ARGONIA: Dixon library gets new website

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By Sam Jack

The Dixon Township Library, located at 120 W. Walnut Street in Argonia, recently replaced its website. Librarian Kim Dunn said the new site will help patrons connect with the services the library offers, both on-site and through partnerships with the State Library of Kansas and the South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS).

Update your bookmark: The new address is http://argonia.scklf.info.

“We’re still working on it as far as adding things, but it’s already really awesome,” Dunn said. “I’m planning on putting a lot of community-based information there.”

The new site, which Dunn created with help from SCKLS, includes a blog function, a calendar application and an updating slideshow displaying the covers of newly-arrived books and DVDs.

“Our summer reading program info is on there now, and we’ll put up info about any kind of event we’re going to have,” Dunn said. “For example, there’s a solar eclipse that is coming on Aug. 21, and we’ll be one of the areas that you’ll be able to come, get glasses and actually see the partial eclipse.”

Links down the website’s right-hand column highlight research and learning resources that are either openly available, or available to Kansas residents with a free Kansas Library eCard.

Dunn has state library cards on hand and can assist patrons in getting set up with access. The Mango language-learning tool and an online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica are among the resources offered.

A secondary page provides links to sources for free audiobooks and electronic books.

Dunn said her goal is to provide patrons with the best possible access to library resources. The library’s hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays; it is closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Patrons can also reach Dunn via email at dixtwplib@havilandtelco.com, or call 620-435-6979.