The Dodge City Public Library goes beyond simply providing books.

     The Dodge City Public Library goes beyond simply providing books.
It offers a variety of programs for all ages. New this month are Story Time! and KidPix.
     Story Time! takes place at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday. Youth services coordinator Danielle Dougherty will read a book to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
     "There is a little bit of theater that goes on when you read to children," she said Wednesday. "I try to infect them with the same enthusiasm that I have."
     Another weekly program for children is KidPix, which takes place at 4 p.m. Wednesdays for grades first through fifth.
     KidPix is a time when children listen to a book that is being read and are given the opportunity to interact by naming objects, playing music, singing and participating along with DVD movies.
     DCPL is aware that not every child's primary language is English. Therefore, the DCPL integrates bilingual story time for children.
     "We want to express the difference in our heritage, but we want to do it in such a way that it's a non-confrontational place to do so — and we want the library to be that kind of place," Dougherty said.
     The DCPL also acknowledges the young adult audience.
     Johnny Dunlap, youth services assistant, organizes various programs throughout the year. And there are graphic novels, audio books, magazines, college catalogues and reference materials available to young teens.
     At DCPL, adults also have a variety of services to chose from. One of them being TELL ME MORE, an online language-teaching software available to all Dodge City patrons, as well as a bilingual section, organized by Vicky Ortiz, bilingual coordinator.
     To learn more about the services DCPL has to offer, you can visit them at or call them at 225-0248. All programs are free of charge.

     Reach Nancy Calderon at (620)408-9914 or email her at