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Kansas, as big as you think!  This state has everything.  We have beaches.  We have mountains.  We have canyons.  We have deserts.  We have prairies.  We have rolling hills.  We have all four seasons.
     If you’ve never see the “real” aforementioned sites, then these comparable spots in Kansas will suffice.  Which brings a story to mind of my son.
     My uncle had taken his Kansas City family with spouses and grandchildren to Florida’s Disney World.  Being the photographer that he was, Uncle Chuck showed slide after slide of their adventure.  One picture of a family favorite was the Dumbo “octopus” type ride.  Out of the mouths of babes came the comment from my young son of “we rode that”!  We failed to mention to my uncle’s family that it was a similar ride at the Days of ’49 in Hanover, KANSAS on a much smaller carnival type scale.  Beauty and greatness is in the eyes of the beholder.
     Kansas has the beaches of Milford and Tuttle Creek lakes, Mount Sunflower near Coffeyville, canyons just north of St. Francis called the Arikaree Breaks, the desert/sand dunes of Syracuse, the Tallgrass Prairie north of Strong City, the Flint Hills in Eastern Kansas running from the Nebraska border North to Oklahoma South, and all four seasons.  Will Rogers, Oklahoma born actor, cowboy, newspaper columnist once said, “If you don’t like the weather here, wait a minute and it’ll change.”  Kansas has it all.
     Kansas will be celebrating its 156th birthday as a state on January 29.  The library has many books on our state available, fictional or not, and written by Kansas authors on the glass display case.  Come and literally, check them out.
     What about The Wizard of Oz?  It’s a Kansas based favorite.  Maybe a Saturday morning the 28th library matinee for all ages.  I’m thinking out loud here.  No, it won’t be in a real theater, but the Day’s of ’49 is not Disney World either!
     Some have questioned if Dorothy was a good actress.  Yes, she was.  She brought the house down!
Happy Kansas Day Reading!

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Every last Wednesday in July, for as long as I’ve been on this earth, we head  to Flush, KS St. Joseph Catholic Church for the Annual Flush Picnic and Bazaar.  We get there, take a glance at the line for the fried chicken dinner, and go to the basement of the historic Pearl of the Prairie church.  There we see the raffle quilts (which we were lucky enough to win 2 of them in the last 5 years) and look at other hand crafted items made by talented members of that church community.
     After making our purchases, we stand in line making conversation with the friendliest of people.  As we near the hall entrance, musicians fill the air with requested songs or their specialty of music. (That was a nice touch added a few years ago.)  We sit and eat “family style” as dinner rolls, coleslaw, fresh tomatoes, relishes, and cottage cheese line the tables.  There we converse with still more of the friendliest people.
     After eating, we head out to he grounds where the men in my family try to win much needed (I say sarcastically) caps with Wamego, Manhattan, and Westmoreland business owner logos on them.
     We girls head to Bingo. We circle the stand housing future prizes we hope to be fortuitous enough to win and take our seat on the lucky side of the stand. We make our card selections.  Any card with a number 60 in the O column has been good to me.
     Bingo.  What a fun game of chance.  The first Bingo was played in Italy in 1530.  In the 19th century, a Bingo-like game was played in Germany to teach children spelling and their multiplication tables.  In the 1920’s modern American Bingo was developed.  The rest, they say, is history.  The value of prizes mean little to players, only the thrill of the numbers being called one by deliberate one.
     This past week, with a forecasted ice storm looming, more than a few people have come into the library saying they are in a reading rut.  BINGO could be their answer!  Twenty-four different book ideas are given on the card to lure them out of their reading comfort zone with a prize awaiting after each BINGO.  It’s a win-win!
     Some have taken the dot-to-dot, color mosaic, color by number, and country color sheet challenge already.  After the ice thaws….come on in and “check it out” as we say in the library business.
Knock, Knock.
Who’s there?
Bingo.
Bingo who?
“Bingo”ing to visit the library anytime soon?
Happy “Get Out of the Rut” Reading!

