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For Immediate Release November 1, 2016


The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library will be hosting a program presented by Paul Miller and Nancy Crenshaw Miller highlighting their trip to Chile. The talk will be given on November 6th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alma Branch Library, located at 115 West 3rd Street, in Alma.

The Millers, who operate a farm and ranching operation near Alma, began their world travels more than ten years ago. Since then they have traveled extensively and have many adventures to share.

This program will provide an overview of the Miller’s travels. A digital photo travelogue of their journey will be displayed during the program so audience members will have the opportunity to enjoy the sights as well as hear the story.

This presentation is being offered in addition to other events scheduled for PWRL’s annual Kansas Reads to Preschoolers - One Book / One State Program. Please plan to attend, and be ready to participate in the adventure!!  Everyone is welcome, and there should be something for all ages to enjoy.  Refreshments will be provided.

If you have questions about this program, or any aspect of library services, please call PWRL Alma Branch Library at 785-765-3647 or St. Marys Headquarters Library at 785-437-2778.



For Immediate Release, October 28, 2019:

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Program at the Library

The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library will be participating in various activities to support the fifteenth annual Kansas Reads to Preschoolers program during the week of November 4th – 9th, 2019. Please join the Library staff, in cooperation with the State Library of Kansas, as we work together to promote the importance of reading to the very young in our State.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week provides an opportunity for Kansans to make a difference in the life of a child. The purpose of the program is to ensure that every Kansas child between the ages of 0-5 years old is read to sometime during the week. The further goal of the project is to remind parents, caregivers and librarians the importance of reading aloud to children every day of the year. Studies show that the more a child is read to the better they are prepared for learning to read and succeeding in school. So do your part and plan to bring that special child in your life – your child, grandchild, sibling, and neighbor - to one of these readings. We look forward to seeing you at the Library!!

As in past years one book has been chosen to act as the main focus for the Kansas Reads One-Book/One State program. I Like Myself written by Karen Beaumont is the book selected for the 2019 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. This charming title will appeal to young readers, with a focus on the 2-5 years old age group. I Like Myself has simple text and bold illustrations that feature one little girl’s exuberant ode to self-esteem that celebrates the joy of liking who you are.

The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library will be joining with public libraries and private organizations across Kansas to reach out to all Kansas preschoolers to help accomplish the reading challenge set by the Kansas State Library.

Storytime Readings of I Like Myself, along with accompanying activities, will be held during the following dates and times. All events are open to the public. Children younger than age 7 will need to be accompanied by a parent or other caregiver. Please contact your local library at the number listed below, or contact the St. Marys Headquarters for more information.



For Immediate Release, October 11, 2019:

 Fall Bookmark Contest held at the PWRL Alma Branch Library

The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library Alma Branch recently sponsored a Fall Bookmark Contest for students at the Alma Grade School and the St. John's Lutheran School. Bookmarks were distributed to teachers for grades K-7 in late September. After all the entries were returned winners were chosen by honorary judges from the Yak-N-Yarn Ladies Crafting group which meets every Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Alma Branch Library.

The winners of the Fall Bookmark Contest are Landry Weisshaar – K (AGS), Wyatt Hall – 1st (AGS), Alex Glotzbach – 2nd (SJ), Summer McCart – 3rd (SJ), Tallie Deever - 4th (AGS), and Haley McClusky – 7th (SJ). Each student who took part received their laminated bookmark and the winners from each grade were awarded a small prize. Also, each winning bookmark has been printed off and will be distributed to library patrons. 

The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library board and staff would like to thank our local area schools and their students for their participation. We very much enjoyed seeing their works of art and look forward to sharing copies with our patrons this fall. 

For more information about this event, or any aspect of library service, call the PWRL Alma Branch Library at 785-765-3647, the Marys Headquarters Library at 785-437-2778 or go to the Library website at http://www.pottwab.org.




Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library Offers Digital eBooks and Audiobooks

Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere 

Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library has expanded its services to include digital eBooks and audiobooks. Library card holders can borrow and enjoy digital media anytime, anywhere by clicking the link on the library’s website at www.pottwab.org or visiting the Sunflower eLibrary site directly at www.sunflowerelibrary.org.

If you have a device that you can use to read digital content and want to try eBooks, or would like to have some new audiobooks you could listen to on your MP3 player or other device, then Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library has a great new service for you!

Users may browse the library’s digital content website, borrow titles with a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets. The Sunflower eLibrary service is also compatible with Amazon Kindle devices. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! If desired item is already checked out, users can place a hold. They will be notified by email when the item becomes available. Library staff can always help you if you need assistance!

PWRL has contracted with OverDrive to provide patrons with this new access to digital content through the Sunflower eLibrary. This service is available in addition to statewide access provided by Kansas Library Card digital resources, such as the 3M Digital Library for eBooks and One Click Digital Library for digital audiobooks. Using Sunflower eLibrary patrons can easily browse and check out digital audiobooks and eBooks online. Best of all the service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so users are free to use it whenever their schedule allows!

The Sunflower eLibrary service is free for PWRL users with a library card. To get started enjoying digital eBooks and audiobooks visit www.sunflowerelibrary.org. Click the link at the top of the page labeled “Discover the Next Generation experience” for an overview, including a how-to video. Additional information, including a link to free software downloads, can be found by clicking the Help button on any page of this website. The OverDrive Media Console App is also available for free download from various app providers including the apple app store and the Google Play store. This app can be installed on many mobile devices and allows users to download content directly from the Sunflower eLibrary site to their device without the need of a computer to complete the transaction.

All PWRL locations, including libraries in Alma, Alta Vista, Eskridge, Harveyville, Olsburg, Onaga, St. Marys, and Westmoreland, have computers with high speed internet that patrons can use for free! If you’re ready to give digital eBooks and audiobooks a try but don’t have a computer or internet access you can do it all at the Library! Patrons may read or listen to eBooks or audiobooks at the Library, or bring their mobile devices and transfer checked out items to it.

This new service will allow PWRL to add thousands of popular digital items to the Library’s collection. Sunflower eLibrary also gives easy access to a huge collection of free public domain titles and don’t count against patron checkout limits. We are very excited to be able to offer this new option to our patrons!

If you don’t already have one, come get your Library card today! Your card is the key to gaining access to the over 100,000 physical items the Library has available to borrow through PWRL’s online library catalog, as well as around the clock Internet access to the new digital collection!

To explore this new resource, visit the Library website at www.pottwab.org and click the link for the service or visit the Sunflower eLibrary directly at www.sunflowerelibrary.org. For more information about the digital eBooks and audiobooks, or any aspect of library service, call the St. Marys Headquarters Library at 785-437-2778 or go to the Library website address listed above.