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2018 Summer Reading Events

June 1, Friday, 3pm: Kick-Off Party. Join us as we discuss upcoming summer reading activities. We will have treats and door prizes, along with examples of some of our crafts.

June 2, Saturday, 10am: LEGO Club. Complete a challenge from our archives or create your own structures using our collection of LEGOs and base plates. You’ll have LEGO kits to put together, as well. We will display the structures in the library until our next LEGO event.

June 5, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie. Rock out with Pete the Cat and use scarves for dance and movement.

June 6, Wednesday, 3pm: Lummi Sticks. You will design your own Lummi sticks with our supplies and learn how to use them. The sticks are used in ceremonies of the Lummi Indians from the Pacific northwest.

June 7, Thursday, 3pm: Can You Do It With Paper? You will have two timed challenges using paper as our medium. Challenges are a surprise. Prizes will be given.

June 8, Friday, 3pm: Rock, Chalk Event. You will use sidewalk chalk to decorate the sidewalks outside of the library. Everyone will leave with some chalk to create designs at home. In case of rain, we will play Bingo inside the library.

June 12, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Drums. Let’s make some noise! You will use everyday items to form a drumming band.

June 13, Wednesday, 3pm: Maker’s Day. You have ideas and we have the STUFF to make your ideas a reality. This is a self-guided program. This year we have a selection of electronics to add to the mix.

June 14, Thusday, 10am: Making Music #1. You will make a harmonica and tambourine. You will also learn a bit about music.

June 14, Thursday, 3pm: Making Music #2. This time you will put together maracas and pan flutes. Combined with the earlier session, we will have a band and play some music.

June 15, Friday, 3pm: Mandala Paintings. Created using a series of dots, this painting style can be relaxing. We supply canvas, paints and dotters. 6th grade and older.

June 19, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – What a Wonderful World. Using this Louis Armstrong song, you will learn about our world and what a great place it can be for all of us.

June 20, Wednesday, 3pm: Movie Day. We will show a recently released movie and provide refreshments to enjoy along with it.

June 21, Thursday 10am: Jingle Bell Bracelets. You can jingle and make lots of music with these fashion accessories.

June 21, Thursday, 3pm: Design Your Own Guitar Wall Decor. We have guitar cutouts and a mix of supplies to decorate your room.

June 22, Friday, 3pm: Guitar Pick Projects. Use our punch for making your guitar picks. No guitar, no problem. We will also have accessories to make using those picks.

June 26, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Punk Farm. A collection of barnyard animals make the most of their musical talents. Join us as we make punk rocks that rock.

June 27, Wednesday, 3pm: XBOX 360 Guitar Hero Competition. We are going old school. Can you shred with the best? We will have brackets to make it fair for everyone and prizes for the winners.

June 28, Thursday, 3pm: Buttons That Rock. Celebrate your favorite dog, person, saying, etc. Bring a photo or art and we will put together button designs you can wear. You can use our computer and color printer to put your content on your buttons. Plus, you will have lots of art to use for your project.

June 29, Friday, 3pm: Patriotic Strawberries. Learn how to create these edible treats to sample here and take home to share. They are coated in white chocolate with sugar sprinkles

June 30, Saturday, 10am: Bingo. Lots of prizes. Need we say more?

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July 3, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Dancing with the Dinosaurs. A special dinosaur activity is planned.

July 4, Wednesday: CLOSED for the holiday.

July 5, Thursday, 10am: Rock n Roll Clocks. Make a clock with an old LP record. There are a limited number of supplies for this event, so you may want to register in advance. Ages 6th grade and up.

July 5, Thursday, 3pm: Leather Bracelets. You will use suede lacing and charms to create these fashion accessories.

July 6, Friday, 3pm: Sound Carries – Thunder Tubes. Make amazing sounds with this activity and learn facts about the science of sound.

July 7, Saturday, 10am: LEGO Club. Complete a challenge from our archives or create your own structures using our collection of LEGOs and base plates. You will have LEGO kits to put together, as well. We will display the structures in the library until our next LEGO event.

July 10, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Giraffes Can’t Dance. You will be making music with shakers and other instruments.

July 11, Wednesday, 3pm: Catapults and Stick Explosions. Oh, what you can do with popsicle sticks. You will have target practice using our catapults.

July 12, Thursday, 3pm: Thumb Pianos. More music instruments to add to your band. You will make them and practice a song or two.

July 13, Friday, 3pm: Breakout! Can you solve the mystery before time runs out? Look for hidden clues, working as a team.

July 14, Saturday, 10am: Maker’s Day. You have ideas and we have the STUFF to make your ideas a reality. This is a self-guided program. This year we have a selection of electronics to add to the mix.

July 17, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Ricky, the Rock That Couldn’t Roll and Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. We will create our own construction site for this storytime.

July 18, Wednesday, 3pm: Creepy Old Books. Learn how to make your own creepy book or journal. The activity is for 6th grade and older.

July 19, Thursday, 3pm: Stop Motion Animation. Learn about free computer programs you can use to make movies and other intricacies of the art. You will leave with your own animation character and, with luck, a short movie of your own.

July 19, Thursday, 3pm: Geodes and Other Rocks. You will explore rocks and break open a geode to take home.

July 20, Friday, 3pm: Rain Sticks. Make this noisemaker unique with our supplies.

July 21, Saturday, 10am: Bingo. Lots of prizes, lots of fun…and donuts!

July 24, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime – Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring your own teddy bear for sharing this storytime. If you don’t have one, we have a few extras.

July 25, Wednesday, 3pm: Game Day. We will pull out the board/card games and have snacks. Join us for a fun time.

