All Ages Programming:
This is a fun event to encourage children & the young at heart to explore the world around them. In this activity we follow recommended “adventures” based from the pages of great books. These adventures will be posted using the hashtag #HPLAdventures on Facebook. Look out for the hashtag, and complete & track your adventures!
The 3rd Tues of the Month at 2:00pm we have Tech assistance. We either do open tech needs or have a theme/project in mind.
Workout or Wiggling Wednesdays
Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 4:30pm. We have an hour of healthy movement in our program area. We have great workout themes that we change up often. This is geared towards our adult or young adult patrons.
Gaming Days at the Library
Thanks to a grant received from the State Library (a sub-grant from LSTA) in 2014, the library was able to purchase a PS4 gaming system. We have build a great a collection of games and welcome any donations to help us to continue provide this activity to the youth of our community. We are also collecting board games, card games, etc. for all ages to play – including Adults.
First & Third Mondays at NEKCAP HEADSTART (for students only) @ 10:30 a.m. We have an half hour of fun for those little ones that are in preschool. Early literacy events are planned, there’s songs and games, and crafts.- We would love to return to hosting additional Storytime’s at the Library, please let us know if you are interested. We are also participants in 1000 Books to Kindergarten!
The 2nd Monday of each month at 4:30pm we have a great activity program. Geared towards middle school aged children we either make crafts, focus on STEAM activities or other exciting things to Make It Take It. –
The 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 4:30pm we have a special movie time for all ages. We show a fun movie & sometimes provide free popcorn for all. –
Dr. Seuss Week
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday we have host a week-long event of imaginative activities.
Spring Break Library Camp
Each year during spring break HPL hosts Spring Break Library Camp. Each day we have a wonderful activity planned for school-aged children. We have Art & STEM activities as well as a Kid Fit Friday event.
NO HUNGER SUMMER
Sponsored by Second Harvest, Hosted by Horton Public Library! Free Lunches for Kids Mon-Fri 11:30am-12:30pm.
2025 We plan to serve from May 26th-
2024 We plan to serve from May 20th – Aug 9th
2023 We served from May 31st – Aug 11th (1113 served)
2022 We served from May 23rd – Aug 12th
2021 We served thru Aug 13th
For the year 2020 adults received a free lunch as well that year due to a grant. It was held at the Horton Blue Building, due to Library Closure. 2021 was a great year, but we were back to $2 for adult lunches.
We are always looking for Volunteers; call Library for details.
Summer Reading Programs:
Each year the Library has a summer library program for area children at heart – all ages. You can pick up and keep paper logs we will provide. Lets start our reading adventure together. We will have activities throughout each week. There will be a calendar of events posted and distributed.
Summer Reading Program 2023
Summer Reading Program 2022
Summer Reading Program 2021
Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
Each year the State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book select a book for the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week which is usually celebrated during the third week of November (2022 Nov 13-19). The library typically will have the selection in our collection and will host a special story time for the event.
Each year, the Library celebrates books written just for teens during Teen Read Week. Usually held in mid-October, teens are encouraged to vote for their favorite book and stop by the library during this week for special events.
A time to celebrate being in between – program and/or event geared to those kids who are in 5th and 6th grade. This event usually takes place the first week of December (2022 Dec 4-10).
And so many more programs & activities that we participate in!:
Community Shared Food Distribution (No longer receiving.)
Hosted by: Horton Public Library
Provided by: LibertyFruitCo. through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
Was Thursdays 11:30am from July 2nd- Dec 17th 2020. We did not receive the 5th phase.
Locations: Horton Civic Center & the Blue Building.
The Horton Public Library was honored to host the Community Food Distribution program. This was a weekly event, where we received boxes of fresh produce, meat & dairy for people within our surrounding communities during our Nation’s time of hardship. There were no participatory guidelines or forms required. We were here to provide a helping hand. Boxed Food Delivery was staged as a touch-less system; vehicles lined up to drive through in a snaking manner wit self service available but aid was available to seniors or the disabled. This project was not limited to Horton or Brown County residents. We encouraged the citizens of all our local rural towns (Everest, Muscotah, Whiting, Netawaka, Mercier, Powhatten, Willis, Hiawatha…) to come & receive the assistance. We had people stop in for the distribution who were from Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Alabama, & even Florida. We had volunteers each week to unwrap the pallets once offloaded from the shipment truck & help distribute the boxes to recipients who were unable to collect them on their own. We provided over 15K boxes of food worth over $600K!