October 13, 2014
Public Library Family History Resources make Quantum Leap
The McPherson Public Library is the newest FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This designation means that library patrons now will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogy resources available through the extensive FamilySearch database.
FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, court, and other records from over 130 countries.
FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by making available microfilms of these historic records through select public libraries – and now the McPherson Public Library is among them.
“We are very excited that our library has been awarded Affiliate Library status,” said Library Director Steve Read. “This is a priceless resource for our patrons interested in discovering their family tree.”
In making the announcement, Paul Nauta, FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager, commented that “less than 5% of the world’s genealogical records are available online, and most family history researchers cannot afford to travel to an archive. If FamilySearch has filmed the records they need, then as far as they will need to travel to view them is the McPherson Public Library.”
Persons interested in using the service may visit the library website at www.macpl.org and select the Local History & Genealogy option from the Resources section of the menu. They will find a link and a tutorial about how to search for resources and order microfilm online.
There is a fee of $7.50 to cover shipping and processing, and once the film arrives at the library, patrons have 60 to 90 days to peruse it.
McPherson Public Library staff are available to assist patrons in searching for records on FamilySearch and using this new service.
FamilySearch has over 200 camera teams filming historic records in 45 countries on any given day. Those records are then available for use by patrons through FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries like the McPherson Public Library.
Public Library Storybook Walk Begins October 4
Fall weather is here, and the McPherson Public Library is encouraging kids to go outside and read a book – but not in the way one might imagine. From October 4 through October 26, kids and families can enjoy McPherson’s first Storybook Walk, presented by the library in Memorial Park, across the street from the library and west of the courthouse.
In the Storybook Walk, pages from a children’s book – the first one is The Scarecrow’s Hat, by Ken Brown -- are laminated and each page is displayed on a small post. The pages are about 40 paces apart along the path in the park, and families can read the book as they walk along it.
The library will install a new book midway through October. "This is a great chance for parents and kids to get outside in the wonderful fall weather and share a great book and get some exercise too!" said Mandy Martin, Children’s Librarian at the library.
The Storybook Walk is based on The StoryWalk® Project, which was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
September 22, 2014
Rachel Brandt Day is September 25
Each year at this time, the McPherson Public Library recognizes members of the staff whose years of service at the library are divisible by five. This year, Rachel Brandt, Technical Services Coordinator, is celebrating five years of service to the McPherson Public Library. Thursday, September 25 is Rachel Brandt Day, and the library encourages everyone to stop by and say hello to this year’s honoree.###
September 9, 2014
Library Card Sign-up Month is Underway
Did you know that if you check out three books each month at the library instead of purchasing them, you’ve saved about $50? Borrow four DVDs and you’ve saved another $50. And if you use the library’s Ancestry.com genealogy database or check out magazines, you’ve saved yourself hefty annual subscription fees. Those are just a few of the reasons why your library card might be the most valuable card in your wallet!
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and the McPherson Public Library is encouraging everyone who doesn’t have one already to sign up for a library card. If you are getting your first library card at the McPherson Public Library, your name will be placed in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to The Bookshelf.
If you already have a card, stop by the service desk at the library and fill out a word balloon explaining how you use your library card. Creativity is encouraged! All who submit a word balloon also will be entered in the drawing. The winning name will be drawn on October 1st.
For questions or additional information, call the library at 245-2570 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 11, 2014
Learn More About iCloud at the McPherson Public Library
Are you interested in learning more about iCloud? Come on down to the McPherson Public Library on Tuesday, August 19th, from 12 noon-1pm for a free workshop presented by Nex-Tech Wireless. Learn about setting up iCloud, how to sync all your documents to iCloud, and how to connect all your Apple devices. The session will end with a question and answer time.
“This workshop continues the library’s partnership with Nex-Tech Wireless”, says Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the library. “The Nex-Tech staff has been very generous in sharing their technology expertise with the community through these free workshops.”
A free lunch will be served. Space is limited so please RSVP by August 18th to Nex-Tech Wireless at (785) 639-7770 or email them at email@example.com. For more information about this workshop call the library at 245-2570.
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