December 2, 2014
"The Heat is On" Event is underway at Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is issuing a challenge to all readers this month: December 1st marked the start of the library’s The Heat is On event, with the goal of patrons checking out 14,000 items in December. Patrons are invited to stop by, check out any type of item, and watch the thermometer at the main desk rise each day!
“We thought that ending 2014 with a banner month of circulation would be a great way to end the year,” said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the library. “We set the goal of 14,000 items based on the fact that our circulation numbers in December for the last decade have come very close, but never topped 14,000 items. It seems appropriate that December 2014 might be the year we could reach our 14,000 item goal. ”
All checkouts count towards the total, but patrons can join the fun by keeping track of their checkouts this month. They may stop by the service desk for a bookmark, on which staff members will record totals each time a patron checks out.
Prizes will be awarded at the end of the month to the two people who check out the most items. There are two categories of prizes: the adult grand prize is an unframed copy of the art print "A Kansas Bouquet" by local artist Robert Smith, and the kids category grand prize is a bag full of brand new books. Second and third runners-up in each category will also receive a prize.
Bookmarks must be turned in before 8 p.m. on January 6, 2015 and the prize winner will be notified later that week.
November 19, 2014
Holiday Craft Make & Take Event for Adults at Public Library
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and if you need some last minute gifts, look no further than the McPherson Public library. The library is hosting a Holiday Craft Make and Take craft for adults on Saturday, December 6th.
Drop by between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to make three different gifts -- as well as gift tags and boxes -- while you sip some warm apple cider. Or, if you’re in a hurry that day, just drop by, pick up the items and instructions, take them home, and make the crafts in your spare time.
“For those short on time and gift ideas, this is the perfect chance to cross some things off the holiday to-do list”, said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services. “We’ll also have lots of items with great holiday inspiration on display and ready for patrons to check out – everything from seasonal décor to holiday music!”
The event is free but registration is required and space is limited. Sign up by calling the library at 245-2570 before December 3.
November 3, 2014
Family History Workshop at the McPherson Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is hosting a come and go Family History Workshop from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 in the McPherson Room. The workshop will feature Family Search, the library’s newest online genealogy resource. Vicki Petersen, FamilySearch consultant, will be on hand to give one-on-one advice to those looking for family records and using FamilySearch. In addition, library staff will highlight the resources available both online and in the library’s collection.
“Family history is a growing area of interest, “said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services. “We have worked diligently to document local family history records and to provide excellent online resources for those doing research on family history. We invite everyone with an interest in genealogy to explore these great tools.”
The public is invited to stop by, bring their records, laptops, and questions. Call the library at 245-2570 for more information.
October 28, 2014
Beginner iPhone Workshop at the McPherson Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is hosting a free Beginner iPhone workshop at noon on Thursday, November 6, presented by the staff of Nex-Tech Wireless.
“We know that new smartphone users have questions about the many features on their devices and others have questions about the new ios8 upgrade”, said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the McPherson Public Library. “This workshop is the perfect opportunity for smartphone users to get their questions answered by the experts.”
A free lunch will be served. Space is limited so please RSVP to Nex-Tech Wireless at (785) 639-7770 or email them at email@example.com. For more information about this workshop call the library at 245-2570.
October 13, 2014
Public Library Family History Resources make Quantum Leap
The McPherson Public Library is the newest FamilySearch Affiliate Library. This designation means that library patrons now will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogy resources available through the extensive FamilySearch database.
FamilySearch is the world’s largest repository of free genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, court, and other records from over 130 countries.
FamilySearch is extending access to its collections by making available microfilms of these historic records through select public libraries – and now the McPherson Public Library is among them.
“We are very excited that our library has been awarded Affiliate Library status,” said Library Director Steve Read. “This is a priceless resource for our patrons interested in discovering their family tree.”
In making the announcement, Paul Nauta, FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager, commented that “less than 5% of the world’s genealogical records are available online, and most family history researchers cannot afford to travel to an archive. If FamilySearch has filmed the records they need, then as far as they will need to travel to view them is the McPherson Public Library.”
Persons interested in using the service may visit the library website at www.macpl.org and select the Local History & Genealogy option from the Resources section of the menu. They will find a link and a tutorial about how to search for resources and order microfilm online.
There is a fee of $7.50 to cover shipping and processing, and once the film arrives at the library, patrons have 60 to 90 days to peruse it.
McPherson Public Library staff are available to assist patrons in searching for records on FamilySearch and using this new service.
FamilySearch has over 200 camera teams filming historic records in 45 countries on any given day. Those records are then available for use by patrons through FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries like the McPherson Public Library.
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