Affordable Health Care Act Information

Beginning October 1st the government website HealthCare.gov opened for Americans to shop for and buy health insurance.  Since opening, the website has been experiencing numerous problems.  Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, has issued a response. (Read it here.) The HealthCare.gov website is still available for Kansans to shop for health insurance. Open enrollment will continue through March 31, 2014. You can also call the Marketplace Call Center… Read more »

Banned Book Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read


Join us in celebrating the freedom to read by stopping by our Banned Book Week display. Have your picture taken with your favorite banned or challenged book, and then enter our drawing to win a mug with disappearing (censored?) words! Each year during the last week of September, bookish types like librarians, booksellers, teachers, and all of you who cherish reading join together to express appreciation for having the freedom… Read more »

Learn More About the Majestic Monarchs


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 »

Go Dog Go! Were you there??

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Were you a part of Go Dog Go? Tracie Lansing took some great pictures of the event – find them here. Or watch the YouTube video. We raised a little over $700 for the Leavenworth County Humane Society, Inc. Thanks to everyone who sponsored and participated in our walk.T-shirts are still available for $20. We’ll be back next year, and you won’t want to miss it.    

Funbrain – Online Learning Games for Kids


Are you looking for a fun and safe Internet site for your kids? Funbrain has free educational games, online books, and comics for kids ages preschool through grade 8. You’ll find interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy plus a variety of popular books and comics, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amelia Writes Again, and Brewster Rocket.

Summer Reading Login

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  Click the links below to register OR log your summer reading. When you register the first child in your family, you’ll be asked to create a user name and password. Keep it simple! Each child you register will have their own “homepage.” Note: it’s important to use the correct date for the week your recording. Babies: Birth to 2 years  — Read at least 5 books to your baby… Read more »

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show


  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).  

Summer Reading Registration Begins May 28th!

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  This summer ALL ages are eligible for our summer programs. Registration will continue through June 30th. Our children’s program, Dig Into READING! has two levels: Babies: Birth-2 year-olds Preschool – 6th Grade: 3-12 year-olds When you register, each child will receive a free book bag and a reading log to track the books they read. If you register online, be sure to come by the library and pick up… Read more »

Recycling Success @ Your Library!


Basehor library patrons celebrated Earth Day by filling a 26-foot truck with unwanted electronics. Laura says we barely got the door closed!  Secure e-Cycle estimates at least 8,000 lbs were saved from the land fill. Way to go Green, Basehor!