February 22, 2017
Library Hopes to Boost the Endowment Fund on Match Day
Last year supporters of the McPherson Public Library grew the Library Endowment Fund by over $9,000 through their participation in the McPherson County Community Foundation’s Match Day event. And on Wednesday, March 1, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., they have the opportunity to do it again!
At this fourth annual Match Day event, MCCF has pledged $40,000 to match contributions each participating organization receives. The amount MCCF will match per participating organization is based on a proportionate share of total funds generated during this event. This means that the library could receive up to $8,000 in matching funds.
Those who are unable to take a donation to the MCCF office on Match Day, may drop by the library at any time between now and March 1, and we will see that the donation is credited toward the library’s match.
This year donors have the option of making a contribution online. The direct URL for the library endowment is https://squareup.com/store/mcpherson-county-community-foundation/item/mcpherson-public-library-fund
The McPherson Public Library Endowment Fund was created to ensure that the citizens of McPherson have access to a superior array of library resources, services, and facilities.
February 13, 2016
Your Next Favorite Book is at the Public Library
Personalized lists and unique-to-us selection services are the norm. From curated playlists that reflect individual music preferences, to online movie queues that are stocked the genres that fit moods and interests, these services continue to grow in popularity.
By analyzing and recognizing the specific genres and appeal characteristics of books that readers prefer, the library’s advisory staff can methodologically select materials that have a higher chance of being a great fit and a more satisfying read for individuals. With that in mind, the McPherson Public Library is introducing a new service --Your Next Books -- where library staff create custom reading lists for patrons based on their preferences.
The process is user friendly and fun! Patrons complete and submit the NextBooks registration form on the library website, found on the Collection Central page. In a few days, participants receive a custom list of book recommendations, including annotations and cover art, by email, or mail, if that is their preference. The patrons review their list and indicate which titles they want to check out. Library staff then willl pull the books from the shelves and notify participants when they are ready to pick up. Reading profiles may be updated at any time as interests and needs change. The more feedback given to the staff, the better they can tailor the selection.
Driving the success of the program is that each participant will have a single staff member assigned to them. The staff member will personally get to know individual reading preferences, allowing them to tailor and respond accordingly with selections.
Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services for the library, sees great potential for the program, “We've talked and dreamed about developing a personalized reader's advisory service for several years, looking for a way to deliver hand-curated lists to patrons on a regular basis that are tailored very carefully to meet their individual reading interests,” says Hall. “Whether people have read all their favorite author's books, are having trouble finding great reads, or are pretty new to the library shelves, we can now create lists based on their favorite movies, the mood they are in, and dozens of other criteria. It's been fun to see patrons find all kinds of new reading avenues to explore with the Your Next Books service.”
Visit www.macpl.org/nextbooks to register online or for more information. A registration form can also be found at the service desk.
February 2, 2017
Communication Fun and Games at Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is hosting a unique activity for adults that encourages conversation, non-verbal communication, and light-hearted interaction. Speed Chat Night, which will be held on Monday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m., is a concept that is growing in popularity around the globe, as technology and digital communication replaces more personal connections. The goal is to get to know others in a friendly and non-threatening environment, through a series of activities and stations.
“The Speed Chat concept allows for fun and playful interactions, but, at the same time, it encourages participants to rediscover the fine art of one-on-one conversation. The diverse set of activities allows for spontaneity, and takes the “awkward” factor out of the equation, “says Shannon Brake, library Marketing and Communications Manager.
Participants are encouraged to bring friends, or come in hopes of meeting and getting to know new ones.
“It is a low-risk, high yield activity that is sure to be a crowd pleaser,” says Brake.
January 26, 2017
Blind Date With A Book Is Back
Looking for a way to add variety and intrigue to a stale reading list? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the McPherson Public Library staff is ready to set readers up on a blind date with a book.
Stop by the service desk anytime during February and ask for a “blind date book”. Library staff will hand out books wrapped in brown paper based on answers to a few basic reading interest questions. Unwrap the book and decide if it is worth a try. If it is obvious right away that the book is not a good match, feel free to trade it in for another selection. Anyone brave enough to participate will receive a piece of chocolate.
This is the fifth year for the Book Blind Date event and it is back by popular demand. “Our patrons enjoy the element of surprise with this activity,” said Shannon Brake, Marketing and Communications Manager, “and anytime we combine exploration, fun and reading, everyone has a good time.”
The program runs throughout February.
January 19, 2017
Public Library Partners With Kansas Farm Bureau
One thing about Kansas agriculture that remains constant is that it continually evolves. On January 31, at 6:00 p.m., at the McPherson Public Library, community members will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the changing landscape of farming in Kansas. In a presentation provided by representatives from Farm Bureau, participants will learn how the economy, environmental regulations, current health trends and global political issues have all affected the face of local farming.
It is well-known that agriculture has been, and continues to be, vitally important to the state of Kansas. Despite the various and far-reaching changes and advances in technology and politics, as well as societal and environmental developments, agriculture and agribusiness continues to be a vital component in the overall economy and fabric of the culture of Kansas.
Plan on attending the session, and take a look back at the foundations that built our state, and also look to the future, as farmers prepare to feed the next generations.
The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our community through exceptional collections, services, and programs.