HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!!We love and appreciate our patrons!   On Valentine’s day come to the library for a treat and ask for your fines to be forgiven.  We will clear your account of all fines and look forward to seeing you that day!


Our first to complete 1000 books before kindergarten



Christmas Coloring Winners

We had a wonderful Christmas on the Square celebration on Saturday.

The following children are the winners of the Coloring Contest:

Sydney Smith for ages 1-3 year olds

Lexi VonSpreckelsen for ages 4-6

Braden E. for 7-9 year olds

Garrett Fisher for 10-14 year olds.

A local artist chose the winners.  Winners please come to the library for your prizes!


Thank you to all who came to celebrate the library’s 100th birthday!  It was a good party and we appreciate your support.  Thank you to First Bank and Trust and the Clay Center Community Club for helping to fund the event.

Linda Redline won the Amazon gift card for guessing the closest number of buttons in the jar.  The number was 1916.  The year the library was opened.  Thank you also to Montana and Victoria Thatcher who helped the children do a thankful craft and guessing game of their own.  Karsen Whitmore guessed the closest to the number of M&Ms in the jar.  The library board and staff are very thankful for all who participated and all who helped make the day special!!!

Clay Center Public Library is celebrating the 100th birthday of the building on November 3rd with an open house from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Clay Center first started a library on January 26, 1910.  The present library was built with a large donation from the Carnegie Corporation and generosity of the citizens of Clay Center.  The building was opened to the public on November 3rd, 1916.

In honor of the 100th year of service a bronze plaque will be placed on the building.  There will be refreshments and  games. Fine forgiveness is available to anyone who asks on this day as a way to say thank you to all who support the continued growth and service of the library.

We are thankful for our library!


Annual Book sale

Our annual fundraiser/booksale is coming up quickly. Old Trusty Days weekend to be exact.  The following is the schedule for the sale this year:

Thursday September 8, 2016   2:00 -6:00 P.M.

Friday September 9, 2016   12:00-6:00 P.M.

Saturday September 10, 2016  9:00 -6:00 P.M.

Sunday September 11, 2016  Bag Sale  1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

See you there!!!

Summer reading evaluations

We need your help!  Now that school has started we want you to consider our Summer Reading program and help us with your suggestions and ideas to make it better next summer.  Please stop in and tell us or respond to this quest on our facebook page.  Help us to serve you better and more effectively!  Thank you!

Summer Reading Program Evaluation


  1. What was the total attendance at your Summer Reading Program-related library programs (story hour, chapter readers, parties, etc.)?



Preschool (Ages 0-5)



Grades K-3



Grades 4-6




  1. How did your total Summer Reading Program participation compare to last year?



Increased                            Decreased                          Remained the same



  1. How successful do you feel this year’s Summer Reading Program was?


Poor                      Fair                         Good                     Excellent



Chapter Reader Books




Final Party



  1. What do you feel was the most successful part of this year’s Summer Reading Program?







  1. Please tell us what improvements could be made to the Summer Reading Program?

1000 Books before Kindergarten

Welcome to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program!  This free program en1000 bookscourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school.  One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day.  Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation, a key to school and learning success.  Plus sharing stories together is fun!

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