Press Releases

Library, Ballet Salina Partner for Ballet in the Park

July 2, 2018 – Salina Public Library and Ballet Salina, a project of Tamara Howe School of Dance, will bring dance to Oakdale Park with a performance of the family-friendly ballet “Fairy Doll.” Part of the library’s Summer at the Library schedule, the ballet will be staged at 6:30 p.m. July 12 on Eric Stein Stage.  

“Fairy Doll” is based on E.T.A Hoffman's story, “The Sandman.” The story concerns a toy shop into which a wealthy but unsophisticated farmer and his family enter, as well as an English lord and his family. The owner of the toy shop displays all his mechanical dancing dolls and they are purchased. The shop closes, and midnight approaches. The Fairy Doll steps out of her case and summons the other dolls out of theirs. They dance, along with several toys that have come to life. At one o'clock, they all step back into their cases, but the shop-owner has heard a noise and comes into the room with a light. The Fairy Doll's case lights up, and she steps out of it to confront him. Suddenly, all the lights go up, and he is surrounded by the dolls. The curtain falls.

Ballet Salina is designed to increase exposure to and appreciation for classical performance arts in the community, as well as to provide local youth with opportunities for training that mirrors that of the professional world. Ballet Salina opportunities are open to students ages 7 and older.

Summer at the Library includes family entertainment like “Fairy Doll”; storytimes; art and 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 July 2, 12,318 books have 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.


Oregon Author to Sign Books at Salina Public Library

June 28, 2018 – Author Deedie Runkel will sign copies of her book “Scone by Scone: Tales from an Innkeeper’s Life” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, on the main floor of Salina Public Library. Copies of the book will be available for sale during the signing.

After many years on the East Coast of building communities and advocacy work, Runkel moved West with her husband David in 2002 to take over a struggling bed and breakfast that caters to theater lovers attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. “Scone by Scone” shares Runkel’s experiences at the inn through myriad situations, including weddings, unexpected reunions and actors at breakfast. Each chapter also includes recipes from the inn’s prize-winning menu.

“To our surprise, we discovered that innkeeping is indeed our vocation,” Runkel said. “It’s inspiring, transforming work, and calls on skills we didn’t know we had. And is laced with entirely unexpected ingredients — the love and friendship of many amazing people who came to us as guests but whom we now count as treasured friends for life.”

Runkel majored in English at Penn State and recently earned her master’s degree in writing from University of California - Riverside. Her first book, an autobiography titled “Boxes: Lifting the Lid on an American Life,” was published in 2010. Her opinion pieces and articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Friends Journal and other publications.

For more information on opportunities for artists and authors at the library, please contact Lori Berezovsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (785) 825-4624, ext. 249, or visit library at 301 W. Elm.


Art Quilts to be Displayed in Gallery 708

June 26, 2018 – Salinan Shawn Delker will display an exhibit of her art quilts in Salina Public Library’s Gallery 708 June 29 through July 27. A reception for the artist will be from 4-5:30 p.m. July 6, in conjunction with Friday Night Live.

The exhibit, titled “Contemplate,” will include fiber art pieces that incorporate linen, wool and silk, as well as traditional cotton. Delker also uses unwoven silk in a process that turns it into a fabric and dyes her own silk for some of her work.

“Part of my joy comes from the time of creating and contemplating my world,” Delker said. “I find it is time to stop and contemplate this whirlwind world and this door I opened eight years ago. Some cultures contemplate with mandalas, some find natural environments a time to contemplate, you will find both in this collection of my artwork.”

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 Lori Berezovsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (785) 825-4624, ext. 249, or visit library at 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 www.salinapubliclibrary.org 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 www.salinapubliclibrary.org/summer or call (785) 825-4624.


Amy Adams

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


Archives 

June 2018

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