February 25, 2014
Public Library Unveils New Genre Fiction Collection
Patrons who enjoy reading fiction are benefitting from the culmination of a yearlong project at the McPherson Public Library to completely overhaul the fiction collection.
The collection previously consisted of general fiction, as well as the genres of Mystery, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Westerns. The library now has created five new genres – Historical Fiction, Inspirational, Military & Wartime, Romance, and Suspense & Adventure. The Westerns genre was expanded to include novels of the west and renamed as “The West”.
Each of the genres, both new and old, has its own unique icon label on the spine, and that matches signage at the beginning of each genre section and at the end of each book stack. Maps to the new fiction arrangement are scattered throughout the fiction stacks for easy reference.
From planning to the shifting of the last volume, the “genre project”, as it has come to be known, took one year. A task force of library staff first met to determine which new genres patrons would appreciate and what the characteristics of those genres should be. Then, in May of 2013, Library Director Steve Read began the process of going through the fiction collection, book by book, determining which books should remain in general fiction or the existing genres and which ones should go into the new genres.
“There were about 25,000 books in the fiction collection when I started,” Read said. “And I touched just about every one of them by the time we were finished.” He also weeded out over 2,000 books which were in bad condition or had not checked out in a very long time but were not classics.
The project involved most of the library staff. Coleta Steers and her Technical Services staff recataloged some 9,600 titles which were going into the new genres. And Jennie Hall and her Adult Services staff attacked the mammoth task of moving over 24,000 books in the fiction collection – most of them more than once – into the new configuration.
“We're hearing from patrons who like to read specific types of fiction that they are discovering new authors and titles they never knew were in the collection,” said Jennie Hall, “and simply because they are now easier to find."
Library staff are making a special effort to assist patrons in finding the new locations of favorite authors, as well as helping them explore the new fiction arrangement. “Change isn’t always easy for everyone,” Read said, “but we can already tell that adding the new genres is going to be a winner with our patrons.”
February 24, 2014
Boost the Public Library Endowment on Match Day
As part of the continuing effort to grow the McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund, the library is participating in Match Day at the McPherson County Community Foundation. The event will be ongoing from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.
As one of the community organizations who have endowments that are part of MCCF, all donations between $25 and $2,000 made to the McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund and brought into the foundation office at 206 S. Main on that day will be matched by the Community Foundation at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar. Organizations are eligible to receive a maximum of $6,000 in matching funds, and those funds are limited, so the library encourages those considering a donation to bring their check to the Foundation office between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on March 5.
As a way of thanking those who give $250 or more to the Endowment Fund as part of the Match Day event, the library will present each of those donors with a small framed print of Bob Smith’s A Kansas Bouquet, which hangs in the library.
Match Day donations also may be brought into the public library prior to March 5. All checks should be made payable to the McPherson County Community Foundation.
For additional information or questions about the McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund and Match Day, contact Library Director Steve Read at 245-2570 or email@example.com.
February 3, 2014
Go on a Blind Date with a Book at Public Library in February
Is your reading stuck in a rut? Having trouble finding books that interest you? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the McPherson Public Library staff is ready to set you up on a blind date with a book.
Stop by the front desk anytime during February and ask for a “blind date book”. After asking you a few questions about your reading interests, one of the library staff will check out to you a book wrapped in brown paper. You get to unwrap it and decide if you are willing to give this “blind date” a try. If you immediately know this date is a dud, you are welcome to ask for another pick. Anyone brave enough to try gets a chocolate candy bar.
This is the second year for the Book Blind Date event and is back by popular demand. “It’s always so much fun to see how delighted someone is when they discover a new author or series they just love”, said Ann Anderson, library assistant. “We enjoy playing the role of book matchmaker - introducing readers to new titles and authors they have yet to meet.”
The program runs throughout February. For questions, contact the library at 245-2570 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 8, 2014
Public Library Rolls Out Blog, Updated Website
As part of their effort to continue increasing their online presence, the McPherson Public Library now has a blog, named “The Window”, where staff members write about library life, books, and everything else relating to the library.
“One of the strengths of this library is our excellent staff”, said Library Director Steve Read. “The blog gives patrons the opportunity to learn more about the staff as individuals and their perspectives on the library and our services.”
To view the blog, visit the library website at www.macpl.org and select the Blog option from the menu on the left side of the page. Patrons have the option of subscribing to the blog, so they can receive email notifications whenever something is posted.
Other improvements to the website include a comprehensive online calendar which covers all programs, events, and exhibits going on at the library. Viewers can click on the title of each one for additional information. A new information box located on the homepage now provides a short clickable list of upcoming events.
The menu system also has been redesigned to make navigation throughout the site easier to use. Read explained that frequent updates to the website content, as well as efforts to continually improve it, are priorities for the library.
Library Promoting Kansas Books in January
January 29 marks another birthday for Kansas, and the McPherson Public Library is celebrating by inviting adult readers to join their Kansas Reads promotion, beginning January 2nd and lasting throughout the month.
Patrons who check out one book from the Kansas collection will receive a small Kansas themed prize. Patrons who check out two Kansas books will be entered in a drawing to win a special prize.
An anonymous library patrons has purchased an unframed, signed print of the painting “A Kansas Bouquet”, by local artist, Robert Smith, and has donated that back to the library for the grand prize in this promotion. One lucky person will go home with this 12 x 12 inch version of the painting that hangs on the wall opposite the library’s service desk.
Here’s to a happy birthday for Kansas and happy reading about our state for patrons of the McPherson Public Library!
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