Originally posted: October 1, 2017
On National Author’s Day, November 1, we’re featuring our favorite places to check out new authors, grab a new book from your favorite one, or find local authors with a tie to the area: our public libraries. Crawford County is home to 5 fantastic local libraries, with books for any age and frequent activities for the community. Here’s our complete list:
308 N Walnut, Pittsburg
Pittsburg Public Library offers events for all ages, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, a circulating collection of over 70,000 items, and a genealogy room. Events are held frequently at PPL and include a knitting circle, scrabble club, 3D printing tech lab, and LEGO BuilderSpace. Pittsburg and Girard are both home to “Carnegie Libraries,” which were financed by grants from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In total, 1,689 libraries in the United States were built thanks to these grants.
128 W Prairie Street, Girard
Established in 1899, the not-for-profit organization offers a variety of services for all ages to the community, including a genealogy room, children and young adult library, and an ebook service through the Kansas State Library.
509 6th Street, McCune
The McCune Osage Township Library provides quality library resources and services for the residents of the community, necessary to fulfill knowledge, education, research, recreation, and informational needs in a way that promotes quality of life. Head there to view their large section of reading materials & free video and audio checkouts.
511 W Robbins, Walnut
Walnut Public Library. With evening hours and events such as Kid’s Fun Night, there is a lot to offer! The library has added a big screen TV, Xbox One with Kinect, and games as part of their Strong Mind/Strong Body program.
105 N Prairie Ave, Hepler
In the quiet town of Hepler, there is a not-so-quiet library. Visit the Hepler Library to join in on the fun they share. The library also includes services such as Interlibrary Loan, magazines, audio books, and movies. Don’t worry, if you need to get some work done, they respect those who need it quiet.