Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and #GivingTuesday – there are many ways you can be part of something big this year and give back to your public library!

On December 3rd, join other friends and fans of the library and give your time, your donations, and your support. #GivingTuesday is a great way to spread the word about what makes the library great!

And, it’s as easy as A-B-C:

Announce your support! Let those around you know you support and value the Andover Public Library. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Use the hashtag #WeLoveAPL to let everyone know why you support public libraries.

Bring in unwanted books, DVDs, games, etc and donate them to the library! Items that we are unable to place in our collection will be sold at our bi-yearly Friends of the Library book sales, which directly benefit library programs.

Commit to joining the Friends of the Library! For only $25 you can support the library’s summer reading programs, STEAM events, story times, and other great library programs!

Now, celebrate that you’ve made a difference to the Andover Public Library!

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Our new library system KanShare comes on line August 19, bringing with it changes.  In this consortium, you may borrow books and movies from both Derby and Park City public libraries.  You can get the items sent here for you to pick up, or you could travel there and use your library card. You may return them at a participating library.

All books now check out for 3 weeks, including the newest releases.  You will also be able to renew items up to 2 times, if they are not on hold for anyone else. Fines are now .25 cents a day.  You will still be able to check out items as long as your fines are under $10.  In the past, one’s account had to be clear in order to borrow any materials. We’re excited about sharing our collections.  You now have access to more books, magazines and movies than before.

If you haven’t done so already, you will need to update your library card number the next time you come into the Library.  You will also need to set a new password for your account. We can do that for you over the phone.

More Libraries are scheduled to participate.  Goddard will join in December, with Augusta, Rose Hill, El Dorado and Mulvane coming on board in 2020.

*Dolls and games are not renewable and will still have a $1 a day fine.

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Spotlight on Young Adult Books


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (#1 of Legacy of Orisha Series)

Zélie, her brother Tzain, and princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Goodreads rating:  4.22/5 stars


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (#1  of Truly Devious Series)

When Stevie Bell is finally able to return to Ellingham Academy after identifying the culprit in the murder of a classmate, she begins to wonder if the case was really resolved and attempts to uncover the truth about the school’s founder.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars


The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

Goodreads Rating:  4.10/5 stars


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (#1 of  Nikolai Duology)

When the dark magical force within him challenges his effort to forge new alliances and build a defense against a new threat, Nikolai Lantsov, the young king of Ravka, embarks on a journey to his country’s most magical places to vanquish it.

Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 stars


Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

After falling for Kate, her unexpected death sends Jack back in time to the moment they first met, but he soon learns that his actions have consequences when someone else close to him dies.

Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5 stars


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

When one of five students in detention is found dead, his classmates–including an intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer, and an athlete–are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars


Renegades by Marissa Meyer (#1 of Renegades Series)

Seeking to establish order from ruin, Nova grows close to justice-seeking Renegade Adrian, but her allegiance to the villains could destroy them both.

Goodreads Rating: 4.15/5 stars


Scythe by Neal Shusterman (#1 of Scythe Series)

In a world in which the only way to die is to be killed by a scythe, Citra and Rowan compete to earn a position as a scythe’s apprentice–a competition that will see the loser die by the hand of the winner.

Goodreads Rating: 4.36/5 stars


Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (#3 DC Icons Series)

Returning to Gotham as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees, Selina Kyle teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to wreak havoc on the city while Batman’s off on a mission.

Goodreads Rating:  4.14/5 stars


WarCross by Marie Lu (#1 of Warcross Series)

After hacking into the Warcross Championships’ opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game’s creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.

Goodreads Rating: 4.20/5 Stars


Don’t forget to check out the Spring Teen Newsletter here.


Join our book club at APL to discuss a YA book each month. We will next meet on April 30th at 6:30pm to discuss our next book: Dry by Neal Shusterman. Request the book and find out more information at the library!

FYI – Any of these books would be great choices for the YA book category in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge!

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Director’s memo 1/19

The Library has been in the news recently (Wichita Eagle, KWCH, KSN) regarding a Materials Reconsideration Request filed by one of our patrons. I would like to explain the procedure and what has transpired to date.

  1. Patrons talked with me about concerns they had over the books George by Alex Gino, Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart and I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. These books all feature transgender children. They were written for children.
  2. I read Lily and Dunkin and I am Jazz*. I also looked at professional reviews of these books. I wrote the patrons a letter explaining my decision to keep the books in the children’s section.
  3. A patron elected to file Materials Reconsideration Requests on the three books requesting they be removed from the children’s section.
  4. Per Library Policy, a committee was formed of myself, our Youth Services Manager, a Library Board member, an Andover resident, and a representative appointed by the challenger.  The committee read all 3 books and met to discuss the books.  The committee voted 4-1 to retain the books in the children’s section.
  5. The challenger appealed to the Library board of directors at the January 9th meeting. This board meeting allowed comments from the public. The Library Gallery was full of people on both sides of the issue: retain or move.
  6. The board will vote on the books on the February 13th board meeting at 6:00 pm.  Their decision is final.

I based my decision in part on our Library Board approved American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and the Free Access to Libraries for Minors statement. Quoting from Free Access to Libraries for Minors statement:

Article V of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS states “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.” Every restriction and access to, and use of, library resources, based solely on the chronological age, education level, or legal emancipation of users violates Article V.

Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources. Parents or legal guardians who do not want their children to have access to certain library services, materials or facilities should so advise their children. Librarians and governing bodies cannot assume the role of parents for the functions of parental authority in the private relationship between parent and child. Librarians and governing bodies have a public and professional obligation to provide equal access to all library resources for all library users.

As a library professional, I am committed to these principles. I am also committed to listening to our users’ concerns and ask that you respect them regardless of their position on this issue.

Tom Taylor
Andover Public Library

*I did not initially read George. It is on the William Allen White 2017-2018 Master List of books for grades 3-5. The selection committee for these awards includes Kansas school librarians, principals, English teachers and representatives from various Kansas associations and the Kansas State Department of Education. Andover Public Library buys multiple copies of nominated books. In 2017 the Friends of the Library provided us with a grant to buy multiple copies. We also try to purchase these titles in other mediums like CD. The demand is high. We place all of our copies of William Allen White books in the juvenile section of the library. I did check where other libraries placed George in their collections. A large majority of them were in the Juvenile Fiction collections. In deference to the award committee and in result of my searches, I concluded that the book should stay where it is.

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