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Larabee Library News
The Laraby Library’s childrens room! New books! Hearts for February Heart month!
The window in the children’s room with the huge Thank you sign to all of our donors! Public Libraries in the rural areas would not survive without donations! We appreciate them very much!

Our beautiful days last week have given us enough hope of spring that we will be able to make it through this next Artic Blast.  Come to the library and enjoy our warm space and check out our new books that Sandy and Adam are working hard to get on the shelves. We have expanded both our Young Adult and Adult titles through the wonderful donation of a library patron.

Robert Owens was in last week and secured donation plates to the “Books” in the Giving Wall. Nancy Hildebrand has updated our directory of names and listed the blank “Books” we still have available for purchase. If you thought you had missed the chance to honor a loved one in this way, there are 16 “Books” still available in various price ranges. When these are gone the Wall of Giving will be complete. Come in and view this unique and beautiful way to support our library and honor our loved ones.

• Come celebrate Valentine’s Day and Heart Month with your favorite young people by making hearts throughout the month of February. Sandy has several ideas to choose from or create your own fun heart.

• T-Shirt Quilt class will be Feb. 24 at 1-3 p.m. at the Library. The cost will be $20. Everyone should bring one or two t-shirts with them to practice the technique and start their own quilt. Call to reserve a spot in the class. 620-234-5762

• March 2-8 will be Dr. Seuss week and we will celebrate “Read Across America” by reading Seuss books and featuring Seuss toys (a special one will visit with you). Plan to put this fun week on your calendar. 

• Read to your child everyday. Support reading in your home by having books at their fingertips. Model reading by enjoying your own great book! We have many books for the family to enjoy!

Our celebration of Kansas Day with a Monday Morning coffee was so well attended we have decided to try Monday Morning Coffee at Nora’s Place every last Monday of the month. 

Monday February 26th at 8:30 am - noon come join us at the library for coffee and “special eats.” Have a great visit with people young and old, new to the community or descendents of homesteaders, all are invited. It would be a great way to kick off a day trip to Stafford!

Are you looking for a connection with your child, grandchild, or others? Books or Nora’s Library could be the answer. Ask your loved one what they are reading and start a dialog with them. Bring them to Nora’s and we will have activities you can enjoy together. Connection with others is something we are needing in this world we live in today. It is especially important with our young people that are bombarded everyday with negativity. Reach out to them and make a connection that they can lean on when their world seems unbearable. If Nora’s Place can help we welcome the opportunity.

I have continued reading Barbara Britton’s books this week by going to My Kansas Library Card. Remember the Card and books are free, diverse and at your fingertips! We will help you get it set up. Come in or give us a call. I never thought I would read a book off a computer — but there are Unlimited - Free books and there are times (late at night -in the dark) that it is a great way to read!

• “Heavenly Lights” is about Noah bat Zelophehad, the daughter that is in charge of her family’s flocks and the danger she faces as a  child doing a man’s job.

• “Claiming Canaan” When the tribal elders make marriage a requirement for claiming her land, Milcah bat Zelophehad must find a betrothed within the year. Will it be the drunk that fell from a tree on top of her? Tribal law (being touched by a man) dictates it must be.

• “Providence” is not a story about Zelophehad’s daughters. It is a story about Hannah, a disfigured daughter of the high priest. She feels her birth defects have brought dishonor to her family and she seeks Israel’s prophet to heal her. Her journey takes her to a foreign country and forces her into captivity where she discovers the love of her life. Will her love make life worth living?   

These books are a quick, inspirational read that open up Bible times, customs and inspire a faith in God’s plan even through great difficulty.

A book I grabbed off my shelf and will donate to the library, “Rainbow’s End” by Irene Hannon was a modern day inspirational read. When two strangers have reached the “end of the road” because of personal tragedies can they find happiness? 

“Oath and Honor” by Liz Cheney has been donated to Nora’s. It is a memoir of the Republican House Leader and her first hand account of the Jan. 6th insurrection and its aftermath.

“So many Great books - So little Time.” You would be surprised at the adventures you could have and the worlds you can discover by just reading a few minutes a day. Maybe reading isn’t possible for you? With the Kansas Library Card you can adjust the font as large as you need or listen to the book. Join our book challenge and live many lives through books.

Our next Board meeting is Feb. 14, at 6 p.m.

Our library hours are: Monday morning 8 a.m. to noon; and Tuesday through Friday 2-6 p.m. Call 620-234-5762, email Visit Facebook at Nora Larabee Memorial Library. 

By Gerry Hildebrand, head librarian for the Nora Larabee Memorial Library, Stafford, KS. Phone 620-234-5762, email or visit Facebook at Nora Larabee Memorial Library.