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Welcome to our Virtual Library!

Check out the links in our virtual library! Use the link to sign up for Summer Reading then enjoy Jeff Quinn’s Reading Safari Magic Show by clicking the “Enjoy the Show” link. Stop in at the library to pick up your reading logs. You may begin logging your reading any time.

Coming on June 7th is our Page Turner Adventures Virtual Summer Reading Program.  We’ve allowed for every contingency this summer by partnering with this Emmy Award-winning organization to bring an animal-themed virtual summer program to your children, grades K-3.  This program has it all – from a “paws-itively” entertaining pup show to creating yummy treats in the kitchen, the kids can actively participate in all the fun from the comfort of home.

Watch for more details about how to access this program from our website or on our Facebook page and in The Cunningham Courier.

We will also be hosting daily activities at the library in conjunction with the virtual program. More announcements to come.

Meanwhile, mark your calendars for June 24th at 1:00 p.m., when Pam Martin will bring her “Tales behind Tails”– some of nature’s best tails, presented by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.  The event will be held at the Community Center across from the library.

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It’s National Library Week

With the launch of National Library Week, April 4 – 10, 2021, it’s time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.  The theme for 2021 National Library Week is “Welcome to Your Library.”

Ways to Celebrate

1. Visit the library! 
The library is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

2. Sign up for a library card!
If you don’t have a library card, sign up for one! You can sign up through our online catalog using the “sign up” button in the upper right corner.  Once you’ve registered, the librarian will receive an email with your request and can complete your registration. Then you can stop in sometime to pick up your library card, or ask to have one mailed to you.

Of course, you can always register in person during our regular hours:)

Special Student Hours April 8th!
On Thursday, April 8th, the library will be open from 3:30 to 6:00 so that students
(aged 12 and up) can stop in after school to sign up for a library card.

3. Join in our  “We love our library because…” campaign

This promotional campaign is our attempt to re-connect and engage with you!
We’re hoping to learn more what library services are important to you.

To participate, just complete one of the following sentences:
1) “We love our library because…”
2) “Cunningham Public Library is important to the community because…”

Then send your response to:
or, click on the facebook link to the right  of this page to leave your comment.

Choose your format!
Your responses can be in the form of:
a) a recorded video–WE’D LOVE THAT!
b) a written response with a photo of yourself or yourself with a loved one
c) or just a written response–Yes, WE’D LOVE THAT, TOO!

You choose the setting!  It could be in your favorite reading nook, outside under a shade tree, reading with a loved one, from your office, with your favorite book(s), in a group, etc.  April is also National Poetry Month.  Maybe an iambic pentameter or a limerick? Now’s your chance to be creative!

We’ll collect and compile your responses and post them to this website and to our facebook page.

This local promotion is inclusive! Everyone is invited to join in. We’re hoping to get responses from students, parents and grandparents as well as civic, business, church, and school leaders.

Meanwhile, here are a few quotes about libraries from some famous folks that might spark your own thoughts about the value of your public library:

When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.
– Rita Mae Brown

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. – Ray Bradbury

The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of your library. – Albert Einstein

The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. – Paula Poundstone

I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card. – Laura Bush

Libraries always remind me that there are good things in this world. – Lauren Ward


4. Participate in the national ALA #MyLibraryIs promotion on social media

Celebrate National Library Week 2021 by sharing what you love about the resources and services available at your library. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page, how your library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home. Use the hashtag #MyLibraryIs.  The ALA will gather all the entries, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.  The promotion starts Sunday, April 4 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 10 at noon CT. Don’t forget to tag your library!

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“Caught up in Circles”

“Caught up in Circles”

This photo is a cut-away from a photo taken in Feb. 2016 at the library’s Creative Arts & Quilt Show. The two-day event raised $9,000.00 for the library’s expansion project. While the photo cut-away doesn’t do the quilt (or the designer’s skills) justice, the theme of the quilt seems to capture what some of us may be feeling during this pandemic.  It also seems a fitting reminder of the warmth and comfort our friends and family bring.  Lynanne Rohlman DeGarmo designed and pieced this quilt. Her mother, Joyce Funke, did the machine quilting.

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