Interview with Diana Weaver of Basehor Community Library

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From an early age, reading is an integral part of our lives. We start out reading picture books, then progress to harder reading material, sometimes educational or philosophical. We read street signs, grocery store receipts, tweets, and posts on Tumblr. Reading is an extremely important, and oftentimes entertaining, component of everyone’s everyday lives, and there’s no better place to foster a love of reading here in Basehor than the Basehor Community Library.

Whether you want to read the latest issue of Time magazine, cry over the heart-wrenching story of Augustus and Hazel, or pick out a Curious George book for your little sister, the library has a large array of novels, comic books, DVDs, magazines, and much more.

(Scroll to the bottom of this page to take a quiz to find out which type of book you should read)

However, while books are the first thing that pop into your mind when you hear the word library, in reality the Basehor Community Library does much more than just house a large selection of reading materials. They have a multitude of programs that everyone from preschool to high school to adults can enjoy.

“We have story times, so the little kids come in, and they’re just a whole lot of fun,” library director Diana Weaver said. “We have a writer’s group that comes in on Tuesday evenings and they always come in with some really good stories to talk about.”

From a 5K that benefits the Leavenworth Humane Society to the Teen Advisory Group for middle schoolers and high schoolers, there’s something for everyone at the library, no matter what their interests are.

One of those programs is the independent film festival. Aspiring filmmakers ages 13 and up can create a 5-minute film that meets the requirements of the library’s rules. The deadline for entry is September 19.

The aim is simply to see “what people can create and what stories they want to tell,” according to Weaver. “We just thought it would be a fun thing to do. We know the high school has a lot of talented filmmakers in it.” The films, Weaver said, can be easily shot on a smartphone.

If you’re interested, information about the festival can be found online at www.basehorlibrary.org or at the Basehor Community Library on 158th Street.

Whether you want to expand your knowledge of endangered species, read the Harry Potter series, or dive into the world of amateur filmmaking, the Basehor library is actively working to make sure they’re the place where you can have fun while also learning and expanding your interests.

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