The library's calendar of events is filling up faster than a downspout with fall leaves. We have invited graphic novel expert and Basehor Community Library's teen services librarian, Amy Schaffer, to be the guest speaker at our Tuesday, Oct. 2, Tonganoxie Library Teens meeting at 7 p.m. To kick-off Teen Read Week, we have local author Lisa Harkrader scheduled to speak at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the library.
Get your copy of "Airball: My Life in Briefs," signed by the author. Carolyn Courtney is planning a creative writing group for the teens at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.
We will have Games, Gadgets and Gizmos, including an iPhone, Wii and Guitar Hero, at the library for a Friday night of Fun, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Teens also are encouraged to participate in "The Unread," a simple reading program to reward reading for fun, with movie passes, new books, and food coupons as prizes.
The Kansas City T-Bones also are sponsoring a reading program for children, "Read Your Way to Sizzle." Students are asked to read 2,000 minutes by March 31, 2008, to earn two tickets to a 2008 T-Bones baseball game. Reading logs are available at the library. Join Miss Carolyn for Monday morning story time at 10:30 a.m., except Oct. 8 when the library will be closed for staff development. The Novel Readers Book Club is reading "One-thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus and will discuss it with coffee and cookies at 7 p.m. Monday.
Buy our surplus furniture, books and computer equipment during the city-wide garage sale Saturday, Oct. 6.
The Craft Club continues crocheting Christmas tree skirts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, we are playing host to "What a Difference a Friend Makes" with Minds and K9s, an event celebrating mental and whole body health month. There is a list of mental health resources on our Web site.
End the month at the Community Halloween Party and Carnival. It is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27at the Tonganoxie Historic Site. This event is sponsored by B&J Country Mart, the Tonganoxie Historical Society, the Tonganoxie Recreational Commission, the Friends of the Library, the library, and the Masons, with volunteers from all of those organizations, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, FBLA and more! It is truly a community event and we encourage you and your family to come for food, old-fashioned games, a haunted maze and a haunted hayride.
The Tonganoxie Public Library is at 303 S. Bury. For additional information, pick up our October calendar, visit the Library's Web site at www.tonganoxielibrary.org or call us at (913) 845-3281.
-- Sharon Moreland is the director at Tonganoxie Public Library.