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The drama of the holidays are over and hope you are looking forward to the next chapter of 2017.  Most that have come into the library after their season’s festivities say they had a good time, but quietly add they are “glad it’s over”.
     Drama.  It’s what makes books and life interesting.  It’s the anticipation of the arrival of the holidays and family get-togethers that are wonderful.  Then the cousins start to squabble, the sister-in-laws make remarks, the uncles get a bit overzealous, the grandparents repeating stories of when they were kids, the moms and dads weary looks, all make for great holiday stories.  Most having happy endings, a few not, and others leave the family talking for months after.  And after all that, it’s hard to say goodbye.
     Books.  What makes great stories are ones that you are eager to start and they begin rather calm.  They quickly escalate into some sort of conflict and end happily….or not, and hopefully leave you talking about them for a  while after.  Here, too, it’s hard to say goodbye and place it back on the shelf.
     Three tubs of new books have come into the library, each with different tales to enjoy.  Most are being put on a lighted display on the glass case.  Some are being kept back for “a special reason and another season”.  Once again, it’s hard to put the “older-new” books back in the stacks after they have graced our shelves all of these months.
    I hope that a resolution of yours is to read more in the new year.  In that case, you may want to play a little library Bingo for reading ideas.  Prizes? Well, of course!
     Just a thought for the first library article of the new year.  An optimist stayed up until midnight to see the new year in.  The pessimist stayed up to make sure the old year left.
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May all your troubles last as long as your New Years Resolutions.
Happy New Year Reading!

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Dear Waterville family,
     I hope this Christmas letter finds you happy and healthy.
     2016 has been good to the Waterville Library.  This year seems a blur before June 8, but after that the “happenings in the library” are very clear.
     The library got a new librarian in June and she seems to be working out just fine.  She enjoys the 300 plus patrons that visit each month in the 20 or so days that it is open. Forrest Gump once said, “The ‘ library’ is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re going to get.”
     The library started new hours in July.  They seem to be working for most patrons.  Weekly articles were started in the Telegraph, regular posts on Facebook, and articles on the Library website tell of the “happenings in the library”.  The new lingo is difficult, but work will continue on social media skills.
     School began in August and the few students that were “regulars” are now seldom seen.  About 68% of the 300 plus visitors to the library each month are adults.
     September brought the library into more of a school routine.  Children in school….adults to the library.  An apple craft table was a big hit.
     In October, 28 little goblins came to the library on Halloween.  The library was not open on that spooky Monday, but Trick or Treaters seemed to smell the crafted ghostly treats that were being handed out.
     November focused mostly on Veteran’s Day for reading picks, although turkeys were made at the craft table with thankful notes written on each.
     It was “beginning to look a lot like Christmas” when the new books that were ordered arrived. Forty holiday titles are available, not to mention holiday magazines and movies.
     The library is looking forward to a wonderful 2017 and hopes that a good healthy dose of reading each day will be one of the resolutions for Waterville citizens.
     My goal for 2017 is to accomplish the goals of 2016 which I should have done in 2015 because I promised them in 2014 and planned them in 2013.
                                                             Season’s Readings
                                                             The Waterville Public Library

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Our first Christmas card came the other day.  Simple. A family picture. It was great to see my husband’s uncle, aunt, and cousins.  That single card showed us that they cared and we were though about.  Better than even a family picture, is a card sent with a short hand written message.  My buddy from college is like that.  I don’t hear from her all year and Viola, sometime soon, her card will arrive with a short note about their year and good wishes for us in the coming year.  Yes, and there is a small part of me that like to receive those typed, mass produced letters that tell ALL about the family, and how wonderful the kids are doing, and the exotic trips they’ve taken and so on, and so on.  Here again, at least they thought about us to send a card and we get to be a part of that friend or relative’s lives for a few minutes.
     The written word.  I’ve always believed it can be so much more powerful than the spoken one.  You can hang on to it, keep it, and relive its message every time you read it.
     We read some of those same Christmas stories every year.  They’ve made movies out of most, but reading the book conjures up more beautiful pictures in your mind than any movie can present to you.
     I’ve pulled out all of the Christmas books and movies that we have.  Many I see are no longer on the shelf.  I’d like to think it was such a good book that “they” couldn’t bear to part with it.  Consider bringing them back for others to enjoy…please.
     Consider, also, starting a new tradition of reading a Christmas book or two to your whole family…..not just the children.  We have many that would make excellent choices.
     Speaking of writing letters, notes, and Christmas cards…..
What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?  The Christmas alphabet has no EL!
And remember throughout this hectic Christmas season that STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards.  Now that’s FOOD for thought. Enjoy!
Season’s Readings!

