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
- Sunday September 25th through Saturday October 1st is Banned Books Week. There will be a display up in the library with books that either have been banned somewhere or have been challenged to be banned. For more information on Banned Books Week visit bannedbooksweek.org.
Remember curling up in a cozy chair as a child with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, or climbing onto the lap of a favorite aunt to read The Jungle Book? The classic books of our childhood allowed us to travel the world, visiting some of the most famous living rooms, barns, and castles in literature. As adults, we discover that the books that delighted us as children still have a great deal to say.
"Only the rarest kind of best in anything is good enough for the young," writes Walter de la Mare. In Childhood Classics, we encounter literature that not only entertains and educates but also endures, thanks to superb plots, realistic characters, and universal themes. Any children's book worth its paper must endure for adults as well, telling our stories of the past as well as our possibilities for the future. The books in this series, written by authors in Great Britain and the United States, can all be read for pleasure at any age and also for insight into the history of child rearing, family, and community life from the Victorian area to the present.
These staples of childhood libraries of the 20th century also allow us to examine the very fibers of our culture. Society's most cherished values are often reflected most clearly in the books and stories we give to young people. The importance of family and love, the courage of being true to oneself, the need for friendship and faith - all of these qualities unfold in the books that we continue to pass down from generation to generation. Most of all, these books honor the power of the imagination to shape and inform our visions of ourselves and our world.
Refreshments will be served
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)Monday October 3rd
Discussion Leader: Marillyn Klaus, from the University of Kansas
The first of C.S. Lewis' seven "Chronicles of Narnia," The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe remains one of the most frequently read of all children's classics some 50 years after its publication. The superbly-written novel follows the adventures of four children who pass through a magic wardrobe into the sometimes dangerous and always exciting land of Narnia. Along the way, the children, aided by a nobel lion, dedicate themselves to freeing Narnia from the spell of the White Witch. This mission requires them to learn about the nature of good and evil, the sources of courage, and ultimately, the role of love and sacrifice in our lives. Lewis is well known for his fiction, science fiction, and Christian essays for adult readers, but his Narnia series stands out as one of the literary treasures of the 20th century.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (1943- )Monday October 17th
Discussion Leader: Ann Birney, independant scholar
The story of fourth-grader Cassie Loga's tenth year is also the story of a black farming family in the south in the thirties, a time of racial tension and diminished opportunity for people of color. Young Cassie must confront the realities of racial discrimination as she comes to appreciate her family's dignity and determination in preserving their land and their heritage. This coming of age story leads readers through fear and hope as Cassie learns to trust her own heart and take pride in her life. Mildred Taylor's modern-day classic won the prestigious Newberry Medal in 1977.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)Monday November 7th
Discussion Leader: Bill Brown, from Wesleyan University
Few children's books create such memorable characters as The Wind in the Willows, and few appeals as universally to both children and adults. The struggles of Badger, Mole, Water Rat, and the incorrigible Toad allowed Grahame to imbue his tale with the "deepest sense of the meaning of his own adult life," says scholar Clifton Fadiman. The four animal characters, with all their foibles, exhibit many adult characteristics. They survive each others' limitations and escapades, face the loss of their home due to corruption, and muster enough loyalty, ingenuity and humor to prevail over evil. In doing so, they show us how to survive our own personal challenges and limitations at home and at work, as adults.
Charlotte's Web by E.B. WhiteMonday November 21st
Discussion Leader: TBD
E.B. White’s touching and provocative story of a pig’s friendship with a talented spider has been another mainstay in children’s libraries since the fifties. The story of an oddball pig, whose life is saved first by a tender-hearted girl named Fern and then by the wise and clever spider Charlotte, celebrates the cycles of birth and death on and beyond the farm. But Charlotte’s Web is also a tribute to the power of friendship, the wonders of nature, and the importance of being oneself. As White himself says of his book, “It celebrates life, the seasons, the goodness of the barn, the beauty of the world, the glory of everything.” White, an essayist and poet who contributed for many years to The New Yorker magazine, writes in the literary tradition of Thoreau and Twain, mixing a mystical sense of the land with wit and insight about human nature.
- On Tuesday October 4th 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.
- The Library will be receiving a new batch of rotating books from SCKLS on Wednesday October 5th. Our rotating collection changes every couple of months to offer new books that our library may or may not have copies of already. The rotating collection is located in their respective sections (Adult Fiction, Juvenile, and Young Adult).
- The next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday October 31st at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Beetlejuice.
- On Thursday October 13th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM 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!
- It's time again for the Friends of the Library Mystery Dinner. As in previous years there will be two shows, one on Friday October 14th, and a second show on Saturday October 15th, both at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 for a couple, tickets can be purchased at the circulation desk of the library. There are a limited amount of tickets so get yours soon! This years show is titled Fahrenheit 225 1/2.
- The next will be on Saturday October 29th 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
- Smash Up
- Lords of Waterdeep
- Ticket to Ride
- Forbidden Desert
- Sushi Go!
- And many more...
- The next Monday Evening Movie will be shown on Monday November 14th at 6:00 PM in the community room. More information can be found out at the library.
- The Next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday November 28th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Warcraft.