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.

Storytime, Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30 am
Fall Festival at Riggs Park, October 17th & 18th

Library News & Upcoming Events

        • The Library has received a new batch of rotating books from SCKLS. Our rotating collection changes every couple of months to offer new books and audio books that our library may or may not have copies of already. The rotating collection is located by the magazines and there are juvenile books and young adult books that can be found in their respective sections as well.
        • Ever have trouble finding a book at the Haysville Community Library? There is a service we offer called Interlibrary Loans, ILL for short, where you come into the library and fill out a form for that book we don't have. Then we search all the libraries in the state of Kansas to see if any of them can loan the book to us for you. Now that service is being offered so that you don't have to come down to the library to fill out the form, you can just follow a link to let you, the patron, initiate your ILL. You can follow the link below to get started, it is also on the quick links along the side, as well as on our services page under Interlibrary Loan. A PDF of the step by step process is available below as well.

          • Requirements for Interlibrary Loan of Materials:
          • It must be a book the Haysville Community Library does not possess.
          • The book must have been released for at least three (3) months.
          • Your account must be in good standing.
          • There is a limit of five (5) Interlibrary Loan requests at a time per person.
          • You will need to have an e-mail address.
          Patron Initiated Interlibrary Loans
          ILL Directions
        • The next meeting of the Genealogy Group will be on Saturday October 10th, and will be held on the lower level at 2:00 PM. You can also find the Genealogy Group on facebook. Just look for GENEALOGY at the Haysville Community Library.
          Genealogy Meeting Saturday June 14th
        • On Friday October 9th and again on Saturday October 10th, at 6:30 PM on both nights, the Haysville Friends of the Library will be hosting their yearly Mystery Dinner Theatre. This years play is entitled Murder Books a Return or "Polly Wants to Crack It." Tickets for the dinner are $20 per person or $35 for a pair of tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk of the library, cash or check only.
          Haysville Friends of the Library Mystery Dinner Theatre
Fall Book Discussion: Women Around the World

"My heart rejoices each time a woman emerges from the shadows," says Mariama Ba's main character in So Long a Letter. Ground-breaking writers like Senegal's Ba are slowly emerging from the shadows of their respective national histories to tell of the stories of women in their countries. While British and American women began publishing in large numbers in the 19th century and enjoy considerable recognition in the library world today, the publication and translation of works by women from the developing nations is a much more recent phenomenon.

From the gritty South Africa of Nadine Gordimer to the lush green of Edna O'Brian's Ireland, Women Around the World explores the terrains and challenges of women's lives. Each novelist, whether from Latin America, Africa, or Ireland, a European nation with a colonial past, tells of a world that is both familiar and remarkably diverse from our own.

The national stories against which these novels unfold are marked by great turmoil and change in recent years. We meet women who live their lives within the context of political revolution, dictatorship, or unfamiliar social mores such as polygamy. Gordimer's None to Accompany Me, for example, mirrors the chaotic racial politics of South Africa right after the fall of apartheid. The House of the Spirits affirms how love and forgivemess are necessary to justice, even during the rise and fall of democratic Chile. The nations, villages, and families presented in these novels show us how women survive, struggle, fail or succeed to make their own freedom.

Yet each of these books also touches on issues familiar to women everywhere: the challenges of coming of age, the disappointments and joys of marriage, the struggle of mothers and daughters for respect and identity, the need for community and individuality. The women in these novels strive to articulate their dreams, exert control over their lives, and find peace within their hearts.

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

So Long a Letter (1980) by Mariama Ba (Senegal)

Discussion Leader: Dennis Etzel, Instructor of English at Washburn University
89 pages
So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba

In a lively letter to her childhood friend, the recently widowed Ramatoulaye reminisces about her husband's decision to take a second wife, his sudden death, how she rebuilt her life, and serenity. Set in Senegal, an Islamic society that sanctions polygamy for men and where illiteracy is common among women, Ba's first novel has been translated into sixteen languages because of its powerful portrayal of African women's lives. Ba, one of the feew educated Senegalese women of her generation, creates a moving account of a life so familiar in its emotions and struggles that it speaks to women throughout the world. Ramatoulaye, in analyzing her marriage, her options than and now, and her rewarding connections with her children, comes to see where her power lies and what it means to be true to herself. As Ba herself explained, So Long a Letter was part of her "sacred mission" as a writer to strike out "at the archic practices, traditions and customs that are not a real part of our precious cultural heritage."

