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Libraries offer variety of resources

Want to know if a specific book is available in Ellis County? It's easy enough to go online and find out. All three libraries serving the 28,000-plus people in Ellis County are online.

With just a few keystrokes, it's easy to browse through the "card catalog" and determine if a library has a specific book and if it is on the shelf.

Those libraries are the Hays Public Library, Forsyth Library on the Fort Hays State University campus and the Ellis Public Library.

The Hays Public Library, 1205 Main, features more than 125,000 adult, young adult and children's books, 220 current subscriptions to magazines and newspapers, The Hays Daily News on microfilm from 1929 to date and other Ellis County papers and Ellis County Census records.

There are more than 11,000 listings of audiobooks, music CDs and phonograph records, both music and recorded books, for adults and children.

Digital books are available to download.

The library has more than 12,000 movie classics and educational videos and DVDs, more than 130 framed art prints for loan as well as numerous large-print books.

Hays Public Library even has pamphlets and clippings on current topics, maps, phone directories, and more than 700 interactive CD-ROMs.

If a wanted item is out, the library can reserve the item.

Talking books and Mail-A-Book services are available through the Central Kansas Library System, of which the library is a member.

There is computer access to library resources, free Internet access, Internet and computer classes, public computers, word processors, copy machine, microfilm and computer printers and a fax machine.

The library has video conferencing equipment available upon special request.

The library also has a public-access video phone for the deaf.

Eric Norris, enorris@hayspublib.org, is the library director.

Children's department events include story time, summer reading programs and crafts, which are sponsored by the library. Children's librarian is Cathleen Kroeger, ckroeger@hayspublib.org.

The library offers several weekly programs for young adults. Young adult librarian is Scott Rader, srader@hayspublib.org.

The adult section of the library, headed by adult department librarian Marleah Augustine, maugustine@hayspublib.org, has several events during the day and evening. The Kansas Room librarian is Luci Bain, lbain@hayspublib.org.

The adult and children's sections are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information about the Hays Public Library or to use its card catalog, go online to www.hayspublib.org, or contact the library at (785) 625-9014.

The Ellis Public Library, 907 Washington, has more than 20,000 fiction and non-fiction books for children, young adults and adults, both regular and large print.

There are more than 40 magazine subscriptions, an audio book collection, paperback book exchange and a reference section.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The library staff is made up of librarian Steve Arthur and assistant librarian Dusty Bittel. For more information, visit the library's website at www.ellislibrary.org or call (785) 726-3464.

Forsyth Library on the Fort Hays State University campus has reduced hours during the summer, but returns to more expanded hours when students return.

Summer hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Forsyth is closed on weekends during the summer.

Fall and spring hours are 7:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday. John Ross, jross@fhsu.edu, is the director.

The library can be accessed online at www.fhsu.edu/library.