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Art Educator to Lead Drawing Program at the Library

June 12, 2018 – Kyle Tiernan, a self-described “renegade” art teacher from San Diego, Calif., will lead Draw Along with Kyle at 6:30 p.m. June 21, as part of Salina Public Library’s Summer at the Library. The interactive program, designed for ages 5 and older, will be in the library’s Prescott Room.

Since 2003, Tiernan has worked with more than a million kindergarten through 6th-grade students during fully interactive school and library summer reading programs. Using an overhead projector and screen, he leads the group step-by-step through three drawing lessons tied together by a theme and stories. Children will have their own supplies so that they can follow along and will have completed drawing to take home at the end of the program.

Summer at the Library includes art programs, like Draw Along with Kyle; children’s performers; storytimes; discovery programs; math, reading and technology classes; and family movies. 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 21 to July 20, can be logged toward the goal. As of June 12, 5,598 books have been logged.

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

Salina Public Library Sets Reading Goal of 25,000 for the Summer

May 7, 2018 – Salina Public 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 21 to July 20, can be logged toward the goal. Working toward the reading tally, plus plenty of events, classes and prizes drawings, will make up this year’s Summer at the Library.

Weekly drawings will be held for adults, children and teens who add the books they read to the goal tally. Books can be added online at 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.

The library’s schedule will be full this summer with events for all ages. Children are invited to performances by Tamara Howe School of Dance, Drum Safari, juggler Flying Debris and Jim Cosgrove’s Mr. Stinky Feet. There will be art and yoga classes, discovery programs with Lakewood Discovery Center, K-State Extension and Rolling Hills Zoo. Educational classes designed to combat summer learning loss will be offered. Plus, children and teens can explore technology with classes on coding, robots, virtual reality 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 a lineup of movie showings, Monday Night Book Discussions and a program on Summer Constellations lead by Dr. Dorothy Hanna, president of the Salina Astronomy Club. Technology classes covering 3D printing, Google Chrome and Soldering will be offered. 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 20, at Salina Public Library for those who participated by logging books or attending the constellation program, any movie, genealogy event or book discussion.

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 or call (785) 825-4624.

Amy Adams

Public Relations Coordinator
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May 2018

April 2018

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