So you’ve taken all those photos with your phone.  Now What? 

It’s time to sign  up for a FREE class at the library to learn some great tips and more about getting the best results form the camera in your mobile device including iPhones, Androids, iPads, and other smart devices.

Professional photographer, Julie Mead, is coming back to teach  “Photography with Your Mobile Device” on September 20 & 27 from 7-9 p.m.  Julie has a passion for photography and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.

Participants will learn HOW TO

  • take good pictures
  • enhance them with simple apps to make them even better
  • back up and store them off from the device
  • create many types of digital scrapbooks
  • share them on Instagram

This class is FREE but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as the class size is limited. Call (620-659-3341)  or come by the library (208 E. 8th St.) by September 7 to register.

With Julie’s class and a few manipulations using a simple app, Joan Weaver turned
this picture of a dusty shelter belt tree into an  “Enchanted Fairy Land.”

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The library will be hosting the Kansas Humanities Council TALK series, Literature with Kansas Connections this fall.  Each month, the books are available at the library to check out.  Discussions are free and open to the public on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.  Click here for brochure describing books and discussion leaders.

September 13:  The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson by Thomas Fox Averill
Discussion Leader:  Jennifer Krisuk, Ph.D., Dodge City Community College

October 11:  The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty
Discussion Leader:  Dana Waters, Retired, Dodge City Community College

November 15:  Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
Discussion Leader:  Diane Quantic, Ph.D., retired Wichita State University


2016 Kansas Notable Books Now On Shelf


The Kinsley Library recently received a grant for $194 to purchase books selected to be on the 2016 Kansas Notable Book List.  This list  annually recognizes15 outstanding titles either written by Kansans or about a Kansas related topic. The Kansas Notable Book List highlights Kansas’ lively contemporary writing community and encourages readers to enjoy some of the best writing of the authors among us.
Kansas Notable Books is a project of the Kansas Center for the Book, a program of the State Library. Throughout the award year, the State Library promotes and encourages the promotion of all the titles on that year’s list at literary events, and among librarians and booksellers.  For more information about Kansas Notable Books, visit

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Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey
Kansas Wildflowers and Weeds by Haddock Fereeman, and Bare
Twenty-five Years Among the Indians and Buffalo by William D. Street
While the Kettle’s On by Melissa Fite Johnson
Harvey Houses of Kansas by Rosa Walston Latimer
To Leave a Shadow by Michael D. Graves

Notorious Kansas Bank Heists by Rod Beemer
The Madman and the Assassin by Scott Martelle,

Diary of a Waitress by Carolyn Meyers
A Bitter Magic by Roderick Townley
Kansas Trail Guide: the best hiking, biking, and riding in the sunflower state, by Jonathan and Kristin Conard

Learns something today!

Over 500 FREE online, noncredit courses are now available through Universal Class  on the Kansas State Library website.
Enroll in up to 5 classes, work at your own pace, anytime you want.
There are classes in just about everything – click here to see.