Our Mission

Haysville Community Library
It is the mission of the Haysville Community Library, a tax-supported community resource, to provide informational, educational and recreational services, materials and programs to users of all ages.



Catalog
Storytime, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Library News & Upcoming Events

          Spring Book Discussion: Favorites

          The film industry has Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Independent Spirit Awards to honor artistic achievement. The literary world, though, has the Puliter Prizes, the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award to highlight the years's best works of fiction. Just as the movie awards may seem to favor smaller, more finely crafted movies over the megaplex-blockbusters, the best-known book awards tend to shine a spotlight on well-wrought literary works rather than formulaic bestsellers.

          A novel or collection of stories that wins a major national book award can often be among the most widely read literary works of its day. Sometimes such a selection can be career-making, as in the case of Harper Lee's 1961 Pulitzer Prize for her first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In other cases, the award may seem to be more of a career validation. For example, William Faulkner - one of America's greatest writers - won two Pulitzer Prizes. They were awarded for A Fable in 1955, and for The Reivers in 1963. These, however, have turned out to be two of the least-read or recognized books of Faulkner's prestigious body of work.

          The pervasiveness of the internet, television, and movies, and the advent of the labyrinth-like commercial chain bookstores can make choosing a book out of the thousands published each year seem like a daunting task. By upholding a standard of literary excellence, the awards can help ensure that the most significant books find an audience, both in the moment and for years to come.

          The books in this selection have stood the test of time and are favorites in our community.

          All discussions will be held at 7:00 PM in the community room.
          Refreshments will be served.

          Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

          Cannery Row by John Steinbeck Monday March 12th
          Discussion Leader: Trish Reeves
          185 pages

          John Steinbeck's 1945 classic tells the story of a group of loners considered lazy and shiftless, who survive at the fringes of a fishing and canning community on the California coast. These men, who prefer drinking and fighting to working a steady job, show us the other side of the coin of the post-war American dream of opportunity. Despite their rough edges, the men eventually pull together to throw a party for the quiet and sensitive Doc, and to give their own dreams a chance to flourish. Steinbeck's whimsical humor and great compassion for this bunch of outcasts create a sympathetic, almost idyllic portrait of life on the edge of society. Although the novel takes place over fifty years ago, the kind of community Steinbeck depicts - one forged by people locked out of the American dream, and one made of men isolated from women or children - is still very much alive today in every American city.

          The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

          The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Monday March 26th
          Discussion Leader: Linda Lewis
          581 pages

          During the 1930s, as the nation suffered through the Great Depression, the Great Plains suffered through the Dust Bowl. Drought, extreme heat, and dust storms created a desolate land. The Joads, Steinbeck's unforgettable family, leave Oklahoma and head west for California, America's dream land. The desperation and despair of the "Okies," as they are literally pushed out of their homes onto Route 66 ("the bitter road") and moved slowly and sadly to California, are described with unrelenting detail. A novel for a particular time, it has become a novel for all time, addressing the use of technology, big bussiness, the strength of the human spirit, the social costs of capitialism, and ultimately, human dignity. In Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck created one of the most powerful novels of American literature.

          Talking God by Tony Hillerman (1925-2008)

          Talking God by Tony Hillerman Monday April 9th
          Discussion Leader: Deborah Peterson
          338 pages

          Although not a Navajo himself, Tony Hillerman has taught millions of Americans most of what they know about Navajo lands and culture. It all began with the 1970 publication of The Blessing Way, in which Hillerman introduced Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police. The 1989 Talking God features Leaphorn and Officer Jim Chee, also of the tribal police. Both Leaphorn and Chee tackle different aspects of a case which includes an anonymous corpse discovered on tribal lands and disputes over the Smithsonian Institution's rights to Indian bones and other artifacts. At the same time, Chee is struggling to find a way to balance his love of ancient Navajo beliefs and ceremonies with modern-day demands. The story is a complex one which also offers readers glimpses of Navajo ceremonials and culture, and of reservation daily life. It should provide fertile grounds for discussingthe collision of cultures within the American "melting pot," as well as of the nature of both personal and institutional choices. Hillerman is an entertaining writer and an education in Navajo ways.

          Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Phillip Santos (1957)

          TPlaces Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Phillip Santos Monday April 23rd
          Discussion Leader: TBA
          284 pages

          Part treasury of the elders, part elegy, part personal odyssey, part Book of the Dead, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation is an immigration tale and a haunting family story. John Phillip Santos brings to life a pageant of unforgettable family figures: from Madrina - touched with epilepsy and prophecy ever since, as a girl, she saw a dying soul leave its body - to Teofilo, who was kidnapped as an infant and rasied by the Kikapu Indians of northern Mexico. And he searches for answers to the mystery surrounding his grandfather's suicide in San Antonio in 1939. Combining lyrical prose, magic realism, and haunting confession into an unforgettable voice, Santos weaves together Mexican mythology and the history of Texas to create the story of how the soul of one Mexican family was passed down, and sometimes nearly lost, across borders and decades, into the present.

                • The next will be on Saturday April 28th starting at 10:30 AM till around 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to come in to play some board games with the staff as well as other people who like board games.

                  Some of the games we play

                  Meeple Mayhem
                  • Smash Up
                  • Lords of Waterdeep
                  • Pandemic
                  • Ticket to Ride
                  • Forbidden Desert
                  • Munchkin
                  • Sushi Go!
                  • And many more...

                • The next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday April 30th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be The Dark Tower. More information can be found out at the library.
                  Monday Evening Movie: The Dark Tower

                • Monthly Horticulture ClubOn Tuesday May 1st from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM attend the next meeting of the Haysville Horticulture Club. The Haysville Horticulture Club will meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Haysville Community Library. A broad range of topics will be discussed at each meeting from lawn, trees, garden, and etc.







                • On Thursday May 10th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the library the LEGO Club will be meeting in the Young Adults area of the library. You don't have to sign up, just show up to play and build things with LEGOs. The LEGO Club is made possible through a grant from SCKLS. Creations will be put on display in the library until the next month's LEGO Club meeting!
                  LEGO Club at the Haysville Community Library

                • Monthly Genealogy MeetingsThe next meeting of the Genealogy Group will be on Saturday May 12th, and will be held on the lower level at 2:00 PM. You can also find the Genealogy Group on facebook.








                • The next Monday Evening Movie will be shown on Monday May 14th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Mother!. More information can be found out at the library.
                  Monday Evening Movie: Mother!

                • Friday Night FPS. Held on every third Friday of the month, Friday May 18th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and it is an open gaming night on the computers for ages up to 18 years old.

                • The Next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday June 4th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Coco. This is the first of our Summer Reading Movies that are all geared towards kids! More information can be found out at the library.
                  Monday Evening Movie: Coco