February 1, 2016
Try a Book Blind Date in February
Looking for a way to add variety and intrigue to a stale reading list? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the McPherson Public Library staff is ready to set readers up on a blind date with a book.
Stop by the front desk anytime during February and ask for a “blind date book”. Library staff will hand out books wrapped in brown paper based on answers to a few basic reading interest questions. Unwrap the book and decide if it is worth a try. If it is obvious right away that the book is not a good match, feel free to trade it in for another selection. Anyone brave enough to participate will receive a piece of chocolate.
This is the fourth year for the Book Blind Date event and it is back by popular demand. “A blind date in high school or college can be an iffy proposition,” said Carol Garrison, Library Assistant, “but in February, library staff make it a fabulous experience by placing a wrapped fiction or non-fiction book in your hands.”
The program runs throughout February.
January 19, 2016
Public Library in Full Color with Latest Trend
Many adults are returning to a favorite childhood activity -- coloring. Today’s coloring books for adults are intricately drawn with complex details, which many find both challenging and relaxing.
The McPherson Public Library is hosting a coloring group for adults on Thursday, January 28th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All supplies with be provided, but participants are also welcome to bring their own.
This is a free event, and will be held in the library meeting room. No registration is necessary.
December 31, 2015
Great Magazine Giveaway on January 9
Starting Saturday, January 9, the McPherson Public Library will hold its annual Great Magazine Giveaway. The library keeps issues of its approximately 160 magazine subscriptions for a couple of years. The back issues from 2013 have been pulled, and the public is invited to browse and take what they want free of charge. Included in this year’s giveaway are the 2013 issues of children, teen, parenting, and adult collection magazines.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and lasts throughout the weekend. The magazines will be located in the library meeting room. “Each year we withdraw older magazines from our shelves to make room for newer issues. Giving away the magazines allows us a way to get them into hands of people who are interested in re-reading or re-purposing them. It’s a win for all of us.” stated Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services.
Started in 1993, this year marks the 23rd consecutive year of the annual magazine give-away. As always, patrons are encouraged to come early for the best selection.
Public Library Patrons to Enjoy Blizzard of Books in January
The weather outside is frightful, and the McPherson Public Library will celebrate cozy winter reading with a Blizzard of Books. During the month of January, participating patrons will receive an igloo tracking sheet. They will receive a snowball sticker for each visit to the library and for every item they check out. The library will award a cool treat to each patron who collects 20 snowball stickers before February 1st.
Patrons of all ages are welcome to participate.
December 4, 2015
Christmas Countdown Now Under Way at Public Library
The McPherson public library is counting down the days until Christmas with special drawings and prizes at the library every day until Christmas Day.
Anyone checking out at least three items at one time will be entered in daily, weekly, and grand prize drawings. Anyone checking out five items at a time also is entered in the drawings and may take a special prize from the Christmas tree.
And anyone checking out 10 or more items at one time, in addition to being entered in the drawings, may choose from coupons for library fines or used books – or they may opt for the service desk staff to sing a Christmas carol! Prizes are suitable for all ages, so everyone can participate. The grand prize is an RCA Android Tablet to be given away on Christmas Eve.
“We wanted to do something fun to finish out the year that would appeal to patrons of all ages. After all, who doesn’t look forward to a little something extra at Christmas time?” said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services. “The library staff are excited that they get to play Santa Claus at the circulation desk all month.”
November 30, 2015
Big Book Sale Starts Friday at the McPherson Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is holding a used book sale starting at 5:00 ;m on Friday, December 4 and running throughout the weekend. A wide variety of both adult fiction and non-fiction titles and children’s fiction titles will be available for people to browse and purchase. Some of the books have been withdrawn from the library collection, and others are donations.
The cost is $1 for each hardcover book and 50 cents for each softcover book. All revenue from the sale will go toward the purchase of new library materials. Sunday will be Bag Day: patrons bringing in standard-sized shopping bags can fill them with books and make a donation to the library in whatever amount they choose for each bag.
Library Director Steve Read said that the number of books available for purchase is the largest he has ever seen at one of the library’s book sales.
The library is open until 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
November 30, 2015
Craft With a Cause at Public Library on December 5
The McPherson Public Library’s new free quarterly craft series begins on Saturday, December 5 with a come and go event from 10:00 to 12:00. Supplies will be provided for participants to make greeting cards that will go to Card Care Connection, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cards with uplifting messages to those who are facing cancer.
“It’s no secret that people in McPherson love to help others,” said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services. “Every time we’ve held a library event with a tie-in to a charity, it has been a hit. So we are planning a Craft with a Cause program every quarter throughout the next year, starting with this event in December. No special skills are necessary, just a willingness to help!”
Interested persons who want to stop by the library on December 5 and make a card or two should sign up at the library service desk or call the library at 245-2570. For every two cards participants make for Card Care Connection, they get to make a card to take with them and to send to anyone they wish.
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