fingerplays!
  • Tuesday, June 28th @ 2 pm – Rhodes Family Marionette Show: The Rhodes Family is back again to perform a special marionette show, David and Goliath! All ages, located outside the depot. For bad weather, we will move inside to the upstairs children’s department.
  • Wednesday, June 29th @ 10 am – Glenda Bruner, Watercolor Class, 6th-8th grades: Come and learn how to paint with water colors with retired CES art teacher, Glenda Bruner! This session is for tweens entering 6th-8th grades in the fall. Participants must be pre-registered. Registration starts May 31st and ends June 27th.
  • Thursday, June 30th @ 10 am – The Nutty Professor: Come and watch fun science experiments with the Nutty Professor! Located outside behind the depot. In the case of bad weather, we will relocate to Central Park Pavilion.
  • Every Thursday @ 2 pm – Kids Crafts: Come and make cute ocean crafts with us! All ages. Come and go. Leftover craft packets will be available Friday afternoon.
  • Friday, July 1st @ 10 am – *RESCHEDULED* Birds of Prey: Due to a scheduling error, we will now have Birds of Prey on Friday, July 1st at 10 am at Central Park Pavilion. Children will be amazed as they get a close look at these live predators, learn about their importance and why many are endangered.
  • Friday, July 1st @ 2 pm – Solar Cooking: Learn how to make food using the power of the sun! For tweens and teens ages 10 & up. Must be pre-registered. Registration starts May 31st and ends June 30th.
  • Saturday, July 2nd @ 1 pm – Closed for the Fourth of July: The library will close at 1 pm on Saturday, July 2nd for the Fourth of July. The library will reopen Tuesday, July 5th at 9 am.

We’re halfway through summer reading! There’s still time to sign up at the library or online.

To register for July events, sign up at the library or online.

Library Events the week of June 19th – 25th

Library Events the week of June 19th – 25th

Join us for Writing Workshop, Water Wars, and returning performer Brian Wendling the Juggler!

  • Every Tuesday @ 10 am – Story Time: Join us for our outside storytime! Listen to stories about the ocean and the animals that live there, sing songs, and do fingerplays!
  • Tuesday, June 21st @ 2 pm – LEGOs: Come and build with LEGOs to your heart’s content! Ages 7 and up. Located in the upstairs conference room.
  • Tuesday, June 21st @ 5:30 pm – Steven J. Kolbe Writing Workshop: Join author Steven J. Kolbe as he leads a discussion and workshop for any aspiring writers! Steven J. Kolbe is the author of the novel “How Everything Turns Away” and the forthcoming sequel “Rogue the Durum”.
  • Wednesday, June 22nd @ 2 pm – Water Wars: Get ready to be soaked! Play Minute-to-Win-It water games and be soaked by a fire truck! We will have games and activities for children of all ages. Located outside behind Depot.
  • Every Thursday @ 2 pm – Kids Crafts: Come and make cute ocean crafts with us! All ages. Come and go. Leftover craft packets will be available Friday afternoon.
  • Friday, June 24th @ 10 am – Brian Wendling, Juggler: Brian Wendling is back again with another amazing juggling act! Located outside behind the depot. This event will be moved to Central Park Pavilion in the case of bad weather.

It’s not too late to sign up for summer reading! Sign up at the library or online.

To register for June events, sign up at the library or online.

Library Events the week of June 12th-18th

Library Events the week of June 12th-18th

Join us for Birds of Prey, Watercolor class for 3rd-5th graders, Books at the Beach, and Planting Party!

  • Monday, June 13th @ 10 am – Drones: Come for a high-flying experience with drones! Ages 10 and up. Located outside behind the depot. Bad weather will cancel with no reschedule date.
  • Every Tuesday @ 10 am – Story Time: Join us for our outside storytime! Listen to stories about the ocean and the animals that live there, sing songs, and do fingerplays!
  • Tuesday, June 14th @ 2 pm – Birds of Prey: Presented by Pittsburg State University, come see these powerful hunters of the sky! Children will be amazed as they get a close look at these live predators, learn about their importance and why many are endangered.
  • Wednesday, June 15th @ 2 pm – Glenda Bruner, Watercolor Class, 3rd-5th Grades: Come and learn how to paint with water colors with retired CES art teacher, Glenda Bruner! This session is for children entering 3rd-5th grades in the fall. Participants must be pre-registered. Registration starts May 31st and ends June 13th.
  • Thursday, June 16th @ 10 am – Books at the Beach: We’re bringing the beach to the library! Join us for a special beach-theme story time and be sure to wear your best beach outfit!
  • Every Thursday @ 2 pm – Kids Crafts: Come and make cute ocean crafts with us! All ages. Come and go. Leftover craft packets will be available Friday afternoon.
  • Friday, June 17th @ 10 am – Planting Party: Get your green thumb on at our planting party! Children will receive two cups to decorate and choose which seeds to plant and watch grow over the summer. All ages. Located outside behind Depot.

