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COURTESY PHOTO Quilt Workshop instructor Shari Norman (right) with participants around the table.

STAFFORD — Sandy and I are getting excited about the Summer Reading Program. We are attending webinars, setting up times for different age groups, scheduling special guests and selecting great books and activities that will create memories for a lifetime. Put June 10th on your calendar for your kids and grandkids. PBS will be starting off the day with a visit to preschoolers. Sandy and I will start a Great Summer Long Adventure with the school-age children. We have an awesome book selected to share friendship, adventure, activities and a memorable activity.

Until then we have other adventures for all ages.

• Saturday Feb. 24th we learned how to make T-Shirt Quilts.  

Shari Norman “Farm Girl Quilts” was the instructor for the day. With many examples of styles of T-shirt quilts, plus information on fabric and helpful hints. Did you know the cost of making a T-shirt quilt can cost up to $150 plus your T-shirts. Everyone was asked to bring two T-shirts to practice the technique on with the help of Shari. I believe everyone went home with lots of ideas, plus Shari’s card knowing they can call for more help if needed. A big thank you goes out to Shari Norman for providing this workshop at the Library.

• Monday the 26th - Community Coffee at the library. The Library Board has voted to support a Community Coffee every last Monday of the month. Save the date each month and come join us 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

• March 27 - DAR is meeting in the library.  

• English Language Learners class meets every Wednesday Evening with Rachel Sandoval.

• Do you belong to a group that needs a meeting place? People come to the library to meet with social workers, Scout leaders, tutoring, anything where they need a place to get together.

• March 2-8 will be Dr. Seuss week and we will celebrate “Read Across America” by reading Seuss books and featuring Seuss toys (a special one will visit with you). Plan to put this fun week on your calendar. Join us all month to celebrate Dr. Seuss. Sandy and I always have things for families to do together. When you are tired of being housebound, come to the library and make a memory with your child.

• March 7 - “Easter Craft Class” instructor will be Laura. There will be three cards and one gift box created that looks professional. We will have two classes that day limited to 10 to a class: 3-4 p.m. and 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. Call the library to sign up for this fun, easy, and creative way to share spring. The cost is $10. It’s all just assembling and gluing! Check out the info on facebook! 

• March 19 - “Art Journals” A variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, and paper (colorful paper/magazine pics, etc.) will be used at this class. The participants will need to bring a quote, verse, poem, etc. that is meaningful to them, printed on paper. They could also bring photos or copies of photos that would correlate with their words/theme. This class is being presented by Jennifer Gleason, Family and Community Wellness Agent from the 21 Central Extension office.

• March 25 - Community Coffee at the Library from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Books read this week:

“No Greater Love” by Danielle Steel. What a great Historical Fiction/Romance novel. Opening with the maiden voyage of the Titanic, the greatest ship ever built. In one fatal, unforgettable night, everything changes. Will the Winfields and their six children survive?

“Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop” by Shelley Shepard Gray, a yummy story of Amish life and romance.

Almost done with Nora Roberts’, “Three Fates.” Part Historical Fiction (the sinking of the Lusitania and rediscovery of the Three Fates, little Greek God Statues), intrigue and modern day romance.

Did you know, through the Kansas Library Card you can take 500 courses in 50 subjects for free? This week we had a patron sign-up for the card so she could take a course on QuickBooks. If you are a life, long, learner and need easy access to free courses come see what the State Library has to offer.

The next board meeting will be March 6 at 6 p.m. It is scheduled a week early because of Spring Break.

Our library hours are: Monday morning 8 a.m. to noon; and Tuesday through Friday 2-6 p.m. Call 620-234-5762, email larabeelibrary@gmail.com. Visit Facebook at Nora Larabee Memorial Library. 


Gerry Hildebrand is head librarian for the Nora Larabee Memorial Library in Stafford.