It’s Summer Reading Time!

People of all ages (babies to adults!) are invited to participate in our Summer Reading Program here at the Nortonville Public Library. During the program, we have activities most days. We offer programming for all ages, including teens (going into the 6th grade or older). Sign up for reading prizes begins on Friday, June 4, 2021. You must be signed up for your reading to count but you can sign up anytime during the program. Books read after June 4 will count. For every 5 books or 500 pages read, readers get one entry into the grand prize drawing and pick one item from the prize case. However, this year we have additional reading options!

For our readers of all ages that can’t read yet, don’t enjoy reading as much, or have difficulty reading, we have activity logs to fill. We don’t want to pressure you to read, we want you to enjoy it!

2021 Summer Reading Activity Schedule

June 4, Friday, 3:00pm and June 5, Saturday, 10am: Summer Reading Kick-Off. We will have treats, reveal grand prizes, learn about upcoming events and more. Adopt a (stuffed) animal friend to take home! Sign up for the program begins on these days, but you may do so later. All ages.

June 8, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime. This event combines song, movement, stories and a treat. Younger Children.

June 10, Thursday, 3pm: Button Turtles. We’ll make adorable turtles out of old CDs, buttons, sequins, and more. All ages.

June 11, Friday, 3pm: Sidewalk Art Contest! For Teens. We will have plenty of chalk and prizes, plus treats to eat. Teens and up.

June 12, Saturday, 10am: Lego Day. Create your favorite animals or use your imagination. All Ages.

June 15, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime. Join us for stories, songs, art and treats. Younger Children.

June 17, Thursday, 10am: Petting Zoo! Meet and pet real, live farm animals. All Ages.

June 18, Friday, 3pm: Fairy Gardens. Make your own fairy garden craft. Teens.

June 19, Saturday, 10am: Animal Character Design: Create (write and draw) your own animal character. Older Kids and Teens.

June 22, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime. Join us for stories, songs, art and treats. Younger Children.

June 23, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Adult Craft Night. Enjoy adult conversation, refreshments, and crafting. 18+.

June 24, Thursday, 3pm: Stuffed Pet Picnic and Sleepover! Bring your stuffed animal pet for a picnic, and then leave it for a special pets-only sleepover at the library! All ages.

June 25, Friday, 3pm: Air Dry Clay Creations. Use air dry clay to sculpt animals, mythical creatures, succulent pots, or whatever you can think up. Teens.

June 26, Saturday, 10am: KITTENS! The Jefferson County Humane Society will be bringing kittens to play with and love on. Then draw or color cats to take home or decorate the library. All ages.

June 29, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime. Join us for stories, songs, art and treats. Younger Children.

June 30, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Library Board Meeting. Everyone.

July 1, Thursday, 3pm: Bubble Pop Alligators. We’ll be using paint, bubble wrap, and other supplies to construct an alligator friend. All ages.

July 2, Friday, 3pm: Succulents. Learn all about succulents and how to care for them, then decorate a pot and plant a succulent to take home. Teens and above.

July 3, Saturday, 10am: Are You Smarter Than A Librarian? Test your animal trivia against our staff! There will be prizes, of course. All ages.

July 6, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Includes stories, crafts, and treats. Younger Children.

July 6, Tuesday, 6:30pm: Adult Book Club. We’ll be reading The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. Call or stop by for a copy of the book, or grab the audio book on Hoopla!

July 8, Thursday, 3pm: 3D Aquariums. Make your own 3D aquarium scene, complete with fish! All ages.

July 9, Friday, 3pm: Gummy Bear Keychains. Make your own gummy bear (or other animal) keychain with resin. Teens.

July 13, Tuesday, 10 am: Storytime: Includes stories, crafts, and treats. Younger Children.

July 15, Thursday, 3pm: Pet Rocks. What animals can you make with your rocks and some paint? We can’t wait to see! All ages.

July 16, Friday, 3pm: Snow globes. Make your own mason jar snow globe for your room. Teens.

July 17, Saturday, 10am: Diamond painting. Craft animal stickers for your cell phones, computers, cups, or whatever using the diamond painting technique. Older children and up.

July 20, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Includes stories, crafts, and treats. Younger Children.

July 21, Wednesday, 3pm: Hedgehogs. We’ll learn about hedgehogs, meet a live hedgehog and then make our very own pom pom hedgehogs to take home. All ages.

July 21, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Adult Craft Night. Enjoy adult conversation, refreshments, and crafting. 18+.

July 23, Friday, 3pm: Magazine Wall Art. Use recycled magazine pages to create modern art for your room. Teens.

July 24, Saturday, 10am: Lego Day. Use one of our challenge cards or create your own masterpiece. All ages.

July 27, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Includes stories, crafts, and treats. Younger Children.

July 28, Wednesday, 6:30pm: Library Board Meeting. Everyone.

July 29, Thursday, 3pm: Newspaper Koala. Learn about these and other Australian animals and create your own wall art. All ages.

