Nov 262014

The Ness City Public Library Board of Trustees and staff invite you to stop by the library on December 2nd between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to see our newly remodeled lobby and circulation area.  The center room has a fresh coat of paint and new carpet in the work area; as well as a new circulation desk, work stations and beautiful cabinetry that have been built with funds from the Ralph and Claretta Pfannenstiel memorial and a generous donation left to the Ness City Public Library Foundation from their estate.  Claretta served on the NCPL  board for a number of years and remained a loyal library supporter until her passing 2011.

Enjoy some refreshment and see the many services that the library has to offer the residents  of Ness City and surrounding area.


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This past week, November 17-22, was Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week.  Each year a children’s book is selected to be read to every preschooler in the state of Kansas by librarians throughout the state.

This years’ book was, “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” by Jan Thomas.  Jean Schlegel from the Ness City Public Library packed up her library bag with books, puppets, a musical CD & player, and other storytelling props and set out to visit the area preschools.

Her first day, she visited the morning and afternoon classes at the Ness City Preschool.  On Thursday she attended the Sacred Heart Preschool.  And on Friday she traveled to the Western Plains South preschool at Bazine.  At each stop she read the chosen book to the children, then we re-read the book and the children acted the characters out by pretending they were the cows who JUMPED, DANCED, WIGGLED AND NAPPED on chicken’s sofa.  Next we had fun wiggling to the song, “I Can Wiggle” – and you can be assured that those preschool children really know how to wiggle!

We ended our time together by playing a game.  Chicken loves to hide behind the sofa, but which sofa is he behind?  The children had to guess which color sofa chicken was hiding behind.  Was it the red, blue, yellow, green, orange, or purple sofa?

The Ness City Public Library provided each child with a copy of the book so that they can continue to JUMP, DANCE, WIGGLE, and NAP with the cows and chicken anytime they want to.

Thanks to all 46 children for being such great listeners and the teachers, Mrs. Brenda Horchem, Mrs. Lona Ratliff, and Mrs. Tracy Ritchie for letting me come and have fun with your classes.


Oct 312014

We just completed the fifth week of our fall story time, next week will be our last session.  We have had a great time with the children.  This week we read, “The Pumpkin Patch Parable” by Liz Curtis Higgs,  This is the story of a farmer who grows many kinds of vegetables, but his favorite is the pumpkin.  The children can see how pumpkins develop from the seeds planted in the soil to the various shapes and sizes of bright orange pumpkins.  The farmer shares his pumpkins with his neighbors by making jack-o-lanterns out of some of them.

The story time children decorated a real pumpkin that was given to them by Miss Laurie.  Next we decorated an empty water/milk cartons by creating faces with different shapes of black masking tape.  An orange glow stick was inserted into the  cartons and when turning out the lights we had a variety of glowing jack-o-lanterns.  An extra glow stick was sent home with each child so they could have a lighted jack-o-lantern on Halloween.

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Jul 052014

The final class activity for the Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading Program brought four fifth graders to Dr. Einstein’s Laboratory and Cosmic Café.

Don’t let anyone tell you that 5th graders are to old to read to –  they are not!  Dr. Einstein (Jean) read the book, “It’s a tornado” and we had some good discussion about tornados.  We finally rounded up just enough bottles so that they could create ‘tornados’ in a bottle.  This time we didn’t have the food coloring, but decide that we could see the rotation of the debris better with just the clear water.  The kid enjoyed decorating their treasure boxes, and creating unique sand art in small light bulb shaped bottles.

Dr. Steinein (Laurie) preformed an experiment with a plastic bottle that she had drilled a hole in, filled it with water and put on the cap.  When she uncovered the hole the water did not come out through the hole.  The pressure in the bottle held it in.  Squeezing the bottle or releasing the cap allowed the water to escape.  The kids also had fun sorting the pepper flakes from the salt crystals by using static electricity.  The library has a great selection of scientific experiment books.  Many of them use things you can find around the house.

The special four-course meal was served to the participants.  Some of the favorites were Quark Soup, Petrie Dish, Proton Pie and Titanium Electrons – pudding, pizza, Oreo cookies, and M $ Ms respectively.

While they ate their four-course meal, Jean asked each child to give her an example of a noun, verb, adjective, etc. which ended up composing a very funny story entitled “Fizz, Boom, Eat!”

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Jun 272014

What a great time the Ness City Library Summer Reader’s had this past week with Kevin Horner, ventriloquist/illusionist, and his puppets: the rabbit in the hat, Coconut the monkey and Sheldon the turtle.

Mr. Horner is a three time ‘Peoples Choice Award’ winner in the art of ventriloquism.  He resides in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and travels throughout eight states to perform for schools, libraries, corporations and the military.

