Migrating to WorldShare

Well, it's finally happening!  This week, the Reference/ILL staff began using the new OCLC WorldShare!  Although we're not quite ready to update our Web page links, we are learning new terminology and adapting our processes.  This transition should not negatively affect customer service.  In fact, we're hoping this new system will allow us to do some things we could not do before and increase our effectiveness.  We'll keep you posted on our progress!

Government "by the people..."

I listened to a segment on NPR this morning about how some people are frustrated with government but they haven't given up on it.  Instead, they are creating apps to help make operations more transparent and efficient.  They understand that government is "the people," and they are using their hands and skills to make a difference.

We've recently updated our Web page to include our depository symbol.  This library has been part of the government information network since the early 1960s, participating in the free dissemination of government information to its citizens.  We hope you'll visit the sites we recommend on our page and ask our help any time you are researching topics with connections to government resources.  We're trying to make a difference by being a selective repository of important documents.  We invite you to make a difference by using them. - Cheryl

Deeper on the Web

We would like to present this link to our patrons for consideration as you surf the Web. Remember, there are often more sources available than one can retrieve with a single search.


Virtual Reference Collection

As the physical Reference collection diminishes, we are adding more e-books.  This allows our patrons to use resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Most of these are included in the "Research: Reference E-Resources" part of our Web page.  Be sure to "check them out," and watch the collection grow! 

Library History

I've been reviewing some of our sources for the history of our library, and I know that some of it was recorded on previous versions of our Web page. In order not to duplicate effort, I would like to post some of those archived links for access to this information:


(This first link includes the story about the woman who supposedly became our "ghost.")


(Guide to Reno County Historic Resources)


(This last one may be difficult to use, but it has some newer history than the first link and a description of the mural on the front of our building.)

Computer Classes

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Click on the icon above and you'll go to the page for free computer classes being offered this month at the Hutchinson Public Library.

Featured E-Resources

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HPL Reader Reviews

  • Walker, Karen Thompson. THE AGE OF MIRACLES. Random House, 2012.   4 Star Rating & Comment...

  • "King, Stephen. MR MERCEDES. New York : Scribner, 2014.5 Star Rating & Comment by Anette...

  • Shelton, Paige. IF BREAD COULD RISE TO THE OCCASION. Berkley, 2013.1 Star Rating & Review...

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