Spring 2014 TALK Book Discussion Series

Hutchinson Public Library is offering a four-part book discussion series February through April 2014 entitled "Hispanic Heritage: Mothers, Sisters, and Daughters". Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N Main Street.

New KS Humanities logoThe series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. KHC is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Hutchinson TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

The third meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Linda Lewis, Lindsborg, will lead a discussion of THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, by Sandra Cisneros. This classic story of a young Mexican American girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous. Discussion Leader Linda Lewis is the Margaret H. Mountcastle Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Bethany College, Lindsborg. She is a former member of the KHC Speakers Bureau and has been leading TALK discussions since 1989.

Hispanics are one of the most rapidly growing ethnic groups in America, with a rich and diverse culture rooted in Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. In this “Hispanic Heritage” series, readers will discover four writers who are helping to create a new and vibrant Latino literature in the United States. Their novels center around family ties, particularly the universal bonds between mother and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, and among sisters.

The series continues with the fourth and final title in the series, ESPERANZA’S BOX OF SAINTS, by Maria Amparo Escandon on April 24.

To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact Annette, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call the library at 620-663-5441, ext. 132. 

Story Time 2014

Story time is free. No registration required.
(for 2-year-olds accompanied by an adult)
9:30-10am and 10:30-11am each Tuesday
March 11 -- A Hat on My Head
March 18 -- Spring Is in the Air
March 25 -- Dinosaurs
April 1 -- Jump, Frog, Jump
April 8 -- In the Deep Blue Sea
April 15 -- Lambs, Bunnies & Chicks
April 22 -- Rain, Rain, Go Away
(for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds)
Wednesdays at 9:30-10:30am, and Thursdays at 9:30-10:30am and 1:45-2:45pm

March 12 & 13 -- A Hat on My Head
March 19 & 20 -- Spring Weather
March 26 & 27 -- Dinosaurs
April 2 & 3 -- Leap, Frog, Leap!
April 9 & 10 -- Under the Sea
April 16 & 17 -- Lambs, Bunnies & Chicks
April 23 & 24 -- Some of Our Favorite Stories

Knitting and Crocheting Computer Classes

knittingsavantcoverThe Hutchinson Public Library is offering a free computer class for those interested in knitting and crocheting. It will be taught by Andrea Springer, The Knitting Savant (knittingsavant.com). Andrea is an experienced knitter and has taught hundreds of people the art of hand work.

This class will focus on ways to use technology in these ancient crafts. She will discuss various social networks and popular online resources for fiber artists during the class. You’ll leave with information on the latest trends, ideas on how to keep track of needles, hooks and yarn, and how to find help late at night.

She will demonstrate social networks such as Ravelry, Nimblestix and others. You’ll see how to get the most out of these sites to enjoy your own fiber art work even more.

The class will be offered twice:
4/1/2014 at 6:30 p.m.
4/10/2014 at 10 a.m.

Sign up for either class by clicking on the date above and entering your name, email and phone. The classes are free, but registration is required because space is limited.

Beyond Repair Opens January 7

"Beyond Repair,” an exhibition of scrapped American cars by photographer Dave McKane, opens at the Hutchinson Public Library on January 7. The free event will take place in the 2nd floor auditorium.


McKane is Principal of the Institute of Photography in Dublin, Ireland, and has presented digital photography workshops at the library on several occasions. In a presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m., he will be talking about his most recent project and providing background regarding some of the salvage yard shots in the exhibition.


77 caprice classic"As a moderate to keen car enthusiast, American cars always fascinated me. The year I spent in Hutch was a formative time of my life; I guess being a naive, 16 year old, Northside Dubliner whose family had no car and who had never travelled together more than 20 miles from home base would do that to you. To be dropped into the heart of a society that was centred so much around cars meant that I was brought up to speed really quickly.
"I initially ventured into the salvage yard looking for a Chevrolet Caprice Classic which my American Mom, Shirley, owned back in the day. I probably spent more time and drove more miles in this car than in any subsequent one that I owned, at least on a year-to-year comparison. In early August of 1978, just a couple of weeks after I arrived in the US, we all went on a 2-week vacation thru Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska in it.
"I remember at the time calculating that we spent a total of 48 hours in that car on that trip which covered over 1,700 miles. Up to that point those hours probably increased by a factor of ten, the TOTAL time I had ever spent in a car. Being cooped up for that length of time, travelling long flat highways took some getting used to, particularly for a kid who had difficulties with holding back his frustrations. Mom still shivers involuntarily when the subject of that vacation is brought up. In fairness, I still apologise for my behaviour every time I go back :-) "


More about Dave and his photography available at http://www.facebook.com/davemckanearts or http://www.flickr.com/photos/davemckane


Cooking with Computers Class

measuring spoonsThe Hutchinson Public Library is offering a “Cooking with Computers” class, just in time for the holidays. It will be offered twice; on Wednesday, 12/4/13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, 12/5/13, from 9:30 am to 11:30 a.m. The class is free and will be held in the training lab at the library, located at 901 N. Main. Registration is required because space is limited. 

Click here to register online for Cooking with Computers, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Click here to register online for Cooking with Computers, December 5 at 9:30 a.m.

During the holidays, most people will be spending more time in the kitchen than normal, and technology is a great kitchen companion. This class will demonstrate multiple websites that are a great resource for beginning and experienced cooks. Find recipes, create shopping lists, get details on subsitutions and even find copy-cat recipes for some of your restaurant favorites. If you want to make green bean casserole or a Croquembouche, you can find help online if you know where to look. 

In addition, the class will include information on how to preserve your family recipes for future generations. A cookbook of your favorite recipes would be a wonderful gift for family and friends. 

The class is being taught by Patsy Terrell, who has been writing a cooking column in Kansas Country Living for almost 20 years. Beginning or novice cooks and computer users welcome!

Class size is limited, registration is required. Register for this class by filling out the online form, calling 620-663-5441 ext. 163, or going to the library computer center on the second floor.


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See or print December's brochure by clicking here. The brochure is two pages, so scroll to see both pages.

Register online for the following classes by clicking the names below:
Cooking with Computers, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Cooking with Computers, December 5 at 9:30 a.m.

See all upcoming Computer Classes on the calendar by Clicking Here

See or print December's brochure by clicking here. The brochure is two pages, so scroll to see both pages.

The Hutchinson Public Library offers computer classes at no charge each month. All classes are held at the Hutchinson Public Library, 901 North Main in Hutchinson, in the basement training lab unless otherwise noted.

We look forward to seeing you!

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