Rolling Hills Consolidated Library

Library Updates

Spooky Stories in the Stacks

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How spooky is the library after dark? On Monday, October 29, 2018 come for an after-hours tour and some classic scary stories–if you dare!!!!!!   Costumes are certainly encouraged but not required.  Spooky refreshments included. It’s the grown-up Halloween event of the season!


Note:  Limited to participants ages 16 and up.  Attendees must be in Community Room of Library before 8:45pm.

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He’s here! Curious George™ moves into Upper Story

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The insatiable curiosity of Curious George™ – the little monkey that has captured the imagination and hearts of children and adults for more than 75 years – comes to life this fall in the Belt Branch Upper Story.

Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! is a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum that will take kids into George’s world and lead them on an educational adventure! The free exhibit runs through Jan. 5 and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Appointments for group visits can be made for Mondays and Tuesdays.

Volunteer opportunities also exist to help staff the exhibit. To volunteer, call Hans Bremer at 205-7125.

Based on the characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories and scenes from the animated PBS television series, the free exhibit features the colorful neighborhood where George lives with the man with the yellow hat. Visitors will be able to operate wheels to help George climb a building, sort and weigh fruits and vegetables at the produce stand, use science skills to play miniature golf, have their pictures taken with the rocket from George’s space adventure, build a whirligig in a barnyard and much more.

The fun activities are an early introduction to math, science and engineering principles, and teaching such ideas is related to the library’s mission of promoting literacy for all ages.

“Early literacy and early childhood education are incredibly important activities, and we are dedicated to doing all we can to expand opportunities for kids to learn,” Library Director Michelle Mears said. “The most rapid brain development occurs in the first three years of life, so we can’t afford to wait until kids go to school to provide them with a rich learning environment.”

The educational benefit for children and the cultural experience for the community make the cost of bringing in large traveling exhibits worthwhile, Mears said. The Friends of the Rolling Hills Library is providing most of the funding for the exhibit.

“It’s important to us that these exhibits are offered free of charge to everyone, especially because similar experiences in Kansas City and other major cities almost always charge admission,” Mears said.

This is the second year in a row for the library to have a traveling exhibit for children. And because of George’s popularity, the library is expecting this exhibit to draw even more visitors.

“The Amazing Castle™ last year showed us that early literacy exhibits can attract a large number of families and school groups,” Mears said. “We had over 5,000 visits to The Amazing Castle and are anticipating over 8,000 with Curious George.”

Minnesota Children’s Museum also created The Amazing Castle, which was in the Upper Story from Sept. 22, 2017, through Jan. 5, 2018.

Curious George television series merchandise ©Universal Studios. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All rights reserved.

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Back to School Family Karaoke

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At the Belt Branch on Tuesday, September 18 at 6pm, join us with your family and friends for karaoke challenges, musical games, and tons of sing alongs to your favorite songs.  Absolutely no singing ability required!

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Reserve Express welcomes aboard many new authors

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Reserve Express is the library’s fast-track way for patrons to read the newest books from their favorite authors by automatically placing holds on those new books. On occasion, we update the list of eligible authors because some decline in popularity for a variety of reasons.

We just completed our recent update, so patrons who use Reserve Express may want to review their preferred authors and consider making changes.

To use Reserve Express, patrons can fill out a brochure at the library and give it to a librarian who will enter the information into the library’s computer system. Patrons can place holds themselves by logging into their accounts at and clicking on My Account and selecting the Reserves/Request tool. Patrons also can monitor their hold choices and defer any when they go on vacation or are to be away from home for a period of time.

Holds are placed on regular print books; large-print books are not included in Reserve Express. The computer system randomly assigns the order of holds for new books.

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Gaming @ the Library

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Kids in grades K-6 have 2 opportunities to game at the Belt Branch in September.  On Saturday September 8, from 2-4pm, drop in and play a variety of computer and console games (PS3 and Nintendo).  Then on Tuesday, September 11, at 6pm, there is a Minecraft Meetup.  Bring your own tablet or laptop with Minecraft installed, or use one of the Library laptops to work together to complete the Minecraft challenge.

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Donors sought for library blood drive on Sept. 5

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Library patrons and the public are invited to donate blood Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Belt Branch Upper Story to help meet the critical need for blood at medical facilities in the Kansas City region.

The drive is planned for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made online at and entering the sponsor code “rollinghills.”

Community Blood Center will conduct the drive with staff from its St. Joseph facility. CBC provides nearly 200,000 blood products annually to 70 hospitals in the Kansas City region and eastern Kansas and western Missouri, relying on volunteer donors to meet the need for life-saving gifts of blood.

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August Goodreads Program

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Over 16 million people use Goodreads every month–are you one of them?  Learn how to set up an account and use it to track the books you have already read and the books you want to read.  Also, learn how to connect with your friends and the Library!    Join us on Wednesday, August 29 at 7pm at the Belt Branch in the Community Room for an easy, informal program — bring your own device, or use the Library’s laptops.


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Late Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

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Got those end-of-the-summer, school-hasn’t-started-yet, i’m-bored blues? Here’s a list of fun things for kids to do to fight off the boredom, as well as some links to more activities.

Boredom Busting Activities for Kids

  1. Let your kids have fun painting — and then eating — rainbow toast.
  2. Learn a new card game.  
  3. Make friendship bracelets
  4. Make your own toy car wash
  5. Make a treasure hunt.
  6. Learn the ASL sign language alphabet and some basic signs (QUIET BONUS!!!) 
  7. Identify 5 new plants, trees or birds in your neighborhood.
    1. Plants
    2. Birds
  8. Write a story using the Story Starter Scrambler.
  9. Make homemade popsicles (HEALTHY BONUS!!!) 
  10. Write letters to family and friends. 


Boredom Busting Library Books


More Lists of Boredom Busting Activities



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Heritage Quest: Online Resource for Genealogy

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Heritage Quest covers more than 25,000 family and local histories and includes the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1940, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, and the Freedman’s Bank Records (1865-1874).  Visit this resource at .

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  • Locations

    Belt Branch

    1904 N. Belt Hwy.
    St Joseph, MO 64506

    Savannah Branch

    514 W. Main St.
    Savannah, MO 64485

    Admin Offices

    1912 N. Belt Hwy.
    St Joseph, MO 64506

  • Hours

    Belt Branch

    M-Thu 9am-9pm
    F-Sat 9am-6pm
    Sun 1pm-5pm

    Savannah Branch

    M, W, F 9am-6pm
    T, Thu 9am-8pm
    Sat 9am-5pm
    Sun 1pm-5pm

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    Savannah 816.324.4569
    Bookmobile 816.205.7100
    Admin Offices 816.236.2106