Christmas is coming but there’s been a murder at the North Pole Christmas party!!! Whodunnit????? Join us Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5:45 p.m., at the Belt Branch for an interactive *role-play* mystery game. Participants will play various North Pole characters such as Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Frosty, and more (accents encouraged!) and have a jolly good time solving the mystery. A light meal will be served. Registration opens Nov. 13 and is limited to 20 participants.
Periodically, the library likes to check in with users about how well the library is serving them and what more we could do for them. Now is one of those times.
From now until the end of the year, we are asking users to take a survey either online or using forms available at the branches. The surveys are confidential and not tied in any way to your library account.
Our goal is to provide you with the best library experience we can. We will use the information you provide to make changes and improvements where we can.
Thanks for your cooperation. Click here to take the survey.
On Nov. 3 and 4 at the Belt Branch, teens and tweens have two opportunities to learn and have fun at the library.
On Saturday, November 3, at 10am, teens are invited to learn to crochet and make a bookmark. Registration required here.
On Sunday, November 4, tweens and teens ages 8 and up are invited to a Drop-In Gaming session which will feature gaming consoles and computer games. The program will run from 2-4pm.
Halloween will be more than just kids’ play this year at the library with adults getting their chance to dress up in costumes for an after-hours event of their own.
Halloween events begin Saturday, Oct. 20, when the Belt Branch has its annual Uncle Fester’s Costume Closet from 2-5 p.m. in the Community Room. Youths who need Halloween costumes can pick out something to wear in the free giveaway of gently used and new costumes and costume pieces donated to the library. The event usually is part of Boofest at the Belt Branch but it has been moved up a week because of a construction project at the library.
Boofest is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and will feature safe trick-or-treating, games and crafts throughout the library. The Kiwanis Club will serve a free hot-dog lunch to the first 200 children.
Adults can sign up now for the program Spooky Stories in the Stacks – After Hours @ the Library, which is set for 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Belt Branch. Participants will take a tour of the library and hear classic scary stories before enjoying refreshments. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Register in advance at rhcl.libcal.com/calendar/events.
The Savannah Branch will have its Halloween Haunted Stacks party from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, with safe trick-or-treating, Halloween Plinko, a treasure hunt in the stacks and refreshments. No sign-up is necessary for this drop-in event.
Seasonal Storytimes are also planned for preschoolers at both branches, and children can wear their costumes to these events. Savannah will celebrate Halloween at Storytimes at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Belt will decorate pumpkins and read books about autumn at its 11 a.m. Storytime on Oct. 31.
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.
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.
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!
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 rollinghills.biblionix.com 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.
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.
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 esavealifenow.org 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.