October 6, 2015
Sports Memorabilia Appraiser to Speak at Public Library
Michael Osacky, a recognized expert in the appraisal of sports memorabilia, will present a program – Baseball in the Attic -- at the McPherson Public Library on Saturday, October 17, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Osacky will discuss how people can self-appraise their own sports collectibles, authenticate autographs, and spot forgeries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sports memorabilia items for Osacky to appraise as part of the program.
“We’re really excited about this event,” said Library Director Steve Read. “I know there are many people in McPherson who collect sports memorabilia or have an interest in it.”
A Chicago resident, Osacky has appraised world championship collections and is certified by the National Association of Professional Appraisers. He is an active collector of Pre-1970 sports cards and has written numerous articles for national publications. He also is the vintage sports expert for various television and radio outlets in Chicago.
Baseball in the Attic is free and open to the public.
September 30, 2015
October is Food For Fines Month
The McPherson Public Library has designated October as Food for Fines month. Throughout the month, patrons may pay their library fines with canned goods or packaged food. Each food item equals up to $1.00 toward the payment of any fine.
All items go to the McPherson County Food Bank. During October, the library will also accept any donations of food for the Food Bank.
September 3, 2015
Identity Theft Workshops at Public Library
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S., with over 27,000 victims every day. The average victim spends over 600 hours in the process of restoring their identity.
Members of the public are invited to learn how to protect themselves from the devastating effects of identity theft at one of the free workshops offered on September 15 at noon or September 22 at 6:30 pm at the McPherson Public Library. Frank Taylor, of Liberty Benefit Consultants, will discuss the major types of identity theft and provide strategies people can use to protect their personal information.
“We are pleased to partner with Liberty Benefit to provide this timely and useful information to McPherson County residents,” said Jennie Hall, the library’s Head of Adult Services. “Frank has presented this workshop at other libraries in the south-central Kansas area and we are happy to host his informative presentation here in McPherson.”
Register for one of the 45 minute workshops by calling the library at 245-2570 or emailing them at email@example.com. Light refreshments will be served.
September 2, 2015
Children and Teen Programs return to the Library
Beginning on September 8, the Youth Services Department at the McPherson Public Library will resume its public programs. From birth through 12th grade, there is something offered for kids of all ages.
Among the library’s regular scheduled children’s programs are Story Time, Toddler Time and Mother Goose Time. Each of these story sessions will give kids of varying ages a chance to listen to some stories and participate in activities that are geared to enhance early literacy skills for the respective age groups. On Tuesdays, school-aged children will have the opportunity to participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) events from 4-5pm; these events will range from making straw planes to constructing Legos.
“We are excited to finally kick off our fall programming,” said Jennifer McCulley, Youth Services Coordinator. “For all of us here at the library we are thrilled to get back to doing what we do best: sharing our love for books and our passion for discovery!”
The library has certainly not forgotten the teens this year either. For teens in grades 6-12, there will be plenty of options to get creative this fall with Clever Crafts and Minecraft Mondays. But there will also be time for just plain fun with Video Game Nights and Teen Movies.
All supplies will be provided by the library and there is no cost for these programs. For further information or for a complete schedule of events, please contact the library at 245-2570 or www.macpl.org.
July 24, 2015
Reading Marathon at Public Library
It’s a marathon that requires no training, no sweat, and no sore muscles! The McPherson Public Library invites everyone to join them anytime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, July 31st for their annual reading marathon event.
Bring a book, find a comfy chair, and join people of all ages who will be participating. Readers can sign up ahead of time for a 30 minute time slot or just drop by anytime during the day.
“Over 100 people participated last year, including all our service desk staff”, said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the library. “Some of us shared book titles and favorite authors and it was great to see the library filled with people reading from the time we opened the doors till we locked up at night.”
Participants may visit the service desk upon arriving at the library and pick up a reading marathon badge. When they are finished reading, they are encouraged to stop by the desk to leave to receive a small prize as thanks for being part of the library’s fifth annual reading marathon.
July 14, 2015
Reception and Puppet Shows at Public Library to Honor Mandy Martin
A public reception will be held on Wednesday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the McPherson Public Library in honor of departing Children’s & Youth Services Coordinator Mandy Martin. Immediately following the reception, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Martin and some colleagues will present three of her favorite puppet shows in the basement program area.
Everyone attending the puppet shows is encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and a picnic lunch to eat while enjoying the puppets. Beverages will be provided by the library.
During Martin’s twelve year tenure at the McPherson Public Library, she played a critical role in the design of new spaces for children and teens as part of the renovation and expansion project, which was completed in 2009. She created an array of regular and special programs which were attended by well over 10,000 children and teens each year. According to the latest Kansas public library statistics, the McPherson Public Library has the highest per capita circulation of children’s print materials of any library in the 10,000 to 20,000 population class.
One of Martin’s loves is puppetry, and she is known in the state for her expertise in puppets and presenting puppet plays.
She will be at the library through mid-August, when Jennifer King will begin her duties as Children’s & Youth Services Coordinator. King holds a B.A. from McPherson College and an M.A. from Emporia State University. She is currently part of the youth services team at the Great Bend Public Library.
The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our communtiy through exceptional collections, services, and programs.