Free Program: Quilting – Vintage to Modern


Saturday, March 2—-10:00 am


Valley Center Public Library & Community Building

Sunflower and Cottonwood Rooms

314 East Clay St., Valley Center, KS



***Quilts tell a story

***Evolution from vintage to modern quilts

***Tricks and tips for quick quilt-making

Bring a quilt to show and share!

Presented by Valley Center residents Lora Lagree and Karen Roth




Free Program: Historical Performance of Lucy Tayiah Eads, “Chief Lucy of the Kaw Indians”

Sun., Jan. 20, 2 PM – Valley Center Community Center & Library

Sponsored by Valley Center Public Library & Friends of the Library


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Lucy Tayiah Eads was born in 1888 in a tipi on the banks of Little Beaver Creek in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).   She was the adopted daughter of Chief Wah-Shun-Gah who served as principal chief of the Kanza from 1885 to 1908. Lucy attended Haskell Indian School from 1901 to 1908. In 1922 Lucy was elected Chief of the Kaw tribe – the first woman Chief of the Kaw. She served until 1934.

Pauline Sharp is a citizen of Kaw Nation and past vice-president of the Kaw Nation Cultural Committee. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Mid-American All-Indian Center in Wichita, Ks. Sharp has researched and studied the history and culture of the Kanza People, from whom the State of Kansas took its name. She tells the story of the Kanza (Kaw) people through the character of her grandmother, Lucy Tayiah Eads. Sharp is a juried member of the Kansas Alliance of Professional Historical Performers and lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband, Doug Sharp. Pauline is a 1968 graduate of Valley Center High School.

Refreshments will be served.

Renewals, Fines & Drop Box Use






When does the Library renew or check in my books and other items?

If you email or call the Library with a request to renew, the renewal will be based on the time the request is received.  Therefore, if the request is received after the Library closes for the day, the renewal will be made on the next business day.

If you place an item in the outdoor return boxes, the item might not check in until the next business day.  We usually empty the boxes once a day, in the morning, but this can vary.  We tried doing evening pickups at a specific time, but it is just not always possible due to weather.  Therefore, you should always count on your returned item being checked in the next day.

Why is this important?  If your item is due today and you renew or return it to the boxes too late, you may incur a one day fine.  To avoid this, simply bring the item into the Library for check in, or call before close of business and request a renewal.

Why does the Library even charge fines?

We have looked at the possibility of NOT charging fines, but in other libraries where they do not, items return late more often, or simply never return.  This causes other patrons to have to wait a lot longer for the item they want to check out to return, or if it does not return, costs are incurred to replace the item. So our Library Board decided in fairness to everyone, charging a small fine is an added incentive to get an item returned in a timely manner for other users.

Why does the Library have 2 drop boxes outside?

The left box is for media (audios and DVDs) only, the right box is for print materials (books and magazines) only.  We ask that you be extra careful to return items to the correct box to help avoid damage to discs, Playaways, and cases with heavy books.  Beginning December 1, we will reinstate our old fine system for items returned to the wrong box.  Some items cannot be returned outside.  All launchpads, eReaders, and items that are too big to fit easily into the book drop slots should be brought inside.  To protect the Library’s collection, if an item is damp or wet, dirty, has insects or other harmful debris or chemicals in it, or is in fragile condition, please bring inside and inform the staff.

If you have other questions about these policies, be sure to call us!

Cold and Flu season is here – ask us to bring your books/movies to your car if you are ill!

Cold and Flu season is here!

To help avoid the spread of illness, please do not visit the library if you or members of your household are ill.  Many of our patrons are infants or people with compromised immune systems who might become seriously ill from exposure to something as minor as the common cold.  If you give us notice (preferably at least 6 hours) we will be happy to gather your requested items and bring them to you at the curb.  If you have had illness in your home, please let the staff know when you return your materials so we can be extra diligent when we clean them. 

Thank you for spreading kindness, not germs!