2017 Best Small Public Library in Kansas

By , 09/29/2017

The Kansas Library Association (KLA) is pleased to announce that the Cimarron City Library has been named the 2017 Best Small Public Library in Kansas. This award is presented annually and is co-sponsored by KLA and Auto-Graphics, Inc. The Cimarron City Library will be honored during the Kansas Library Conference, October 25-27, in Wichita, Kansas. Award winning libraries are presented with a traveling banner to hang in their library, a plaque, and a check for $500 from Auto-Graphics, Inc. This presentation will take place during the Awards Reception on Thursday evening, October 26.

The Cimarron City Library was selected as the 2017 Best Small Public Library in Kansas for providing innovative programming to their community. Using social media, flyers, and newspaper columns, the library promoted services and programs and as a result, increased attendance and library traffic. Children’s Story Hours doubled in attendance and required the addition of a second day. Math 4 You is a program for 3-5 year olds for children to learn early math skills and have fun with math. Lego Club is also available for K-6 students to create Lego art for display in the library. Other programs for children include Wee Play, 6 x 6, 1000 before Kindergarten, and Story Walks. For adults and older children, the library offers Painting Parties, book clubs, database training classes in various topics, and programs for senior citizens. Offerings are rounded out by an extensive series of information literacy courses and classes in such topics as consumer health, auto repair, genealogy, and computer skills.

The Cimarron City Library is valued by their community. Library programming is developed and evaluated through community interaction. Volunteers enthusiastically donate time and funds to the library and its programs. Director Candis Hemel applies for grants, shares resources with the school system and others in the community, and has gained the confidence and support of the Cimarron City Council. Teachers in the schools are pleased with the skills that participating children bring to their classrooms. Congratulations to the Cimarron City Library as the Best Small Public Library in Kansas for 2017.

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