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CARDINAL CATALOG - Plans for reopening schedule continue
Karen LaPierre
Karen LaPierre

HOISINGTON — Hoisington Public Library is continuing to make plans for our reopening schedule. We are currently offering curbside service and it’s going very well. We’ve had quite a few requests, and one thing librarians know are books.

We have implemented increased sanitizing and quarantining of books. We recently purchased a bug zapper, and all incoming items are heated to 140 degrees for two hours. They are then quarantined for a total of 72 hours, followed by cleaning with a bleach solution.

Sneeze guards have been installed at the circulation desk, and additional measures are being followed.

When we do reopen to patrons, things will look different. The Hoisington Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. June 1 to discuss the reopening schedule.

At least initially, the restrooms will be closed to the public. Please have your children use the restroom before they come to the library. All games in the children’s section have been put away, and no computer use will be allowed. More information on this phase will be forth coming.

We’ve added a monthly newsletter listing all of our new books delivered via email for our patrons. Please email me at to be added to the list. Remember, our board has asked that patrons only check out three new books at a time so that many can enjoy the new books.

A common complaint we hear is that our patrons have read all of our shelf fiction books. we just went through and cleaned each book and can assure you, no one has read all 10,000. Most of our fiction books are new since 2000 and many new since 2010.

Maybe you were on vacation or a patron kept that new book past the due date and you missed it. We have many books in all genres that have had few and some no readers, including those by big name authors.

Plans are being made for summer reading. Summer Reading will be virtual this year and more announcements will be forthcoming.

Here are a few of our new books:

“Someone Like You.” Karen Kingsbury. Shattered by the discovery that she is not the biological daughter of her parents, Maddie abruptly ends an engagement and moves away before connecting with the grieving friend of a sister and family she never knew existed.

“If It Bleeds.” Stephen King. These four never-before-published novellas represent horror master King at his finest, using the weird to riff on mortality. A teenager discovers that a dead friend’s cellphone, which was buried with the body, still communicates from beyond the grave in “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.” In the moving “The Life of Chuck,” a series of apocalyptic incidents bear out one character’s claim that “when a man or a woman dies, a whole world falls to ruin.” “Rat” sees a writer strike a Faustian bargain to complete his novel, and in the title story, private investigator Holly Gibney, the heroine of King’s Bill Hodges trilogy and “The Outsider,” faces off against a television newscaster who vampirically feeds off the anguish he provokes in his audience by covering tragedies. Publisher’s Weekly

“Masked Prey.” John Sandford. The daughter of a U.S. Senator monitors her social media presence when she finds a picture of herself on a strange blog. Surrounding the photos are texts of vicious political rants from a motley variety of extremist groups. But when the FBI is called in, there isn’t much the feds can do. The anonymous photographer can’t be pinned down to one location or IP address. With nowhere else to turn, Senators decide to call in someone who can operate outside constraints: Lucas Davenport.

“Sunrise on Half Moon Bay.” Robin Carr. Adele and Justine have never been close. Born 20 years apart, Justine was an adult when Addie was born. The sisters love each other, but they don’t really know each other. When Addie dropped out of university to care for their ailing parents, Justine, a successful lawyer, covered the expenses. 

Now that their parents are gone, the future has changed dramatically for both. Addie had plans but has been worn down by the pressures of being a caregiver. And Justine’s success has come at a price. Her marriage is falling apart. Neither woman knows how to start life over, but both realize they can and must. Provided by publisher.

Karen La Pierre is the director at the Hoisington Public Library. She can be reached by email at