Library Closing for Catalog Conversion

Paola Free Library will close early at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 25th. We will be closed Friday, Aug. 26th and Saturday, Aug. 27th as well in order to switch to a new catalog system and for training. We will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29th as a member of the NExpress library consortium. This means that you will be able to browse over one million items available at about 50 libraries on the NExpress online catalog and place holds on the titles you want! Our courier service will be upgraded to 5 day per week delivery as well, which means items requested from other libraries will arrive much faster.

If you have not yet gotten your new library card, you may do so the next time you visit us. If you already have a NExpress card from another library (like Osawatomie or Ottawa), you may use that card at PFL starting Monday.

All items that are due tomorrow through Saturday have been renewed and are now due on Sep. 7th. Thank you for your patience as we make this transition, which will make so many more items readily available to you.

Welcome to Paola Free Library!

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Here’s your reading challenge for 2016!


__ a horror book

__ a non-fiction science book

__ a collection of essays

__ read a book aloud to someone else or use sign language to tell a story

__ a biography (not a memoir or autobiography)

__ a book originally published in the decade you turned 16

__ a book under 100 pages

__ a book that takes place before 1901

__ a book that takes place after 2001

__ a book with a main character that has a mental illness

__ a book with a main character that has a physical or learning disability

__ a non-fiction travel book

__ a science magazine (any kind of science- physical or social)

__ a book recommended to you by someone you admire

__ a book that teaches you a skill (a language, an art or craft, a recipe..)

__ a book written by someone who lives somewhere besides the USA

__ a book of poetry

__ a famous author’s second book

__ a book that takes place in the state you were born in

__ a book that takes place somewhere you’ve never been

__ a book you normally wouldn’t read based on it’s title, cover or author

__ a mystery

__ a book that is commonly banned from school curriculums

__ a Pulitzer Prize-winning book

Good luck!

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