Author to Attend Science Fiction Book Club

suzannedomeAuthor Suzanne Dome will be at the Hutchinson Public Library on July 11 at 7 p.m. to discuss her book, “Empty Space.” She will be speaking with the Science Fiction Book Club that gathers every month. Anyone is welcome to attend.

The book’s synopsis is:
Dorienne Nielsen has no clear vision of her own future…until an object rockets from the sky and slams to earth behind the county fair barn. The mercenary extraterrestrials, Den and Zeeto, want a scrounger. Dorienne’s smart mouth and voracious appetite for information fills the niche. Utilizing an illegal cybernetic augmentation, Dorienne dives head-first into information scrounging while dodging pirates, other mercenaries and political zealots. Tricky interstellar politics and the stigmas of being human in a non-human vacuum test her at every turn.

Dome resides in Buhler. Everyone is welcome to attend the book club. It’s free.

Summer Films Schedule

Tuesday night films begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Auditorium on the 2nd floor. Due to our contract with Movie Licensing USA, we can't publicize movie titles online, but you may call the library for the titles or pick up a movie listing from a public service desk.        

muppet treasureJuly 2
Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Tim Curry
Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Brian Henson
Rated G; 99 minutes; 1996
The entire gang of lovable muppets are back for an all-new adventure based on the classic tale of pirates and buried treasure. Hollywood’s favorite muppet personalities Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy head the cast of hilarious humans and non-humans in a fun-filled fantasy that features original music from Academy Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer.

July 9goonies
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin
Warner Bros.; Directed by Richard Donner
Rated PG; 111 minutes; 1985
A group of seven young friends from a small Northwest town who find themselves on a thrilling underground adventure filled with humor and heart-pounding peril as they seek the secrets behind the treasure of the notorious pirate, One-Eyed Willie.
REVIEWS:  "More things happen in this movie than in six ordinary action films! There's not just a thrill a minute; there's a thrill, a laugh, a shock and a special effect" - Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Wow! I can't imagine a better summer movie. Extraordinary! Exciting!"- Joel Siegel, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC-TV
"A clever thriller with laughs that combines storybook splendor with modern chills. I doubt if there's a kid from 6 to 60 who won't be cheering them on."- Rex Reed, NEW YORK POST

journey earthJuly 16
Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
New Line Cinema; Directed by Eric Brevig
Rated PG; 92 minutes; 2008
A scientist whose radical theories have completely tarnished his reputation goes backpacking across Iceland and finds a cave that leads him deep down into the bowels of the planet. He follows it trying to find out what has happened to his missing brother. He discovers a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth filled with bizarre landscapes and terrifying creatures.

July 23 holes
Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson
Buena Vista Pictures; Directed by Andrew Davis
Rated PG; 2003
Sigourney Weaver plays a warden at Camp Green Lake with an unusual method of discipline.  The camp makes all of its wards dig large holes under the guise of building character.  The real reason is a plan to find a buried treasure left in the desert long ago.

aliceJuly 30
Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn
Walt Disney Pictures; Directed by Clyde Geronimi and Wilfred Jackson
Rated G; 75 minutes; 1951; Animated
Disney version of Lewis Carroll's Children's story. Alice becomes bored and her mind starts to wander. She sees a white rabbit who appears to be in a hurry. She chases it into its burrow and then a most bizarre series of adventures begins.


Family Time

Family time is an opportunity to experience something out of the ordinary with your children. It's geared for ages five and above. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts about an hour. It's free!

MP900401195June 17 -- Lorrie Beck, Great Plains Nature Center
June 24 -- Stephanie Carlson, Dillon Nature Center (soil)
July 1 -- Jamin Landavazo, Kansas Underground Salt Museum
July 10 -- coffee filter flowers (plus two others)
July 15 -- Kansas Farm Bureau
July 17 -- clay impressions, egg carton red ants, paper mummy/sarcophagus (the Hutchinson Ulster Project teens will be helping this week)
July 24 -- parrots, cartouche necklace, cork trolls
July 31 -- toilet paper roll bats, clothespin worms, telescopes


Dedication for “Rival Readers” Sculpture

The Hutchinson Public Library will host a dedication ceremony for the “Rival Readers” sculpture on Saturday, June 29, 2013. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. outside the Main Street entrance of the Library, 901 North Main Street.


The sculpture was one of the pieces which was part of the inaugural SculptureWalk 2012, and was temporarily located at the corner of 1st and Main Streets near Allie’s Deli. The Bob, Ann, and Jack Bush family generously purchased the sculpture of two children reading and agreed to place it on permanent loan to the Library. The Friends of the Hutchinson Public Library have provided the funds to purchase the base for the piece.

The public is invited to join us in celebrating this occasion. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Annette at the Hutchinson Public Library, 620-663-5441.

Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

MP900409270The Hutchinson Public Library has a reading program for every age group this summer. All of them are free, and include drawings for prizes.

The children's summer library program is open to age 0 through those who just completed 6th grade. Pre-readers participate by having a combination of 10 books read to them or 10 hours being read.

Readers who read a combination of 10 books/10 hours will be awarded blue tote bags with this year's theme, "Dig Into Reading." They each get to choose a paperback book as a prize. They also receive a certificate of completion and their names are placed on paper bats, which we will hang above our picture book section.

Register at the library, or by calling 663-5441.

Young Adults/Teens:
The young adult/teen program, "Quest for Readalot," is open to youth who will be entering 7th grade through recently graduated high school seniors. (Those entering 7th grade next fall have their choice of registering for the children's or the teen program.)

When they register, teens receive a punch card, along with some prize drawing forms. They can turn in these forms for each 1 book/2 comics they read, each hour they read, or each hour they listen to an audiobook. The punch card is punched for the first five forms teens turn in. Those who turn in five forms get a special prize, and all of the forms are entered in weekly prize drawings. Teens can win once a week.

All of the forms, including the weekly winners, are re-entered in our grand prize drawing at the end of the program. The grand prize is worth approximately $100, and is comprised of several items associated with the theme. All teens who register for our summer reading program are invited to our end-of-the-program party, and can invite a guest. The party includes games, food, door prizes, and other activities. We draw for the grand prize at the party, and the winner doesn't have to be present to win.

Register at the library, or by calling 663-5441.

“Groundbreaking Reads” is the adult reading program theme this summer at the Hutchinson Public Library. There are no minimum reading requirements, but you might want to explore groundbreaking books or dig into other underground phenomena and activities like composting, caving, and archaeology.

The 2013 “Groundbreaking Reads” program is open to adults ages 18 and older, with a reading incentive program, weekly prize drawings, and puzzle sheets.

Stop by the Hutchinson Public Library at 901 North Main and sign up at the adult circulation desk or use the convenient self-registration box in the children's department. For more information, 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. .


Computer Classes

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