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                 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
                 Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
                 Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. 

Press Releases

Magazines Now Available to Check Out From Library

Feb. 25, 2019 – Salina Public Library is making most last year and current year magazines available for check out. With their library card, patrons can check out up to six magazines for 14 days.

There are 129 titles available, including Better Homes and Gardens, Car and Driver, Men's Health, New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Taste of Home. Kansas magazines, newsprint and current issues are not included. Library users cannot place holds on magazines.

“By allowing older issues of magazines to circulate, we are getting more use for the money spent. Our goal is that patrons can now enjoy these magazines in their own home, rather than having to read them in the library,” said Angela Allen, Head of Information Services.

Any Kansas resident may obtain a Salina Public Library card at no charge. To be issued a card, present a picture ID with current address at the circulation desk. If your ID does not have your current address, please bring some proof of your address, such as a utility bill.

For more information, contact Angela Allen, Head of Information Services at (785) 825-4624, ext. 224, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the library, 301 W. Elm.


Friends of the Library to Have Spring Book Sale

Feb. 12, 2019 – The Friends of the Salina Public Library will have its Spring Book Sale on Feb. 23 and 24 in the library’s Prescott Room. The Saturday sale will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the Sunday sale will be from 1-3 p.m.

The sale will feature a variety of books that have been donated or withdrawn from the library’s collection. On Sunday, books will be $5 a bag. The Friends will supply the bags for shoppers to fill.

The sale benefits the Friends of the Library, a volunteer, board-guided, membership organization that acts as a booster club for the library. Some Friends’ activities include providing volunteers for library events, purchasing T-shirts for Summer Reading and toys and games for the Imagination Station, and providing scholarships for teen library volunteers.

Friends members will be invited to an exclusive pre-sale the Friday evening before the public book sale. The evening includes refreshments and door prizes. Additionally, Friends do not incur late fines on items checked out from the library and are able to enroll in CLASS courses the day before public registration opens each quarter.

For more information on Friends of the Salina Public Library, including how to become a member, visit www.salinapubliclibrary.org/friends, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the library, 301 W. Elm.

Local Artist to Display Oil Paintings

Feb. 6, 2018  – “Places and Spaces”, an exhibit of plein air oil paintings by Salinan Marla Ames Kuiper, will be on display Feb. 8-March 8 in Salina Public Library’s Gallery 708. A reception for the artist will be from 4-5:30 p.m. March 1, in conjunction with Friday Night Live.

At an early age, Kuiper developed an interest in drawing which continued throughout her school years. In college, she concentrated on drawing and oil painting receiving a B.A. in art and education from Fort Hays State University. After teaching art at both the elementary and secondary levels, she began pursuing painting seriously as a stay-at-home mom. During this time, she sold nearly 200 paintings and drawings, took part in numerous art shows, and was featured in the Salina Journal.

Eventually, Kuiper reentered the workforce as a graphic designer and illustrator. Since retirement, she has taken a special interest in plein air painting and has taken part in numerous plein air festivals in both Vermont and Kansas. She has studied under acclaimed plein air artist Mark Boedges and is active in the Kansas Figure Drawing Group. Her work has been displayed at the Emile Gruppe Gallery in Jericho, Vt., and several galleries throughout Kansas.

“Although I am a realistic artist, it is not my desire to make an exact copy of what I see, but rather to express a feeling that stirs a reaction in the viewer – a memory, a yearning, or simply an appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us,” Kuiper said.

The public is welcome to view the exhibit during library hours — 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information on art exhibited at the library, please contact Glory Benacka at mediaThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (785) 825-4624, ext. 219, or visit library at 301 W. Elm.


Victorian Mourning Topic of Genealogy Presentation

Feb. 4, 2019 – During a special meeting of Salina Public Library’s Family History Detectives, Jill Frese and Joel Meyers, of Manhattan, will present “Victorian Mourning: A Complicated Business.” The free presentation will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 in the library’s Prescott Room.

Siblings Frese and Meyers are both family historians who specialize in finding unmarked graves through dowsing or witching. They’ve developed experience in genealogy through extensive family research, including research trips. They hold 30-40 presentations in several states each year and love to spend time researching not only their own family but cemeteries and towns as well.

Family History Detectives, formerly known as the Genealogy Club, meets August through November and January through May. The focus of upcoming meetings includes Tombstones and Tombstone Rubbings and a lock-in to allow for assistance on genealogy research. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Librarian Barbara Mulvihill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (785) 825-4624, ext. 234, or visit the library at 301 W. Elm.


Amy Adams

Public Relations & Programs Supervisor
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