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Library Seeks Artists to Exhibit in Gallery 708

Sept. 11, 2018 – Salina Public Library is seeking applications from artists to display their original work for four-week exhibit in Gallery 708. Spots are available beginning Oct. 19 through the end of 2019.

Gallery 708 provides space in the library’s south entrance for artists to showcase two-dimensional work. An artist’s reception will be held for exhibiting artists during First Friday Night Live, a Salina Arts & Humanities led evening that highlights arts events throughout the community. Artists are allowed to sell their work, though sold pieces must remain for the duration of the show. Artists keep 100 percent of proceeds.

Artists interested in applying should fill out an application form and provide a website or digital images of work samples for review. Applications from artists not selected for a show will be kept on file for future consideration. Applications can be found on the Artists & Authors page under the Programs & Services tab or at the library’s Information Services Desk.

For more information, contact Lori Berezovsky, Information Services Outreach Librarian, at (785) 825-4624, ext. 249, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Memoir Writing Focus of Family History Detectives Meeting

Sept. 4, 2018 – Salina Public Library’s September meeting of Family History Detectives will focus on putting family history down on paper. Information Services Librarian Barbara Mulvihill will present “Genealogy and Beyond: Writing a Family Memoir” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the library’s Prescott Room.

Many family genealogists conduct their research not only to inform themselves but so a record can be shared with extended family and future generations. Mulvihill will offer advice and strategies for undertaking the process of collecting a family’s story in memoir format.

Mulvihill has more than 30 years of experience with genealogy research and has lead personal history recording efforts at the library, including StoryCatchers and the oral history recording project for Kansas Stories of the Vietnam War. She is the recipient of a 2018 Lana Jordan Developing Artist Grant from Salina Arts and Humanities. She used the grant to take an online master writing class and to travel to Arkansas and Texas for research.

Family History Detectives, formally known as the Genealogy Club, meets every third Thursday, August through November and January through May. Genealogists of all experience levels are welcome. Upcoming topics include using Evernote to organize research and U.S. Army unit records. Meetings are free and do not require registration.

For more information, contact 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.

Drum Safari to Help Celebrate a New School Year

Aug. 30, 2018 – Salina Public Library is bringing Kansas City-based Drum Safari to Caldwell Plaza, south of the library, for a Back to School Bash at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.Drum Safari performers

Families are invited to celebrate the arrival of fall while drumming, dancing and grooving along to Drum Safari’s music. During this special show, they’ll explore new rhythms and meet new animal friends, including a few dinosaurs. Instruments provided for all participants!

Brandon and Teryn Draper met while studying percussion in college. Teryn is a first grade teacher and Brandon is on the music faculty at the University of Kansas, in addition to performing throughout the U.S. The couple worked with renown music therapist, children's performer and drum circle guru "Bongo" Barry Bernstein, while developing their Drum Safari concept that began during their days in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. Unexpectedly, Bernstein passed away in 2009 leaving a void in the children's entertainment/education world. The Drapers joined forces with Jeni and Jim Cosgrove with Hiccup Booking and began bringing their own brand of rhythm-based edu-tainment to kids throughout the middle U.S.

The performance is free, and no registration is required. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

To find out more information about the Back to School Bash, contact Heather Mettlen at (785) 825-4624, ext. 244, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the library, 301 W. Elm.

Schedule of Salina Reads Events Announced

Aug. 14, 2018 – Salina Public Library has several events planned in conjunction with 2018’s Salina Reads, its community-wide read. Movie screenings and presentations are set to compliment this year’s book selections — the memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah, “Last Stop on Market Street,” a picture book by Matt de la Peña, and the chapter book “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia.

Four films that draw on the setting of “Born a Crime” in South Africa and its exploration of racism will be shown at Salina Art Center Cinema, 150 S. Santa Fe. The showings will be free, and concessions will be available for purchase. The lineup of films is:

Bringing the exploration of racism closer to home, local historian Marie D. Johnson will present “The Lives of African Americans in Salina, Kansas, During Segregation” at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 in the library’s Prescott Room. Johnson will use first-hand accounts in detailing the endurance of racial discrimination and how the African American community responded during that era.

In his book, Noah candidly discusses his violent stepfather. Carly Tinkler, with Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas, will explain how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Prescott Room. DVACK serves survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, teen dating violence and elder abuse.

The October meeting of the library’s Monday Night Book Discussion will focus on “Born a Crime.” This conversational group will meet at from 7-8 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Technology Center Conference Room. The library will also have book discussion packets available that book groups, friends and family or coworkers can use to help organize their own discussions of “Born a Crime.”

For the Sept. 19 and 20 Storytimes, “Last Stop on Market Street” will be read and used to discuss that week’s theme of “family.” Designed for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers, Storytimes include books, rhymes, music and crafts. They are held at 10:15 a.m. in the Prescott Room.

Youth ages 8 and older will discuss “One Crazy Summer” over pizza during Book Bunch from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 9. The group will meet in the teen area of the library’s Youth Services Department.

Salina Reads is an annual community-wide read that takes place in September and October. This will be the sixth year for the program. The community is encouraged to read the selected books, start conversations and attend programs. For more information on Salina Reads, visit, contact Lori Berezovsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (785) 825-4624, ext. 249, or visit the library at 301 W. Elm.

Amy Adams

Public Relations Coordinator
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January 31, 2018: Former Library Director Joe McKenzie honored by library board and Friends of the Salina Public Library

January 29, 2018: Artist Paul Sommers Pastoral Kansas Watercolors in Gallery 708

January 16, 2018: Hispanic genealogy presentation planned as part of spring 2018 Genealogy Club season

January 16, 2018: Spanish Version: Hispanic genealogy presentation planned as part of spring 2018 Genealogy Club season

January 9, 2018: A homecoming for new library director at Salina Public Library

January 5, 2018: Library to Partner with Kansas Humanities Council to Collect Oral Histories of Vietnam Veterans

January 5, 2018: January Book Discussion 2018 "The Things They Carried"

December 1, 2017:  Library's Technology Center to host Hour of Code for all ages

November 30, 2017: Winter & Christmas Holiday events planned in December at the library

November 29, 2017: SPARK & Library to Host Writer’s Mixer

November 28, 2017: Local sisters’ children’s book signing at the library December 2

November 7, 2017: Public Invited to Retirement Party for Library Director Joe McKenzie

October 24, 2017: Salina native Linda K. Banninger gifts $200,000 to the Salina Public Library

July 27, 2017: Spacey Events in August to Celebrate Eclipse at Salina Public Library

July 20, 2017: Summer Reading Celebration July 28 to feature harpist Rojean Loucks

July 11, 2017: Drum Safari S.T.E.M. Jam, rhythm-based performance July 27

June 28, 2017: Director Joe McKenzie to retire from Salina Public Library

June 16, 2017: Mad Scientist to Defy Gravity in Science Performance at Salina Public Library

May 12, 2017: Starling word counting devices now available for checkout at the library

November 14, 2016: Library Circulation and Youth Services to see changes