The Ottawa Library, 105 S. Hickory St., wants people to check out its large section on Kansas history, especially with Kansas Day just around the corner.
The library put together a special display of books about Kansas.
“It has several books of Kansas about Kansas history,” Terry Chartier, library director, said of the display. “We try to do a display each year for Kansas Day.”
Kansas Day is celebrated Jan. 29th, the day Kansas became a state in 1861.
Chartier said Lori Clayton, head of the circulation department, and Jean Woods, reference librarian, put the display together.
“We are using the displays to teach history and get people interested in history or to promote some of the programs we have going on,” Chartier said. “The city does a proclamation [for Kansas Day] and asks us to include it in our display. We have a lot of traffic in our reference area. A lot of people mentioned they think it is a very nice display.”
Woods said they try to put items in the display that the library offers to the public.
“If somebody sees something they want, they can check them out,” she said.
The display is located next to the checkout desk on the main floor of the library.
“We like to put it up in the reference [area] because we have a whole section on Kansas in the reference,” Chartier said. “Putting it up here encourages people to check out our Kansas section. It is a good learning tool. Our history is very important for people to know.”
She said libraries are known for history and keeping track of history.
“Because we are a Kansas library it is definitely an important date in Kansas history,” Chartier said. “We feel like we would recognize that celebration.”
Woods said several Ottawa University students recently came in to look for information on Kansas Day and expects elementary to high school students to come in this week.
“We try to know what the teachers are doing so we will have what they need here,” Woods said.
Chartier said it is common for students to learn about Kansas this time of year.
“Usually in the classes — when I was growing up in grade school — they did stuff for Kansas Day and teach them the history of Kansas Day,” she said.
Woods said the library has books and periodicals available with Kansas history and information. She said the library has several copies of the Kansas Outdoor magazine available for people vacationing and looking for something to do in Kansas. Woods said a popular one is the Kansas 4-H magazine that the 4-H members use throughout the year.
Chartier said the Kansas Day display will be kept open until early February.