Story Time Fall 2014

MP900442429The library provides free storytime for children 2-5 years old. The fall session is underway. Registration is not required. Just come to the children's department, easily accessible from the west parking lot and door. See you soon!
Toddler Story Time 
Tuesday, 9:30 or 10:30 a.m. 
Toddler Time is for 2 year old children accompanied by an adult.
Pre-School Story Time
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. or Thursday, 9:30 a.m. or 1:45 p.m. 
Pre-School Story Time is an independent story time for 3, 4, & 5 year olds.
Programs may include stories, songs, films, puppet plays and/or crafts. No registration is required. Final programs for this session will be December 2, 3, or 4.  


Garage Sale

Bring a truck and pick up some bargains at the sale being held at the Hutchinson Public Library Friday, September 19. Used furniture and equipment will be sold in the garage on the northwest side of the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All sales will be final, items sold in “as is” condition, and will need to be picked up before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the sale.

For more information call the Hutchinson Public Library, 620-663-5441.

"A Woman's Place" TALK Book Series

Hutchinson Public Library will offer a three-part book discussion series this Fall on the theme "A Woman's Place." Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the Library, 901 N Main St.

The 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

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. Ann Birney, Admire, KS, will lead a discussion of “A Yellow Raft in Blue Water," by Michael Dorris. This novel starts in the present and moves backward in time to tell the story of 15-year-old Rayona, her American Indian mother Christine, and the fierce and mysterious Ida, whose secrets, betrayals, and dreams bind all three women’s lives together. Discussion Leader Ann Birney is an independent scholar and partner in Ride into History, an historical performance touring troupe.

What is a woman's place? We have been talking about women's roles in our society for two hundred years now, and our views continue to change. All the books in this series reflect the state of the dialogue in the twentieth century, and the series continues with “Their Eyes were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston on October 14; and “The Joy Luck Club”, by Amy Tan on November 6. Each author looks at the way women develop personal strength of character while dealing with societies’ or loved ones' perceptions of what they should be. TALK group participants will look at the relationship between mothers and daughters, wives and husbands, career and family in these stories of women seeking to define themselves.

To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact Annette Smith at Hutchinson Public Library, 620-663-5441, ext. 132, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit our web site .


Author Event: Laura Moriarty

The Friends of the Hutchinson Public Library will sponsor an author event featuring writer Laura Moriarty on Thursday, October 9. She will begin speaking at 7 p.m. on her most recent novel, THE CHAPERONE, her research, and why she enjoys reading and writing historical fiction.

chaperoneThe Chaperone is a captivating novel about a Wichita woman who chaperoned an irreverent young actress, Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Moriarty’s other books include The Center of Everything (2003) a story about a single mother and her adolescent daughter set in fictional Kerrville, KS; The Rest of Her Life (2007) which focuses around female relationships, mothers, daughters, sisters, and best friends; and While I'm Falling presents a compelling depiction of how one young woman's life changes when her family breaks up for good.

Moriarty earned a degree in social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and is at work on her next novel. For more about the author visit

This author event held in conjunction with the Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion series “A Woman’s Place” sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council this Fall at the library. Copies of Laura Moriarty’s latest title, The Chaperone, will be available for purchase and autographing. For more information about this free author event or TALK book discussions, call Annette at 620-663-5441, ext. 132 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Eating from the Garden "Elements of Cooking" Program

“Literary Elements” is the adult summer reading program theme at the Hutchinson Public Library and is open to adults ages 18 and older. The 2014 program combines science and literature in a variety of activities sure to pique your interest, including a reading incentive program, weekly prize drawings, and “Elements of Cooking” cookbook discussions and food related informational gatherings.

peasThe next informational program will be Thursday, July 17. Pam Paulsen with the Reno County Extension Service will be on hand to speak about "Eating from the Garden". On July 24, there will be a cookbook discussion featuring salads and vegetable dishes. Both programs will be held in the second floor library auditorium from 2:00-2:45 p.m.  

All gatherings are free and open to the public. For more information or to register for the cookbook discussion on July 24, call Annette at the library, 620-663-5441, ext. 132, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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