Dodge City Public Library

Join our Team for IditaRead!

Join us for a special library program this March!

IditaRead is a reading initiative associated with the Iditarod Race in Alaska, which begins in Anchorage and ends in Nome.

DCPL will participate by encouraging patrons to work as a team. We have set up 5 “checkpoints” within the YA and Adult sections of the library. Each “checkpoint” has an activity that each patron can complete. Once you have completed an activity, place it in the IditaRead box located at the main circulation desk. All activities are worth 10 miles on our Trail Map located behind the main circulation desk. You can complete as many activities as many times as you like! Help us get our team to Nome!

Get your spook on with DíaHallow-Read!/¡Empieza a asustarte con DíaHallow-Read!

Join us for this all-ages library program celebrating Halloween, El Día de los Muertos, and all things literacy from October 1-31!

¡Únase a nosotros para este programa de biblioteca para todas las edades que celebra Halloween, El Día de los Muertos y todo lo relacionado con la alfabetización del 1 al 31 de Octubre!

Need help getting into the spirit? Have a peek at members of our staff starring in our very own self-produced short film – The Scared Stiff Project!

¿Necesitas ayuda para entrar en el espíritu? ¡Eche un vistazo a los miembros de nuestro personal que protagonizan nuestro propio cortometraje de producción propia: The Scared Stiff Project!

Summer Library Program 2022 Schedule of Events

The schedule is finally here! Join us this summer for a ton of fun activities.

¡El horario está aquí! Únete a nosotros este verano para actividades divertidas.

Summer Library Registration

It’s time to “Read on the Range”! We hope everyone is just as excited as we are for the Summer Library Program. We are happy to announce that registration opens today, Monday, May 16th. You can register from home and pick up your t-shirt later or staff would be more than happy to assist you with signing up at the circulation desks. T-shirts will be available for the first 300 registrants. There will be a calendar of events posted later this week with all the dates and times of programs available this summer. Please follow the link below to register!

Women on the Santa Fe Trail – Adult & Family Program

Join presenter Marla Matkin as she takes us 200 years into the past! Matkin will give us first-person portrayals of three women and their experiences on the Santa Fe Trail. Matkin, a Kansas native, historian, and scholar, says the women on the trail “were by no means silent bystanders, but active participants in the trail experience.” As this year marks the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, and as we get closer to this summer where we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of Dodge City and the 115th of the Dodge City Public Library, we hope you will join us for this excellent glimpse into history. Please register to attend this in-person program held Saturday, March 26th 1:30pm-2:30pm at

Children of the Promised Land — Adult & Family Program

Join Angela Bates for a discussion and photo display exploring the historical experience of African-American families during Westward expansion and Reconstruction period (1860s) as they migrated to establish a new town and evolving family life in Nicodemus Kansas.  Now a national historical site, Nicodemus is the last remaining Western town established during Reconstruction. Please register to attend this in-person program held on 2/19/2022, 11:00am-12:00pm at

Holiday Closures

Book Wreaths

Thank you to all who braved the March wintry weather to join me in making book wreaths yesterday. I had a blast and I hope you all did too!

Here are photos of the wreaths created at last night’s event.

Genesis mini-clinic cancelled

The mini-clinic scheduled for today, Monday February 13th, from 1-4pm has been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

First Annual Volunteer Fair at DCPL

It is finally here! Come on down to Dodge City Public Library on Saturday, February 11th from 12-4pm and meet some of the amazing organizations here in Dodge City that are looking for volunteers. Give back to your community by signing up to volunteer time, even a small amount helps, with one of the many non-profit organizations participating.

MLK Day Closure

DCPL will be closed Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will open again for normal hours on Tuesday.

DCPL newsletters

DCPL has started several newsletters. We have a General Interest Newsletter that is emailed out between the 13th-16th of each month.

This month, DCPL is starting three brand new, subject targeted newsletters as well! We have a Trivia newsletter, an Arts and Crafts newsletter, and a Storytellers and Writers newsletter. Each of these will be sent out once a month and will contain news items about upcoming events related to each topic. Scan one or more of the QR codes below to subscribe!

DCPL Designated Emergency Warming Shelter

Holiday closures for DCPL

Featured displays at DCPL

We have several displays being featured here at DCPL for the month of December.

First up we have a lovely display celebrating the National Day of the Horse, December 13th, 2022. This display was put together and proposed by Morgan Wenzl. Morgan has been a horse enthusiast for as long as she can remember and had graciously allowed us to display a portion of her Breyer horse collection. You can see this display and read more about Breyer horses, the National Day of the Horse, and Morgan in the entryway display case here at DCPL.

Next, we have the artwork of the students at Dodge City High School!

These amazingly talented students have loaned us their incredible artwork for the entire month. Instructors Claudia Enciso and Denise Salem put together this display for DCPL and we could not be happier! Come check it out in the glass display cases in our Adult Non-Fiction section.

And our final display features the holiday themed artwork of Bobbi Brown! Bobbi is a local artist who has taught painting classes at the Carnegie Art Center in downtown Dodge. She has displayed a selection of her works here for the holidays. Come see her work in the display case in our Multilingual section.

Would you like to put together a display for DCPL? We are currently looking for displays for the 2023 calendar year! Contact Cindy Thomson at or call 620-225-0248 ext. 217 to sign up!

TSA Recruiting Event

Dodge City Public Library will be hosting a TSA Recruiting event in the Lower-level meeting room from 11am-1pm on Wednesday, December 14th. This event would be for those seeking TSA employment for full-time and part time positions at Dodge City Airport.