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Great Bend library evolving as community learning hub
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All the staff from the Great Bend Public Library would like to thank our community for helping to create a wonderful Summer Library Program throughout June and July of this year. Thank you to everyone that came to our events, checked out materials, used library computers and wi-fi, and attended classes. We also want to extend a special thank-you to our summer sponsors, who generously gave to help make our programs this year possible, particularly the extra special and large events. There were a total of 32 sponsors that gave cash to help support library programs, or coupons and merchandise to use as summer prizes. 

The summer sponsors helped us to reach a total of 12,048 people that attended our programs in June and July. That’s a lot of people that you helped impact this summer! In fact, we had a total of 22,005 visits to the library this summer, which includes program numbers and those using other library resources. The numbers help prove that libraries can still be relevant in our digital age, and have evolved to be a community hub of learning, activities, and information. We would not be able to impact all those Barton County community members without our sponsors. Thank you, from the staff of the Great Bend Public Library. A very special thanks goes out to the Friends of the Library group, that contributed a large amount of funds to support our largest programs throughout the summer.

For event info or other library information, please visit our Facebook page or website, stop by the library at 1409 Williams St., or give us a call, 620-792-2409. Please note that the library is back to regular open hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Michael Adamyk is the marketing and technical services manager at the Great Bend Public Library. He can be reached by email at


August 20

7 p.m.: Open Book Club, “The Hunt for Red October,” meet at Perkins


August 22

3:30 p.m.: Read to Luna