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Operation Paperback – All Summer Long

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During June, July & August the Basehor Library is partnering with Operation Paperback to collect gently-used books and send them to American troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families here at home. Since 1999, Operation Paperback has shipped over 1.9 million books to locations around the globe. Our service members and their families make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know… Read more »

E-books and Comics Now On Hoopla!

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Basehor Library card holders can now download e-books and comics through the Hoopla app on your device or on your computer. That’s in addition to the thousands of digital movies (including some Disney), TV shows, music and audiobooks! You can download the free Hoopla™ digital mobile app on your Android or iOS device, or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles. Here’s how it works: To access the system on a… Read more »

Are you ready to vote in November?

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Need election information? We have it ! There is a Constitutional Amendment question on the ballot: Senate Concurrent Resolution 1618 (SCR 1618), otherwise known as “Kansas Charitable Gaming Measure.”   Here is a link to complete information about the ballot question.  Voters can vote “Yes” or “No”. http://ballotpedia.org/Kansas_Charitable_Gaming_Measure,_SCR_1618_%282014%29 The measure is designed to allow Friends of the Library groups, quilt guilds, veterans organizations and other non-profits to hold legal raffles… Read more »

Learn More About the Majestic Monarchs

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Monarch Watch in Lawrence is world-renowned as a central source for information about these beautiful butterflies. Check out their website for tons of information about Monarchs. Why do Monarchs fly to the same spot in Mexico every fall? What’s causing their population decline? How can you help? Find out on the Monarch Watch website.

Why can’t I download bestsellers from the Library?

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Nearly all the most popular books on the market today are published by six major publishers. The so-called “Big Six” are making it difficult (and expensive) for libraries to purchase these popular books as e-books. NPR’s Morning Edition’s report on the problem includes an interview with Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler. To learn more about why you can’t get the books you want for your e-reader, “like” the State Library’s… Read more »

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show

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  Looking for something fun to do? Visit Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show! Sylvia makes creations like robots, crafts, and electronics. Sylvia tells fellow kids to “just get out there and make something!” Her dad James helps make Sylvia’s Super Awesome Mini Maker Show for MAKE Magazine (which is available at the Library).  

Now Open: The Digital Public Library

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The  U.S.’s first public online-only library is now open! The DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) combines a number of digital collections and archives available in one free, open-source resource.  The database is easily searchable and includes text, photos, and audio recordings from its many partners  including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, New York Public Library, and Harvard.

It’s National Library Week!

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National Library Week Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy and Laura Marano, star of Disney’s “Austin and Ally,” discuss the value and opportunities available at libraries.

Need to write a resume?

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One of the best Resume Wizards is available FREE through Learning Express Library. Click Our Services at the top of this page, then click Learning Express. Resume help can be found by clicking “Job and Career Accelerator” in the top left corner. Hint: Create your account in Learning Express right away; it’s quick, easy, and it will remember you when you come back. Click “Write my Resume” and the wizard will… Read more »

Khan Academy: Math, Science, and More For All Ages!

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Khan Academy produces expert video lectures and interactive learning modules on subjects ranging from Mathematics and Computer Science to Economics and Art History.   A non-profit organization funded in part by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google, Khan Academy is totally free, and always will be.  Some school districts around the country have already begun supplementing their normal curriculum with Khan Academy content and exercises.  Khan Academy’s math coverage is particularly strong, covering the subject… Read more »