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Watch Live Bears From the Safety of Your Computer!

If you are a fan of the outdoors and animals in their natural habitats but aren’t able to make the trek, the live bear cam for Katmai National Park in Alaska in a wonderful way to scratch that itch. You can tune in almost any time of the day and see such exciting sites as bears fishing for salmon or wrestling with each other in the stream. Definitely worth checking… Read more »

Hankering For Something We Don’t Have? Request a Title for Purchase

Help us choose what goes on the shelf.  You can make purchase suggestions through our website. Here’s how: Go to the NExpress library catalog Log in to your account Click on Purchase Suggestions Fill out the online form We’ll let you know as soon as possible if we can fulfill your purchase suggestion.  

Libraries Rock and So Does This Interactive Music Map

In honor of our Library Rocks Summer Reading theme, check out this interactive music map! Discover the history of musical genres from electronic to jazz, hip-hop to country and everything in between. The website is full of interesting facts and helpful playlists to help get you started on your musical journey.

“The Book Was Better…”

Jake shares this video from PBS about how we feel when our favorite books get turned into movies. Speaking of books, check out the PBS 100 List for The Great American Read. How many have you read?

Libraries Rock! SUMMER READING PROGRAM For All Ages

Summer Reading is here!!! Summer reading is FUN and simple! For kids birth to 6th grade, there’s still time to record your days spent reading online or at the library. We’re rockin’ with some great kids events this year: Reader’s Theater, Camp Construct, exotic animals, Jay & Leslie and so much more! Check the flyer for times you need to register (hint: it’s always the Monday of the week prior to the… Read more »

How do I…find election information for the 2018 elections?

In the 2018 elections, Kansans will be electing: Representatives to the United States House of Representatives Governor of Kansas Secretary of State of Kansas Attorney General of Kansas Kansas State Board of Education Members Representatives to the Kansas House of Representatives Important election dates to keep in mind: June 1 – Deadline to file to run for office July 17 – Deadline to register to vote (Need to register? Learn… Read more »

You Can Be a Rockstar! Pick Your Props, Pose and Take Your Picture in the Library’s Photo Booth!

Have fun turning yourself into a Rockstar in our “Libraries ROCK!” Photo Booth! Pick up a guitar or microphone; then add a wig, bandanna, necklace or sunglasses to complete your transformation into a… ROCKSTAR! Have your friends or family take your picture and you have proof YOU ROCKED OUT at the Library. Don’t forget to sign-up for Summer Reading starting May 21. Grab a flier for more details!

Midwest Coast for Arts and Culture of the Midwest

The Midwest can often be overlooked when looking at the arts and culture coverage across the Internet but luckily Midwest Coast is here to change that. Featuring interviews, videos and features from artists and musicians of all different backgrounds in the Midwest. The website is fairly new but is updated often with new and original content that is sure to spike the interest of arts and culture lovers regardless of… Read more »


  Thank you to all the poets who shared their talents with us! And the winners are… First place: “Yesteryear’s Rag Bag” by RoJean Mustain, Basehor, KS Second place: “Armageddon Calls the Crow” by Roy Stucky, Pretty Prairie, KS Third place: “September Serenade” by Teresa Mustain, Basehor, KS Honorable mention: “Second Sight” by Robert L. Dean, Jr, Augusta, KS “Missing the Farm” by Janet Jenkins-Stotts, Lawrence, KS “To the Angels, We Cry”… Read more »

I Heart Local Music

If you are a music lover but are interested in exploring what kind of sounds are coming from your local areas, a great resource to check out is I Heart Local Music. I Heart Local Music focuses on local Kansas bands from the Kansas City/Lawrence/Topeka area and does a great job shedding light on the wide variety of bands coming out of the area! The site features plenty of live… Read more »