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Beck Bookman Library

Holton, Kansas
serving the community since 1897
420 West 4th Street - Holton, KS 66436 785-364-3532 ♦ FAX 785-364-5402



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Be a Hero and READ this summer - click here for details!

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The library will be closed Monday, May 25th in honor of Memorial Day.

Summer Performers
1st – 5th graders
Tuesdays – 1:30 pm
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Story Time
Children ages 3-6
10:30 am
June 3, 10, 17, 24

Rhyme Time
children 0-36 months
10:30 am
June & July

Pick up reading logs at the library starting Tuesday, May 26th
Read and receive prizes for being a Reading Hero - for all ages!
Click here for more details!


Guys, you’re invited:

The Beck Bookman Library will host the first-ever, all-guys book club!
The group will meet weekly at the library
June 2nd, June 9th and June 16th, 6:30 p.m. to talk about the novel  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Dr. Joe Kelly will lead the discussion.

To join, simply send a quick email to Jessica Karns at holtoncitylib@gmail.com. You can pick up your book at the library before the June 2nd meeting – or you can get a copy that night.

Please join us at the library on June 2nd for conversation and a great read!

Summer Theatre Workshop!
When: July 13th -17th, 8:30 AM-11:30 AM (snack provided)
Where: Beck Bookman Library and Holton High School Auditorium
Who: For upcoming 2nd-6th grade students
Click here for registration and more information

Sponsored by Beck Bookman Library * The Holton Community Theatre
* Northeast Kansas Destination Library Project
Registration deadline: May 25, 2015 ($50 due by July 1st)

Toddler Time with Parents as Teachers
Thursday May 21, 10:30 am
Tuesday May 26, 6:30 pm
for babies & toddlers with their parents, grandparents or caregivers

Library Lego Club for children ages 6-12!
June 5, 4-5 pm at the library
 Legos provided. No need to register, just come and be creative.


Monday, June 15, Noon Potluck Luncheon
at the library.
Book Selection: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

New members are always welcome.
Contact the library for more information, 785-364-3532.

Sit & Stitch:

Tuesdays, 1- 3 pm at the library
Join this group at the library to crochet, knit,
weave, cross stitch or work on other needlework:
share projects, skills, knowledge and friendship.
For more information call Carolyn at 785-305-1596.

Rhyme Time: Thursdays, 10:30 am
for babies & toddlers with their parents, grandparents & caregivers

Explore online resources from
the State Library of Kansas:
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Explore authors or a specific book to discover read-a-like recommendations, book discussion guides, reviews, and more.

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LearningExpress:  practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks  - achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life.

For all grade levels—PreK-12, College, and Adult
Kansas Library Card may be needed to log into resource sites. Kansas Library Cards available at all Kansas Public Libraries or register online for a temporary account, then verify your Kansas residency at your local library.

Lowell Grandfather Clock

Given in memory of Ellen R. Lowell to Beck Bookman Library from Sara K. Bono, niece of Ellen R. Lowell, March 2015.

The clock is of great age, dating from Ellen’s great, great grandfather, Moses Lowell, born 1726, died 1817 and is buried in the Lowell Cemetery in Putney, Vermont.

Ellen was born in Holton in 1877 and died in 1977. She lived her entire life at the Lowell home, 515 Iowa Avenue in Holton. Ellen’s father, Judge James H. Lowell, arrived in Holton in 1871. The clock came to Holton from Putney, Vermont in 1873 after he was married.

Ellen was an active member of the Bookman Club joining in 1901 and served as a librarian for many years. She directed that the contents of her home not be sold, but rather be disposed of by charitable gifts.

B.J. Bono, husband of Sara Bono, niece of Ellen R. Lowell. Mr. Bono cared for the clock many years. He and his son, Rick installed it in the west room of the library.

B.J. & Sara Bono
Sara, niece of Ellen Lowell who gave the clock to the library

Ellen Lowell taught voice at
Campbell College in Holton
(from 1916 Echo Yearbook)

Ellen R. Lowell, active member of the Bookman Club and Librarian.


Look at our re-purposed
card catalog!
It is now a lovely coffee table thanks to the
woodworking skills of library friend,
Mike Schul.



The Book Nook!
A place to buy new and gently used books, audios, movies. The Book Nook is located in the west room of the library. Open during regular library hours.

The Beck-Bookman Public Library is a member of NExpress, a regional shared catalog service of the Northeast Kansas Library System. Beck-Bookman Library is one of 35 libraries participating in the shared catalog. Conntect to NExpress: http://catalog.nexpresslibrary.org/ or use the NExpress shortcuts on the library webpage.
NExpress works best if using Firefox/Mozilla web browser.
Click here to install Mozilla/Firefox on your computer.

Library patrons are able to use their current library cards with this system.
A library card must be presented in order to check out materials.

It is not necessary for patrons to use the online catalog in order to access library materials. Library staff will happily request materials for patron use.

How to use the online catalog:

1.      Connect to the library www.holtonks.net/library,
Click on the NExpress link or go to http://catalog.nexpresslibrary.org/

2.   To log in, enter the 7 digits from the back of your library card excluding the last character…. for example 1002251. Your initial password is your last name in lower case letters.

3.   You will be taken to your Account, where you can see all of the items you have checked out and on hold.

4.   To search, enter a search term, click Go, then click on a title in the search results for more details.

5.   To place a hold, simply click Place Hold then click Place Hold again to confirm.

6.   You will be notified by e-mail or telephone when your item arrives at the library. 

7.   In your account you may change your password, place holds on items, change messaging options, renew items, make purchase suggestions and create lists. 

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Welcome to our Library!

Library Hours
Monday - Thursday: 
10 am - 7:30 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6:30 pm
10 am - 2:30 pm

movies, TV, music, audiobooks on your computer or mobile device with your library card. Click here to learn more!

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Reference - Kansas Library Card
may be required for login.

Lexile Framework®
for Reading


Accelerated Reader

Mrs. Hundley's Reading Lists, USD 336

The library has 7 computers for public access and a
wi-fi hotspot!
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