Kansas Day 2011

Saturday evening’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Kansas admission to statehood was a very special event, with more than 80 friends of the Haysville Community Library in attendance. Dr. Jim Hoy of Emporia State University offered his usual delightfully entertaining and informative discussion of the Old West and the role of the cowboy, particularly noting the extensive contributions of frontier Kansas to the lore of the West.

The Friends of the Library held their annual Ham ‘n Beans dinner, confirmed their election of new officers for 2011, and named Olyvia Crum Friend of the Year for 2010.

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Happy 150th, Kansas!

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2011 Kansas Reads!

This year’s choice for the statewide reading and discussion project Kansas Reads! Is Thomas Fox Averill’s What Kansas Means To Me, a broad selection of twentieth century writers’ portraits of the Sunflower State and comments on what it means to be a Kansan.

The Haysville Community Library will sponsor a special book discussion of What Kansas Means To Me in the spring, and feature readings from the book during our 30th Annual Read-a-thon in April.

If you’d like to learn more about the Kansas Reads! program, and about this year’s book, visit the Kansas Center for the Book 2011 Kansas Reads! page, or join us at 6:30 pm this coming Saturday January 29th for our special celebration of Kansas’ 150th birthday.

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Coming This Saturday:

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Tonight at 6

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Why the West Rules — For Now

Since well before the days of Oswald Spengler, speculations on the decline and fall of Western Civilization, and proclamations of gloom and doom for the American experiment, have proved extraordinarily popular.

The last century has witnessed dozens of candidates for the role of global gravedigger. Nikita Khrushchev’s proclamation that “we will bury you” has hardly been an isolated belief.

The most recent attempt to describe the ascent and descent of civilizations on a global scale and to discern the root causes of rise and fall – to understand “the patterns of history and what they reveal about the future” — is Why the West Rules – For Now, by archaeologist Ian Morris.

Writing for Foreign Affairs in West Is Best?, Timur Kuran appraises Morris’ work with a skeptical eye.

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New Consumer Information Catalog Arrives

The new Winter 2010-2011 edition of the Federal Citizen Information Center’s Consumer Information Catalog has arrived. Copies are available free, on a first-come-first-serve basis, in the foyer on the table displaying a variety of brochures of interest to consumers.

The Consumer Information Catalog lists dozens of free and low-cost brochures, pamphlets, books and documents from a number of government agencies and departments on an extraordinary range of subjects – cars, computers, employment, family, federal programs, food, health, housing, and more — all available from the Federal Citizen Information Center.

For further information, visit the Federal Citizen Information Center website.

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Haysville Community Library to Celebrate Kansas Day

Noted Kansas Author Jim Hoy to Appear on Sesquicentennial

One hundred fifty years ago this month, as the American nation sundered into North and South and the greatest challenge to our survival as a beacon of freedom and democracy arose with the advent of the Civil War, Kansas became the 34th state to join the Union.

By the time Kansas achieved statehood on January 29, 1861 six states had seceded from the Union, with a seventh to follow within three days.

The origins of our state were intimately bound up with the events leading to our nation’s great Civil War, and our heritage is inextricably linked with that struggle to preserve and defend the American dream.

On January 29th, and throughout the remainder of this year, the Haysville Community Library will be hosting a series of events to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Kansas statehood, and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the onset of the American Civil War.

It all begins on Kansas Day, when celebrated Kansas author Jim Hoy visits the library for the kickoff event of Kansas 150.

The evening will begin with the annual free and open to the public Ham and Bean supper, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, starting at 6:30 pm.

At 7 pm, noted author and folklorist Jim Hoy will offer a special program.

Hoy has published more than a hundred articles on the Great Plains and Flint Hills, ranching and the folklife of the American West, as well as nine books, including Cowboys and Kansas: Stories from the Tallgrass Prairie, Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie, and (together with Tom Isern) Plains Folk: A Commonplace of the Great Plains and Plains Folk II: The Romance of the Landscape. He is, in addition, a Flint Hills native and a Professor of English at Emporia State University.

Also scheduled for Haysville’s celebration of Kansas’ birthday – an announcement concerning a few of the many events planned at Haysville Community Library for the Sesquicentennial Year.

Jim Hoy at Kansas City Public Library

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Don’t Forget: This Thursday at 6 PM

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Upcoming Events: Kansas at 150

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Upcoming Events: Couponing Class January 20th

In these challenging economic times, nearly everyone is interested in “getting the most bang for a buck.”

Last November, the Haysville Community Library community room was crowded with attendees for our fall coupon class – and in the meantime we’ve had so many others express the wish that they had been able to attend.

So, due to popular demand, next Thursday, January 20th from 6 pm until 8:30 we’ll be hosting another class in effective couponing – stretching your dollars, saving on grocery bills, securing needed products for free, and much, much more.

Want to learn more? Just call or stop by the library for full details

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