Dodge City Public Library

It’s DíaHallow-Read Family Movie time!/ ¡Es hora de la Película Familiar DíaHallow-Read!

Dead Fairy in a Jar

Join us for a fun craft in October that is sure to get you in the spooky mood! Our Adult craft for this month is Dead Fairy in a Jar. These pesky little critters have been very naughty, knocking books off of shelves and mixing up catalogue numbers. Come capture one (create one) to take home and place in your home. They are eerily cute in their own unique way.

He’s in the non-fiction section causing problems.
Did he kill Cinderella? Or is that just a clever book title?
Gotcha! No more trouble for you, mister!

DíaHallow-Read

Fall is just around the corner, and so is DíaHallow-Read! This all-ages library program has participants setting their own reading goals, then claiming prizes halfway to goal, and once the goal is met (or exceeded). Beginning Monday, September 26, stop by either library circulation desk to pick up a reading log, then spend the month of October flipping those pages! There will also be fun activities throughout the month. For full program details: https://dcpl.info/childrens-department/hallow-read/

El otoño está a la vuelta de la esquina, ¡y también DíaHallow-Read! Este programa de biblioteca para todas las edades hace que los participantes establezcan sus propias metas de lectura, luego reclamen premios a la mitad de la meta y una vez que la meta se alcance (o se supere). A partir del Lunes 26 de Septiembre, pase por cualquiera de los escritorios de circulación de la biblioteca para recoger un registro de lectura, ¡luego pase el mes de Octubre hojeando esas páginas! También habrá actividades divertidas durante todo el mes. Para detalles completos del programa: https://dcpl.info/childrens-department/hallow-read/

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!

Library Donations

The Dodge City Public Library is not able to take any more book, DVD, or other media donations at this time. We need some time to sort through the items that have been donated to date.

The Kansas Heritage Center have a separate process for donations of items. For more information about this process, please contact John Mason.

Thank you!

Exploring Dodge City’s Earliest Movies

Movies have a long history in Dodge City – one that stretches back at least 125 years, in fact. Some of the earliest showings of movies in Dodge City occurred in 1897, though the cinematic landscape of the time was extraordinarily different. Movie theaters did not exist yet and many of the earliest films – which largely composed of documentaries and recordings of operas – were shown at local locations such as Kelly’s Opera House. The language used to describe movies was also entirely different. For example, an early newspaper article appearing in The Dodge City Democrat in 1897 refers to an upcoming motion picture show as a “Scientific Opera” made possible by Thomas Edison’s new invention, the Vitascope. Describing these shows as “scientific operas” likely heightened the sense of technological wonder and novelty about them.

An illustration of Kelly’s Opera House, likely the first business in Dodge City to present a movie.

Although we typically think of silent movies when we think of early films, this article from 1897 also suggests the presentation of an early sound film, which Edison had experimented with from 1895-1915. These early attempts at creating sound films stand out mostly as oddities today, as sound film did not become typical for filmmakers until around 1930. Still, newspaper articles like these show how the new technology inspired audiences at the time: it was as if entertainers and opera singers from Europe or New York were really there in Dodge City. These advertisements did not suggest simple magic lantern shows, but something close to a real live performance of an opera.

An interior photograph of the Dodge Theater

Movies were presented to audiences in Dodge City as “unusual attraction[s]” as far 1909, and by 1915, Dodge City was home to a short-lived cinema called The Elite Theater. By the 1930s Dodge City was home to a thriving filmgoing community, with cinemas such as the Crown Theater, the Cozy Theater, and the Fox Dodge Theater – a movie palace which once welcomed Hollywood stars such as Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, and Humphrey Bogart for the world premiere of the 1939 film Dodge City.

A crowd gathers around the Dodge Theater to attend the world premiere of the 1939 film Dodge City

Interested in learning more about the history of Dodge City? Visit the Kansas Heritage Center, the public library’s research center and archives, or contact us for research assistance at kansasheritage@dcpl.info.

Summer Library Program 2022 Newsletter – Edition 6/Boletín del Programa Bibliotecario de Verano 2022 – Edición 6

Summer Library Program 2022 Newsletter – Edition 5/Boletín del Programa Bibliotecario de Verano 2022 – Edición 5

July 8th: Movie Afternoon / 8 de julio: Tarde de película

Let’s enjoy a family movie together! We will be showing Home on the Range on July 8th at 2pm in our Lower Level Meeting Room. We will have popcorn and drinks available. You can bring your own drink as long as it has a lid. Register: https://dcpl.libcal.com/event/9232984

¡Disfrutemos juntos de una película en familia! Estaremos mostrando Home on the Range el 8 de julio a las 2pm en el salón de juntas del nivel inferior. Tendremos palomitas y bebidas disponibles. Puedes traer tu propia bebida si tiene tapa. Registro: https://dcpl.libcal.com/event/9232984

July 1st: Movie Afternoon / 1 de julio: Tarde de película

Let’s enjoy a family movie together! We will be showing Moana on July 1st at 2pm in our Lower Level Meeting Room. We will have popcorn and drinks available. You can bring your own drink as long as it has a lid. Register: https://dcpl.libcal.com/event/9232982

¡Disfrutemos juntos de una película en familia! Estaremos mostrando Moana el 1 de julio a las 2pm en el salón de juntas del nivel inferior. Tendremos palomitas y bebidas disponibles. Puedes traer tu propia bebida si tiene tapa. Registro: https://dcpl.libcal.com/event/9232982