September 30, 2014
Public Library Storybook Walk Begins October 4
Fall weather is here, and the McPherson Public Library is encouraging kids to go outside and read a book – but not in the way one might imagine. From October 4 through October 26, kids and families can enjoy McPherson’s first Storybook Walk, presented by the library in Memorial Park, across the street from the library and west of the courthouse.
In the Storybook Walk, pages from a children’s book – the first one is The Scarecrow’s Hat, by Ken Brown -- are laminated and each page is displayed on a small post. The pages are about 40 paces apart along the path in the park, and families can read the book as they walk along it.
The library will install a new book midway through October. "This is a great chance for parents and kids to get outside in the wonderful fall weather and share a great book and get some exercise too!" said Mandy Martin, Children’s Librarian at the library.
The Storybook Walk is based on The StoryWalk® Project, which was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
September 22, 2014
Rachel Brandt Day is September 25
Each year at this time, the McPherson Public Library recognizes members of the staff whose years of service at the library are divisible by five. This year, Rachel Brandt, Technical Services Coordinator, is celebrating five years of service to the McPherson Public Library. Thursday, September 25 is Rachel Brandt Day, and the library encourages everyone to stop by and say hello to this year’s honoree.###
September 9, 2014
Library Card Sign-up Month is Underway
Did you know that if you check out three books each month at the library instead of purchasing them, you’ve saved about $50? Borrow four DVDs and you’ve saved another $50. And if you use the library’s Ancestry.com genealogy database or check out magazines, you’ve saved yourself hefty annual subscription fees. Those are just a few of the reasons why your library card might be the most valuable card in your wallet!
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month and the McPherson Public Library is encouraging everyone who doesn’t have one already to sign up for a library card. If you are getting your first library card at the McPherson Public Library, your name will be placed in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to The Bookshelf.
If you already have a card, stop by the service desk at the library and fill out a word balloon explaining how you use your library card. Creativity is encouraged! All who submit a word balloon also will be entered in the drawing. The winning name will be drawn on October 1st.
For questions or additional information, call the library at 245-2570 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 11, 2014
Learn More About iCloud at the McPherson Public Library
Are you interested in learning more about iCloud? Come on down to the McPherson Public Library on Tuesday, August 19th, from 12 noon-1pm for a free workshop presented by Nex-Tech Wireless. Learn about setting up iCloud, how to sync all your documents to iCloud, and how to connect all your Apple devices. The session will end with a question and answer time.
“This workshop continues the library’s partnership with Nex-Tech Wireless”, says Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the library. “The Nex-Tech staff has been very generous in sharing their technology expertise with the community through these free workshops.”
A free lunch will be served. Space is limited so please RSVP by August 18th 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.
Library Internet Terminals to be Replaced
The public access Internet terminals at the McPherson Public Library will be unavailable after 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11 and all day on Tuesday, August 12 to allow the library to replace them with a new system. Public access to the library wireless service will not be effected.
The current public Internet terminals were installed over five years ago as part of the new library building. The new system will allow patrons to access the Internet and utilize Microsoft Office 2010, as well as make color or black and white printouts. A new feature of the system will allow patrons to do wireless printing from their laptops.
According to Library Director Steve Read, the old system was well overdue for replacement. “It’s been limping along for a year, and I’m hoping that it manages to stagger past the finish line on Monday afternoon,” he said.
As a way of thanking library patrons for tolerating the failing old system for so long – and to encourage patrons to stop by and use the new services – the library is offering free printing (a limit of 10 pages a day per patron) for the first week after the new system is installed and running.
Read is optimistic that the installation process will be completed by the end of the day on Tuesday, August 12 and that they will be ready for use the next day.
Technicians and consultants from the South Central Kansas Library System, Comprise Technologies, and Computer Solutions McPherson have been involved in the planning of the project for the past several months.
Anyone with questions about the new Internet system may call the library at 245-2570 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 22, 2014
Reading Marathon on July 31
It’s a marathon that requires no training, no sweat, and no sore muscles! Everyone is invited to the McPherson Public Library anytime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 31st for the annual reading marathon.
Participants are encouraged to bring a book, find a comfy chair, and join people of all ages who will be participating. Those who are interested may sign up ahead of time for a 30 minute time slot or just drop by anytime during the day.
“Over 100 people participated last year, including all of our service desk staff”, says Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the library. “Some of us shared book titles and favorite authors, and it was great to see the library filled with people reading from the time we opened the doors till we locked up at night.”
All you need to do is stop by the service desk when you arrive, pick up a badge that identifies you as a participant, and then stop at the desk when you’re ready to leave to receive a small prize as thanks for helping the library in their 4th annual reading marathon!
The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our communtiy through exceptional collections, services, and programs.