Family Time

WholegroupFamily Time is an opportunity to experience something out of the ordinary with your children. These hour long programs will be held in the Children's Activity Room on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Programs are free and geared for children ages five and older.

June 16 -- Jeo Bondurant from the Hutchinson Zoo
June 23 -- Lorrie Beck from Great Plains Nature Center
June 30 -- Kool-Aid Dying with Deb Waggoner
July 7 -- Rocketry program presented by Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center     
July 14 -- Stephanie Carlson from Dillon Nature Center                                             
July 21 -- Donna Davis, HMS-7 Science Teacher                                                             
July 28 -- Candy Experiments with Amy Johnson


"Literary Elements" Adult Summer Reading

“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.

For the reading incentive program there are no minimum reading requirements, but you might want to try our new “Tic-Tac-Toe” reading tracker and read a book with a great cover, a mystery, or non-fiction or a science book. You are also encouraged to fill out a review slip for each book you read for a chance at weekly prize drawings.

On select Thursdays in June and July, explore “Elements of Cooking”, which will combine cookbook discussions with informative 45 minute presentations by experts on each topic. Summer sessions will include “Bees and Honey” presented by Bill Drews on June 12; Dessert Cookbooks Discussion on June 19; “Eating from the Garden” on July 17 by Reno County Extension Agent Pam Paulsen; and on July 24 a Salad Cookbooks Discussion . These gatherings will be held in the second floor auditorium and will take place on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. at the same time one of the children’s story times is held in the children’s department.

The sign up for the adult program begins May 23 and will run concurrently with the science-themed children’s and young adult programs, 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. . All programs are free and open to the public.

Summer Celebration on June 6

MP900439321The Hutchinson Public Library Children’s Summer Celebration is Friday, June 6th, 9-11:30 a.m. Most activities will be in the west parking lot, with additional events inside the children's department and 2nd floor mezzanine, including crafts in the activity room.

Special guests and activities include:

  • Great Plains Nature Center
  • Hutchinson Zoo
  • Dillon Nature Center
  • Hutchinson Fire Dept
  • Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

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

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

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. 

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 ( 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.

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