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Monday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Upcoming Closed Dates:
Labor Day Weekend
Sunday & Monday
September 6th & 7th



Dr. Herschel Stroud has been playing swing music since he had his own dance band in High School.  Emporia Public Library invites the public to join us in the large meeting room of the Library at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 17, 2015 to hear Dr. Stroud tell us about this special time in America’s mucial history.

There had never been a popular music phenomenon like the Swing Era.  It was impossible to listen to the radio, or leaf through a newspaper or magazine, or enter a record store, or a dance hall, or see a movie, without being confronted by Swing Music.  It was everywhere.  But when was this era?  Where did it begin?  Why did it happen?  Who was responsible?

Swing surged to an unimaginable height of popularity in the late 1930's, 40's and 50's.  And it exists with us today.  Swing Bands are still swinging, they still play for dances.  Swing music is now background for many TV commercials.  Swing is still apparent in popular movies.  It has devotees of all ages.

Come! Sit back, listen to Swing’s origin, it's history, and it's sound as Herschel takes a musical journey, with you as passengers, to learn about a true American phenomenon.


Busy and Brand New

Welcome to all new FHTC and ESU students! Thank you for making the Welcome Back Block Party an amazing experience! If you're not familiar with our fair city yet, click the Google Maps image for a set of directions to Emporia Public Library! 

August has been a busy, but wonderful, month! We participated in the Welcome Back Block Party on the 18th and had a blast meeting everyone! Brand new YA programs rolled out this month, too, including Back to School with Doctor Who and Mystery Maker. This month, the project was both stationary and kinetic at the same time. If you guessed we'd be making mobiles, then you would be correct! 











iMAKE, our new young adult activity group meets next Wednesday, August 26th, from 6:00-7:30 PM for it's very first meeting! Want to select books for purchase, make your own programs, and lead events? Come to iMAKE and have your say in YA! We'll be meeting upstairs in the YA area, too! If you can't make the meeting, you can always email Tiffany, the Young Adult Librarian, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ideas and suggestions you would like mentioned at the meeting.

Remember: all YA programs are open to 6th graders through college-age students!

We hope everyone has an awesome first week of school!



Kansas Notable Books

Kansas Notable Books How many of the notable books

have you read?

Get more information Here and rate them yourself.

Michael Pearce's Taste of the Kansas Outdoors Cookbook by Michael Pearce

Music I Once Could Dance To by Roy J. Beckemeyer

The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning by Julene Bair

Railroad Empire across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner's Westward Journey by James E. Sherow, photographs by John R. Charlton

Soldiers in the Army of Freedom: The 1st Kansas Colored, the Civil War's First African American Combat Unit by Ian Michael Spurgeon

Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays by Cheryl Unruh

999 Kansas Characters: Ad Astra, a Biographical Series by Dave Webb, Terry Rombeck, and Beccy Tanner

Bluebird by Lindsey Yankey

A Carol Dickens Christmas: A Novel by Thomas Fox Averill

Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Stephen Locke

The Darkest Period: The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846-1873 by Ronald D. Parks

The Devil's Workshop: A Novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad by Alex Grecian

Field Guide to the Common Grasses of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska by Iralee Barnard

Girl in Reverse by Barbara Stuber

The Kansas Relays: Track and Field Tradition in the Heartland by Joe D. Schrag

Titles Coming Soon


New books will be here soon! Click the covers to read reviews on Goodreads, and make sure to place your holds!



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