If you’re looking for cheap ways to beat the heat this summer, the Hays Public Library has the best deals in town.

The library has more than 15,000 DVDs available for checkout. The collection includes TV series on DVD, documentaries, anime, new releases and children’s movies. The library also offers an expanding Blu-Ray collection. Library card holders can check out up to eight items at one time, and all video items check out for one week, with one renewal. Save your money and check out items for free at the library.

The annual photo scavenger hunt began Monday and continues through Aug. 1. To participate, pick up a clue sheet at the library. Riddles will lead you to 10 locations in Hays. Have your picture taken at each location and submit those photos to mlamer@hayspublib.org to enter to win a grand prize. Each photo submitted equals one chance to win. You’ll also receive a gift for participating. The scavenger hunt is a great way to have fun in your own backyard, so pick up a clue sheet today.

The library is offering some new programs in July. At 9 a.m. Saturday, there will be a community threads event in the Schmidt Gallery. Donated clothing will be sorted, organized and available for free to the public. There is no limit on the number of items a person can take, and all ages can pick up clothing. The library also will be offering tours of historic downtown Hays on July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Tours will run every half hour until 8 p.m. Take advantage of this free opportunity to learn a little more about Hays in its sesquicentennial year.

The library is hosting two big names this month. At 2 p.m. Sunday, the new poet laureate of Kansas, Kevin Rabas, will be at the library to do a reading, which will be followed by an open mic. All are invited to participate in the open mic by reading original prose, poetry or performing original songs. Later that same week, a former Miss America contestant, Sierra Sandison, will be stopping in Hays to give a presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Sandison competed as Miss Idaho in 2014 and gained fame for wearing her insulin pump for Type 1 Diabetes on stage. Sandison is biking across America to raise funds for Type 1 Diabetes research.

The library will be celebrating National Snake Day at 6 p.m. July 17. There will be crafts, snacks and a special presentation by Sternberg Museum of Natural History featuring live snakes. Snakes are an integral part of our ecosystem, so take this opportunity to learn about our no-legged friends. The program and crafts will be suitable for all ages.

Two exciting children’s programs will be taking place at the library this month. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Elsenpeter Marionettes will be in the library to entertain children of all ages. Elsenpeter Marionettes specializes in classic children’s tales, and they’ll be presenting the adventures of Tom Sawyer at the library. Later in the month, at 2:30 p.m. July, Kid Power Show returns to the library with a program aimed at teaching children the themes of health, wellness and ecology.

Finally, at 6:30 p.m. July 27, the library will be offering a free yoga class for adults. Using the Wai Lana Yoga method, adults who are both yoga beginners or seasoned experts will have the opportunity for a free class. We’ll be using a DVD, and adults are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring yoga mats if they can.

There’s something for everyone at the Hays Public Library. For more information on all the programs and events, visit hayslibrary.org or call (785) 625-9014.

Lucia Bain is communications coordinator for the Hays Public Library.