Dec 17

Join us for Classic Christmas Storytime on Christmas Eve Day!

merrychristmasJoin us at 9:30 am Christmas Eve Day for a special presentation of your favorite classic Christmas stories by Hattie Lee! All ages are welcome, hope to see you there!

Dec 01

Overbrook Friends collecting Best Choice Labels

Canned Food

The Overbrook Friends of the Library organization is collecting Best Choice product labels for its efforts to support fundraising for the Library.   A large container is at the front desk at the Library for those persons wanting to make a contribution of their labels.   If you have questions, contact Carol Baughman, Friends Chairperson, at 785-665-7180

Nov 10

Storytime for December and January


Come one comchicks storytimee all!   Storytime  for the children of Overbrook is organized and presented by Hattie (Lynnie) Lee of Carbondale .      The program starts at 9:30 AM on Wednesdays and is designed for ages 2-5.   Attendance has averaged between 14 to 18 children and 8 to 10 adults for each Wednesday morning session.



Themes for the rest of 2014:

Dec.  3:  Cookies

Dec 10: The Mittens and Keeping Warm

Dec 17: Airplanes!

Dec 24:  Surprise Story Time — come & find out!

Starting in 2015:

Jan 7: Snow Fun

Jan 14: Dragons

Jan 21: Robots

Jan 28: Kansas Day

Dec 09

Overbrook Library Holiday Hours

christmas treeWednesday, December 24 — Open 9 AM – 3 PM (including 1-2 pm)

Thursday, December 25 — CLOSED

Friday, December 26 — CLOSED

Saturday, December 27 — Open 9 AM – 1 PM (normal hours)

Thursday, January 1 — CLOSED

Nov 28

Overbrook Book Club 2015 Selections

Orphan Train


The Overbrook Book Club’s first selection in January of 2015 is Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train.   “Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship …  ”  (from website).




The Book Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Library Conference Room, and is open to all.   Come to the Library and ask for a copy of the month’s selection at the information desk.

FebruaryGoldfinch by Donna Tartt
MarchA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
April The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
MayThe Giver by Lois Lowry
JuneThe 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared by Jona Jonasson
JulyHusband Secret by Liane Moriarty
AugustThe Round House by Louise Erdrich
September The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
OctoberHave a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
NovemberUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Sep 20

Wii Gaming Station up and running


A Wii Gaming Station has been added to the Children’s Room at the Overbrook Library.   Primarily for children ages 10 and younger, this new station can be used by the whole family.   Children can check out a Wii game from the library’s collection and play it in the library.   Games rated “E” for everyone can be brought from home if desired.   It is also possible to play regular DVD’s by switching the TV mode.   An anonymous donor gave the library a 32-inch digital TV for this specific gaming station and purpose.


Aug 21

New Nexpress Catalog Search Station



The Overbrook Library has acquired a new piece of computer technology:  a computer station dedicated to accessing the regional shared catalog.  Patrons can search the catalog, access their account, place hold requests, change their password, or any of a dozen different functions.    The station is currently located in the New Books Shelving area and can be readily seen as patrons come down the stairs from the east entrance.   The Nexpress station cannot access the internet for email or general searches and users do not have to sign-in to use the station.   Patrons are always welcome to approach the librarian on duty for requesting catalog searches.

Jul 09

PlayStation 3 proving to be very popular ….

photo (3)  The PlayStation 3 gaming console in the Young Adult section of the Overbrook Library is proving to be very popular since its installation at the end of June.  In July the average number of teens visiting the library on a daily basis increased by 40% .   The PS3 console and accessories were paid for by a Kansas Library Gaming Grant and games were provided by a matching grant from the Overbrook Friends organization.    The purpose of the state grant was to provide financial assistance to libraries as they develop young adult programming.   The goal is to encourage an increase in regular teen visits to their local public library and increase the library’s role as a community hub.

Jul 01

New Facebook Web Page ….

Overbrook Public Library joins the world of social media with its new facebook website.  Our thanks to Maria Penrod, Kansas State University student, for creating the basic facebook architecture.   The URL is :

Jun 24

New Library Director

The Library Board has hired a new library director.   Please welcome Galen Worthington who takes Donna Swisher’s place as interim director.   Galen officially started his new duties on June 2nd, just in time to help kick off the summer reading program.    He grew up around the Big Springs/Stull area and attended the Shawnee Heights School District.

Says Galen, “My parents were local farmers and community leaders.    I would come to Overbrook with my older sisters during the summer because it was the only town in 15 miles that had a pool!  I am very grateful for this chance to serve the people of Overbrook.   I believe in the power of good libraries to enhance the quality of life for local residents and I can tell already how proud people are of their new library and community center.”

Galen is finishing his degree in Library Science at Emporia State University and previously served in the Topeka Public Library Friends organization before starting a practicum in library management at Overbrook Public Library this last January.