16 Oct 14

There’s the distinct possibility that local Ironman and Royals enthusiast Clay Hielscher will come to the Overbrook Library to wow the kids during the Halloween Party October 30th, 6:30 to 7:30 PM.  Ironman paid a visit to the Overbrook Library Children’s Room following a interview with KCTV 5 News Journalist Emily Rettman in the Library’s Conference Room

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Spooky story telling, treats, games & activities.  Children and adults encouraged to come in costume.

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27 Sep 14



Come one come 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.   For the month of September, attendance has averaged between 12 to 15 children and 8-10 adults for each Wednesday morning session.

Themes for October:

October 1:  Veggies!

October 8:  Teddy Bears

October 15: Pumkins

October 22:  Apples

October 29: Halloween

The Library will host a Children’s Halloween Party Thursday night, October 30, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  Children are encouraged to come in costume.   More details on the Spook-tacular activities to come!

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27 Sep 14

Woman’s Support Group & Resources

The local women’s support group NEW U and the Overbrook Public Library have teamed up to provide some resources to the local library collection:   Should I Stay or Should I Go:  A Guide to Knowing if Your Relationship Can — and Should Last, and Why Does He Do That?  Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men, both by Lundy Bancroft.   Persons wanting to learn more about NEW U can contact Mary Anderson (President) at 785-665-7606 or LaVon Harris at 785-665-7352.

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Employment and Job Seeking Resources


Spanish Language Resources

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22 Sep 14

The Overbrook Public Library is experiencing growth and is looking for a part-time staff member to come work in its new 7600 square-foot library and community center facility that opened January, 2014.  Preference will be given to those with library experience and/or library school education and a progressive, professional approach to library operations and customer service.   This is a great opportunity to learn and practice library science with a high level of responsibility with a small team of staff and volunteers.   Applications will be accepted until the end of day, Friday, October 17th, 2014.

Position Title:  Service/Executive Assistant Librarian (SEAL)
Required Documents:  Cover letter, professional resume with at least two references, and at least one letter of recommendation.
Position Pay-hours-benefits:  16 to 19 hours/week, pay between $9-$12 per hour depending on experience and education.   There are some additional benefits like paid holidays, personal leave, and in-house perks, pending library board approval.   No health benefits.  The exact hours of work are flexible and negotiable but can include some evening and weekend shifts.


The successful SEAL candidate shall demonstrate general competencies in:
People skills, especially with children, teens and older adults.
PC computer, Internet and technology skills.
Clerical speed and accuracy
Unflappable disposition
Promoting public/community relations

SEAL Primary Duties and Tasks:
Running the Service Desk
Facility Logistics (ordering supplies)
Volunteer Scheduling and Management
Collections Logistics (cataloging and labeling materials)
Interlibrary Loan (Share-It program)
Coordinating Children’s Program with staff members
Ready-Reference and Research questions
Website and Social Media updates

Contact/send inquiries and documents as Word or PDF files to:

Galen Worthington, Director



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20 Sep 14


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.


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21 Aug 14



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.

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21 Aug 14



The Overbrook Book Club meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.    Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fellowship and discussion. The Library will supply the books.   If interested please call the Library.    The book selection for October is Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell.   This book was also made into a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence and launched her career as a serious actress.




Book Club book selections for 2014.

January—A week in winter by Maeve Binchy

February—Roses by Leila Meacham

March—Book Thief by Markus Zusak

April—Major Pettigrew’s last stand by Helen Simonson

May— Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

June— Call the midwife by Jennifer Worth

July—Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan

August—Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

September—The Devil in the White City by Erick Larson

October—Winter’s bone by Daniel Woodrell

November—The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein

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9 Jul 14

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.

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1 Jul 14

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 :


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24 Jun 14

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.


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