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The Good News from Africa

Africa, the land where I spent the first 18 years of my life, conjures modern images of suffering, conflict, and poverty.  Darfur, disease, genocide, ruthless dictators, blood diamonds, land mines, famines — we’ve all seen the headlines. And yet, Africa continues to show it’s sunnier face in some of the new books written by sons,

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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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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

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Love at First Sight

It was love at first sight.  The first time I picked up these books, I was smitten.  I had to read ALL of them!  Fortunately, the tiny library in the small corner of Africa where I lived had plenty on the shelves.  And so began my love affair with books and libraries. Around

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It’s Been a Very Good Five Years!

 Where were you on February 13th, 2009?  Were you one of the hundreds of people who came to the grand re-opening of the library on that day? It’s five years later and we’re celebrating the still-lovely and spacious surroundings – the beautiful stained glass, the refurbished Sandzen behind the service desk, the doubled space for the collection, the comfortable basement

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New Cards, Old Cards

Brand new library cards made their debut at the library this month.  They feature a color photo of one of our stained glass windows and come in two sizes — wallet and key tag.  They scan under a light beam and transmit all kinds of information to our computers.  They get you onto the public internet terminals. 

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The Library Lonely Hearts Club

Here is the saddest shelf in the library. It’s where incomplete returned items sit, mourning the loss of their significant other - a DVD case missing a disc, an audiobook missing a CD, a toy missing a piece, a music CD missing liner notes.  You get the picture – the Library Lonely Hearts Club!