Libraries Strengthen Their Communities

We salute City staff who are busy filling potholes and dealing with flooding along the river due to the harsh winter. They are also working on some remodeling projects here at the Library. Despite the side effects of the weather and our aging building, Library staff is looking forward to an upcoming celebration. April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect. Here at the Leavenworth Public Library, we provide critical resources, programs and expertise to help build a strong community. 

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together to learn new technologies and understand important ideas. Our Library staff also partners with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people we serve, always striving to make sure our community’s core needs are being met. We work with Leavenworth USD 453, Leavenworth County Human Service Council, the City of Leavenworth, Leavenworth Interagency Coordinating Council, K-State Research and Extension, Leavenworth Master Gardeners, Fort Leavenworth Historical Society, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the other libraries in Leavenworth County, Bonner Springs and Atchison to provide services, programs and information to Leavenworth residents of all ages and backgrounds.

Through these collaborations, we have developed free programs to meet the following needs in Leavenworth:

  • Early literacy programs
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs for elementary students and teens
  • Presentations by speakers with expertise on a variety of topics for adults, such as: current events, history, genealogy, digital literacy, music, literature, art and poetry

We invite everyone in Leavenworth to celebrate National Library Week with us, with two special programs:

  • Musician Billy Kemp, Sunday April 7, 2 to 3 p.m. Billy is a musician best known for his tasteful and inventive guitar playing. His original compositions are a blend of folk, bluegrass, rock and blues.
  • Twain for Twainiacs, Tuesday, April 9, 7 to 8 p.m. Experience and intensely direct and personal encounter with Mark Twain, who shares his love of words and books, his devotion to country and his fierce reverence for America’s freedom of expression.

Libraries across the country are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas. They foster civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues. We celebrate this role here at the Leavenworth Public Library every day. We encourage area residents to take advantage of everything our library has to offer: books, movies, music, e-content, knowledgeable staff, meeting rooms and programs. Together, we can make Leavenworth an even stronger community.