November 25, 2013
Library Holiday Open House and Book Sale Begin December 6
Everyone is invited to stop by the McPherson Public Library between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, December 6th for their Holiday Open House and Book Sale. There will be hot beverages and bite-sized treats for people to enjoy while they browse the library’s collection of Christmas books, holiday music, and seasonal DVDs to check out and take home.
This is also the first day of the library’s semi-annual book sale which will run throughout the weekend. Several cartloads of fiction and a wide variety of reference titles will be available for $1 each for hardcovers and 50 cents each for paperbound titles.
They also will hold a silent auction for two particular reference titles: a 32 volume set of the 1997 Encyclopedia Britannica, and a 2007 Oxford Atlas of the World. Library Director Steve Read said that, while both titles have been superseded in terms of current information, both could still be useful in a home library. “The Britannicas are impressive in looks alone,” he said. “They never had spine labels and would make a handsome addition to anyone’s bookshelves.”
This is the first holiday open house hosted by the library staff and is, according to Head of Adult Services, Jennie Hall, “a chance for the library staff to extend season’s greetings to our patrons and showcase the excellent selection of holiday items available on our shelves.”
For more information about the event, call the library at 245-2570 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite Historic Photographs on Exhibit at Public Library
The photograph collection of the McPherson Public Library contains some 1,500 images, with many hundreds more waiting to be processed. Out of all those photos, is it possible for anyone to select only a limited number of favorites? The two members of the library staff who work with the photograph collection the most -- Rachel Brandt, Photograph Archivist, and Steve Read, Library Director – decided to find out.
“Favorite Historic Favorites: Selections from the Library Collection”, is an exhibit of enlarged reproductions of some of images which Brandt and Read like the best. “Limiting the number of selections to only nine images each made for a difficult task,” said Steve Read. “Each of us could easily fill the room with our favorites.”
The images in the exhibit range in time from the earliest known photograph of McPherson to around 1940. They are favorites for varying reasons: some are of exceptional historical significance, some have an aura of mystery about them, and others are humorous in nature.
“Whatever our reasons for choosing them,” said Read, “these photographs are all part of the rich fabric of the history of our city and county.”
The exhibit will run through the end of December.
Book vs. Movie Showdown in November at Public Library
Is the book really better than the movie? The McPherson Public Library invites all readers to explore that question during their Book vs. Movie Showdown throughout the month of November.
Patrons can check out a package which includes both the book and its DVD movie adaptation, and then read, watch, and turn in their opinion on which is better. All participants will receive a bag of free popcorn. A grand prize will be given to the patron who turns in the most reviews sheet during the month.
“With the colder weather approaching, here’s a fun way to spend a couple of chilly evenings,” said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services “If you’ve already read the book, but not seen the movie or vice versa, you can still participate by checking out whichever part of the pair you haven’t seen yet. Your vote still counts!”
Book and movie packages will be on display in the library. Stop by the service desk to find out more about participating in the Book vs. Movie Showdown, or for additional information contact the library at 245-2570 or email@example.com.
November 1, 2013
Public Library Lowers Fines, Gives Patrons 50% Off
Effective November 1, the McPherson Public Library is reducing the amount it charges patrons for overdue library materials from 15 cents per item per day to 10 cents per item per day.
The library had raised fines to 15 cents on January 1 of this year in an effort to increase revenue, but it was not a popular move with patrons. “It didn’t play well at the time, and it continues to be an issue,” Library Director Steve Read said of the higher fines. “We are a public library and we have to be sensitive to what our patrons want.”
In addition to lowering fines, the library also is giving patrons the opportunity to pay off any new or existing fines at a significantly reduced rate of 50% of the total. The library invites all patrons to visit the library during the first three weeks of November, the 4th through the 22nd, pay off any fines they might have, and check out some new materials. The library is planning a special way of showing their appreciation for patrons who have no fines or clear their accounts during that time.
The 50% off fines opportunity does not include charges on patron accounts for lost items, damaged items, and collections.
October 24, 2013
Book Characters will Come to Life on Halloween at Library
This Halloween, patrons of the McPherson Public Library will have their only chance outside of Disneyland to see a real-life White Queen from Narnia, a proper Mary Poppins, and Gatsby’s glamorous Daisy Buchanan.
All throughout the day on Halloween, many library staff members will be dressed as famous fictional characters. Some library staff will be out in the book stacks, while others will be working behind the service desk.
The public is invited to try matching staff with the books they represent – anyone even giving it a try will receive a treat. Any patrons who come dressed as fictional characters will get an extra prize!
“This is a chance for us to celebrate both Halloween and books,” said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services. “With characters drawn from children’s, teen, and adult fiction, we think it will appeal to all ages. ”
October 2, 2013
Bob Smith Prints Available at McPherson Public Library
As part of their effort to raise awareness of and funds for the McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund, the library has for sale a limited number of prints of A Kansas Bouquet, by local artist Bob Smith.
The painting, which was gifted to the library by the artist on the occasion of the grand opening of the new library in 2009, is a favorite with library patrons. The prints are smaller-sized versions of the original and all are signed by Smith. Framed prints are available for $60 each and unframed prints for $25.
The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund was started by the Library Board in 1983 and provides support for special children’s programs, online resources, library materials, local history resources, new technology, and improvements to the facility.
For additional information contact the library at 245-2570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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