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,
Written on April 21, 2014
Where do you most like to read? Do you read nonfiction in a different location or in a different position than you do fiction? Where do you read magazines or catalogs, or the newspaper? I like to read in my window seat in the late afternoon, in my living room swing (although the
Libraries and art have always shared a special bond. Even from the times of the earliest libraries, art was incorporated into the space — and the very architecture of the buildings was art. While the design of most libraries today doesn’t inspire the same degree of breathless awe as some of their Renaissance
I hate telling people no. Or pets for that matter, as my spoiled dog would tell you if he could talk. But I really, really hate it when I have to answer someone with the negative. Which is one reason I love inter-library loans (ILL). Our library collection is, by physical and monetary necessity, limited.
One feature of our Children’s Library which is easy to overlook is the Blue Planet Globe. Housed in a dark plexiglass case, the globe is designed to simulate the earth rotating in space. A small electric motor inside the globe turns it so that each rotation equals 24 hours. A light inside the globe
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
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
Written on April 9, 2014
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
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.
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