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TEEN “Iron Chef” – April 20th

Teen_Iron_Chef_MugCakes (2)TEENS: Do you have what it takes?

Find out at the Hesston Public Library on Monday, April 20th at 2 PM. (Its free and you don’t have school!)

Whose cake will reign supreme?

*Pre-register at the library! (620-327-4666)
**You must be at least 13 and no more than 17 to play!

Guys Read Book Club – Beginning in April

Boys + Books = Amazing ReadersGuys Read book club logo

The Hesston Public Library and Hesston Middle School Library are partnering to begin a new library program called “Guys Read.”

“Guys Read” is a monthly book discussion group open to guys in grades 5-8 and young professionals. The program is developed to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers by helping them find books they want to read and introducing the participants to male reading role models from around the community.

  • “Guys Read” book discussions will be held on the last Monday each month from 7:00-8:00 in the Community Room at Hesston Public Library.
  • The program is free and open to boys in grades 5-8.
  •  The first two discussion titles will be Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson in April and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card in May.
  • The June read is My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

The Hesston Public Library received a $250 grant from the State Library of Kansas to purchase book club kits for the program which includes multiple copies of titles selected to appeal to guys, discussion guides for leaders/mentors and other book-related material.

For more information, or if you are interested in becoming and leader/mentor contact Emily  at the Hesston Public Library, 620-327-4666 or email hplnotifications@gmail.com.

 

Walk the Tornado Trail

trail logo pic25 Years  – Beyond the Rubble

Walk through the Hesston neighborhoods in the path of the March 13, 1990 tornado by following the orange flags. The trailheads are located at Mennonite Brethren Church (610 West Randall Street) and Central National Bank (711 E Lincoln Blvd).

Tornado Trail Map FINAL 2015

Please Use Caution when crossing Old 81, the Railroad Tracks, Main Street and Ridge Road.

Path will be marked throughout March 2015.

Tornado Anniversary Events

tornado week poster no bottom (2)For the 25 years since the storms of March 13, 1990, the Hesston community has rebuilt, grown and thrived. As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Community Foundation, the Hesston Public Library, Hesston College and the Hesston Record, with additional support from Hesston Mennonite Church and USD 460 have coordinated several public events:

  1. Walk the Path: March 7 – 22
    Retrace the path of the March 13, 1990 tornado by following the orange flags placed in the community by the Hesston College Disaster Management Students. The Path will be marked throughout March.
  2. Share the Memories: Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 PM
    @Hesston Mennonite Church, 309 South Main Street, Hesston
    View the Dean Alison video and hear from various community members who were very involved in the hours immediately following the storm. Light refreshments and time for sharing personal experiences following the presentation.  ALL ARE WELCOME.
  3. Record the Story: March 12 – March 13
    An oral historian will be present at the Hesston Public Library giving the public an opportunity to record their experiences to library’s Special Collections archive. Please schedule your time before arriving by calling 620-327-4666.
  4. Hesston USD 460 Students: Friday, March 13
    Several community members will share their experiences at various times in each of the three school buildings.
  5. Twister Twila & the Rodeo Queen Weds., March 18, 1:00 PM

Join us for a tornado-themed story time at the Hesston Public Library and a special program from Abbey Pomeroy, Hesston’s own Miss Rodeo Kansas 2015.

As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Public Library has digitized the photographs, personal reflections, letters, videos and other documents collected after the storm. The Digitized Special Collections can be viewed at: http://hesston.digitalsckls.info.

Anyone with questions about the 25th Anniversary events is encouraged to contact the library at 620-327-4666 or hesstonpubliclibrary@gmail.com

Digital Special Collections Unveiled

The Hesston Public Library holds several Special Collections and Archives that are unique to Hesston, Ks.  Thanks to generous financial support from the South Central Kansas Library System and the Kansas Humanities Council, the Hesston Public Library has begun digitizing these fragile collections so that they can be more accessible to the public.

Access the Digital Special Collections at: http://hesston.digitalsckls.info/

Picture1March 13, 1990 Tornado Collection
The initial material has been digitized and uploaded to the Special Collections website, however additional material will continue to be added as long as the public is willing to share it with the Library for this purpose.

Future digitization efforts will include:

  • Murray Bandy Archives
  • Hesston Women’s Civic Club Archives
  • Hesston Public Library Archives
  • Yost Archives (limited material)

Tornado Anniversary – Call for Artifacts

On March 13, 1990, Hesston, KS and south-central Kansas were hit by a series of powerful and deadly tornadoes. For the 25 years since that storm, the Hesston community has rebuilt, grown and thrived.

March 13, 1990 - Buller Photo Collection Copyright. These items are made available for educational purposes only. Commercial use is strictly prohibited by law without prior written consent from the copyright holders.  The responsibility for the use of these materials rests exclusively with the user.As part of this important anniversary, the Hesston Public Library, with the assistance from the Kansas Humanities Council and the South Central Kansas Library System,  has digitized the photographs, personal reflections, letters, videos, and other documents collected by the library after the storm.  The digitized collection will be unveiled to the public in March.

CALL FOR ARTIFACTS:

The library has the capacity to add additional digital items to the website, without keeping the physical items.  If you are willing to share your photos or written remembrances, please bring your items (up to 10) to the Hesston Public Library.

Please note that:

  • You will be asked for permission to share a digital version of your item(s) with the public.
  • Your original items will be returned to you.
  • A maximum of 10 photos or written materials per person will be accepted
  • It will be at the Library’s discretion as to what will be digitized and what will not
  • No newspaper or newspaper articles will be accepted.

The Hesston Public Library is also seeking physical items that went through the tornado and have a story to tell.

Need a New Read? Join us this week!

perk picks testEach month the Hesston Public Library host’s the “Perk Picks Book Previews & Reviews” program.

If you want suggestions for new reads in your favorite genre or are looking to discover a hidden gem, then join us each month!

We will chat over refreshments and hope to hear about YOUR favorite reads too!

Every Final Thursday – 7:30 PM

Need Help Enrolling In Health Insurance?

enrollUPDATE: Navigators will be at the Hesston Public Library again on Tuesday, February 3rd from 4-6 PM.

Stop by the Library on Monday, January 12th for assistance from Certified Healthcare Navigators.

Book TALK Series “Food For Thought”

Hungry for a good book? Join the Hesston Public Library for a series of four books that will satisfy your appetite! Each book TALK will be lead by discussion leaders chosen from across Kansas.
TALK Flyer Winter 2015foodforthought

Our feast includes:

Miriam’s Kitchen by Elizabeth Ehrlich (January 22)
Empire Falls by Richard Russo (February 19)
Secrets of the Tsil Cafe by Thomas Fox Averill (March 12)
Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Masumoto (April 9)

Book sets can be picked up at the library’s front desk.

This program is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council.

Upcoming Library Closures

Due to the Holidays and an all-staff training date, the Hesston Public Library will not be Closed christmas treeopen on the following:

Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving)
Friday, November 28
Saturday, November 29

Friday, December 5 (all-staff training)

Wednesday, December 24  – 1/2 day
Thursday, December 25 (Christmas)
Friday, December 26
Saturday, December 27

Wednesday, December 31 – 1/2 day
Thursday, January 1 (New Years Day)

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!