July 26, Thursday, 10am: Rock Your Room – Seaside Nightlight. Bring a touch of the ocean into your room with these battery operated lights. Be aware, these will be in a glass jar.

July 26, Thursday, 3pm: Here Comes the Sun. We are capturing the sun with three solar robots and solar ovens for s’mores. If the sun does not cooperate, we will have a movie day instead.

July 27, Friday, 3pm: Summer Wrap Party. Treats, door prizes, and the grand prize drawings at 4pm.

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Total Boox

Available exclusively for mobile devices, Total Boox is a service provided by the State Library of Kansas. It give users the ability to download free ebooks. It take moments to set up and you can load as many books as you like to your Kindle Fire, Android, or Apple device.

To use this great service, you need to contact us for a free Kansas Library Card number. From there, you download the app for your device and make your selections. Titles range from Minecraft guides to adult fiction/nonfiction. It is amazing how many titles are available, with no limits. They stay on your device until you decide otherwise.

Not only does your Kansas Library Card number provide you access to this service, but also online encyclopedias, genealogy databases, children’s ebooks, audiobooks, health information and more. Check it out at You can only access the resources with a Kansas Library Card number, but you are free to browse to see if it is right for you.

Remember, these services belong to you, as a Kansas resident, paid for with your state and federal tax dollars.


Weather Closings

While it is extremely important to us that we provide great customer service, sometimes the weather will not cooperate.

If the weather becomes problematic, please call to check that we are open. For your safety, and the safety of our staff, we may close early or not open for the day.

On the other hand, even if the city experiences power outages, we are fortunate our building is powered with a generator. Just be sure to call before you make a trip.

Remember, if you know a storm is in the works, we have lots of books and DVDs to keep you busy for its’ duration. You can call us ahead of time and we’ll have them waiting for you.

Be safe this winter.

HOOPLA updates

Are you using HOOPLA? It is a service, accessible by using your library card. that lends movies, ebooks, music downloads and more. Recently, they added the ebook portion of this experience, along with DC comic books. To download two free items per month, go to Set up an account by choosing the Nortonville Public LIbrary as your home library. You will need your library card number, as well as the 4 digit pin you chose when your account was set up. If you have forgotten this information, please stop by the library and we will be happy to help.  To work, your account must be in good standing.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Use a Kansas library card number, available from your local library, to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the Kansas State Library. Simply go to and choose from OneClickdigital Audiobooks, Freading ebooks, Tumblebooks ebooks for children or 3M Cloud Library ebooks. These resources are free to any Kansas resident. For more information, contact your local library.

Kansas State Library Resources

The Kansas State Library offers numerous databases and online resources for residents of Kansas, all available for free, at A Kansas library card number, from your local library, is required to access them from your personal computer.  The current list includes:

Academic Search Premier
Applied Science & Technology Abstracts
Art Abstracts
Art Full Text
Education Abstracts
Fuente Academica
Legal Collection
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Auto Repair Reference Center
Business Source Premier
Computer Source
Professional Development Collection
Small Business Reference Center
Regional Business News
Library Literature & Information Science Index
MAS Ultra
MasterFILE Premier
Vocational & Career Collection
Consumer Health Complete
Alternative Health Watch
Health Source: Consumer Edition
European Views of the Americas (1493-1750)
History Reference Center
Military & Government Collection
Middle Search Plus
Primary Search
Teacher Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
Newspaper Source Plus
Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Medica Latina
NoveList Plus
Book Collection Non-fiction (elementary school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (full edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (high school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (middle school edition)
Britannica Online Academic Edition
Britannica Online School Edition
Britannica Online Public Library Edition
Spanish Reference Center
LearningExpress Library
Job & Career Accelerator
Mango Languages
Nursing & Allied Health Source
Genealogy Connect
Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865
Virtual Reference Library

Thriving in Tough Times

The State Library of Kansas has compiled several helpful internet tools for employment, finances, housing, health families and seniors. These resources are available at This virtual library will help you with everything from rental property disputes to locating a good childcare facility.

Preschool Storytime

Each week, when school is in session, we will host a preschool storytime for our youngest library users on Thursdays at 10:30. Each session will last about 30-45 minutes and feature stories, games, songs and lots of fun. Be sure to join us and share this special time with your little ones.

Book Review: Creep by Jennifer Hillier

CREEP (207x320)Jennifer Hillier makes her fiction debut with Creep, a thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dr. Sheila Tao, professor of psychology, doesn’t know what she is in for when she ends a months long affair with her teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe. Newly engaged to an investment banker, Sheila’s conscience steers her toward this decision. Ethan isn’t accustomed to being turned down and his obsession with her grows. A cat-and-mouse game begins with blackmail and threats. While evading Ethan’s determined will, one of her students is found stabbed to death. Can she escape his clutches without her colleagues or her fiance’ discovering her most intimate secrets?

At first, you might believe you know where this novel is going, but don’t write it off so easily. The surprising end has an unexpected twist. So, cancel your plans and settle in because this book is difficult to put down.

Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

Reviewed by Marjorie Belveal for Young Adults

Scotty, a fifteen year old sophomore has two thing on his mind, Krista and basketball, and attends high school in the middle of nowhere. As the snow starts falling in the morning, students wait for school to be cancelled. This does not happen and by the time school dismisses for the day,  there were blizzard conditions. At the end of the day, seven students waited for rides from their parents, including Scotty. No one came for them. There was no cell phone service, lights, heat or water. This is a story of seven people, not really friends, coming together to survive. It was as if no one knew they were there. With Scotty telling this story, I felt as if I was there with them. At the end, I felt there were some issues left unsolved, but I liked the book because the students were able to work together with minimal disagreements.