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.
October 24, 2016
Special Events at Public Library this Weekend with Matt Miller
It’s time to see a new perspective of the Kansas landscape. The McPherson Public Library is hosting a reception on Sunday, October 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for Matt Miller, their featured artist for October and November. Miller, who lives and works in Hays, paints primarily landscapes of the region.
Miller will bring with him his Buffalo Tiny House, a mobile art gallery on wheels, which will be parked outside the public library on Marlin Street on Saturday afternoon as well as on Sunday. He considers the Tiny House to be a manifestation of his wandering spirit and desire to explore the landscape. Weather permitting, Miller plans on being outside near his mobile gallery painting on Saturday and part of Sunday.
“Matt’s unique style enables us to view the landscapes of Kansas and the American West in new ways,” commented Library Director Steve Read. “We’re very happy that he is showing at the library and will be here this weekend to share his art and visit with people”.
October 11, 2016
Bring Your Historical Items to Heritage Stories
On Thursday, October 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the McPherson Public Library will host Heritage Stories, a historical show-and-tell for adults. Attendees are asked to bring items that have personal, generational or cultural significance, and to share their insights and memories with the group. Anyone who enjoys hearing stories about the history of the region is encouraged to attend.
Sharing and listening to personal histories is a valuable exercise in storytelling and local history. As items are shared, details are passed down, and new connections are made. Whether it is a cherished childhood toy, a much used cookbook, or a hand-crafted quilt, these items are important pieces of the history of our area.
October 11, 2016
Matthew Miller’s Work on Display at Public Library
The walls of the McPherson Public Library meeting room are currently covered by the paintings of Matthew Miller through the end of November.
Miller lives and works in Hays, KS. He graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting in 2013. He also holds a BA in art history from KU.
A frequent plein air painter, Miller’s main inspirations are the landscapes, architecture, and inhabitants of Kansas. His current goal as an artist is to represent his everyday relationships with nature through creative equilibrium of color.
Miller’s art can be viewed during the open hours of the library, with Open Gallery times set aside for Fridays from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. During these times, no groups may reserve the library meeting room and the art is always accessible for viewing.
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