School is just around the corner

The 2017-2018 School year for USD 417 starts on August 17th. Online enrollment has started. The shopping for schools supplies with be starting if you haven’t already. You can find your child’s Class Supply List and Enrollment information at

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Summer Reading Program

We are having an excellent turn our for our Summer Reading Program. To date we have held 2 Summer Reading Events and had 17 in attendance both days!!!

Our 1st day they did some team building games and the kids learned about what we will be doing during the Summer Program. On our 2nd day we made Yard Spinner’s out of Plastic Bottles. The kids had fun and so did us adults. I have a link to this craft down below.

Today will be our 3rd event and we will be making bird feeders!!! I’m excited because we are going to be making 3 different kinds of feeders. The Small Kids (1-5yrs old) will be doing peanut butter and toilet paper rolls. The Middle Kids (6-9yrs old) will be making their feeders out of a tea cup and saucer. And my Teen’s (10-16yrs old) will be making theirs out of an old book.

Links to Crafts:

Here is our inspiration for the bird feeder out of an old book .

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Director’s Education

      Thursday night at our Library Board Meeting I (Samantha Asebedo) was presented with a certificate from Carol Barta from NCKLS on completion of my Applied Public Library Education Training. This was a year long class that was put on by 6 of the Library System’s here in Kansas to help train new director’s on the jobs they do. The class covered everything from Collection Development to Library Law.

The Class was very informative and has helped me better understand my job and the workings of the Library it self. I am so thankful to NCKLS and the other Library Systems for doing this class.

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Busy, Busy Day

I have a lot of information to get out here. First off from now until August 9th we will not have story time at 10am. This is so the kids can come in at 3pm for the Summer Reading Program.

Starting June 7th, next Wednesday our Summer Reading Program will be going on until July 26th from 3pm-5pm. We are going to be working on a lot of upcycling projects and other things to help our community. Children ages 1yrs-16yrs old are welcome to attend. To participate in the Summer Reading Program I will need a registration form so that I have all of your child’s information and know that you as the parent have given your permission for them to attend.

Monday we got a large donation of books and the first of 30 of these are ready to be checked out.

We hope you are having a wonderful start to your summer and hope to see you soon.

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It’s May, the school year is almost over, and we have begun our planning for our Summer Reading Program. Their has also been a lot of changes that have happened here in the Library with some more paint and new decorations in the Children’s Section.  Along with more rearranging. I’m very proud of how our library is looking and all of the smiling faces that come through the door.

Keep watch here and on our Facebook Site for more information on the Summer Reading Program and other events that will be going on this summer in the library.

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Hello February!!!!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but January went by fast!!! Our February started off with Story Time. We did a little wiggling, and read Dog-Fish. The story was adorable. And if anyone can find me a Gold Fish that plays fetch and reads books you can bring it to me here at the Library!!! We also made some homemade Dog Treats. I have put the recipe below.

If you haven’t had a chance to come into the library lately then you have missed out on a lot of changes. We hope you are able to stop in soon.


Homemade Puppy Treats



  1. 1 1/2 cups uncooked Oatmeal
  2. 1 large Banana
  3. 1/2 cup Peanut Butter


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor or blender, grind your oats until they’re powder.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the banana and peanut butter until smooth. A few small chunks of banana here and there is ok. The dough should stick together, but shouldn’t be sticky.
  4. Reserve about a tablespoon of ground oatmeal and pour the rest into the banana peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Dust your surface with the reserved ground oatmeal and roll your dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness.
  6. Cut into desired shapes and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake treats for approximately 15 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.
  8. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week.
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It is a New Year

2017 is underway and we are busy here in the Library. On Wednesday’s at 10:00am we have Story Time for our 0 to Pre-Schoolers. So far our numbers have been small, but it is early and I have hope for it to continue!!

We have also added 20 NEW LARGE PRINT BOOKS, and 25 NEW JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT BOOKS. The goal this year is to focus on ordering more Large Print Books, and Young Adult Books.

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New Policies that will go into effect as of January 2017

The Elm Creek Township Library Board has approved 2 improved Policies. They are posted at the Library and below. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to get a hold of us at the Library during business hours.

Effective as of January 1, 2017

Late, Damaged and Lost Book Policy

  • Our Library does not charge a monthly late fee for books, we just want books to be returned.
  • However after 6 month of a book not being returned it is marked as LOST. A reminder letter or e-mail will be sent out. The Patron will not be able to check out any other books, and computer time will be limited to 30 minutes until books are returned.
  • Lost books that are not returned after 1 year from checked out will be charged to the patron for the cost of replacing the book, plus a $5.00 processing fee,
  • Books that are damaged beyond repair, the patron will be responsible for the replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee.




Effective as of January 1, 2017

Check out Policy

  • Book Mobile and New Books: Have a check out period of 2 Weeks, and can be renewed once
  • Other Books: Have a check out period of 4 Weeks and can be renewed twice.
  • Inter Library Loans (ILL): Have a check out period of 30 days, renewals are up to the library in which it was loaned from.
  • Wilsey History Items: Are for In Library Use only or at Librarians discursion.
  • Cake Pans and other items: Have a check out period of 2 Weeks.
  • Each Patron can have no more than 3 books out at a time.
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Working Hard, or Hardly Working!!!

This Librarian has been a very busy beaver these last few weeks. I am now over 4,500 books into the computer system. Currently I am working in the Youth Section getting the books into the computer along with putting Genre Stickers on the books, and putting the Accelerated Reading Numbers (the AR Number is the Level of Book) in all of the books. I am also organizing the Youth Section by Genre’s as well. I am close to half way done. I have also ordered another 54 Books for the Youth Section that should be here next month!!!

So other projects I have been working on have been the book ends I am making from bricks, doing my Director’s classes, and changing out the bulletin boards.  I am also working on planning several events for here at the library in the next couple of weeks.

On a note we will be open normal hours next week. Hope you and your families have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!



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We have New Books, and I do not lie!!!

We have received our order from the Junior Library Guild. 61 new children’s and youth books both Fiction and Non-Fiction. And soon we will be getting in more books from them as well as part of a grant we receive from the Libri Foundation. All books are ready to be checked out!!!

Youth Non-Fiction Books1012161124






1012161306Children’s Non-Fiction Books





1012161132 Children’s Fiction Picture Books






Youth Fiction Books





Youth Graphic Novel’s

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