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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.

Storytime, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Library News & Upcoming Events

                • Friday Night FPS. Held on every third Friday of the month, Friday November 17th 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.

          Fall Book Discussion: The 1930's

          We have all seen the pictures: long lines of heavy-jacketed people waiting for handouts in breadlines, or crowding counters hoping for a job; the careworn visage of the Okie mother with her hungry children huddled around her; the milling crowds in front of closed-down banks; the ramshackle shacks of the Hoovervilles that sprouted in American cities; the dustbowl cloud descending on the Plains town; stark images of the hungry, the unemployed, the neglected.

          For American history, the 1930s was a pivotal, critcal era. In the early years of the decade, a range of fundamental challenges confronted the nation. The Great Depression - the stock market crash, unemployment, bank closings - dwarfed previous boom-and-bust cycles. The Dust Bowl demolished the security of agricultural life on the Great Plains. The struggle over Prohibition challenged law and order. Radicalized politics on both right and left undermined the security of democratic institutions. Overseas, the path toward war, both in the expansionist aims of Nazi Germany in Eurpoe and the incursions of imperial Japan on the mainland, was growing increasingly clear.

          And yet the later years of the decade are equally remarkable for the ways America mapped a route out of the crisis. After Franklin Delano Roosevelt's victory in the presidential election of 1932, he responded to the economic meltdown by initiating the New Deal, featuring both the creation of a system to ease the problems of those most hurt by the depression (the unemployed, the retired, and the poor) and direct government intervention to re-energize a damaged economy, ranging from reopening banks and reorganizing agriculture to government job creation to stimulate the economy. State job creation in the era included such things as dam building, but it also featured govenerment promotion of the arts, including post-office murals and the record-making of photographers and oral historians. The Roosevelt administration came to new terms with organized labor, pioneered new forms of market regulation and subsidies for home-building, electrifed farm homesteads for the first time through the Rural Electrification Act, and even developed new ways to communicate to the population in Roosevelt's famous "fireside chat" radio broadcasts. By the advent of World War II, America's economy had recovered sufficiently to engage in a full-scale global conflict.

          The thirties were also a period of remarkable artistic efflorescence across the full spectrum of arts. In Hollywood, the decade featured a new growth of film genres within the studio system. The classic Hollywood musical, the screwball comedy, the gangster film, major studio horror movies (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man), and animated films (including Walt Disney's first work) all got their start in the decade. The decade saw the rise of regionalist painters like Grant Wood, John Steuart Curry, and Thomas Hart Benton and photographers Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans. Musical forms, especially those rooted in the fusion of African-American music with mainstream culture - the blues, jazz, swing - continued to develop. And the literary output of the decade ranged from the novels of John Steinbeck, to new African-American voices like Richard Wright, to the invention of the hard-boiled detective.

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

          Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston (1935)

          Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston Monday October 9th
          Discussion Leader: Sandra Wiechart, Librarian
          246 pages

          In her introduction to Mules and Men, Zora Neale Hurston recalled: "I was glad when somebody told me, 'You may go and collect Negro folklore.'" And the resulting book established the territory she would continue to explore in both fiction and non-flictional forms, the shaping of African-American identity in the contexts of both the experience of the South and the Great Migration to the cities of the north.

          The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (1939)

          The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West Monday October 28th
          Discussion Leader: Trish Reeves, English teacher
          126 pages

          "It is hard to laugh at the need for beauty and romance, no matter how tasteless, even horrible, the results of that need are. But it is easy to sigh," declares Tod, the narrator of West's Hollywood satire. Tod is a painter, but his Hollywood work is background and costumes; aspiration rather than achievement defines him. His main work, a painting called "The Burning of Los Angles," foreshadows the novel's violent climax.

          All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren (1946)

          All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren Monday November 6th
          Discussion Leader: No discussion leader
          148 pages

          Robert Penn Warren was a novelist, but he thought of his work as a sort of history as well. As he writes in All the King's Men: "And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost." The devil in question here is Huey Long, the notorious Louisiana governor who provided Warren a model for Willie Stark.

          The Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan (2006)

          The Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan Monday November 20th
          Discussion Leader: Steven Foulke, Ottawa University
          312 pages

          Timothy Egan describes the first of the new storms that would come to define the Dust Bowl: "Wasn't a sandstorm....And it wasn't a hailstorm, thou it certainly brought with it a dark, threatening sky....It rolled, like a mobile hill of crud, and it was black." Egan provides a masterful overview of the dust storms and their consequences for agriculture and people on the Great Plains.

                • The library will be closed on Thursday November 23rd and Friday November 24th for Thanksgiving. The Library will reopen on Saturday for normal operating hours. No items that have been checked out will acrue charges for these days and our outdoor box, on the west side of the building by the doors, can be used for returns.
                • The next will be on Saturday November 25th 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 November 27th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. More information can be found out at the library.
                  Monday Evening Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

                • Monthly Horticulture ClubOn Tuesday December 5th 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.

                • Monthly Genealogy MeetingsThe next meeting of the Genealogy Group will be on Saturday December 9th, 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 on Monday December 11th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. More information can be found out at the library.
                  Monday Evening Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

                • On Thursday December 14th 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