Ness City Public Library

113 S. Iowa Avenue – Ness City, Kansas 67560

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Ness City Public Library has served Ness City and surrounding areas since 1887. There are over 17,00 items in our core collection which consists of fiction, non-fiction, audio books, videos and DVDs, large print books, magazines and area newspapers. We offer numerous services to our patrons such as five public computers, wireless access, a copy machine, fax machine, typewriter and laminator. To find out more visit our About NCPL page.

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Circus Time – Story Time

Posted By on March 1, 2014

We are starting our “spring” (hopeful thinking) story time here at the Ness City Public Library.  We will hold a class on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoon for boys and girls ages 4 to Kindergarten.  Children must be enrolled to participate.  There is no charge for these sessions.

Our theme is  ’Circus Time’ and we have planned stories, games, crafts and activities based on people, animals and other things you might find at the Circus.  This first week we will be clowning around, so hope you have enrolled your child so we can begin our fun time here at the library!  Our sessions run for six weeks.

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NEW “Books Are Fun” Items have arrived!

Posted By on February 12, 2014

The new “Books Are Fun” materials arrived this morning!  We will call in our orders on February 20th and your items will be delivered on February 21st to the library for your pick-up.  There are some really neat things this time!  A darling soft stuffed green turtle with a nightlight for the wee ones, a ceramic garden owl with multi-colored lights, and everything you need to make a snowman (except the snow, which we have at the moment!)  The are several delicious cookbooks, a home remedy book using household supplies, a handy tool kit for that special man or woman, fun things for the kids to do and much, much more.  So come by the library and take a look!


Zinio E-magazines now available to Ness City Public Library patrons

Posted By on February 7, 2014


Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand, offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. The Southwest Kansas Library System Zinio Project, is a joint venture between the libraries in southwest Kansas and the Southwest Kansas Library System to provide digital magazines for library patrons.  Before setting up your Zinio accounts, you will first need to have a Ness City Public Library card.
Go directly to the Zinio Library Portal
Getting Started:
You will need to create two (2) accounts to use Zinio for Libraries.
• One account for the Library portal where you can check out magazines for free.
• One account with to read magazines and manage your library online or via the Zinio app on your mobile device.
Both accounts must use the same email address in order to synch properly. If you create a Library Portal account using a different email address than your existing account, you can edit your account to change your email address on record to match.
Please be aware – You can only check out magazines for free via the Library portal. If you subscribe to any magazine directly through or the Zinio app – you will be charged for it. and the Zinio app offer “Free Samples” but these are not free magazines from the Library. If you choose to partake of any of these “Free Samples” you will be asked to pay for them after a certain number of issues. may send you emails offering you the opportunity to pay for a subscription to a magazine that you receive through the Library portal.
You do not have to pay for any magazine that you checked out through the Library portal. To opt out of promotional emails from Zinio, sign in to your account at, hover over your name in the upper-right and click Account settings. On your account settings page, click Preferences on the left and change your Email Preferences.
Creating your Account on the Library Portal:
1. On the Library portal – click Create New Account in the upper-right corner.
2. Enter your library’s access code + your library card number. The library access code for is a 4 or 5 digit code you can obtain from your library.
3. In the pop-up window – enter your name, email address, and the password of your choice. So you would enter something that looks like abc12345678.
Once your account is created, you’ll automatically be logged in and can begin to browse the Library’s collection and check out magazines.(Directions for Creating your Zinio Account are below the Browsing the Library’s Zinio Collection directions)
Browsing the Library’s Zinio Collection:
There are three ways to browse the Library’s magazine collection:
1. Scroll through the cover display.
2. Conduct a title search.
3. Select an option from the drop-down topics menu.
Creating your Account and Checking Out Your First Magazines:
1. When you find a magazine you want to check out, click on it and then click Complete Checkout
2. You’ll be presented with the option to Start Reading or Continue Browsing.
3. When you’re ready to start reading, you’ll be redirected to and asked to create your account there.
4. Enter your name, email address , and the password of your choice.
5. You also have the choice of whether or not you wish to receive promotional emails from These emails are not affiliated with the your local library.
6. Click Register.
Your new magazine will now appear in Your Library on
PLEASE NOTE: If you already have an existing account, you can sign in with it to complete your check out.

