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June 2018   issueIssue 110

Summer Reading Registration Opens 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 29!

Find a complete calendar of events for kids and teens on our website.

New Summer Reading Programs!



New Performer:
Will Parker

Thursday, June 7
Shows at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

A whimsical and interactive musical show for kids age 1-100



Story Time at Rock River Rapids

Saturday, June 9
10:30-11 a.m.

Follow us to Rock River Rapids for a special poolside story time!



New Performer:
Dino O'Dell

Thursday, June 21
Shows at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Sing about monsters under the bed and swim in a peanut butter pond




Toddlers Rock:
Story Time

Fridays at 10 a.m.
for age 2 and under

New for 2018! Toddlers and babies are welcome to this early literacy story time, featuring music and rhythm fun. Each program will last about 20 minutes.




Drawing Workshop
for Kids K-5th Grade

Tuesday, June 26
2-3 p.m.

Kyle Tiernan will lead kids through an exciting drawing workshop by acting out the step-by-step instructions. Kids will imagine picking items up and dropping them into their pictures. Space is limited and registration is required.



The Writer's Playlist Challenge for Teens

May 29-July 20

Join this summer writing challenge and work your favorite songs into your story! Accept the dare to write 5,000 words and finish each challenge to win prizes and make it to the finish line. Finishers will be entered into a drawing to win a ukulele!


"Burst of Color," gouache by Dianne Howard

Gathering Space Gallery:
Wichita Women Artists

Featured works from Wichita Women Artists are on display in the Gathering Space Gallery. This group originated in 1950 at the Wichita School of Fine Arts as the Painting of the Month Club. In 1967, the name changed to Wichita Women Artists. The organization is limited to 40 members. To join, one must be sponsored by an active member, submit a collection of works to be juried, and then voted in by the membership. Please join us at a reception to honor the artists.

Wichita Women Artists art reception, 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, June 14  

We have a podcast!

We are so excited to announce that the library has a new podcast! As you can see from the logo at left, it's called "Novel Ideas: The Library Podcast." You can find it on iTunes, Google Play and at, so you can listen on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Please download the episodes, subscribe, listen, share, rate and review so we can get the podcast out to everyone! Listen here at And if you have a topic you'd like us to feature, let us know!




Love to talk about books? Join one of our book clubs!

We have three active book groups here at the library that are open to everyone. If you love to read and talk about the books you read, pop in to one or more of the book groups! Bemused Bibliophiles meets during the day and reads popular books that have been on the bestseller list. Hauntingly Good Reads meets in the evening and explores all kinds of books that have a supernatural/magical/unexplainable kind of bent—we look far beyond the traditional vampires, ghosts and witches. Joyful Page Turners is the most enduring book club at the library—it's been meeting regularly for 18 years! Books selected for this book club include just about everything: classics, modern bestsellers, non-fiction, and more. Click on the book titles below to see them in the library catalog. Sign in to your library account on the catalog and you can place a title on hold.

  • Bemused Bibliophiles — meets at 1 p.m.  on Wednesday, June 6. The title for June is Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple.
  • Hauntingly Good Reads — meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11. The title for June is Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
  • Joyful Page Turners — Is taking a short break for the summer and won't hold meetings in June or July. Watch this space in the August newsletter for its next meeting date and title!

Book Reviews by Ashley


Daughter of the Pirate King 
by Tricia Levenseller

First line: I hate having to dress like a man.

Summary: Alosa, a 17-year-old pirate captain, allows herself to be captured by a rival pirate ship, which gives her the perfect opportunity to search for the elusive piece of a missing map. However, the handsome first mate, Riden, was not part of her plan.

My thoughts: I REALLY enjoyed this book! It was fast moving and fun. I felt like I was enjoying a female Pirates of the Caribbean. The pirates were tough and mean. Exactly how you would picture them. Alosa is a kick-butt pirate captain. I’d join her crew! This is the perfect swashbuckling summertime read. It is a duology, so there is more action to come in the next story. In addition, I cannot wait to see how things progress between Alosa and Riden. Swoon! ;)

“It should not be this difficult to stay a prisoner on a pirate ship. This is the second time I’ve had to stage my own capture. Ridiculous.”

Ashley's rating:                               Click here to see the title in our catalog: Daughter of the Pirate King
by Tricia Levenseller 


Calypso  by David Sedaris

First line: Though there’s an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age.

Summary: In the newest book by David Sedaris, we get a look into his life in England and at his beach house in North Carolina. He tells stories of his family, partner and the neighborhood fox.

My thoughts: I think this my favorite book by David Sedaris. He made me laugh and think. In this book, he switched from hilarious stories about having a stomach virus on a book tour to the death of his sister. It was fun and heartfelt at the same time. I think we get an even deeper look into his life. He bares his family secrets and his soul. I was heartbroken when reading about the last time he saw his sister, Tiffany. I laughed until I cried when reading about the trash he picks up along the road near his home. It takes a lot of courage to write these things. And David does it so well. I cannot wait to see him at a local book signing. I am going to completely fan girl over him!

Ashley's rating:                         Click here to see the title in our catalog:
Calypso by David Sedaris                     

The Death of Mrs. Westaway 
by Ruth Ware

First line: The magpies are back.

Summary: When Harriet Westaway receives a letter from a lawyer, she is confused by its contents. It informs her that her grandmother has died and that her presence is needed at the reading of the will. Harriet has never met her grandmother. She never even knew she had one. Maybe they got the wrong person. Nevertheless, with a loan shark hounding her for money and bills piling up, she decides to see what is behind the mysterious letter. Upon arriving at Trepassen she meets the rest of her “family.” Can she deceive these people and take their money? Or is there more here than she thought?

My thoughts: This is by far Ruth Ware’s best novel. I liked Harriet. She is a young girl in an impossible situation. She does the best she can to take care of herself in an uncertain world. I really enjoyed the diary entries that give the reader a peek into the past and snippets of facts pertaining to the mystery. In addition, I was truly a little frightened by Mrs. Warren. She was always there with some dark comment or ominous look.

"I didn’t mean you—I just meant—well, look, Mrs. Warren’s always had a touch of the Mrs. Danvers about her."

Ashley's rating:                                                       

Click here to see the title in our catalog: The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

You can register for summer reading in person or online!

When summer reading registration opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, you can either come to the library to register in person, or you can register online and just come to the library to pick up your reading logs. And remember, summer reading isn't just for the kids! Adults should take advantage of summer and register for our summer reading program too. Just read 4 books of at least 100 pages each, log them, and you'll be entered to win some great weekly prizes — swag bags filled with books and summer reading swag — and one of three grand prizes — a Kindle Fire and a $50 Amazon gift card to use to fil your Kindle. Sign up for any of the programs by clicking here after 9 a.m. Tuesday.


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