In the month of November, we want to give thanks to you, our patrons, for your constant support. We strive to provide the most current resources and the most creative programs for all ages.
At 6 p.m. Nov. 20, the library is hosting a Thanksgiving celebration. We will provide free food and activities for all ages. Food will be served until it runs out.
The Kansas Humanities Council is sponsoring an exciting program at the library at 10 a.m. Nov. 18. Michaeline Chance-Reay will give presentation on “The Harvey Girls.” Between the 1880s and the 1950s, more than 100,000 women, many of them from Kansas, proudly wore the black and white uniform of the internationally known Harvey Co. The presentation will explore the adventures of these pioneering young women.
Is your child crazy about Minions? If your kids can’t get enough of the Despicable Me franchise, then the library is the place to be at 6 p.m. Thursday. The library is hosting a “Despicable Me 3” party complete with themed food, crafts and a screening of the movie.
The library’s website, hayslibrary.org, is a treasure trove of resources. The website is the portal to the library’s digital services. By clicking on the “Digital Library” link on the hayslibrary.org homepage, you can access various digital links, databases and resources. This month, the library is adding a subscription to consumerreports.com and a new streaming service called Kanopy. Be on the lookout for more information. If you ever have trouble setting up an account for one of the library’s digital services or just want to know how it works, don’t hesitate to ask one of our helpful staff members.
Occasionally, it’s pertinent to remind our patrons about some of the library’s policies. The Hays Public Library has an “unattended child” policy. This policy states children 8 and younger are required to be in the library with a caregiver who is at least 12 years old. It is also recommended children ages 9 to 11 be in the library with a caregiver who is at least 12 years old. The library welcomes children and provides countless programs, activities and resources for children, but we are not a babysitting service. We do not have the mission or the staff to take care of unsupervised children.
Parents or guardians who leave their young children unattended in the library will receive a warning, followed by a 30-day suspension. On the third offense of a young child being left unattended by the same family, the police will be called. Regardless of the number of offenses, at closing time, staff will wait with unattended children for 20 minutes before calling the police to take charge of the child. The library is open from 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. We appreciate that we seldom have to enact this policy, but we want the whole community to be aware of it.
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
For more information on all our programs and events, visit hayslibrary.org or call (785) 625-9014.
Lucia Bain is communications coordinator at Hays Public Library.