Kevin presented a delightful program to 27 children and eight adults at the United Methodist Church on June 25th.   Following the program, children had a chance to have their pictures take with Kevin and their favorite puppet.

This program was certainly one of the best I’ve seen, thanks Kevin to coming to our community and giving us all an afternoon of laughter and surprises!  We really appreciate the United Methodist Church for letting us use the fellowship hall so that more children can attend our programs.

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Jun 122014

Dan Dan the Magic Man, Professor Science, Bunny Einstein and Quintin entertained the Ness City Public Library Summer Readers on Tuesday, June 10th at the United Methodist Church.  Professor Science had invented the ultimate time machine.  Now you may not believe this librarian; but if you ask any of the children attending this informative and entertaining program, they will certainly tell you that it worked!  We saw it with our own eyes – Bunny Einstein was transferred into the future!

The audience spent 45 minutes laughing and in awe at the wonderful magic tricks of Dan Dan the Magic Man, as well as the clever science experiments demonstrated by Professor Science and his assistant, Quintin.  Several of the children in the audience also helped with the tricks and experiments.

Twenty-five children and 9 adults attended this program.  Thanks to everyone who attended.  A very special thanks to the United Methodist Church for letting us hold this program in fellowship hall.  Thanks also to Nancy Marshall for keeping the library open while the regular staff was hosting the “Fizz Boom Read” magic & science show.  See more photos on the Dan Dan the Magic Man Page at the left side.

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Jun 122014

Sixteen summer readers used their imagination and creativity to design and built robots for our first week activity of our “Fizz Boom Read” summer reading program. Each child will receive a mini pizza certificate for their efforts.  Thanks kids for taking part in this activity.  The robots will be on display here at the library, so stop by and see them.  Librarian, Laurie Dinges, designed ‘Fizz-Bot’ the Library Robot.  He holds the treasurers that the children can choose from each week during their visit to the library.   As you can see by  the colorful papers around the bulletin board, the kids are busy reading (each paper represents a book read).   There were more at the top, than we did not get in the picture.  We hope to fill the wall by the end of our program!

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Jun 102014

authorNess City Public Library will be hosting a books signing for Myron Stenzel, former Ness City resident, on June 21, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon here at the library.  Myron’s first book “Keep the Light” has been published through Tate Publishing.  Myron will share his experiences in writing and getting his book published, as well as offer his autographed book for sale during this time.  Please join us for a morning of friendship and inspiration as Myron presents his new novel.

Check out Myron’s web page at

Lap Sit Story Time

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May 222014

Ness City Public Library had a great group of children and their moms at our Lap-Sit Story Time this past Thursday morning.

We had fun singing “Good Morning to You,” “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and “The More We Get Together.”

Miss Jean read the book, “Beautiful Bananas” by Elizabeth Laird.  The little girl in the story is going to visit her granddad and she decided to take him a bunch of bananas. However, on her walk through the jungle she meets several animals who also like her gift.  We discovered that there were eyes watching Bernice on her journey.  The children had fun finding the eyes hidden in the jungle trees and vegetation on each page.

The kids enjoyed playing with the building blocks for awhile before it was time to choose their books to take home.  Miss Jean also gave each child a book, compliments of the library.

There will be no Lap-Sit Story Time in June or July.  We do hope that the children continue to come to the library and take part in the Summer Reading Program.

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May 142014

2014 Summer Reading

The Ness City Public Library is ready to explore through the many facets of science with our Summer Reading Program – Fizz, Boom, Read!  This six-week program is free, but the children must be enrolled to take part in any of the activities.

Parent may enroll their pre-school through sixth grade children at the library from May 20th to 30th; and our program begins on June 2nd.  Most of our activities are planned for first through sixth grade ages; however, we do offer a few programs that the pre-school and kindergarten kids can attend.  The ages are based on this year’s completed grade level.  For example, if your child finished Kindergarten, he/she will be in the Kindergarten age group for summer reading.

The librarians have been experimenting with some pretty exciting activities and thus far have not blown up the library!  On June 10th, our friend Dan Dan the Magic Man will perform his own magic and scientific experiments to entertain and encourage our summer readers to keep reading.  We have invited a new performer, Kevin Horner, and his menagerie of puppets to captivate and amuse us on June 25th.  Additional activities of games, experiments, crafts and some rather scientific snacks will be held for boys and girls in grades 1st through 6th.  Schedules will be giving out with the enrollment packets.

Please call the library at 785-798-3415 if you have questions about our summer reading program.  We look forward to six weeks of powering up with books and electrifying our minds, so we hope you will join us in the fun as we “Fizz, Boom, Read” here at the Ness City Public Library.