March 23, 2017
Public Library Closed April 1 for Fiction Shifting Project
On Saturday, April 1 the McPherson Public Library will close to allow staff and volunteers to undertake a project in the fiction collection. The books in the collection will be shifted from their genre divisions back to alphabetical order by author’s last name. After April 1, a patron looking for a particular author will simply follow the alphabet. Books by authors who write in multiple genres will now be together in the same place.
For patrons who enjoyed finding books by genre, the spines of the books will still have the genre labels, which can easily be identified on the shelves when browsing the stacks.
February 27, 2017
Jeanne Smith to Give Author Talk at Public Library
On Tuesday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m. at the McPherson Public Library, author Jeanne Smith will recount the events that led her to write the book, Refugees! A Family’s Search for Freedom and a Church That Helped Them Find It.
The book tells the harrowing story of a refugee family from Vietnam, as they faced cultural challenges to resettle in the United States. Smith’s church in Ohio assisted the family with the acclimation process, from finding housing and learning English, to adjusting to cultural differences and dealing with trauma. As the refugees’ horrific story of escape came to light, the church members helped them adjust to their new life in America. In time, the family blended into their new society.
Jeanne Jacoby Smith is Professor Emerita of English and Teacher Education at McPherson College. Over the years, she has been actively involved in Church World Service programs, particularly those that focus on refugee resettlement, world hunger, and their school kit ministries.
This transformational and inspiring talk continues to be relevant today and will provide first hand insight to the plight of refugee families.
February 22, 2017
Library Hopes to Boost the Endowment Fund on Match Day
Last year supporters of the McPherson Public Library grew the Library Endowment Fund by over $9,000 through their participation in the McPherson County Community Foundation’s Match Day event. And on Wednesday, March 1, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., they have the opportunity to do it again!
At this fourth annual Match Day event, MCCF has pledged $40,000 to match contributions each participating organization receives. The amount MCCF will match per participating organization is based on a proportionate share of total funds generated during this event. This means that the library could receive up to $8,000 in matching funds.
Those who are unable to take a donation to the MCCF office on Match Day, may drop by the library at any time between now and March 1, and we will see that the donation is credited toward the library’s match.
This year donors have the option of making a contribution online. The direct URL for the library endowment is https://squareup.com/store/mcpherson-county-community-foundation/item/mcpherson-public-library-fund
The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund was created to ensure that the citizens of McPherson have access to a superior array of library resources, services, and facilities.
February 13, 2016
Your Next Favorite Book is at the Public Library
Personalized lists and unique-to-us selection services are the norm. From curated playlists that reflect individual music preferences, to online movie queues that are stocked the genres that fit moods and interests, these services continue to grow in popularity.
By analyzing and recognizing the specific genres and appeal characteristics of books that readers prefer, the library’s advisory staff can methodologically select materials that have a higher chance of being a great fit and a more satisfying read for individuals. With that in mind, the McPherson Public Library is introducing a new service --Your Next Books -- where library staff create custom reading lists for patrons based on their preferences.
The process is user friendly and fun! Patrons complete and submit the NextBooks registration form on the library website, found on the Collection Central page. In a few days, participants receive a custom list of book recommendations, including annotations and cover art, by email, or mail, if that is their preference. The patrons review their list and indicate which titles they want to check out. Library staff then willl pull the books from the shelves and notify participants when they are ready to pick up. Reading profiles may be updated at any time as interests and needs change. The more feedback given to the staff, the better they can tailor the selection.
Driving the success of the program is that each participant will have a single staff member assigned to them. The staff member will personally get to know individual reading preferences, allowing them to tailor and respond accordingly with selections.
Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services for the library, sees great potential for the program, “We've talked and dreamed about developing a personalized reader's advisory service for several years, looking for a way to deliver hand-curated lists to patrons on a regular basis that are tailored very carefully to meet their individual reading interests,” says Hall. “Whether people have read all their favorite author's books, are having trouble finding great reads, or are pretty new to the library shelves, we can now create lists based on their favorite movies, the mood they are in, and dozens of other criteria. It's been fun to see patrons find all kinds of new reading avenues to explore with the Your Next Books service.”
Visit www.macpl.org/nextbooks to register online or for more information. A registration form can also be found at the service desk.
February 2, 2017
Communication Fun and Games at Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is hosting a unique activity for adults that encourages conversation, non-verbal communication, and light-hearted interaction. Speed Chat Night, which will be held on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m., is a concept that is growing in popularity around the globe, as technology and digital communication replaces more personal connections. The goal is to get to know others in a friendly and non-threatening environment, through a series of activities and stations.
“The Speed Chat concept allows for fun and playful interactions, but, at the same time, it encourages participants to rediscover the fine art of one-on-one conversation. The diverse set of activities allows for spontaneity, and takes the “awkward” factor out of the equation, “says Shannon Brake, library Marketing and Communications Manager.
Participants are encouraged to bring friends, or come in hopes of meeting and getting to know new ones.
“It is a low-risk, high yield activity that is sure to be a crowd pleaser,” says Brake.
The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our community through exceptional collections, services, and programs.