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Nat’l Library Week: The McPherson Room

Researching your family history?  Desperately trying to remember the last name of that old high school chum?  Devastatingly curious about the tunnels that supposedly exist under the streets of McPherson? The McPherson Room is the place for you!  So much more than a stuffy room full of dusty books, The McPherson Room

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Nat’l Library Week: Get Real with MPL Staff

National Library Week is in full swing, and we are inviting you to “Get Real” at the McPherson Public Library! What does that mean exactly?  Well this year, we wanted to show you what we as a library are all about — and that includes our staff. With that being said, who better

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Read it Again, Pam

For years and years, I belonged to that group of people who could not see the sense in reading a book more than once.  With so many books in the world just waiting to be read, why take the time to read something to which you’ve already given your attention?  The last page is

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Flying Mustaches . . .

My little boy loves to read books.  It really has nothing to do with me or the fact that I am a children’s librarian.  He has always loved them.  When he was younger he loved them so much that he would eat them at night if we left them in his bed.

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Frogs, Locusts, and Flies

As the Jewish festival of Passover approaches, the plagues visited on Egypt – remembered either from our Sunday School days or from this film classic  – are recalled with some familiarity. During my second summer as a McPherson resident (1980), the city was inundated with a plague of miller moths.  Hundreds of

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Dick, Jane, and Puff(s)

I remember the first word I “read” on my own outside of school.  I was looking at a tissue box and exclaimed, ” Mom, it says PUFFS!” We didn’t live near the town library, but we did live within walking distance of our elementary school, where once a month the Book Mobile would

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Kansas Connections

The Wizard of Oz and tornadoes:   In all my travels, those are the two things people will think of immediately when I say I’m from Kansas.  But when their comments bring up other connections to Kansas, I really perk up and start listening. So it really caught my attention, as I’m reading Never Tell by

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Microwave Mentality

Few people would disagree that America today has what I like to call a “microwave mentality.”  We want things when we want them – right now – and sometimes we are willing to sacrifice quality in the name of brevity. Just like microwaving a frozen dinner instead of taking the time to prepare a

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We’ll Put Them on the List

The popularity of lists — particularly the hackneyed “bucket list” continues unabated.  Many people love to devour lists featuring exotic destinations around the world, for example, which are required viewing “before you die”.   The clock is ticking, folks, so you’d better make your reservations now. The world of books is no different.  There’s

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Westward Ho!

Library carts served as our Conestoga wagons last month as we moved the entire fiction collection — all 22,449 books — to different shelves in the fiction area. The hardy pioneers on our staff loaded up carts and made many treks back and forth to get all the books re-shelved. We started at the