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View 2017 Summer Reading Program News Release with Photos

For Immediate Release, September 15, 2017:


The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library’s annual Summer Reading Program was a great success. The 2017 summer reading theme “Build a Better World, Read!” encouraged participants to be creative and put their imagination to work to create new and better worlds during their annual summer reading experience at the library. PWRL, with the help of the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and in partnership with the Kansas Department of Education, also provided free shelf-stable sack lunches to children as part of the activities surrounding PWRL’s annual Summer Reading Program.

Each of PWRL’s eight Library locations provided additional reading and craft activities before and after lunch. Many families came to have lunch, play a game, attend a program, and read along with us this summer. A total of 540 patrons registered to participate in PWRL’s 2017 Summer Reading Program, and 7,551 books were reported read during the course of the summer program at all locations of the library. The Library as a whole circulated 15,730 books, dvds, audiobooks, and interlibrary loan materials during June and July. A total of 8,014 patrons also attended the special programing offered by the library during our Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program went hand-in-hand with our Summer Food Program at the Library. The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library was able to serve a total of 3,917 individual meals in Pottawatomie and Wabaunsee Counties as part of our annual Summer Reading Program.  Meals were served by volunteers and library employees at all of PWRL’s locations including Alma, Alta Vista, Eskridge, Harveyville, Olsburg, Onaga, St. Marys, and Westmoreland. To facilitate the process, PWRL partnered with volunteer groups from the Olsburg Community Pride, the City of Alta Vista, Harveyville United Methodist Church, St. Marys Knights of Columbus, and Northeast Kansas Catholic Charities

The meals were provided by Catholic Charities and were free for anyone under the age of 18. Parents or Caregivers who accompainied their children were also welcome to enjoy a free lunch at the library. There were no income requirements or registration. For more information about the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas Kids Summer Food Program, visit https://catholiccharitiesks.org/kids-summer-food-program/

After the successful completion of our summer activities, the Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library board and staff would like to say that we are extremely grateful for the community members and volunteers, local area schools, all the parents and childcare professionals, our special guest speakers, and any others that made our Summer Reading and Summer Food Programs possible. From promotion to volunteering time and resources, we know the most valuable resource was YOU.

For more information about the summer reading program, or any aspect of library service, call the St. Marys Headquarters Library at 785-437-2778 or go to the Library website at http://www.pottwab.org.



Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library Now 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.