It’s not too late to sign up for summer reading! Sign up at the library or online.

To register for June events, sign up at the library or online.

Library Events the week of June 5th – June 11th

Library Events the week of June 5th – June 11th

We have more fun activities this week, including the Mad Hatter Tea Party, Water Rockets, and Slime Party!

  • Every Tuesday @ 10 am – Story Time: Join us for our outside storytime! Listen to stories about the ocean and the animals that live there, sing songs, and do fingerplays! 
  • Tuesday, June 7th @ 2 pm – Mad Hatter Tea Party: Join us for a fun picnic, themed around Alice in Wonderland! For children ages 3 – 7. Must be pre-registered. Registration starts May 31st and ends June 6th. Located outside behind the depot. Outside in-person programs will be canceled for bad weather and will not have a rescheduled date.
  • Wednesday, June 8th @ 2 pm – Water Rockets: Come and make high-flying water rockets with us! Ages 10 & up. Must be pre-registered. Registration starts May 31st and ends June 7th.
  • Thursday, June 9th @ 10 am – Mad Hatter Tea Party: Join us for a fun picnic, themed around Alice in Wonderland! For children ages 3 – 7. Must be pre-registered. Registration starts May 31st and ends June 7th. Located outside behind the depot. Outside in-person programs will be canceled for bad weather and will not have a rescheduled date.
  • Every Thursday @ 2 pm – Kids Crafts: Come and make cute ocean crafts with us! All ages. Come and go. Leftover craft packets will be available Friday afternoon.
  • Friday, June 10th @ 10 am – Slime Party: Join us for some slimy good fun and make your own colorful slime! Located outside behind the depot. Outside in-person programs will be canceled for bad weather and will not have a reschedule date.

It’s not too late to sign up for summer reading! Sign up at the library or online.

To register for June events, sign up at the library or online.

Library Events the week of May 31st – June 4th

Library Events the week of May 31st – June 4th

Summer reading has started! We have a reading program for everyone, from birth to death! If you missed our kick off day, you can still sign up between now and July 15th. Sign up at the library or online. Here are the events to look forward to this week:

  • Tuesday, May 31st from 9 am – 5pm: Summer reading sign up! Child participants who sign up during the first week will receive a library coloring tote bag and a summer reading button, while supplies last, so don’t delay!
  • Friday, June 3rd @ 10 am – Plant People with Krista Harding: Make plant people with Southwind Extension agent Krista Harding! Children will make seed balls in pantyhose and decorate faces. When the plant grows, the plant person’s hair will grow!

Sign up at the library for June events or sign up online.

Summer Reading Starts Tuesday, May 31st!

Summer Reading Starts Tuesday, May 31st!

Join us for our annual summer reading program, open to readers of all ages! This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. We have planned tons of great children’s, tweens and teens, and adult programs this summer, so be sure to stop by the library to sign up on Tuesday, May 31st! 

Participants who sign up during the first week will receive a library coloring tote bag and a summer reading button, while supplies last, so don’t delay! 

This year, we are once again offering online registration and reading logs through the ReaderZone app. To sign up for ReaderZone, download the app on your phone or tablet device, enter your information and use the code 74940. After that, select the reading program for you or your child and start reading after May 31st. Only books checked out from the Chanute Public Library or our inter-library loan or books on Hoopla count towards the program. 

Registration for June events starts May 31st. Registration for July events starts June 27th. Follow our Facebook for more updates and news about the summer reading program and the library!

April 2022 Events

April 2022 Events

Celebrate National Library Week and join in all the fun things at the library!

Kids & Families

Every year, National Library Week (April 3 – 9) celebrates libraries and their staff with a weeklong celebration. This year’s theme is “Connect with Your Library.” A library can connect its community to a plethora of resources and services. To help celebrate, visit the library and be sure to let staff know how much you appreciate them!

