Our Mission

Haysville Community Library
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.

Storytime, Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30 am Thursday at 5:30 pm

Library News & Upcoming Events

        • The Genealogy group will have a yard sale going on on Friday April 24th and continuing through April 25th at 338 S Lamar in Haysville. There will be antiques, collectibles, and more for sale. Proceeds go to the Haysville Genealogy Group and support the Haysville Community Library.
          Yard Sale
        • The next will be on Saturday April 25th starting at 10:30 AM. 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

          Meeple Mayhem
          • Smash Up
          • Lords of Waterdeep
          • Pandemic
          • Ticket to Ride
          • Forbidden Desert
          • Munchkin
          • And many more...
Spring Book Discussion: Growing Up American

Coming-of-age literature captures the liminal state of adolescense while also serving as a tool for broader social critique, providing a cultural examination through the eyes of someone still a bit outside of the adult world's norms and vaules. The role of race in American coming-of-age tales, for instance, especially underlines this point. Just as James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Richard Wright used the genre as a prism to examine relations between blacks and whites in America, authors of various races and ethnicities have similarities used the coming-of-age framework as a way to constellate their own position in American society. Other social dynamics also have been examined. Holden Caulfield, for example, challenges conformity, adolescent sexuality, and the oppression of social expectations. The coming-of-age genre thus comprehends both the terrain of the personal and the historically specific territory of a work's moment of creation. In this sense, that fancy German term, Bildungsroman, provides some illumination: the notion that a person is an act of construction, and all of the experiences of a person's life are building blocks that create that final product, the self-conscious adult. In the American context, the very complexity of the American mosaic makes the coming-of-age genre such rich territory.

Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger (1951)

The Catcher in the Rye

"I keep picturing all these kids playing some game in this big field of rye.... What I have to do," Holden explains, "I have to catch everybody if they start to go over a cliff." Can J.D. Salinger's classic still tell us anything about what it means to be American? Let's start this series by revisiting that too-wise-for-his-age smart aleck Holden Caulfield and his quest for the un-phony.

Monday, March 9th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Tom Prasch, History Professor at Washburn University

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

by Ruth Reichl (1998)

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table

"I was slowly discovering that if you watched people as they ate, you could find out who they were." Through food, Ruth Reichl also comes to learn who she is. By turns moving and hilarious, nostalgic and hopeful, she recalls the long road from her upbringing (with parents indifferent to the appeals of the palate) to her chosen profession of restaurant reviewer, with foreign travel and dumpster diving along the way, and a recipe to punctuate each chapter.

Monday, March 30th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Marillyn E. Klaus, Professor at Kansas University.

Sag Harbor

by Colson Whitehead (2009)

Sag Harbor

Benji explains the central terms of his summers away: "First you had to settle the question of out." The "out" is out from school, out for vacation, and out to Sag Harbor, but for the African American elites who made the resort their vacation home, the ins and outs of it were more complex. Fifteen-year-old Benji must try to come to terms with growing up, with African Americanness, and with American popular culture.

Monday, April 13th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Gene Chavez, Founder & President of Chavez & Associates in Kansas City.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie (2007)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

"But we reservation Indians don't get to realize our dreams. We don't get those chances. Or choices. We're just poor. That's all we are." Junior hopes to break the pattern by going to school away from the reservation, but he is treated like a traitor at home and an outsider at school. Although still a teenager, his dilemmas are fully adult: endemic poverty, alcoholism on the reservation, and the difficulty of trying to advance yourself without betraying those you leave behind.

Monday, April 27th, 7:00 PM. Discussion Leader: Michaeline Chance-Reay, Women's Studies Professor at Kansas State.

        • On Tuesday April 28th and continuing Thursday April 30th, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, the library will be hosting a Stepping Stones class for Adults and Young Adults. The cost for the class is $10 a person and space is limited.
           Stepping Stones for Adults and Young Adults
        • The next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday May 4th at 6:00 PM in the community room. The movie being shown will be Casablanca. More information can be found out at the library.
          Monday Evening Movie
        • The next meeting of the Genealogy Group will be on Saturday May 9th, and will be held on the lower level at 2:00 PM. You can also find the Genealogy Group on facebook. Just look for GENEALOGY at the Haysville Community Library.
          Genealogy Meeting Saturday June 14th
        • The next Monday Evening Movie will be shown on Monday May 18th at 6:00 PM in the community room. More information can be found out at the library.
          Monday Evening Movie
        • The Next Monday Evening Movie will be on Monday June 1st at 6:00 PM in the community room. This will be the first of our summer movies, which will all be G or PG rated. The movie being shown will be Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. More information can be found out at the library.
          Monday Evening Movie