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Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week in September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spot…

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Geary County Historical Society’s current project is digitizing photos from our Pioneer Wall, one of the oldest exhibits in the museum, and one of the first things visitors see. Large wooden frames filled with photos line the walls, with names like Koepke, McFarland, Muenzenmayer, Trott, and…

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mmer programming at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library’s Young People’s Department! There are exciting programs for all ages this summer! Some programs will be in-person, some programs will be Take and Make programs and others will be online or a combination of Take and Make and an online format.

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It doesn’t matter if you call them carpenter bees, wood bees or whatever, if you have structures, including decks, around your property that have unpainted and untreated wood, you will have these bumblebee look alikes hanging around your property at least part of the summer. Even though they…

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The Geary County Historical Society is open by appointment, so be sure to call if you are interested in touring the museum, have a potential donation, or research questions! We sure do appreciate you wearing a mask and we have ours on as well.

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As you can imagine, my job allows me to look at a lot of plant growth issues either from plants brought into my office or onsite in yards, gardens, fields or pastures. There are many things that will cause plants to not grow normally. Some of these issues are caused by insects or diseases, b…

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The internet is potentially an amazing resource. So many information portals. Literally a vast amount of the knowledge of the world lies at your fingertips for amazingly rapid retrieval. The internet has allowed us to stay sane during the quarantine. It allows us to step into the cartoon wor…

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I was about town last week looking at a diseased tree when I heard a couple of adult cardinals just having a fit. I turned around and saw a young cardinal that had obviously done an early launch out of the nest that was probably about 2 or 3 days away from being able to really fly well. It w…

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Some days I read something in the news and I just shake my head and quietly hope it goes away quickly. That was the case several weeks ago when I saw the headlines flashing “Murder Hornets...” I felt like Charlie Brown in every TV special. “Oh good grief!” Let’s just set the record straight.…

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Most of us were introduced to the library at a young age and the message was very clear the library is where the books live, and if you want to be a great reader, you need to get a library card and checkout a many books as you can.  I remember my mother would take my siblings and I to the li…

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Under the state's Phase 1.5 guidelines, Geary County Historical Society is still not permitted to open to the public. Until it is safe to reopen, museum staff are working hard to come up with fun activities you can do at home or outdoors to learn more about Geary County history.

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Let me start by sending a huge, loud, and heartfelt Happy Mother’s Day to all our library moms! Mother’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate you and all the things you do for your family, and trust me when I say, you do a lot for your family! So, use today as a great excuse to take that extr…

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Last week started off with several rounds of intense thunderstorms moving through the area. Thunderstorms this time of year can cause major damage to plants, or virtually no damage. By their very nature thunderstorms will have lightning, wind, rain, and sometimes hail. We experienced all fou…

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On October 10, two reports appeared on the front page of the Junction City Union providing a correction to rumors apparently circulating about town. “Town Is Not Quarantined,” headlines declared; “People May Enter or Leave Junction City as Usual.” The tone of the article suggests the authors…

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Many serious gardeners have had seeds in the ground for over a month. But for a lot of people the gardening season doesn´t really start until they can plant their tomatoes. More on that later, but we are just barely on the cusp of tomato planting time.

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There are many parallels to see when looking at the past for lessons from the 1918 influenza epidemic. While scanning schoolbooks for a digital exhibit recently, I came across a passage in a 1915 junior high science textbook that reminded me of one profound difference between 1918 and today:…

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Sunshine, warm weather, nice cool breezes…and an occasional thunderstorm or two! I guess that means the month of May is here! May is generally a busy time for us here at the library as we prepare for summer reading and summer programming. Though the library has not been open the last month, …

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In the current era of stay at home orders, only go out for essential services, avoid crowds, etc. many homeowners are in a quandary, given they have more time around home, of what they should or shouldn´t be doing for their lawns. “Do I go to the hardware store to buy fertilizer, crabgrass c…

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The mystery genre is one of the most popular among today’s fiction readers.  From cozies and suspense novels to detective stories and police procedurals, readers devour them and are constantly on the hunt for more.  In the era of stay-at-home and social distancing, they also sometimes need a…

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Today as I prepare breakfast for my youngest daughter and wait for my oldest to wake up, I began to realize I am back to where I was three years ago when I was a stay at home mom. In just a few short weeks I became a teacher, housekeeper, as well as completing all duties as the head of the c…

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Before the influenza epidemic began, 1918 was already a time of uncertainty and disruption for Americans. The United States' entry in World War I in April 1917 meant Americans had already accepted dramatic changes to their daily lives. The nation's economy turned to wartime production and mi…

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I see a lot of yards around town, including my own, that has a lot of really

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Our community, our nation, has been struck by a vicious virus over the last several months. It’s one that knows no boundaries, no race barriers, no age restrictions, and no income levels. Its closed schools, libraries, restaurants, and our favorite shops. It’s left our world turned upside do…

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With the knowledge that we are living through historic events, staff at Geary County Historical Society have recorded some of their day-to-day observations for a “coronavirus diary” project.

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With the knowledge that we are living through historic events, staff at Geary County Historical Society have recorded some of their day-to-day observations for a “coronavirus diary” project.

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Just this past weekend I was helping my family cut down old bushes and trimming the trees in our backyard. It was a beautiful day! Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures-the perfect weather for gardening! It felt like spring had finally arrived after a week of colder temperatures and foggy, …

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About this time of year I start to receive phone calls of birds attacking windows. This is different than birds flying into windows. We see that all winter long. Birds are startled and don´t realize that the reflection of the outdoors in the window is not really a continuation of outdoors. T…

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Geary County’s death records dating from 1917 and 1918 are now available online on our website at http://www.gchsweb.org/p/spanish-flu.html. I am asking the public for assistance with transcribing these records, and I have started the process on an online spreadsheet.

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 Welcome to the new normal!  At this time of year this column usually focuses on the friends of the library and its annual meeting and gift basket drawing all of which have, of course been put on hold until further notice.  Instead, digital resources have taken center stage while families hu…

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For the health of both patrons and employees, the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library is closed. Plans at this time are to open back up to the public April 5 and provide at least limited service, depending on conditions. All library programs scheduled during the closure are cancelled. Decisions …

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We will be saying farewell to our flood exhibit SubMerged on May 1! Stop in over the next month if you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibit, which explores the history of floods in Geary County and how all of the floods led to the creation of Milford Dam. Following a 2017 Memories at the…

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For twenty years, there was a place by my front door reserved for boots. Not just any pair of boots, not cowboy boots or steel toe work boots, but combat boots. The boots that work long hours without overtime pay, the ones that are caked in dirt and sand from foreign lands, the ones that hel…

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Kansas, specifically Kansas weather, does not like evergreen trees. Or to put it more correctly, most evergreen trees don’t like Kansas weather/climate. When we talk about evergreen trees we are talking about pine, spruce, fir, arborvitae and cedar (junipers). To put it in perspective, Kansa…

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March is the beginning of spring. March is also a busy month in the Young People’s Department at the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library! On March 2, the library celebrated Dr. Seuss Day! Children and families came in and made some fun arts and crafts including a hot air balloon, a Lorax mask, a…

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The beginning of a new year usually includes a review of the one just completed in the form of a statistical report that the library files each year with the State Library of Kansas.  These numbers help paint a picture of some of the ways patrons use the library and to illustrate the story o…

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I find strange ways to pass the time. I read the ads in Sunday papers looking for those outrageous claims of the latest amazing fast growing tree, or the instant deep green lawn grass, or the new miracle way to grow tomatoes. I spend time looking for these products in self defense because so…

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