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.
Library News & Upcoming Events
- The Library of Congress recently launched a new online resource "Songs of America." "Songs of America" brings forward 80,000 digitized, curated items including maps, recordings, videos, sheet music, essays, biographies, curator talks and more to explore America's history through the prism of song.
- The rotating collection at the library will be changing soon. The books will get packed up on Sunday March 9th, and the new set of books should be out on the shelves within the next couple of days after that. So now is the last chance to pick up that book you may have wanted to read, or just stop in after the books have changed and see what new books there are to check out.
Encourage your child to be creative, to grow and to learn! Expand their imagination and influence them to be more artistically inclined or inventive. Experts agree that the creativity of Americans, and particularly American children, is significantly declining. Encourage them to learn about their living environment through creative activities to increan their flexability and ingenuity. Participants will create their own original games with new games presented and then played each week.
For more information see the flyers below or ask at the circulation desk. You can also contact Olyvia Crum, allowing at least one day for a reply, at email@example.com. Imagi-Games has been pushed back to March. You can still sign your children up at the circulation desk. It will now run every Sunday, March 2nd to March 30th, between 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm.
- The first book in the Spring Book Discussion is Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky. The discussion will be on Monday Feburary 17th at 7:00 pm. The book is currently available to check out at the circulation desk.
- The second book in the Spring Book Discussion is Bel Canto by Anne Patchett. The discussion has been moved to Monday May 5rd at 7:00 pm due to the weather. The discussion leader for Bel Canto will be Rachel Gossen of Washburn University. This book is available to check out at the circulation desk.
An American opera singer, a Japanese industrialist, A French diplomat with skills in the kitchen, and a translator who falls in love with a Latin American terrorist are taken hostage by revolutionary terrorists in an unnamed Latin American embassy. Low comedy and high suspense, remance and tragedy blend in Patchett's Orange Prize-winning novel, inspired by the actual seizure of the Japanese ambassador's residence in Peru by Tupac Amaru guerillas in 1996.
- The third book in the Spring Book Discussion is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. The discussion will be on Monday March 17th at 7:00 pm. The discussion leader for People of the Book will be Diane Quantic of Wichita State University. This book is available to check out at the circulation desk.
Book restorer Hannah Heath's project, the 500-year-old illuminated Sarajevo Haggedeh manuscript, is a repository of tragic episodes throughout human history: as a friend tells her, "this book has survived the same disaster over and over again," referring to "this fear, this hate, this need to demonize 'the other.'" As Heath unpacks the clues in the book that illuminates its history - an insect wing, a wine stain, a missing silver clasp - her life in Sarajevo at the end of the fratricidal Bosnian war enriches her own perspectives on humankind's potential for violence and redemption.
- The fourth book in the Spring Book Discussion is Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje. The discussion will be on Monday March 31st at 7:00 pm. The discussion leader for Amil's Ghost is Gene Chavez, Bilingual Education & Cultural Diversity Consultant. Unlike the other discussions Anil's Ghost will be held in the downstairs community room. The book will be available at the circulation desk after the finish of the previous discussion.
Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje explores his own Sri Lankan roots in his fourth novel, limning the violence of the conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan state. Anil has fled her increasingly violent homeland to train in America as a forensic archaeologist. She comes to Sri Lanka on a UN mission after work ni the killing fields of Guatemala's "dirty war." She is teamed with local archaeologist Sarath, whose Buddhist perspective and murky political connects balance her Western perspective on events.
- The fifth and last book in the Spring Discussion is The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Dias. The discussion will be on Monday April 14th at 7:00 pm. The discussion leader for The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao will be Peter Haney of Kansas University. The book will be available at the circulation desk after the finish of the previous discussion.
When pudgy, comics-addicted, Dominican-American geek Oscar Wao returns to his mother's homeland in search of redress for the injustices by the Truillo regime, it leads him to the title-promised doom. But no simple summary can quite prepare readers for the wild ride Yunior, Oscar's collage roommate, provides in his swooping narration of this adventure that veers from high camp to Spanglish street talk to heavy dormroom philosophizing complete with footnotes.
- The discussions are free and open to the public. Refreshements will be provided. All discussion, with the exception of Anil's Ghost, will be held in the community room of the library just off of the lobby.
Spread out on the table, a map of the world is straightforward: lines separate nations, and the boundaries seem firm and solid. Nothing however, is that clear on the ground. Boundaries are contested and populations are mixed. Globalization, typically considered in economic terms, creates entangled connections among countries and peoples. As a result, whole new languages like Swahili and Creole spring from cultures in collision where new multicultural identities give rise to new literary characters and plots.
Although cultural exchanges of this sort are as old as human history - remember Homer's Odysseus, Shakespeare's Othello, and Joseph Conrad's Marlow - patterns of globalization have accelerated dramatically over the past century. We have witnessed new forms of trade and exchange of ideas, and, in a less benign sort of globalization, wars and genocides, which have sparked massive dislocations of peoples and the repeated remapping of the world. To all this, literature has responded, producing in recent decades a range of works that investigate the complex interactions of people and cultures in our increasingly entangled world.
- There will be a book signing for retired Haysville Middle School Librarian Ernie Miller's autobiographical book A Hole in my World on Saturday March 22nd, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.