April 23, 2014
New Way for Patrons to Share Great Books at Public Library
Have you ever read a library book that you absolutely loved and wanted to share it with someone? Thanks to a new program started at the McPherson Public Library, patrons now have a way to get the word out about books that they particularly enjoyed.
Patron Picks is a weekly reading list available at the library. Whenever patrons return a book that they want to recommend to other patrons, they are encouraged to put an “Awesome Book” post-it note -- located at the library service desk – on the book before dropping it in the return bin. New lists will be available each week, showcasing patron favorites returned during the preceding week.
"When patrons return items, they often tell us if they really enjoyed a book, said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services. “This is a way for us to share that information with other library readers who are looking for book recommendations."
People also may sign up to receive a list of patron favorites, featuring cover art and descriptions, by email each month. To see the current issue of Patron Picks, and to sign up to receive the monthly issues, visit the library website at www.macpl.org and look for the links for Patron Picks in the Weekly Bookmark section.
April 15, 2014
Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday at the McPherson Public Library
William Shakespeare turns 450 years old this month and the McPherson Public Library is hosting a birthday celebration in his honor. Drop by the Library anytime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd to join in on the fun!
There will be contests, hands-on events like trying on theatre costumes, and writing with feather pens. Library staff will provide snacks typically eaten by Elizabethan theater-goers, and their own Lady Macbeth will even be on hand to quote lines from the play at your request.
The library also will be highlighting their complete collection of Shakespeare plays on DVD.
Public Library to Celebrate National Library Week
The McPherson Public Library will celebrate National Library Week from April 14 through April 18 with the theme “Get Real at the McPherson Public Library”. During the week the library staff will highlight the many resources found inside the library, as well as the staff who make the mission of the library possible.
The library continues a long-standing tradition on Wednesday, April 16, which is Coffee & Cookie Day. The public is encouraged to stop by the library meeting room from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. that day and enjoy coffee and cookies. There will also be a special display in the meeting room that day featuring information and trivia about members of the library staff.
Several events will take place all week long: People of all ages are encouraged to visit the library at their convenience and take part in a scavenger hunt – there will be one for both children and adults. All participants receive a small prize and will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize, a $25 gift certificate to The Bookshelf.
There will be special daily posts on The Window, the library blog – at www.macpl.org/blog/ -- highlighting surprising or unique aspects of the library. And patrons will enjoy seeing a display of favorite books of the library staff.
And also during National Library Week, the library will announce the winners of their annual bookmark contest. Over the past few weeks, children, teens, and adults have been creating original artwork for bookmarks and submitting them to the library. There will be one winner for each level.
Bookmark Design Contest for all Ages Underway at Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is holding a bookmark design contest, where everyone can create their own unique bookmark and enter it for judging. The winners will be announced during National Library Week (April 14 through 18).
There are 15 categories – one for each grade in school, as well as one for pre-school children and one for adults. Two winning designs will be selected from each category, and those bookmarks will be reproduced by the library and made available for patrons to take when checking out books.
Anyone interested in entering the contest must complete an entry form, which also includes a template on which to create the bookmark. Entry forms are available at the library or online by visiting the library website at www.macpl.org and selecting the “Bookmark Contest Entry Form” link in the Weekly Bookmark section. Only designs created on the entry form will be accepted. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, April 7.
“This is our fourth year holding the Design a Bookmark Contest, and I have been blown away by the amount of creative young people in McPherson!” said Abby Bohnenblust, the Children’s Services Assistant who is coordinating the contest. “Because we’ve had such a great response each year, I decided that this year we will open the contest up to adults as well. I am excited to see what the adults will come up with!”
February 25, 2014
Public Library Unveils New Genre Fiction Collection
Patrons who enjoy reading fiction are benefitting from the culmination of a yearlong project at the McPherson Public Library to completely overhaul the fiction collection.
The collection previously consisted of general fiction, as well as the genres of Mystery, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Westerns. The library now has created five new genres – Historical Fiction, Inspirational, Military & Wartime, Romance, and Suspense & Adventure. The Westerns genre was expanded to include novels of the west and renamed as “The West”.
Each of the genres, both new and old, has its own unique icon label on the spine, and that matches signage at the beginning of each genre section and at the end of each book stack. Maps to the new fiction arrangement are scattered throughout the fiction stacks for easy reference.
From planning to the shifting of the last volume, the “genre project”, as it has come to be known, took one year. A task force of library staff first met to determine which new genres patrons would appreciate and what the characteristics of those genres should be. Then, in May of 2013, Library Director Steve Read began the process of going through the fiction collection, book by book, determining which books should remain in general fiction or the existing genres and which ones should go into the new genres.
“There were about 25,000 books in the fiction collection when I started,” Read said. “And I touched just about every one of them by the time we were finished.” He also weeded out over 2,000 books which were in bad condition or had not checked out in a very long time but were not classics.
The project involved most of the library staff. Coleta Steers and her Technical Services staff recataloged some 9,600 titles which were going into the new genres. And Jennie Hall and her Adult Services staff attacked the mammoth task of moving over 24,000 books in the fiction collection – most of them more than once – into the new configuration.
“We're hearing from patrons who like to read specific types of fiction that they are discovering new authors and titles they never knew were in the collection,” said Jennie Hall, “and simply because they are now easier to find."
Library staff are making a special effort to assist patrons in finding the new locations of favorite authors, as well as helping them explore the new fiction arrangement. “Change isn’t always easy for everyone,” Read said, “but we can already tell that adding the new genres is going to be a winner with our patrons.”
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