It is the mission of the Haysville Community Library, a tax-supported community resource, to provide informational, educational and recreational services, materials and programs to users of all ages.
Library News & Upcoming Events
- We have a new program at the library called Friday Night FPS. It will be held on every third Friday of the month, Friday March 17th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and it is an open gaming night on the computers for ages up to 18 years old.
- The next Monday Evening Movie will be shown on Monday March 20th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be The Perks of Being a Wallflower. More information can be found out at the library.
- The next will be on Saturday March 25th starting at 10:30 AM till around 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to come in to play some board games with the staff as well as other people who like board games.
Some of the games we play
- Smash Up
- Lords of Waterdeep
- Ticket to Ride
- Forbidden Desert
- Sushi Go!
- And many more...
- The Next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday April 3rd at 6:00 PM in the community room. More information can be found out at the library.
- On Tuesday April 4th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM attend the next meeting of the Haysville Horticulture Club. The Haysville Horticulture Club will meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Haysville Community Library. A broad range of topics will be discussed at each meeting from lawn, trees, garden, and etc.
- The next meeting of the Genealogy Group will be on Saturday April 8th, and will be held on the lower level at 2:00 PM. You can also find the Genealogy Group on facebook.
- On Thursday April 13th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the library the LEGO Club will be meeting in the Young Adults area of the library. You don't have to sign up, just show up to play and build things with LEGOs. The LEGO Club is made possible through a grant from SCKLS. Creations will be put on display in the library until the next month's LEGO Club meeting!
- The next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday April 17th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Captain America: Civil War. More information can be found out at the library.
Stretching from southern Canada to northern Texas and from the Rocky Mountains to the eastern borders of Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, the Great Plains is often a stark and unbroken landscape with high winds, hail, blowing dirt, tornadoes, searing heat, and bitter cold. Even trees are in short supply in most of the region. Early Anglo explorers dubbed the Plains "The Great American Desert." While much about this label is misguided, it is the climate and landscape extremes that distinguish this region from the rest of the U.S. These factors lie at the heart of misperceptions that contributed to the Plains being the last part of the United States to be settled by Euro-Americans.
Today, the Great Plains remain a region dotted with small towns. Wichita and Amarillo are its biggest cities, yet neither is considered a major urban center. Patterns of life that have vanished from other parts of the country live on here. People know their neighbors, children walk or bike to school, and the biggest event in the community is likely the high school ball game on Friday night. Sparse population density, slow growth, and the continued importance of agriculture all contribute to perceptions that this region is slightly "behind the times."
While some residents may chafe at this notion, many who live outside the plains consider them to be "fly over country" - best experienced from several thousand feet above the ground in a commercial aircraft, or at seventy miles an hour along an interstate highway. Indeed, gaining an appreciation from and a deeper understanding of life on the Great Plains lies at the center of this series. The common thread among the books in this series is that of the challenges of life on the Plains. Two of the novels, O Pioneers! and The Bones of Plenty cover the period from settlement in the late 19th century through the depression of the 1930s. Juxaposed against these historical works is Great Plains, a non-fiction, contemporary work which gives first-hand accounts of the many unassuming places on the Plains. In the final book of the series, Touching the Fire, author Roger Welsch brings to light a completely different kind of challenge, namely that faced by Native Americans struggling to maintain their traditions and cultural identity.
Refreshments will be served.
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather (1873-1947)Monday March 13th
Discussion Leader: TBA
This novel conveys both the grandeur and the harsh realities of life on the plains of Nebraska. The books's protagonist, Alexandra Bergson, is given charge of a fledgling farm by her ailing father. Alexandra's devotion to the land is at the heart of this tale. She trandforms this nondescript piece of land into a rambling and profitable rural estate as she exhibits a deep connection with the prairie that is not evident in the other characters. However, her single-mindedness regarding her farm eventually brings enomous personal loss. In spite of its tragedies, O Pioneers! illuminates the great potential of the Nebraska frontier.
Great Plains by Ian Frazier (1951- )Monday March 27th
Discussion Leader: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, KU
A noted humorist and New York City native, Ian Frazier writes of his first-hand encounters during the 1980s with ordinary folk living in small towns throughout the Great Plains. Nearly all of his accounts of contemporary life refer to some aspect of the region's history. Emphasizing the variety of people and places he found in this overlooked part of the country., Frazier's tone is surprisingly empathetic and rarely condescending. During his forays into Kansas, he visits well-known Dodge City, lesser-known Nicodemus, and a museum in Oberlin. No matter where he journeys, Frazier is pleased with what he uncovers and shares his enthusiasm in the retelling.
Touching the Fire: Buffalo Dancers, The Sky Bundle, and Other Tales by Roger Welsch (1936- )Monday April 10th
Discussion Leader: Tom Prasch, Washburn
Centuries before the arrival of Anglo settlers, approximately two dozen Native American tribes lived in the Great Plains. These people suffered enormously when white settlers pushed into the region. Virtually all indians were displaced from traditional territory. Roger Welsch's Touching the Fire creates an engaging narrative using seven separate, yet intertwined, stories detailing the significance of the "sacred bundle" to the fictional Nehawka tribe. Readers are transported from a legal battle set in the 21st century back through generations of tribal life to the earliest days of the Nehawka. All the stories use the same sacred artifact as an element of the narrative, but Welsch focuses his attention on the life of this band at various points in history. In addition to struggles with legal and political institutions, Welsch shows the tension that can exist among native peoples. The sancity of the bundle and the ways in which the Nehawka articulte spirituaality are central to the book, but neither obscures the poignancy of Welsch's descritpion of native peoples and the region.
The Bones of Plenty by Lois Phillips Hudson (1927- )Monday April 24th
Discussion Leader: Deborah Peterson, KU
North Dekota native Lois Hudson's own childhood provides the basis for her unsentimental novel set during two of the most harrowing years in recent Great Plains history, 1933-34. George Armstrong Custer, the farmer at the center of the story, is ferociously independant and continually puts his family at risk by taking enormous gambles in his farming operations, scoffing at the numerous federal actions of the day aimed at aiding agriculture. Hudson frequently alludes to the catastrophic economic circumstances engulfing the entire nation at the time. The hard work, hope, and disappointment of farm life are described in striking detail. Never implying that Custer will succeed in spite of himself, Hudson instead suggests that this family's future is uncertain at best. It is a powerful account of American agriculture that does not seem far removed from contemporary farm life.