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Now that we’ve had our fill of turkey and all the fixin’s, how about an overload of books?  In the past couple of weeks about 6 boxes of books have been donated to the library.  Many will be placed on the library shelves and many on the Friends of the Library “for sale” shelves.  Christmas is coming and for 25 cents a book or 5 books for a dollar, you can’t beat it as gifts for the readers in your family!
     Speaking of books as gifts, for the past two years, my family has been doing the “something I want, something I need, something to wear, something to read” list.  This has narrowed down the list and helped them focus on the differences between the wants and needs at Christmas.  It also has given them the opportunity to ask for “something to read” without looking like a book nerd or being “uncool”.  (Guess where they are getting their “something to read” gifts from!)
     The library will also be changing the Veteran book display to a Christmas book and movie display of the books available here in this library.  Please feel free to check them out……literally!  These books and movies are not only for looks on the glass case.  So far, 28 Christmas titles are right here in this library for adult readers and more than 10 for the younger set. I repeat…so far. Please check them out!  They are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
     By the way, after you have done your Christmas “chopping”, please refrain from eating the tree decorations.  You could get tinsel-itis!
Happy pre-Christmas Reading!

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The library hours are Tuesday 10-1, 2-6, Wednesday 1-6, Thursday 5-8, Friday 1-6, Saturday 9-1, closed Sunday and Monday. (See how those hours got slipped in there again?)
     Being closed on Monday and open late on Thursday allows me to substitute in the nearby schools.  I always start my substituting day by asking a “nosy” question of the class.  I made a silly mistake of asking a 6th grade class about the recent Presidential candidates. I did get their opinions!
     To calm things back down, I then asked them about favorite times and places to read.  Out of the 13 sixth graders, most preferred afternoon to evening reading times with one not having a preference at all, and the other, ONLY during school.
     The places they chose to read varied a lot from reading in bed, to Alcove Spring, on the trampoline, just out of the shower, their room or a quiet room, on a back-road after a bike ride, in a rocking chair, only in school, or Florida. Interesting.
     I recently attended a library workshop in Manhattan and found THERE ARE NO EXCUSES for not reading, except for the one 6th grader that said she “just don’t like to read”. I told her, “It will come.”
     Along with this library’s huge selection of Large Print books, which makes the stress on the eyes less for younger and old alike, we have a nice selection of Audio Books and many more titles available through ILL (InterLibrary Loan) for your listening pleasure.
     I also learned about the Talking Books Library Services available through the State Library of Kansas.  Through this service thousands of titles are possible or can be requested to listen to.  Braille editions are also attainable.  Check out kslib.info/talking or KTB@ks.gov..
     Don’t let eyesight, hearing, or any other physical impairments keep you from enjoying the world through books.
     A man named Kyle Lippert was quoted as saying, “Sure reading a book under a tree is peaceful, but imagine how stressful it is for the tree to see a bunch of its dead friends in your hand!”
 Happy Reading!

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Where does the time go? Some things you don’t mind the quick hands of the clock – elections, dentist visits, harvest time.  Dismantling the “book ghost” window display for a “book turkey”?  Too fast!
     Late summer Halloween exhibits went up in local stores ridiculously early.  Halloween, now, has come and gone and before it left, those displays were pushed aside for the Christmas array.  There is a hint of Thanksgiving mixed in the tinsel and lights, but very little.
     And what about Veterans Day, November 11? The glass library case is dedicated to our veterans with books and a few movies pulled from our shelves for the military display.
     Where does the time go?  By the time you read this, we will have gained one hour of sleep, but also, one hour of darkness coming quickly after getting home from school or work.  We will have elected a new President. No comment. And your 2 week book  or  1 week movie loan will have passed with a 10 cent per day fine attached.
     There are no patron book reviews due to the lack of time between reading their selection, writing their review, and returning the written review back to the library.
     I, personally, have no reviews to fill that space, but the veteran genre of books available from this library are aplenty.  Author Brad Taylor has written Ghosts of War and The Forgotten Soldier.  Laura Kaye has steamy, purely fictional books.  Other intriguing titles include, War Hawk, Trust No One, or Among Heroes.  More sentimental titles?  How about Home to Seaview Key, Hearts Made Whole, The Pieces We Keep, or Everyone Brave is Forgiven.
     Come on in!  You have time before the “book turkey” becomes a Christmas……..
     Last time I got caught stealing a calendar, I got 12 months!
     And,
     Take time to relax, especially when you don’t have time for it!
Happy Reading!

