Storytime for the Summer

hpl-storytime-adThe Hutchinson Public Library is offering storytime all summer. It’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. They last about an hour and are perfect for ages 3-8. 


Here are the summer story time themes:

June 11 & 13 -- Animals Down Under
June 18 & 20 -- Pirates & Treasures
June 25 & 27 -- Gardening
July 2 -- Construction Rocks
July 9 & 11 -- Digging Up Dinosaurs
July 16 & 18 -- Digging Up Trouble (nonsense)
July 23 & 25 -- Insects Down Under
July 30 & August 1 -- Dig Out Your Favorites 

Groundbreaking Reads Adult Summer Reading Program

adult02gardening“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. The sign up for the adult program begins May 24 and will run concurrently with the children’s program, titled “Dig Into Reading!” through August 3. Get your whole family involved!

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. .

Author Event: Jay M. Price & Keith Wondra

The Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council in partnership with the Hutchinson Public Library will host an event featuring co-authors Jay M. Price and Keith Wondra on Thursday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the library auditorium.

Now serving as department chair, Jay M. Price directs the Public History Program at Wichita State University. His publications include Gateways to the Southwest: The Story of Arizona State Parks, Wichita, 1860-1930, Wichita's Legacy of Flight, and El Dorado!: Legacy of an Oil Boom.  His work on the El Dorado boom became the basis for a KPTS-produced documentary called "Oil Dorado:  Life and Times of an Oil Boom."  His book, Wichita’s Lebanese Community, has become the subject of a  Sunflower Journeys segment.  His most recent books are Wichita 1930-2000 and Kansas: In the Heart of Tornado Alley. He is currently on the board of the Kansas Humanities Council, the Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, and the Kansas Association of Historians.  He is also an alternate board member for the University Press of Kansas.  His latest book, Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar America , from Oxford University Press, has just come out. 

Keith Wondra is a native Wichitan and a graduate student in the Public History program at Wichita State University. Mr. Wondra has also co-authored Kansas: In the Heart of Tornado Alley and Wichita, 1930-2000. He also has written works on the histories of Wichita's Orpheum Theatre and Botanica, The Wichita Gardens. His Master's thesis is on the development of theaters in Wichita from 1900-2000. Mr. Wondra is also an award winning photographer.

Copies of the books will be available for purchase. This author event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts and Humanities Council. For more information, contact Mark Rassette, 620-662-1280 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Summer Celebration on June 7

MP900439321The Hutchinson Public Library Children’s Summer Celebration is Friday, June 7th, 9-11:30 a.m. Most activities will be in the west parking lot, with additional events inside the children's department, including crafts in the activity room.

Special guests and activities include:

  • The Soil Tunnel Trailer (which has been at the Kansas State Fair the past few years)
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • Hutchinson Zoo
  • Dillon Nature Center
  • Kansas Underground Salt Museum
  • Reno County Extension Office
  • Hutchinson Kennel Club/Therapy Dogs Incorporated
  • Hutchinson Fire Dept

Refreshments will be served in the garage. It’s all free. For more information call 620-663-5441. 

Monty Harper Performs for Families

Harper2012BrezThe Hutchinson Public Library is hosting musician Monty Harper on Monday, June 10th, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. He will perform, “Dig Into Reading,” designed for children ages 4-12 and their families.

Harper uses humor to delight audiences with this interactive sing-along concert. Song topics include gardening, dinosaurs, pirates and more.

He has been entertaining children for two decades, instilling a love of books, science and learning. “It’s so important for kids to love reading,” says Harper. “I try to convey my own exuberance for books and libraries through the songs.”

Harper’s performance is free and just one of the activities designed for children and young adults at the Hutchinson Public Library. For more information, call 620-663-5441 or check 

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