Stevens County Library Blog
MEMORIAL DAY CLOSING The library will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. SUMMER READING PROGRAMS There is no lack of summer reading programs in Kansas this summer. Choose one or...
Kansas State Fair Reading Program
The Kansas State Fair wants to encourage K-6th grade students to read over the summer and learn more about agriculture. Pick up a yellow reading log at the SCL.
Closed for Memorial Day
We will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.
The Loft to open this fall at Bradley Fair
WICHITA — Finally, Bradley Fair can reveal the reason behind its game of musical chairs, business style.
The Loft is coming to the center at 21st and Rock Road this fall.
"We have been working with them for quite some time," says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.
Kansas governor: Right tax policy worth lawmakers’ OT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas residents want their legislators to get tax policy right and are willing to accept the annual session going longer than anticipated.
The Republican governor said in a statement Friday that it’s challenging for lawmakers to enact policies for improving the economy while balancing the state budget.
Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are deadlocked on proposals to cut personal income taxes while raising new sales tax revenues to keep the budget in balance.
Child in protective custody after officers find home uninhabitable
An 8-year-old girl is in protective custody after police found the home she was living in to be unfit, authorities said.
Officers went to the house near Broadway and 31st Street North shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday after someone called 911 and expressed concern that the child was often locked out of the house and not properly fed, Lt. Doug Nolte said. Officers spoke to the child’s mother and learned that the house had only recently regained electricity.
“The living conditions were unsanitary as well as dangerous,” Nolte said.
Booklist Review of the Day
The Rules of Wolfe.
Blake, James Carlos (author).
July 2013. 272p. Mysterious, hardcover, $24 (9780802121295).
First published May 1, 2013 (Booklist).
Building on his leisurely, quasi-autobiographical saga Country of the Bad Wolfes (2012), Blake uses the characters of his sprawling Mexican American clan to offer a new spin on the kind of hard-edged outlaw tale he’s better known for. The Wolfes are engaged in the “shade trade”: a wide range of illegal activities, mostly cross-border smuggling, but not, as a rule, drugs or people. The Wolfes have a lot of rules, and to that they owe their success. Young Eddie is in too much of a hurry to follow one of the rules (get a college education before you turn to crime), so he takes a low-level job for a big drug cartel south of the border. After he sleeps with one of the bosses’ girls, and then kills the boss, safe return to El Norte looks impossible. This fascinating family portrait tightens focus as we follow Eddie’s breathless attempts to get home with the woman he’s falling for. Blake’s prose is muscular, his dialogue and details are keenly observed, and his jump-cuts to minor characters’ fates are entertainingly cinematic. His characters are lively, and so is his plot—the nearer Eddie gets to escaping, the agonizingly farther away he seems. Will he make it? Either way, it’s one hell of a ride. Keir Graff