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I was wondering the other day, as I was putting some of the new “older” books on the shelves, if a person’s reading tastes change very much as they go through life.  I think I already know the logical answer, but would like to hear from you, as readers out there.
     My tastes have been forcefully changed over the years. Mother Goose and all of the Little Golden Books were favorite reads with my Grandma Nanny when I was very young.  Flush Grade School introduced me to Tip and Mitten, Jack and Janet, and my first hard cover basal reader with stories like “The Lost Kitten” and “The Little Calf Who Cried”.
     Westmoreland High School reading is all a blur except for the “short stories” that were strongly suggested we read and I grew to appreciate.
     Cloud County Community College and Kansas State University required that we read the assigned course reading – ho, hum.
     Then came my chance to read and have my students read stories that were fun, whimsical, and used such descriptive language that you didn’t need pictures.  For 32 years, these picture books, juvenile fiction, and young adult fiction books have been a big part of my life and I have loved every one of them to read aloud or have as class discussion.
     I told the library board that my reading tastes have to grow up to fit my job here…nah.  Everyone that comes into this library has their “go to” section or author that they enjoy, are happy and comfortable with. Don’t I get that same choice?
     I don’t know how this idea with go over, like some of my other well intended ideas go, but I would really like patrons young and old to write a mini book review of their book to be put into the Telegraph.  I’ll have the paper format here.
    Remember the Halloween party at the library on Saturday the 29th from 11-12 for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.
     Also, if you are in the neigh-BOO-hood of the library on Halloween, stop by and get a ghost that was made by our library patrons.
     Fun Fact:  Do you know the library is the tallest building in Waterville?  It has the most stories!
Happy Ghastly Reading!

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I’ve said it before, since writing these articles for the library, and I’ll say it again.  I am so proud of readers! But let us focus on our male readers this week.  This library has a few brave men that walk through those library doors and exit with chosen reading materials.  Others send wives or significant others to do the choosing-no matter.
     It was “worth a Google” to find the following fun facts about our male bookworms out there, but females and everyone of all ages take heed.
     These facts are in no particular order of importance, but as interest grew reading each fact, they were jotted down.
     Fact 1 – The more he reads, the more he listens. (Wouldn’t we like to see that developed in everyone!)
     Fact 2 – He finds out that the book is always better than the movie. Duh! (Remind me to get out the book/movie combos and we’ll see.)
     Fact 3 – Male readers are adventurers.  All of his senses are heightened when engrossed in a book.  Reading uses the same regions of the brain as when people  use their senses on an actual adventure.  A patron came in after reading a book to the end and said, “I just didn’t like how that book made me feel.”
     Fact 4 – Gift giving for the male reader is a lot easier. Buy him a book!
     Fact 5 – Studies have shown that reading or staying mentally stimulated can slow or even prevent Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  It improves the memory and who wants to lose those precious thoughts.
     Fact 6 – Reading can reduce his stresses and provide an inner peace.  We lead such busy lives – Keep Calm and Read On.
     Fact 7 – He develops knowledge and his vocabulary expands. (Chatting with those “higher-ups” becomes a self-esteem booster.)
     Fact 8 – He can develop writing skills. (What woman wouldn’t love to get a handwritten love letter from their “well read” significant other?)
     Finally, he realizes it’s free entertainment. Come on in to the library, choose a book, make your own couple’s book club, and talk.
A lady was heard in the library happily saying, “He asked me out in the nonfiction section of the library……..so I know he’ll be true!”
Happy Reading, fellas!