New role gives local librarian opportunity to organize events for kids

Kelly Liptak is the new head of the Dorothy Bramlage Public Library's Young People's Department.

The Dorothy Bramlage Public Library recently bid farewell to Christa Beemer, who was the head of the library’s Young People’s Department. Beemer was looking to pursue a different career, and while she will be missed, the library is excited to introduce Kelly Liptak as the new head of the department. 

Liptak has lived in Manhattan with her family since she was 10 years old. She commutes from Manhattan to Junction City daily for her job at the library, where she has worked for several years. Liptak earned a degree in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University, and claims to “bleed purple” for her alma mater. After leaving her teaching job a few years ago, Liptak began working in the library’s Reference Department, where she enjoyed serving the community.

After Beemer announced her decision to leave, Liptak felt she could dutifully serve in the position. She has since been working diligently to serve the community in her new role. 

“I’m happy to be here, and happy to serve the community in this facet,” Liptak said. 

Coming from a military family, Liptak believes she understands the needs of the young people in this particular community. Whether working with children who have parents in the military, or children who have lived in the community for some time, Liptak works at creating events for all to enjoy. Having experience with military life, Liptak knows the importance of hosting events that cater to children who may be having a difficult time with deployed parents, or are coping with moving to a new location. 

In her new role, Liptak works hard to assist in coordinating fun events for children of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the events Liptak is most looking forward to this summer are the Flee Market, the American Girl Tea Party and the ongoing summer camps she assists with throughout the summer. For additional information on the library’s events, contact the staff at 785-238-4311, or visit

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