A weekly storytime program called the “Wednesday Morning Storytime” met for the first time on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.  After a couple of weeks, the library found a time scheduling conflict with those who wanted to attend. It was decided to change the meeting time to 10 am to 10:30 am. This program will meet every Wednesday morning, except during the weeks of the summer reading program. Sue Bartley, Library Assistant, is in charge of the program.  She will be reading a couple of books to the kids, and leading them in singing a song or two.  The kids will be doing a simple craft that they can take home. Children will be encouraged to check out a couple of books at the end of each storytime session. Children should be registered & accompanied by an adult during storytime at the Library.  Please make sure your child has a library card in good standing (meaning no overdue books, or fines). If your child doesn’t already have a library card, we will need a parent’s ID (such as a driver’s license) & proof of address (such as a utility bill) to get that paperwork done. See the Washington Public Library’s Facebook page for pictures taken & a list of actives from previous storytimes. 


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The Library is now participating in a nation-wide program called 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN.  Folders with information about the program, along with reading log sheets will be available when you register your child. The goal is for each child to have 1000 books read to them before starting Kindergarten. For every 100 books reached, the Library will  celebrate the milestone with a picture posted of the child. Small prizes will be given for motivation. When the final goal of 1000 books is reached, we will submit a picture of the child to the newspaper.

You can find out more at www.1000BOOKSBEFOREKINDERGARTEN.org. Come to the library to register your child and pick up your folder with  materials to get you started.

For more information, please contact the Library at 785-325-2114.

LiBeary Tree 2017

Come see what books are on The LiBeary Tree this year! The LiBeary Tree gives everyone an opportunity to donate a new book to the library. Bear-shaped christmas ornaments represent new childrens books that are on the Library’s Christmas wish list for the collection. The donation amount needed for a book varies from $4.00 up to $15.00. Book plates with the donor’s name are placed inside the book, or the donor can remain anonymous. A book can be donated in honor of someone or in memory of an individual. The LiBeary Tree Project will continue for the month of December & part of January. The GFWC Modern Pioneers Study Club are sponsoring the LiBeary Tree. The LiBeary Tree Event started as a literacy project for the club 19 years ago and has become an annual tradition.


The following two books were donated to the Library:
Gravel and Grit; Childhood Memories of Life on a Kansas Farmby Rosemary Dahlberg.
Book Summary: Author Rosemary Dahlberg, daughter of Carl & Clara Dague, takes a look back to the Kansas farm located in the Ash Creek Community of Washington County where she grew up in the 1930s and 1940s. She shares her memories of how she met life’s issues head on. Life lessons involving her beloved dogs, her classmates, and her neighbors are experienced & lessons learned, sometimes the hard way. World War II, a tornado, and family loss all bring changes to Rosemary and her family.
(This book was donated in honor of all residents of the Ash Creek Community, both past and present, by Janet (Rowland) Keller.)
“Hometown Memories: Drive-In Movies and General Stores”
Book Summary: A collection of memories of “the good old days” of rural Kansas residents. The front cover of the book lists that the book contains tales from Northeastern Kansas. However several contributors have ties to Washington County, KS. Here are a few current & former residents that have shared their stories: Dennis Brungardt, Jerry Brungardt, Sandra Brungardt, Mary Finlayson, Dale Keesecker, Diane Miller, James (aka Jim) Smart, and Dan Thalmann.
(This book was donated by: Dennis Brungardt, formerly of Washington, KS.)
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