Jul 15

Retro Bakeware Has Arrived In Overbrook

We have had a couple of generous donors recently who have given the Overbrook Library some retro character cake pans to add to our collection.  The photo in this post shows some of the new items that have been added. I hear many of these are coming back in popularity. So come to the library and check out a few – just for fun times with the youngsters before school starts – or for a special party. I hear there are even several bakers in the area who have made cakes for parties using our bakeware.  Have fun!RetroBakewareCollage072016

May 12

Collect Best Choice Labels for Friends


The Overbrook Friends of the Library is asking for the community to donate Best Choice labels for fundraising efforts for the library.    Every 1000 labels earns the Friends organization $30.   A jar is available to receive donations in the library main room.

Apr 25

Library Board passes new policy on Unattended Children

For some time now, the Library Board has been discussing and debating about the age of unattended and disruptive children in the library and all the related safety and liability issues.  At the April 6th board meeting the following new policy was approved:

The two key provisions are:

Children aged 8 and younger must at all times be in the immediate vicinity of and supervised by a parent, adult guardian, or responsible caregiver.

A “responsible caregiver” is defined as a person age 12 or older who is attentive to the safety, needs, and behavior of the child. “Supervised” means that a parent, adult guardian, or responsible caregiver is attentive to the safety, needs, and behavior of the child.


The entire policy is:

Unattended and Disruptive Children Policy:
(Approved 4-6-2016 Overbrook Library Board)

Prompted by concern for the safety and well-being of all patrons, especially our children, the Overbrook Library has adopted a policy for unattended children. This policy affirms that library personnel do not take the place of the parent, nor act as caregiver or babysitter. The Library does not act in loco parentis (in place of parents) and Library staff do not have the authority to take responsibility for your child.
Should it come to the attention of the Library staff that a child has been left alone, or if an unattended child calls attention to him/herself, library staff will attempt to locate the parents and explain our concerns. If the parents cannot be located, local authorities will be contacted and asked for their assistance in finding them.

Children aged 8 and younger must at all times be in the immediate vicinity of and supervised by a parent, adult guardian, or responsible caregiver.

A child must be continually accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or caregiver unless the child is attending a library program. Children 9 years of age and older may use the library on their own; however, parents are still responsible for the actions of their children.

A “responsible caregiver” is defined as a person age 12 or older who is attentive to the safety, needs, and behavior of the child. “Supervised” means that a parent, adult guardian, or responsible caregiver is attentive to the safety, needs, and behavior of the child.

Children who are being disruptive will be asked by staff to behave. If disruptive behavior continues, a staff member will inform the responsible caregiver that their child is disturbing others. If the caregiver(s) refuse or are unable to control the child, they will be asked to leave. Disruptive children aged 9 and older will be asked to leave after receiving one warning.

Parents/legal guardians/caregivers and children who are in violation of this policy are subject to suspension of library privileges.

These procedures are set for the safety of your children and for the comfort of all those using the library facilities and services. The Overbrook Public Library encourages you to bring your children to the library often and allow them to explore and appreciate what it has to offer.



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

Sep 01

6th Annual Kansas Book Festival

The 6th Annual Kansas Book Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kansas State Capitol. The presenting authors will be inside the Capitol building, and the vendors/entertainment/children’s activities/book signings will be set up outside the Capitol, on the North side by the new Visitor’s Center.


For more information and a list of the authors go to www.kansasbookfestival.com. This event is free.

Aug 29

Kansas Notable Books 2016

Make sure you take a look at the new 2016 Kansas Notable Books display by the service desk the next time you are in the library! These books are either about Kansas or written by Kansans and are selected by the State Library of Kansas.

This year the book topics range from bank heists, to poetry, to Kansas hiking trails, so should be something for everyone!


Notable Book Display

Kansas Notable Books 2016 Display

Aug 12

Health Literacy Kiosks at the library!

Next time you stop into the library, please note that for the months of August and September we have two Health Literacy Kiosk stations.

These kiosks provide access to valuable health information to the community and will help link residents to quality, reliable resources at the local, state and national levels.

These kiosks comes via a project initiated by the State Library of Kansas, in partnership with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Kansas.

If you would like help locating or using the kiosks, please stop by the service desk and let us know!IMG_0028

Jul 26


KyleSederstromDirectorKyle Sederstrom, our new director, is a resident of Lawrence and has a Master’s of Library Science Degree from Emporia State University. He had been employed by the University of Kansas  Watson Library and brings a variety of experiences and training with him. We’re pleased to have him join our team in this great community. Be sure to stop in and say hello.

Jul 21

Annual Friends of the Overbrook Library Book Sale July 27-30

The annual Friends of the Overbrook Library book sale in the library’s Community Room will begin on Wednesday July 27 and run through Saturday July 30 during regular library hours.  book saleWednesday 10-6, Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-6 and Saturday 9-1.  Friday and Saturday will be ‘bag sale’ days where all the books you can fit into your bag are $3 per bag.  Now is the ideal time to stock up on reading materials for the coming winter months.

Jun 02

Library Director’s Service Honored

Following the monthly meeting of the Library Board June 1, 2016, Board President Bill Shipp expressed the Board’s appreciation to Galen Worthington for 2 years of service as the Librarian at the Overbrook Public Library, as Mr. Worthington has taken a position in Sedona, AZ.   A delicious cake (baked and decorated by Carla Hollingsworth using one of the cake pans in our bakeware collection) was enjoyed by all.   Please join us in wishing Galen well in his new endeavor. Beginning June 9th, Assistant Librarian Pam Johnston and Board Member Lynn Drake will be co-interim directors until a new director is in place.

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May 25

Storytime for June & July

Storytime at the Overbrook Public Library is changing its format for the summer.  We’ll be dancing, playing, moving, and grooving all summer long!  The action-packed storytime is designed for ages 5 and under, and will feature movement based activities and adventures.   See you there!

The day and time remains unchanged for Wednesdays @ 10:15 AM and is lead by Hattie Lee.   If you have questions, please email Hattie at hlee@overbrook.lib.ks.us or call the library at 785-665-7266.

May 23

Overbrook Summer Reading Program

On Your Mark_EL purple01The Overbrook Library is participating in the National Summer Reading Program On Your Mark, Get Set …. Read! This theme includes an emphasis on health, fitness and sports for everyone. There will be gobs and gobs of prizes for children, teen, and adult reading. Registration for everyone starts Monday, May 16th and is open throughout the summer.

The Library is hosting 10:30 AM, Friday morning programs and special guest performers for May and June in the Library Community Room. Some additional programs will occur in July and August, to be scheduled around local community programs.
May 27 — Mad Science: Rube Goldberg Contraptions
June 3 — Michael Bradley Storyteller, music, singing
June 10 — Library Staff: Children/Youth Fitness & Special Games
June 17 — Dr. Laugh of Olathe – magic, puppets, ventriloquist
June 24 — Bonnie Hill’s ‘Books & Buckets’ interactive music

NEW: July 22 — Osage County Extension Office Program

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