Summer Notes from the Public Library
McPherson Sentinel, July 15, 2014
We are now in the days of high summer, that time after July 4th when summer is at its peak but August and its school days cast a longer shadow with each passing week. It’s been a busy summer here at the McPherson Public Library, and there are no signs of that changing for a few weeks.
Many of you who have visited the library this summer may have noticed that there is a distinctly scientific atmosphere in our children’s library. This is because the theme is “Fizz! Boom! Read!” We are presenting about a dozen programs each week, from regular programing, such as Messy Learning Lab and Tinkering Toddlers, to special entertainers such as Mad Science of Kansas City. Our teen programs this summer include ones such as Kitchen Cosmetics, CSI Training, and Explod-a-palooza!
We are undertaking more adult programs this summer as well: Make It and Take It Herb Garden, 15 Tips for Your iPhone, and a program about how to make your own green cleaning products. And of course, patrons of all ages are enjoying visiting with Mary Jo Staab and Callie the therapy dog, who are at the library every Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 to 3:00 pm through the end July.
Goodbye, Book Truck
Librarians love bookmobiles – or at least the memory of them. The McPherson Public Library never had one, but we did benefit from “The Book Truck”. This service, provided by the South Central Kansas Library System, headquartered in South Hutchinson, has been in operation for some 50 years. It started with the goal of providing libraries -- mostly smaller ones -- with a better selection of books for their patrons to enjoy.
The Book Truck visited libraries on a regular schedule, and the librarians selected books for their patrons to check out, returning boxes of books which they had borrowed from the truck on the previous visit. The Book Truck was replaced by a van several years ago, and while librarians no longer make individual title selections, the service continues to pick up and drop off boxes of books based on the types of books that a particular library wants.
The McPherson Public Library has benefitted from this rotating service for a great many years, receiving large print titles on a regular basis to boost the selection in our large print collection. But The Book Truck has made its last visit to our library. We have elected to drop the service, as we are no longer a small library by any means, and those smaller libraries need the service more.
We now are purchasing an increased number of large print titles for that collection. I hope that patrons will enjoy not only the increased selection, but the variety as well.
With all that being said, it’s a little sad to no longer expect the arrival of The Book Truck. It was, after all, the closest thing we ever had to a bookmobile. Happy trails, Book Truck.
Have a great rest of the summer!