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                 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
                 Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
                 Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. 

Salina Reads


In September and October, Salina Public Library is organizing Salina Reads. This will be the sixth year for this community-wide reading campaign. During this time, Salinans are encouraged to read "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah and the children's books "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña and "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia.

The Books

Born a Crime book coverNoah was born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. He was kept mostly indoors during his early years to hide from the government. Liberated by the end of apartheid, Noah and his mother finally lived openly and embraced new opportunities. “Born a Crime” is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother — a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

Noah is the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, a role he took over in 2015. He rose to stardom with “The Racist,” his one-man show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He made his U.S. television debut that year on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Visit Trevor Noah's website.


Last Stop on Market Street book cover“Last Stop on Market Street” tells the story of CJ who rides the bus with his grandma across town every Sunday. CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend. His grandma provides encouraging answers to his questions as the two ride through their bustling city. It has been recognized with the Newbery Medal, as a Caldecott Honor Book, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book and others.

De la Peña is a New York Times bestselling author. He received his M.F.A. in creative writing from San Diego State University and his B.A. from the University of the Pacific. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. Visit De Le Peña's website.



One Crazy Summer book cover“One Crazy Summer” is a Newbery Honor novel that follows three sisters who travel to Oakland, Calif., in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.

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. Visit William Garcia's website.  








Film: “Invictus”

Saturday, Sept. 8 | 10 a.m.

No registration required.

Location: Salina Art Cinema

Free admission. Rated PG-13. In 1994, having been released from his long imprisonment, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) is elected as the first president of post-apartheid South Africa. Racial tension runs high. As hosts of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, South Africa's low ranked national team, the Springboks, have a berth in the tournament. Mandela begins making public appearances supporting the team, and meets privately with captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), encouraging him to inspire his teammates to victory. The Springboks' new slogan is "One team, One nation." President Mandela is betting that if they win the Cup, it might even be a bit true.

Presentation: “Identifying Domestic Abuse”

Thursday, Sept. 13 | 7 p.m.

No registration required.

Location: Prescott Room, Salina Public Library

Carly Tinkler from Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas will explain how to recognize signs of domestic abuse. DVACK serves survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking teen dating violence, and elder abuse.

Youth: Storytime

Wednesday, Sept. 19, & Thursday, Sept. 20 | 10:15 a.m.

Ages 3-5

No registration required.

Location: Prescott Room, Salina Public Library

For the Sept. 19 and 20 Storytimes, “Last Stop on Market Street” will be read and used to discuss family. Storytimes include books, rhymes, music and crafts.

Film: “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Saturday, Sept. 29 | 10 a.m.

No registration required.

Location: Salina Art Cinema

Free admission. Rated PG-13. Based on South African President Nelson Mandela's autobiography of the same name, it chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison before becoming president and working to rebuild the country's once segregated society.

Film: “Selma”

Saturday, Oct. 6 | 10 a.m.

No registration required.

Location: Salina Art Cinema

Free admission. Rated PG-13. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people. A dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Monday Night Book Discussion

Monday, Oct. 8 | 7-8 p.m.

No registration required.

Location: Technology Center Conference Room

Discuss “Born a Crime” with other community members in a casual setting.

Youth: Book Bunch

Tuesday, Oct. 9 | 6-7 p.m.

Youth: 8 and older

Registration is required and opens Sept. 24.

Location: Youth Services, Teen Area, Salina Public Library

We will meet, eat pizza and discuss the Youth Services' Salina Reads selection, "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia. 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.

Presentation: “The Lives of African Americans in Salina, Kansas, During Segregation”

Thursday, Oct. 11 | 7 p.m.

No registration required.

Location: Prescott Room, Salina Public Library

Marie D. Johnson will give an in-depth look at the lives of African Americans in Salina, Kansas during segregation. Johnson will use first-hand accounts in detailing the endurance of racial discrimination and how the African American community responded during that era. She will inform the audience of life after the era faded away and how it has impacted the lives of today’s African Americans in the Salina community.

Johnson is a local historian and 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.

Film: “Searching for Sugar Man”

Saturday, Oct. 20 | 10 a.m.

No registration required.

Location: Salina Art Cinema

Free admission. Rated PG-13. In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folk singer who had a short-lived recording career. Unknown to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Long rumored there to be dead, two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate in this documentary.