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                 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
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Press Releases

KU Natural History Museum Coming to the Library 

July 1, 2019 Salina Public Library is pleased to announce that the University of Kansas Natural History Museum's Pop-Up Mobile Museum will stop in Salina from noon-4 p.m. on July 12 before moving on to Great Bend and Garden City. This free, fun and educational addition to the Summer at the Library lineup will be outside in Caldwell Plaza. 

Youth and families will have the opportunity to explore natural history collections up close and learn about fossils. There will be displays of more than 90 species, plus hands-on paleontology activities. Visitors will have the chance to uncover 300 million-year-old fossils from eastern Kansas in a dig pit, explore fossils and casts from the Cretaceous Seas of western Kansas, and check out real and cast trace fossils before making their own. The museum is also bringing a Mosasaurus skull cast and a storybook about mosasaurs and other prehistoric creatures for the library to keep. This outreach project was made possible through a generous donation to the KU Natural History Museum.      

Summer at the Library includes educational opportunities; children’s performers; storytimes; art and discovery programs; math, reading and technology classes; and movie screenings. The library is also calling on the community to demonstrate the value of reading by helping to reach the goal of 25,000 books read. Each book read this summer, from May 24 to July 25, can be logged toward the goal. As of June 28, 12,355 books had been logged.

Find out more about Summer at the Library, by calling (785) 825-4624, go online to www.salinapubliclibrary.org/summer or stop by the library, 301 W. Elm.

‘Mr. Stinky Feet’ to Kick Off Summer at the Library

May 21, 2019 – A free, family concert will kick off Salina Public Library’s Summer at the Library. Rockin’ dad, Jim Cosgrove, will perform at 6:30 p.m. May 30 in Caldwell Plaza, just south of the library.

Cosgrove, also known as “Mr. Stinky Feet,” has delighted audiences for over two decades with his high energy, interactive concerts. He has performed throughout North America and Europe, including two performances at the White House. His discography includes “Swimming in Noodles” (2010), “Pick Me! Pick Me!” (2003) and “Stinky Feet” (1999). He has won two Gold National Parenting Publication Awards, seven Parents’ Choice Awards and “Favorite Entertainer” by Kansas City Parent Magazine, and published “Everybody Gets Stinky Feet,” a collection of 32 essays from his time as a parenting columnist for The Kansas City Star.

Summer at the Library includes children’s performers, like Cosgrove; storytimes; art and discovery programs; math, reading and technology classes; and movie screenings. The library is calling on the community to demonstrate the value of reading by helping to reach the goal of 25,000 books read. Each book read this summer, from May 24 to July 25, can be logged toward the goal.

In case of bad weather, the concert will move inside the library to the Prescott Room. Find out more about Summer at the Library, by calling (785) 825-4624, go online to www.salinapubliclibrary.org/summer or stop by the library, 301 W. Elm.


Library Aims for 25,000 Books Read This Summer

May 8, 2019 – After falling just short of its community reading goal last year, Salina Public Library is again calling on the community to demonstrate the value of reading by helping to reach the goal of 25,000 books read this summer. The tally will start May 24, and each book read before July 25 can be logged toward the goal. Summer at the Library will also include events, classes, prize drawings and end of the season parties. Information on all the summer happenings can be found in the Summer at the Library calendar, available online at www.salinapubliclibrary.org and at the library.

Weekly drawings will be held for adults, children and teens who add the books they read to the community reading goal tally. Books can be added online or at the library. Books in any genre and format can be counted. That includes hardback, paperback, e-books, audiobooks, Playaways, Talking Books and books read to others. Books don’t have to be obtained from the library but can come from personal collections or purchased at stores, as well.

Summer events for youth will include performances by Jim Cosgrove’s Mr. Stinky Feet, Tamara Howe School of Dance, Dan Dan the Magic Man and Denise Gard and her Border Collies. There will be LEGO builds, programs with Lakewood Discovery Center and Rolling Hills Zoo, and educational classes designed to combat summer learning loss. Plus, children and teens can explore technology with classes on coding, robots, keyboarding and more. Children and teens can also enter prize drawings by attending events hosted by Youth Services or educational classes offered in the Technology Center. The summer will close out with a party at Kenwood Cove for all children and teens who turn in a book log to Youth Services.

Adults can enjoy summer, as well, with movies, exhibits, Monday Night Book Discussions and a program on the moon lead by Dr. Dorothy Hanna, president of the Salina Astronomy Club. In addition to the drawing for logging books, adults — those 18 and older — will also be entered into weekly drawings for submitting book reviews online or at the library. An Adult Summer Reading Open House will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Salina Public Library for those who participated by logging books or attending any adult program.

Dates and times for events are available on the library’s online calendar or in the Summer at the Library schedule at the library. More information on all summer activities can be found at www.salinapubliclibrary.org/summer or call (785) 825-4624.


Exhibit of Botanical Illustrations at Gallery 708

April 25, 2019 – “Novitius Pictor,” an exhibit of watercolors by Pam Harris, is on display in Salina Public Library’s Gallery 708 through May 10. A reception for the artist will be from 4-5:30 p.m. May 3, in conjunction with First Friday.

“Novitius Pictor” is inspired by the world of botanical illustrations. After a visit to the New York Botanical Garden, Harris decided to try depicting botanicals using plants from her own garden.

“Since watercolor was foreign territory to me, the show is titled ‘Noveitius Pictor’ — ‘Beginning Painter’ in Latin (according to Google Translate). But once I began producing the work, I realized I should have stopped at just ‘Beginner’ — Beginner Landscape Designer, Beginner Painter and Beginner Gardener,” said artist Pam Harris.

Harris is a graphic designer who also draws and paints. In her design career, she has been employed by print shops, ad agencies, design studios, and by corporate marketing and art departments. She has operated her own design business since 2005, offering print and web design, illustration, and marketing services. Previous exhibitions include “Flat & Square on Strings,” a collection of mixed media work; “Every Day I'm Trufflin,' ” pencil drawings of chocolate truffles on decorative plates; and “The Way,” a show which was inspired by Marty Robbins' cowboy ballad, “El Paso.” More of Harris’ work can be seen at PamelaHarrisDesign.com.

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 This 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.


Amy Adams

Head of Community Engagement
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