28 Jul 14

Due to issues at the Overbrook Pool, the pool party for summer reading participants will be moved to August 8th, Friday night and the time is moved from 7-9 to 8:00 — 10:00 PM.

Admission is free and everyone is entitled to one cool treat.

Grand Prize Drawings will still take place this Friday, August 1st — around 5 PM in the Overbrook Library, to bring the prize portion of the summer reading program to a close.  Winners present can choose their prize.  Winners not present will be assigned remaining grand prizes.  One grand prize per person per family.  Actual prize to be claimed at the library.  In addition to a Sportcraft Matrix Hockey Game Table, there are tickets for  Kansas City Royals, KC Renaissance Festival, Silver Dollar City, KC Zoo Tickets, and the Children’s Discovery Center.


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30 Jun 14

Bingo at the Library!

The Friends organization is planning the Annual Book Sale that will take place in the new Community Center at the library.   This event brings in revenue for supporting library programming and new materials.   PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO THE LIBRARY PRIOR TO JULY 26TH!  Support your library!  NOTE:  $3 BAG DAY IS SUNDAY 1-4 PM.

Over 400 boxes of donated books, DVD’s and other materials will be on display for purchase during the following days and times:


July 30th:   9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM

July 31st:    2 to 7 PM

Aug 1st:       9 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM to 6 PM

Aug 2nd:     9 AM to 1 PM

Aug 3rd:     1 to 4 PM  (BAG DAY)


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9 Jul 14

photo (3)Come and check out the action at Overbrook library’s new gaming area in the Young Adult Section.   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 and services involving gaming.   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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15 Apr 14

The Overbrook Public Libary is hosting the summer reading program “Fizz, Boom, Read!”  Over 320 children, youth, and adults  have attended the Friday morning presentations for the 2014 Summer Reading Program.   One child excitedly explained that he learned how to make snot in the science-based arts and crafts program that took place on June 27th  —  with Donna Swisher, Shellanne Thompson and a stalwart band of teen and adult volunteers.

The summer reading challenge continues for adult, teen and children through the month of July!  There are prizes for every age group, children, young adult, and adult.    For the teens (young adult category) we have new book prizes on display –  Looking for Alaska, and Mrs. Pettigrew’s Home for Peculiar Children.     For children we also have a Magic Tree House Soccer on Sunday and a young child’s book edition of Frozen.   Below an Overbrook adult reader proudly displays Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane that she won in completing the book bingo chart!  And a teen winner gets a copy of The Fault in Our Stars.

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For all participants in this years summer reading program there will be a private pool party on Friday, August 1st at 7:00 PM at the Overbrook Public Pool!  The Library will provide a free ice cream treat.  Mark your calendars.    Please note that we will now be picking the Grand Prize winners out of the drawing during the pool party instead of a separate event.   Parents may want to attend if their child wins four tickets to a Royals Game just to make sure his or her friends don’t try to trade an ice-cream treat for the prize!

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17 Mar 12



Our Book Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Library at 7:00 pm. In August, the Club will be reading Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher. The group has a great time when we get together, so try something different and come check out the Overbrook Library’s Book Club!     If interested please call the Library.

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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24 Feb 12

Have you seen the awesome new links on our website?

  • The Kansas EZ Library button gives you instant access to the State Library system where you can download eBooks.
  • The Event Calendar lists ongoing events at the library.
  • Need a sample test for the science section of the ACT? Need help studying  for a firefighter’s exam? Need homework help? In the State Library Resources drop-down menu, click on LearningExpress. There’s a ton of information from GED preparation to computer and internet basics.
  • Under “Essentials,” connect to your email, get tax forms, access Facebook, and more….all with just one click. Check it out!
  • The Book Club tab on the left side of the page lists all the books that Book Club will be reading for 2013.

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