Orphan Trains Author to Speak Saturday, April 18

Marilyn Holt, author of The Orphan Trains:  Placing Out in America will speak at 2:00 on Saturday, April 18.  She discusses the “orphan trains” which brought poor children from the eastern cities to rural Kansas from 1867 until the 1920s. She relates firsthand accounts of orphan train riders which challenge our picture of childhood in the “good old days.”

Lunch @ the Library

 Ashland Library patrons enjoyed good food, good company and great music by violinist Judith Priest on March 9.  The luncheon was so enjoyable that it has been decided to have a library tea on May 18.  Anyone wanting to help host the tea is urged to contact Cara or Khrista at 620-635-2589.

Nancy Pickard Came to Ashland

Kansas author Nancy Pickard spoke at the Ashland Library last January.  Picard’s latest novel, The Virgin of Small Plains, was chosen as the Kansas Reads novel of the year for 2008 and was on the 2007 Kansas Notable Books List.  Pickard is also the author of sixteen popular and critically acclaimed novels, including the Jenny Cain and Marie Lightfoot mystery series.

Libri Grant Books Arrive!

  The Ashland Library received 68 new children’s books with a grand total value of $1,061.53.   The Ashland Library and its patrons are grateful for the assistance of the Libri Foundation, the Catherine Klinger Memorial and the community members who helped make this wonderful addition to the library possible. 

 The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization that donates new, quality children’s books to small, rural libraries through a 2-to-1 ratio matching funds grant.  Matching funds were donated by the Catherine Klinger Memorial Fund and community funds raised at the library book sale.

     On Friday, October 31, storytimers joined Khrista Branson at the Ashland Library to enjoy spooky good tales and crafts.  Storytimers also stopped to look over the new books from the Libra Foundation. 




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