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Family History Detectives to Cover Organizing Research

Oct. 4, 2018 – Family History Detectives, Salina Public Library’s monthly educational genealogy gathering, will focus on organizing research during the October meeting. The group will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the library’s Prescott Room.

Information Services Librarian Barbara Mulvihill will present on using Evernote to organize genealogy research. Evernote is a cloud-based app designed for note taking, organizing, tasks lists and archiving.

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 started using Evernote to organize information for a memoir she is writing on her family in Texas during and after the Civil War.

Family History Detectives, formally known as the Genealogy Club, meets every third Thursday, August through November and January through May. Genealogist of all experience levels are welcome. Upcoming topics include using 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.


Friends of the Library to Have Fall Book Sale

Oct. 9, 2018 – The Friends of the Salina Public Library will have its Fall Book Sale on Oct. 20 and 21 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. They will also mark Friends of the Library Week Oct. 15-19 with a membership drive from 4-6 p.m. each day.

The sale will feature a variety of books that have been donated or withdrawn from the library’s collection.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 semester. Any new Friends joining now through the end of the year will receive the remainder of 2018 for free, and their membership will run through the end of 2019.

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 Historian to Speak on African American History

Oct. 1, 2018 – As part of Salina Public Library’s community-wide read, Salina Reads, local historian Marie D. Johnson will present “The Lives of African Americans in Salina, Kansas, During Segregation.” The free public presentation will be 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 segregation. She will discuss life after the era faded away and how it has impacted the lives of today’s African Americans in the Salina community.

Johnson’s presentation reflects themes explored in this year’s Salina Reads selection, “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, on a local level. In his book, Noah writes about his childhood in South Africa and the effects of Apartheid, a strict system of racial segregation.

Johnson is a graduate of Bethany College in Lindsborg. She was the first place winner of the 2016 Kansas Association of Historians for the best scholarly paper for an undergraduate and third place winner for the 2016 Best of KWU for her thesis “The Election of Robert C. Caldwell, Salina’s first African American Mayor”. In addition, she is a United States Army Veteran, 1992-2000. She is currently a substitute teacher for USD 305 and the wife of Justin D. Johnson. They are the proud parents of Isabella R.J. Johnson.

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 salinapubliclibrary.org/salinareads, 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.


Library to Have Book Discussion for Youth

Sept. 24, 2018 – Salina Public Library invites youth 8 and older to discuss the Salina Reads selection, “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia. Book Bunch, a book club for youth, will meet from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the teen area of Youth Services.

In this award-winning novel, we follow Delphine and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern as they take a summer trip to California to visit their mother. When they arrive on the West Coast, their mother decides that they will attend a day camp run by the Black Panthers. The three sisters learn about their family, their country and themselves. Williams-Garcia blends humor into her exploration of complex family relationships and a turbulent time in America's history.

Williams-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels for young adults and middle-grade readers. Her most recent novel, "Gone Crazy in Alabama," ends the saga of the Gaither Sisters, who appear in "One Crazy Summer" and "PS Be Eleven." Her novels have been recipients of numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award, National Book Award Finalists, Newbery Honor Book, Junior Library Guild, and the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction. She served on the faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children M.F.A. Program.

Pizza will be served at Book Bunch. Registration is required for this free event and can be made on the library’s online calendar at www.salinapubliclibrary.org or by calling the library at (785) 825-4624.

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, contact Heather Mettlen, Youth Programs Specialist, at (785) 825-4624, ext. 244, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.salinapubliclibrary.org/salinareads.


Amy Adams

Public Relations Coordinator
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(785) 825-4624, ext. 241


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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