Jennifer Chiaverini Author Event

jenniferThe Friends of the Hutchinson Public Library will sponsor an author event featuring writer Jennifer Chiaverini on Tuesday, November 6. Her presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor library auditorium.

Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as five collections of quilt patterns inspired by her novels. Her original quilt designs have been featured in Country Woman, Quiltmaker, Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volumes 3-5, and Quilt, and her short stories have appeared in Quiltmaker and Quilters Newsletter. She has taught writing at Penn State and Edgewood College and designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster Fabrics. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. For more about the author and Elm Creek Quilts, visit

Hardback copies of Mrs. Chiaverini’s newest book, The Giving Quilt will be available for purchase in the library auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 6th. Paperback copies of The Aloha Quilt, The Union Quilters, and The Wedding Quilt will also be available. Autographing will take place immediately following Jennifer’s presentation. Depending on attendance and time, autograph requests may be limited to two books per participant. For more about this author event, contact the Hutchinson Public Library, 620-663-5441.




Summer Reading Success!

Hutchinson – Summer Reading Success!   At the Hutchinson Public Library, this year’s Dream Big children’s summer reading program ended on August 4, with a grand total of 1,147 children and young adults enrolled. Of those signed up, 703 completed the program requirements by reading 10 books, spending at least 10 hours reading, or a combination of both. Children who finished the program earned prizes for their efforts, but the best reward was maintaining reading skills, and enjoying books during summer vacation.

Summer reading isn’t limited to children and teens either. One-hundred-two adults 18 and older signed up for the “Between the Covers” summer reading program. There weren’t any prizes awarded for reading a certain number of books, but more than 300 book ratings and reviews were submitted in June and July. Ratings slips were entered into a weekly drawing for a chance to win prizes. The reviews were posted on the library web site and used to create a reader’s choice book shelf.

Summer reading for children has been happening at the Hutchinson Public Library for more than 60 years. The program has been responsible for check out of millions of books, thousands of story times, close to 30 years of summer celebrations, and tons of paper, crayons and glue used for craft classes. We hope this effort has accomplished the same goal as Read Kansas Read: to inspire a love of reading for life, and to keep the children of Hutchinson and Reno County reading throughout the summer so they are ready to start school each fall.

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