April 17, 2017
Closing Reception for Nicole Thibodeau Scheduled at Public Library
The paintings of Nicole Thibodeau have been on display in the McPherson Public Library gallery throughout the month of March, and will continue to hang most of the month of April. The public will have a chance to meet the artist at a closing reception on Saturday, April 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
As evidenced in her paintings, Thibodeau is inspired by nature. She states, “The longer I make art, the more I understand the importance of my surroundings. The smells, sounds, and textures of the natural environment are inspiring to me.”
Thibodeau’s plein air style was influenced early on while painting with her father in the foothills of New Mexico. Her skills and control continued to develop while she attended college at Bethany College and Fort Hays State University. Thibodeau received additional instruction in New York, France, and Italy, as well.
April 24, 2017
Public Library to Host Sweet Event for Teens and Law Enforcement Officers
The McPherson Public Library’s final teen event for the spring, Copcake Day, will be held on Tuesday, May 2nd at 5:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.
In an effort to promote positive youth and community alliances, the library is combining two things they have a great appreciation for: Cops and Cupcakes. Teens will decorate and eat cupcakes with some of McPherson’s police officers. The event promises to be an evening of great conversation, fun with friends, and sweet treats.
“Our yearly Cupcake Day has always been a huge draw for teens,” says Jennifer McCulley, Youth Services Coordinator. “We wanted to continue to offer what has always been a delicious and artistic event, but we also wanted it to grow. We also suspect that police officers appreciate cupcakes about as much as teens do!”
April 3, 2017
National Library Week Celebrates “Libraries Transform”
During the week of April 10-14, libraries around the country, including the McPherson Public Library, will be celebrating National Library Week. The week, first recognized in 1958, is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.
McPherson Public Library has a full slate of activities planned in recognition of the week.
Monday, April 10 - Mayor’s official proclamation.
Wednesday, April 12 - Cookie and Coffee Day. 9:00 - 7:30.
Thursday, April 13 – Book Crafts, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Old books will be repurposed into fun and unique crafts. Registration is required for this event. Please call the library at 245-2570 to reserve a spot.
Friday, April 14 - Wireless 1-on-1 with Nex-Tech Wireless, 11:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Call the library to sign up for an individual 15 minute session with a Nex-Tech representative, who will help trouble shoot technology issues. Registration is required. A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited, so call the library at 245-2570 to reserve a spot today.
Library patrons are encouraged to attend and enjoy all of the week’s activities.
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.
The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our community through exceptional collections, services, and programs.