September 14, 2016
Immigration Event Will Put National Focus On McPherson
On Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m., the public is invited to join Sheryl Winarick, national immigration lawyer, plus a select panel of community members, in a guided discussion exploring the culture, identity, beliefs, and stories of immigration and migration in our area.
Through collaboration with the McPherson Public Library, McPherson will be included as one of the 6 to10 focus communities participating in foundational gatherings across the United States.
The primary focus of these community gatherings is to engage community members in shared experiences to explore culture, identity, leadership, and accountability; celebrate and connect solutions-oriented individuals and initiatives working hard to make local communities a great place to live; and invite everyone to step up and participate in the challenge of creating welcoming communities where future generations can thrive, happily, together.
The idea of a collaborative effort to promote the positive culture surrounding immigration and migration was first developed by Winarick in April of 2016 at TED headquarters in New York City. Winarick is an immigration attorney, advocate and entrepreneur based in Waco, Texas and Washington D.C. Before starting her own immigration law practice, she spent eight years working for a variety of non-profit organizations. She is a former Director of Teaching for Change, Miriam’s Soup Kitchen, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. She co-founded Just Cause, a social group that raises funds for and awareness about locally-serving non-profit organizations.
The public is invited to attend the event, and it might be of special interest to individuals interested in sharing their work in promoting positive change in the community, creating safe and inviting spaces for meaningful interactions, and establishing a safe culture for all individuals, including teachers, artists, community volunteers, small business owners, and others who make a difference each day.
International Book Tasting To Be Held At Public Library
On Friday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., McPherson Public Library patrons will have the opportunity to try a variety of traditional foods from around the world and check out books from the corresponding country during the International Book Tasting event.
The come-and-go event will be held in the meeting room and will feature foods and books from multiple regions and cultures. The event is similar to book tasting events held in the past, but also recognizes the diverse and unique perspectives that international authors and settings can offer.
“We have specially selected books that feature a variety of reading interests from international authors and global settings. The diverse snacks are a unique bonus!” says Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services.
August 31, 2016
The Kilted Man Coming To Public Library
September is International Month at the McPherson Public Library. One of the featured events will be a family-friendly performance by Matthew Gurnsey, professionally known as The Kilted Man. Gurnsey will be bringing his unique mixture of classic Scottish and Irish music and beloved story-telling to the library onFriday, September 16, from 5:50 to 6:30 p.m.
No stranger to live performance, Gurnsey began performing at a very young age and has appeared on hundreds of stages nationally and internationally, delighting thousands of all ages with his homespun charm. Gurnsey honed his Celtic skills while living in Scotland among the people and culture that are his heritage and the inspiration for his music. His unique talents with traditional Celtic instruments such as the concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin, add an air of authenticity to each piece and his stirringly rich bass voice provides the foundation for the hauntingly beautiful melodies.
August 31, 2016
Art by Jeanne Newburn-MacKay On Display At Public Library
Jeanne Newburn-MacKay has been fascinated with art since she was a child. After her homework was done, Newburn-MacKay would spend hours doodling and drawing. The love of art continued into adulthood, and Newburn-MacKay attended art classes while her children were in school. Inspired by her instructors and colleagues, she discovered new mediums and subject materials.
Newburn-MacKay’s watercolors will be on display in the McPherson Public Library meeting room during the month of September. A reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, September 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., also in the meeting room.
While the meeting room is occasionally used by community entities, the library has reserved Fridays from 1 to 8 pm, Saturdays from 1 to 5 pm, and Sundays from 2 to 5 pm as Open Gallery times, in which no groups may reserve the library meeting room and the art is always accessible for viewing.
August 18, 2016
Talk with TED Discussion To Focus On Introvert Tendencies
Introverts frequently are thought of as being shy, socially awkward, low in self-esteem, or even snobbish. In Susan Cain’s popular TED Talk, “The Power of Introverts”, she discounts all of these beliefs. This topic will be the focus of the McPherson Public Library’s upcoming Talk with TED Discussion, which will be held in the meeting room on Monday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The discussion will be moderated by Shannon Brake, BSW, and she encourages introverts and extroverts to attend. “The more information we have to understand each other, and the more honest we are in our conversations, the more equipped we will be to support and sustain relationships in work and in our personal lives,” says Brake, the Marketing and Communications Manager at the library.
July 28, 2016
Career Services Workshop Offered At Public Library
Whether it’s polishing up a resume, practicing interviewing skills, or finding new avenues for a job search, a career search can be a daunting task. New job listing search engines and digital resume formats can further complicate the process.
To help make sense of it all, the McPherson Public Library is hosting a Career Services Workshop featuring staff from the Business and Industry Department of Hutchinson Community College. The session will be held on Monday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room.
HCCC partners closely with KansasWorks and regional economic developmental professionals. These organizations help conduct job searches, assist with resume writing, and hone interview skills. KansasWorks also has a hand in new avenues of employment, such as green energy and customized training professions.
July 28, 2016
Reading Olympics Coming To The Public Library
For those who have dreamed of earning Olympic gold, the time has come. Readers of all ages can stop by the McPherson Public Library starting August 5, and join the Library Olympic Team.
This challenge for the whole family includes the relay, which is reading a recommended book; weight lifting, which is reading a book at least 200 pages long; and the marathon, which is reading a book for 60 minutes without stopping. Gold, silver, and bronze prizes will be awarded for each activity. The challenge runs from August 5ththrough August 31st. Pick up a bookmark playing card and join the Olympic mania!
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