Feb 05

Library Board Proposes New Library Hours

Because of bookscomments from many people in the Overbrook community, the Overbrook Library Board has voted to consider changing the current library hours and seeks input and discussion from the public before making a final decision.

The proposed/suggested new library hours are:



Monday through Friday, open 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, open 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The change increases the number of hours the library is open during the week from 39 to 45 hours.   The simplified hours arrangement is intended to be easier to remember and to increase the number of hours the library is open during peak usage.   For example, people would not have to leave during the 1 pm to 2 pm period on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The public is encouraged to make their voices known on this subject by calling the library or dropping a note in the suggestion box at the display near the Children’s Room entrance.   Comments, criticisms,and suggestions for change will be accepted through the end of day March 4th 2015


Nov 10

Storytime for February & March


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 10-12 children and 6-8 adults for each Wednesday morning session.


February :

4. Post office/Mail carrier
11. Valentine’s
18. Chinese New Year/Year of the Sheep
25. Body Movin’

March :
4. Dr Suess
11. Zoo
18. Baby Animals
25. Gardening

Dec 18

Everyone’s Going Bunko


For several months now the Overbrook Library has hosted Bunko (a social dice game) in the Community Room.    Several dozen persons have enjoyed each other’s company and playing the game.   The action takes place the third Tuesday of each month from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.



If you are interested in playing, call Jan Boggs (785665-7262 or 785-220-6920).   A $5.00 donation is suggested.   The next game takes place on January 20, 2015.

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 28

Overbrook Book Club 2015 Selections




February’s Book Club selection is Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch, “a novel of unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art.”   – from the jacket cover.




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 :