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New Summer Spice Club

Take-home kits available starting June 1st.

Pick-up at the Reference Desk

We’ve started a Spice of the Month Club! We have new spice kits available each month this summer. This month’s featured spice is Ginger! The kit includes a spice sample (enough to use in a recipe), two recipes from library books, and some spice facts!

The kits are free and don’t require any registration or sign up. Just pick one up at the reference desk the next time you’re in the library!

If you make a recipe with the spice, take a picture and tag us! We have a weekly prize drawing for those participating in spice of the month! You could win a new book light, an apron, and more! Plus you’ll be entered to win the grand prize drawing in August!


Upcoming Special Events


Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00PM

Beyond Brown: Mexican Struggles for Equality Before and After Brown Vs. Board

The momentous 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case dismantled racial segregation in public schools. Yet, the segregation experienced by Mexican and Mexican American students is often overlooked. This presentation looks at the ways the Latino communities banded together to fight discrimination and demand equal protection under the law, focusing special attention on Kansas examples.

Hutchinson Public Library will host Valerie Mendoza for a presentation and discussion of “Beyond Brown: Mexican Struggle for Equality Before and After Brown V. Board,” on Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1 on the second floor. Members of the community are invited to attend this free program! Contact the Hutchinson Public Library at 620-663-5441 or visit our website for more information. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.


Wednesday, July 24 at 6:00PM

Nothing Great is Easily Won: The Solomon Butler Story

Author Talk with David Sebben

Solomon Butler was a former Hutchinson High School Student and Athlete. He went on to attend Dubuque University, and competed in the 1919 Inter-Allied Games (A military substitute for the cancelled Olympics). He was the second black quarterback in the NFL, started men’s and women’s basketball teams, and toured the country playing football, basketball, and baseball. Throughout school and professional athletic careers, Butler held many records, challenged standards, and overcame numerous racial issues and led a life full of adventure.

Author David Sebben, has a passion for sports history and took interest in Solomon Butler’s story through a connection with Rock Island High School, where Butler graduated before attending Dubuque. Mr. Sebben will talk about his process writing this book, his connection to Solomon Butler’s story, and more while visiting the Hutchinson Public Library in late July.

This book is located in the Kansas Room and is available for checkout.


More Summer Fun

Bad Art Night

July 31 @ 5:30PM

Adults, join us once again to make some truly abhorrent artwork! Experiment with color, shape, and dimension. Break all the rules. no art or design rule is safe!  Build an abominable….thing.  Put glitter on everything. Paint with no restraint, just not on our walls please!  

We will have books on display from a couple Museums of “Bad Art” for your inspiration and plenty of supplies on hand for you to create something as unsightly as possible!

At the end of the night we will do a group vote and pick the worst three art pieces, each will win an award of…. not excellence. The worst of the worst will earn the title and prove that they are better at making bad art than anyone else! What fun!

Free your creative side and relax with us during Bad Art Night on July 31 at 5:30PM.  

Please register to attend this event, we will only limit if numbers exceed the maximum limit on our space. It helps us to determine how many supplies we need.

This event is intended for adults, however everyone is welcome. We may be using supplies and equipment not suitable for children to use without a parent or guardian.


Join a Book Club




Mystery Mavens

The Mystery Mavens Book Discussion Group meets at the library on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.  Meetings are informal and usually last about one hour.  There is no cost to attend and the Library provides the book, however, you must register with your email to pick up the book.  For more information please contact Steven Westfahl at steve.w@hutchpl.org or at 620-663-5441 x 139.

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