“Caught up in Circles”

The above 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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CPL to Reopen November 2nd

At their regular monthly meeting held Monday, Oct. 26th, the Cunningham Public Library (CPL) Board of Trustees decided, by consensus, to reopen the library beginning Monday, November 2nd after being closed most of September and all of October due to Covid-19.  Open hours of service will be Monday and Wednesday from 2: 00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Public safety remains a paramount concern, and so in reopening the library will follow the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC, State, and County. Therefore, the restrictions and conditions adopted by the board back in June still apply, i.e., face masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing.

As the pandemic continues, so continues the possibility of needing to close again.  However, the board’s hope is that the enjoyment that comes with being able to visit the library again in person will outweigh the disappointment that will surely follow with another difficult decision to close.  As we get through this fraught time, please know that we will work to provide what services we can and as safely as possible.

Alternatively, another way to visit the library anytime is to do so virtually from your home computer or mobile device by visiting our online catalog using the “search our catalog” tab located above on our website header. Here you may browse the collections, and after logging into your account with your library card and password, you may place a reserve on any item(s).  Once your reserve is processed, you will be notified by phone, email, or text message, at which time arrangements can be made for delivery or pickup.

CPL’s enhanced automated catalog is easy and enjoyable to use and offers recommendations and information that will help you to choose the appropriate materials for yourself and/or for your child(ren).

For more information, please call the library at 620-298-3163 or email the library at cunninghamlibrary@yahoo.com .

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Library is offering service through curbside and by appointment

Due to the uptick in Covid-19 cases in the county and in Cunningham, the library board of directors voted to keep the library closed for a period of time in order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.  Details of the latest patron service procedures are highlighted in this flyer.


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New StoryWalk®

The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain

The StoryWalk® book, The Way I Feel by Janan Cain, is now on display in Lions Park.  We are grateful to Kingman County Extension for loaning us another book, which is an exploration of feelings. Goodreads had the following to say about this book:  Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Your child will learn useful words, and you will have many chances to open conversations about what’s going on in her/his life.  



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Virtual field trips with a click!

Hey there!  How about a visit to the San Diego Zoo?

Do you have Curiosity for the Mars Explorer? Did you know that The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, powered by the United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, has blasted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station? The liftoff went right on time, July 30, 2020 at 7:50 a.m. EDT. Follow the NASA blog to learn more!

How about the mud volcanoes at Yellowstone National Park?

Visit these places and more at over 30 virtual field trips with this link.  Message us on our Facebook page and tell us what you think!

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“Why does the Opossum have a bare tail?”

Learn about the Opossum in this  YouTube video put together by Pam Martin,
Education Specialist, KDWPT, Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The video begins with a little play of the Cherokee story, “Why does the Opossum have a bare tail”?, followed by a 15-minute program with Miss Petunia, a live Virginia Opossum.


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New Mask Policy at CPL

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Free Book Teaches Children “Why We Stay Home”

“…It will get better.  We just have to stick together.”

Click to access 22785a_4cd8e864678f485096b56f34ed0b56dc.pdf

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Tidying up for a fresh start

The “life-saving” magic of library friends!

Library friends and board members “sparked joy” this week when they arrived at the library with brushes and pails and “Bert and Ernie” to help tidy up the library. We hit everything from the baseboards to the awning.

Thank you Bob and Mary, Jane, Jennette, Tricia, Rogene, Ingrid and Linda! Thanks also to the person who took it upon themselves to trim around the Redbud on the patio.

With your help we’re on track to have a limited reopening beginning Monday, June 22.

To fresh starts!

Until further notice, our new hours are:
Monday – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday – 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If you’d rather not come into the library, no worries! We’re still offering curbside/home delivery. You can access our online catalog to search for items. Call the library at 620-298-3163 or email at cunninghamlibrary@yahoo.com.

While we can’t go back to business as usual, we do invite you in to check out materials and to use the computer and printer.

We’ll ask that you maintain social distancing, use hand sanitizer, wear a mask to protect others, and to limit your time inside (15-20 minutes)  The library will provide disposable masks for adults.

Sidebar: A StoryWalk™ in Lions Park is in the works! We’ll “Say Something” soon about the featured book by children’s book author, Peter Reynolds ;~)

Summer Reading will look different as we’ll be going to an online program with outdoor-only activities.  More to come!

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We Count!

A 2020 Census counting book for young children and the grownups who love them!



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