House of the Spirits (1985) by Isabel Allende (Chile)

Discussion Leader: Martha Ortiz Sanchez, Adjunct for Friends University and Wichita State University
433 pages
House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Allende's best-selling epic tale follows three generations of a family through sorrow, blood and love. The Trueba and del Valle families, united through the marriage of the gentle, clairvoyant Clara and the tyrannical, greedy Esteban, emboy Chile's fall from democracy to a turbulent new dictatorship. The "house" in House of the Spirits is really the whole country, but the "spirits" are manifest in the courage and compassion of women like Clara, her daughter, Blana, and grandaughter, Alba. Their whimsy, magic, and ultimately, the redeeming power of love enable them to transcend warfare, torture, tyranny, and chaos. Within this context, great transformations are possible. Allende, the niece of Chile's first democratic leader, Salvadore Allende, was forced to flee Chile for Venezuela after her uncle was killed in a military coup. She now makes her home in the United States, but she carries on her family's fight for democracy through her storytelling.

None to Accompany Me (1994) by Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)

Discussion Leader: Nancy Hope, Professor at the University of Kansas
324 pages
None to Accompany Me by Nadine Gordimer

The evolving relationships of two couples, one black, one white, illustrate the hazards and hops of life in post-apartheid South Africa. Here Gordimer shows that the personal is political as she explores the nature of sexual and power politics.Vera Stark, a middle-aged woman who has found her life's work in helping blacks reclaim land taken from them by whites, feels increasingly distant from her husband. This white couple's disintegration leads them into misunderstandings with a black couple, Mpho and Sibongile Mazoma. Through these two households, we leard the recent history of "real human beings strugglingwith their personal abilities and limitations, their moments of selfishness and sacrifice, farsightedness and blindness" writes Dean Baldwin. The rich dialogue and inner monologues in this unconventional novel help readers better understand the isolation and confusion of the new South Africa.

The Country Girls Trilogy (1960) by Edna O'Brien (Ireland)

Discussion Leader: Sister Rosemary Kolich, Assistant Professor at University of St. Mary
532 pages
The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien

Kate and Baba are ambitious Irish country girls in search of life. As school children, they're thrown together by fate in a small rural town. As young adults, they strike out to conquer Dublin. Kate, after losing her father to alcoholism and her mother to a tragic accident, wants true love. Meanwhile, the pragmatic Baba uses her superior social skills to acquire financial power. What each ends up with, however, raises questions about the nature of survival. This compelling, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic trilogy of three short novels highlights the struggles of girls becoming women without the direction and support they need. While O'Brien went on to write over a dozen other novels and short story collections, this first trilogy firmly established her great gifts in conveying the dreams of young women making their way in a troubled world.

        • The next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday October 19th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movies shown in October will be scary movies rated PG-13. The movie being shown will be Jessabelle. More information can be found out at the library.
          Monday Evening Movie
        • The next will be on Saturday October 31st 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 shown on Monday November 2nd at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. More information can be found out at the library.
          Monday Evening Movie
        • Chili Cook-OffThe Haysville Community Library Foundation and the Haysville Historic Committee will host a Chili Cook-Off in the Historic District across the street from the library on Saturday November 9th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be entertainment, in the form of games and music, as well as public tasting. Tasting kits will be $3, or 2 for $5, each and include cups, spoons, napkins, and uncooked beans for voting purposes. There are prizes for the best chili as well as other awards. The entry fee to participate is $25 and covers booth space and electricity and each team will receive a t-shirt. Find all the forms to be a part of the event as well as the rules below.
          Chili Cook-Off Rules
          Chili Cook-Off Contestant Entry Form
          Chili Cook-Off Exhibitor Application
        • The Next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday November 16th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. More information can be found out at the library.
          Monday Evening Movie