The Solar Eclipse – the celestial event of the century!


Family Hot Dog Cookout and Stargazing with the Kansas Cosmosphere

Monday night August 14 at 7 pm at McLaughlin Park in Valley Center

Please RSVP by Friday Aug. 11 so we can plan on food.  This is a free event, donations cheerfully accepted.

BYO Lawn Chairs


*****We are happy to report that we have a LOT of people signed up to come to the hotdog cookout and program at McLaughlin Park on Monday night. We are concerned that parking might be an issue, particularly for our guests who might have a little more trouble getting around. So we are asking our guests who don’t mind a little walk to consider parking at the rec center complex and walking over to the park pavilion! See you Monday night!


Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Monday August 21 from 11:30 to 2:45 at the Library.  Come any time for crafts, games, and to watch the eclipse.

Additional information on the solar eclipse can be found here:


***** We’ll start handing out glasses on Aug 21 no earlier than 11:30 am at the Library.  First come, first served.  We have approximately 200 pairs of glasses left.  We’ll also be cooking about 80 hotdogs, again, first come, first served.  If you have already received glasses or have some from another source, please don’t ask us for extras.  We don’t know how many people to expect here Monday, but based on call volume, it could be A LOT and we want everyone to have a chance to enjoy the show!


Free Solar Eclipse Glasses while they last.  Must attend one or both events to receive glasses.


Summer Reading Park Walk

Park Walk Map


Park Walk at McLaughlin Park

9 am to 10:30-ish

Come play games, make crafts, visit our Touch-a-Truck, fruit station and photo stop, and have fun!

Strollers and Wagons welcome, please leave bikes, skates, skateboards, etc. at home this time.

Bring your own camera, sunscreen, bug spray if needed.  We’ll have a water stop but feel free to bring your own.

See you at the 2017 Summer Reading Park Walk!

Summer movies at the Library

popcorn box clipartJoin us for movies and free popcorn at 11 am each Thursday in June and July at the Library!






June 1stFlubber, Rating: PG, Run Time: 94 min

June 8thMonsters Inc., Rating: G, Run Time: 93 min

June 15thNo Movie Today!  Library opens at 2 pm

June 22ndAndre, Rating: PG, Run Time: 94 min

June 29thThe Aristocats, Rating: G, Run Time: 74 min

July 6thNational Treasure, Rating: PG, Run Time: 131 min

July 13thFinding Dory, Rating: PG, Run Time: 97 min

July 20thCamp Rock, Rating: G, Run Time: 98 min

July 27th Zootopia, Rating: PG, Run Time: 108 min


Children under 8 or those with behavior issues should be accompanied by a responsible caregiver at least 12 years old.  Children left at the Library must have parent/caregiver contact info on file in case of emergency.  We would prefer no outside food, but if you have special needs please discuss with the Librarian.  Drinks are acceptable if they have sturdy lids to avoid spills.  Drinks will need to remain at the table, away from computers and materials.  See you at the movies!