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Summer staycation provided by Hays Public Library

6/2/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The Hays Public Library is offering quick getaways in Kansas this summer.

Luci Bain, Kansas Room librarian, said she will be driving five people on "staycations" to Prairie Lavender Farm near Salina, Greensburg, Abilene and Hutchinson. The sightseeing will expose travelers to new aspects of the Sunflower State.

"I think sometimes we can take for granted the state that we live in, and there's a lot of cool things to do and see that are really not too far away," Bain said.

The librarian sought to include destinations within a two-hour drive that had appealing sights. Greensburg has the world's largest hand-dug well, Abilene has the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Prairie Lavender Farm is hosting its annual festival, and Hutchinson has the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

Transportation is provided, but it is first-come, first-served. Admission fees are not covered for the festival, but it is a possibility for the other sites.

Bain said the library is about more than books. Encouraging the spread of information is a key responsibility.

"I really hope it just gives people the opportunity to learn more about their state and also to appreciate it because there are a lot of things to appreciate about Kansas," she said.

There are tentative plans to offer more trips in the future.

The trip to the farm will be June 21, Greensburg will be July 12, Abilene will be July 26 and Hutchinson will be Aug. 9. For more information, call (785) 625-9014.