July 30, Friday, 3pm: Bean Art Animals. Come make an amazingly handsome or elegant animal portrait out of beans. Teens.

Aug 3, Tuesday, 10am: Storytime: Includes stories, crafts, and treats. Younger Children.

Aug 5, Thursday, 1pm: Tie Dye! We’re tie-dyeing t-shirts. Make sure to wear older clothes because you might get messy. All ages.

Aug 6, Friday, 1pm: Topeka Zoo and Grand Prize Extravaganza. This is it! It’s everything you have been working toward this summer. We have live animals coming from the zoo to visit! Then we’ll have door prizes, refreshments and fun until we draw for our grand prizes at 4pm. Don’t miss this. All Ages.

We’ve seen a lot of changes at the library this year! If you’ve visited recently, you may have noticed some new paint on the walls and new carpet on the floors. We’ve also rearranged furniture and shelves, making room for a comfy sitting area for teens and kids, and replaced our old printer with a new one for patrons to scan, print, and copy from. Last year was rough for everyone, but we hope you feel comfortable coming to see us and participating in all of the fun things we have planned for the summer. See you soon!

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June Book Club

The Nortonville Library will be hosting an adult book club on Tuesday, June 1st at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab.

The audiobook is available for free on Hoopla (call or stop by the library if you need assistance with the app) and we have several hard copies coming. Let us know if you’d like to reserve one!

Book and Plant Sale

We will be doing a used book sale plus plant sale on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 9am-3pm to raise money for the library.

Come see us and find books to add to your collection, and plants for your home, garden, or Mother’s Day or graduation gifts!

New Hours

Exciting news! The Nortonville Public Library will be opening back up to its regular 32 hours a week starting Monday, April 5th, but the hours are changing.

The hours will be as follows:

Sunday closed

Monday closed

Tuesday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 1pm-6pm

Thursday 9am-5pm

Friday 9am-5pm

Saturday 9am-12pm

Library Hours Effective Feb. 1, 2021

Starting next week, Feb. 1, the Nortonville Library hours will be changing slightly.

Mon: closed

Tues: 9 am- noon

Wed: noon – 8 pm

Thurs: 1 pm – 6 pm

Fri: 3 pm – 6 pm

Sat: 9 am – noon

Sun: closed

We’re not quite ready to go back to regular hours, but we hope these extended Wednesday and Thursday times are a little more convenient for everyone!

New Operating Hours, Effective Nov. 24, 2020

With the rising number of Covid-19 cases in Jefferson County and the upcoming holidays, the library will be cutting the hours we’ll be open to the public, starting on November 24, 2020.

The new hours, effective until further notice, are as follows:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9am-Noon
Wednesday Noon-3pm, 5pm-8pm
Thursday 1pm-4pm
Friday 3pm-6pm
Saturday 9am-Noon
Sunday Closed

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please reach out if there’s anything we can do for you!


Phone: 913-886-2060

Donations Needed!

Our Silent Auction Fundraiser is coming up in December!

We’re looking for donations to be auctioned off: gift baskets, products, gift certificates, etc.

Donations should be received by the library no later than
November 30, 2020. You can drop items off at the library or city hall (407 Main St, Nortonville), or to coordinate pick-up of items, call us
at 913-886-2060 or email us at

Your donations will help us raise much needed funds for updated computer equipment at the library!

Thank you!!
Greta Funk, library director
and the Nortonville Public Library Staff

An Awesome (Free) Online Resource

Did you know that you can use your library card through to check out children’s and adult audiobooks, music, movies, and ebooks?? Call the library or send us an email at if you need assistance setting up a free account!

Book Recommendations and Curbside Pickup!

I love getting book recommendations for my kids. Sometimes it’s just hard to get them to read if they’re not quite interested enough to choose something themselves or it feels too much like “homework”, and sometimes they’d rather just go straight to video games or whatever.

So, if you’re anything like me, and would love help finding your kids’ new favorite read, I’m here for you!

Send me a message on Facebook, call us during business hours at 913-886-2060, or send an email to with your kids’ reading levels and interests, and I’ll “personal shop” the library for you! I’ll choose 4-5 books at a time for each child that I think they’ll love. If they do, fantastic! If they don’t, well it’s a free service and we’ll try, try again. We’ll even bring them out to the parking lot for you if you’d like curbside pickup.

We’re here for you at the Nortonville library!
~Greta Funk, director

August News and Updates

We are open! The Nortonville Library is open during our regular business hours:

Monday Closed

Tuesday 9am-12pm

Wednesday 12pm-8pm

Thursday 9am-6pm

Friday 9am-6pm

Saturday 9am-12pm

Sunday Closed

We are taking temperatures as patrons come in, and sanitizing computers and work spaces as patrons leave. Masks are available and encouraged.

We are in the process of obtaining new books, movies, and video games, and we have a LARGE selection of puzzles that can be checked out.

Stop by and see our new director, Greta Funk, and like our Facebook page for updates @nortonvillelibrary

We hope to see you soon!