For further questions, call the library at 785- 798-3415.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted By on December 12, 2013

The Ness City Public Library would like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Our library has been blessed with many gifts and donations throughout the year!  We have enjoyed the friendship of many new patrons and cherished the friendships of our patrons that have been with us for many years.  If you have not visited our library or it’s been a long time since you’ve been here, we invite you to come by and look around.  You might be pleasantly surprised at what you might find to check out.  You might not be aware of some of the services we offer to the individuals of our community and Ness County.

Wishing the best to each of you!

Trustees:  Sara Pfannenstiel, Chair; Kim Fellhoelter, Vice-Chair; Brenda Horchem, Sec./Tres.; Connette Eckels, member; Carolyn Vogel, member; Brent Kerr, member and Brue Buether, member.

Staff:  Jean Schlegel, Director; Laurie Dinges, Assistant Librarian;  Nancy Marshall, Part-time Librarian and Melody Julian, Volunteer.

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Christmas Gifts from Books Are Fun

Posted By on December 4, 2013

Books Are Fun item just arrived this morning!  Come by and help Santa fill your Christmas list.  Order go in on December 12 (Thurs) and items will be delivered on December 13th (Fri). 005

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week

Posted By on November 22, 2013

The Library Director,  Jean Schlegel, spent the week visiting preschools in the Ness City area.  On Tuesday she visited both the morning and afternoon classes of Mrs. Brenda Horchem at the Ness City Public School.  On Wednesday morning, Ms. Jean traveled to Bazine and read to Ms. Brenda Ballines’ class at the Western Plains South preschool, and on Thursday she  braved the ice and visited the children at Mrs. Lona Ratliff’s Sacred Heart Preschool.

This years’ Kansas Reads to Preschooler book selection was “Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd.  After reading the story to each class, we retold the tale of dogs colorful day by letting the children add the various colored spots to ‘dog’ using paint dobbers.  The children enjoyed counting and repeating the colors and what caused that particular spot on dog.  We thank Laurie Dinges for drawing an enlarged version of ‘dog’ for us to tell our story.

Each child received a copy of the book, “Dog’s Colorful Day” compliments of the Ness City Public Library.  Below are some of the children.  I appologize to the Ness City preschoolers, as I forgot to take my camera when I visited your school.

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Halloween Trick or Treaters

Posted By on November 6, 2013

003 004 005We were thrilled to have 84 young trick or treaters stop by the library during the Ness County Chamber of Commerce sponsored”Trick or Treat Downtown” on Halloween Eve.  We got a few picture before our cameras’s battery died!  Thanks Moms, Dads, Grandparents all everyone else who brought their children to this fun event.  There were so many great costumes, it was a fun time in Ness City.  Thanks the the Chamber for planning this event for our kids!


Fun Down on the Farm Story Time

Posted By on October 24, 2013

Time flies!  We’ve had two weeks of “Fun Down on the Farm” story time!  The first week we read Liz Curtis Higgs’ book “The Pumpkin Patch Parable.”  We made pumpkins by covering a roll of TP with orange fabric and adding a twisted brown paper stem, leaves and a curled pipe cleaner.
Week two we read “Barn Cat” by Carol Saul and “Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes. We discovered that in both books the cat was looking for it’s favorite treat- a nice big bowl of milk!  The children made hand print kittens of various colors.  Miss Jean gave each child a farm animal sucker to take home.

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34th Annual Wichita Children’s Theatre – A Big Day!

Posted By on October 9, 2013

What a fun packed day we had with the Wichita Children’s Theatre and all of the kids of Ness County!  We began our morning at 9 a.m. with the 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grades watching “The Bully.”  At 12:15 p.m. the 3rd grade students participated in “Cavity Crisis in Cowtown” (presented through a grant to WCT from Delta Dental).  The kids also received dental hygiene kits.  Then at 2 p.m. we hosted pre-school through 6th grades where we enjoyed “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”  Fun plays with educational values and a super audience to top off the day!  Thanks everyone for coming!  Thanks to the Cub Scout Pack #131 for the generous donation to this event and to the Ness City School for the use of the auditorium.


Posted By on September 26, 2013

The Ness City Public Library will begin story time for boys and girls ages 4 through Kindergarten.  We will be holding two class each week one on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and one on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  Classes begin on October 15th & 16th!

Our theme this time is “Fall Fun Down on the Farm!”  We will be enjoying stories, game, songs and crafts based on farm related activities with a touch of fall festivities.

Parents must come to the library between September 24 and October 7th to enroll their children.  Class size is limited due to space, so get your children enroll early.  Questions, call 785-798-3415.