January 16, 2017
Volunteer Opportunity For Teens at Public Library
Teens now have two opportunities to volunteer at the McPherson Public Library. The Teen Advisory Squad of Kansas (TASK) continues into its second year and the Volunteen program is being reinstated.
The Teen Advisory Squad of Kansas (TASK) is undergoing some big changes this year. While the group is still open to all teens in grades 6-12, it will now be split up into committees to allow any teen the opportunity to help in the areas of Teen Services that interests him or her most. New applications are now available at the library.
“Although TASK is still quite new to the library, it became apparent that some changes needed to be made to the way the group operated,” says Jennifer McCulley, Youth Services Coordinator. “It is our hope that this new format will allow for more teens to participate. The new committee format should give teens a chance to showcase their skills and will create more teen-led opportunities at the library.”
This year will also be the welcome return of the library’s Volunteen program. This program has been restructured from its former model and will now feature year-round and seasonal Volunteen positions. These positions will vary in responsibilities and time commitment. Currently, there are only two spots available, but more will be created as the year progresses. Applications are available at the library.
January 3, 2017
Great Magazine Giveaway Underway on January 14
Starting Saturday, January 14, 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 2014 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 2014 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 24th consecutive year of the annual magazine give-away. As always, patrons are encouraged to come early for the best selection.
November 28, 2016
Pick Up Some Favorites at Public Library Used Book Sale
Many shoppers are looking for a great bargain in December, so with hardback books on sale for $1.00, and paperbacks going for 50 cents, the McPherson Public Library’s used book sale is one event that can’t be missed. This book sale is unique in that the library is offering a large assortment of children and teen fiction and non-fiction, and all are in good condition. Many adult titles will be available as well.
“There has never been a better time to stock up on some amazing titles from the library's book sale, since this year we will have an unprecedented number of children and teen books,” says Jennifer McCulley, Youth Services Coordinator. “The shelves in our youth collections were overflowing. While it may be sad to see these great books go, it means that we now have space for many new titles. And, we can pass the books along to the public for their home libraries.”
The sale will begin when the library opens at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9, and run during open hours throughout the weekend. It is first come first serve so arrive early to get the best selection.
November 28, 2016
No Snow? Then Dash Through The Books At The Public Library
It may be difficult to get into the holiday spirit due to the warm temperatures and lack of the white stuff, so the McPherson Public Library is offering the Dashing Through the Books reading challenge. The goal is to read four novels during the four weeks of December, beginning December 1 and ending December 31.
If completing four novels in four weeks sounds like a daunting task, the library staff are happy to provide suggestions for quick reads. There are also many holiday titles that are slim and fit the spirit of the season ready for check-out. The library will award prizes to everyone who completes the Dash.
November 14, 2016
International Games Day @ Your Library brings community together to read, learn and play
McPherson, KS—The McPherson Public Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on November 19, 2016, for the ninth annual celebration of gaming in libraries –International Games Day @ Your Library. Like so many other libraries across the country and the world, McPherson Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.
This year’s International Games Day at the McPherson Public Library will run from 9 am until 2 pm. Boards games, card games and dice games of all kinds will be available throughout the library for anyone to play during this time. The Village Geek will be joining the library again this year to participate in the fun. Numerous gaming companies have also generously sponsored this year’s global event by supplying free games to libraries. All events during International Games Day are open to all ages and this year’s event will also feature some special prizes.
“We are thrilled to once again participate in this event. It is always exciting to join in on an activity that is held throughout the world,” said Jennifer McCulley, Youth Services Coordinator. “Our hope is that this will be a fun day for everyone in the community and it’s always nice to have a chance to promote literacy skills in a unique way.”
International Games Day @ Your Library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, and Nordic Game Day. For more information on International Games Day please visit http://igd.ala.org.
October 26, 2016
Public Library to Host Food Allergy Information Session
The McPherson Public Library will host a Food Allergy Information session in the library meeting room on Thursday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m, led by Amy Carroll, RDN. Researchers are not sure why there has been an increase in the number of people with food allergies over the past several years, but the numbers continue to climb steadily. It is an issue that now affects almost 15 million people in the United States, and one in every 13 children.
Carroll will cover many issues surrounding food allergies, including the difference between an allergy and an intolerance, the science behind allergies, how to read food labels, how to navigate restaurant menus, and issues that arise during the holidays. The session is for adults, and children with a parent or guardian.
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