If you are a member of our Litwits Reading Challenge group, our next book is ready to pick up! Uncover the mystery of The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. To find out more about Litwits, check out our page here.

  • Story Time – every Tuesday at 10 am. For children ages 3 & up. Listen to stories, sing songs, and take a craft home every week! Our last story time for the spring is April 26th. We’ll pick up with our weekly story times starting in the summer!
  • Rhyme Time – every Friday at 10 am. For babies toddlers. Listen to stories, sing songs, and play felt boards, finger plays and more! Our last Rhyme Time for the spring is April 28th. We’ll start Rhyme Time again in the fall.
  • National Library Week Party – April 6th at 4 pm. All ages. Show your support of the library and make a button! Limit 1 per person.
  • Kids Crafts – Thursday, April 7th at 4 pm. For all ages. Make Easter crafts and a bird feeder!
  • LEGOs – Thursday, April 14th at 4 pm. For children 7 & up. Build beyond your imagination with our LEGOs!
  • Rubix Cubes – Thursday, April 21st at 4 pm. For children ages 7 & up. Do you have what it takes to solve our Rubix Cubes? Give them a try!
  • Chalk Day – Wednesday, April 27th at 2 pm. For all ages. Decorate our front sidewalk with chalk!
  • Drones – Thursday, April 28th at 4 pm. For children ages 10 & up. Explore the high-flying world of drones.
  • Safari Days – Saturday, April 30th from 10 am – 3 pm. Visit our booth at the Safari Days outdoor market for library goodies and stories!

Teens & Adults

  • Container Gardening with Debbie Fedie – Tuesday, April 5th at 2 pm. Start your own container garden with helpful tips from Debbie Fedie.
  • YA Crafts – Tuesday, April 12th at 4 pm. For tweens and teens ages 12 & up. Paint and dye your own Easter eggs.
  • Crafts with Kaleigh – Wednesday, April 13th from 4 – 5:30 pm. Craft with adult library Kaleigh Wilson.
  • Coffee and Conversation with Kara – Tuesday, April 19th at 10:30 am. Enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with library director Kara Hale.
  • Select It Yourself Book Club – Tuesday, April 19th at 5:30 pm. Participants will pick a book to share with others and discuss different genres every month. This month is biography, so pick your favorite biography or memoir to share with others!
  • Writers’ Group – Thursday, April 21st from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. For teens and adults interested in writing, meet other writers and share your work.

In-person programs and outside events may be cancelled due to high COVID-19 numbers or bad weather. Please keep risks low for our staff and others by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing (6ft apart from others). Masks may be required for indoor programming. Find out more activities or updates on our calendar or check on our Facebook page for more details.

Join LitWits Today!

Join LitWits Today!

Join our new family read-along challenge for 2022, the LitWits! Reading aloud as a family is vital to children’s development of literacy. Children learn new language and communication skills while creating lifelong positive associations with reading when read to by a parent or siblings. We hope to encourage this practice of reading aloud to children while also helping families build their own home libraries.

Here’s how it will work: families will sign up at the Chanute Public Library and receive a free paperback copy once a month. Each month will have varying levels of difficulty – some months might be a chapter book, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while months are picture books, like Snowy Day. Families will take home the book, read aloud to their children, then complete a simple survey and return it to the library before the end of the quarter. At the end of each quarter, each family who read all three books and returned their surveys to the library will earn a small incentive. At the end of the year, families who have finished their books and completed their surveys every quarter will be invited to a large party in January or receive a large grand prize.

Here is a list of books we have read so far:

  • January: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • February: Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • March: Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • April: To be announced!

Rules for Litwits

You must be signed up at the Chanute Public Library to participate in this challenge.

At the beginning of each month families will receive a book. There will be a variety of difficulty. For example, one month might be a chapter book and the next month a picture book. At the end of three months if all three book have been read and all three reviews have been returned each family will receive a prize.  After twelve months every family that has read all twelve books and returned all twelve reviews will get a special prize or celebration.  Each family should receive twelve books to help build their home library.

If you have a daycare facility and would like to participate you are more than welcome to do so. Each care center facility will receive one book for the daycare provider to read to the children and to build the daycare library. If parents want to participate as a family they need to personally come in and sign up their family at the library.

For more information and to sign up, please visit the library or call us at 620-431-3820.

Click here to download our rules.

Click here to download the monthly survey.

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