November 12, 2015
Library Patrons Signing Up for New Text Notification Services
McPherson Public Library patrons are enjoying timely reminders about programs, events, and the status of their library materials sent directly to their cell phones, thanks to a new text notification service which began this month.
Patrons can receive notifications for items they have checked out which are almost overdue, when items are overdue, and when materials they have placed on reserve are in and ready to pick up. Text notification reminders also are available for regular children’s programs such as Story Time, Toddler Time, Mother Goose Time, and STEAM, as well as teen programs.
Personal information on all text notifications is secure and protected so that no data is revealed to anyone.
“Patrons should expect to see the scope of the text notifications we offer increase over the next year,” said Library Director Steve Read, who also noted that the library will continue its existing modes of notifying patrons via email or telephone.
Patrons wishing to sign up for any of the new text notification services should visit the McPherson Public Library. For additional information, call the library at 245-2570 or email them at email@example.com.
International Games Day @ Your Library brings community together to read, learn and play
The McPherson Public Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on November 21, 2015, for the eight annual celebration of gaming in libraries –International Games Day @ Your Library. Like so many other libraries across the country and the world, McPherson Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.
This year’s International Games Day at the McPherson Public Library will run from 10 am until 4 pm. Boards games, card games and dice games of all kinds will be available throughout the library for anyone to play during this time. In addition, there will be special events taking place. The Village Geek will be hosting a special Magic: The Gathering Tournament at the library beginning at Noon.
So grab your best modern deck and stop by to participate in this casual tournament. The library will also participate in the 2nd Annual International Minecraft Hunger Games Tournament. Libraries across the globe will send two tributes (a boy and a girl) into competition beginning at 2pm.
The McPherson Public Library will host a special “Reaping,” a player vs. player tournament, to select the tributes beginning on Monday, November 16th. Registrations are required and need to be submitted by 5 pm on that day and the “Reaping” will begin at 5:30.
In addition, the library was also selected to participate in this year’s Global Gossip Game. This takes the classic game of whispering secrets from person to person one step further at it travels from library to library around the globe. This is a huge honor as only a select number of libraries are able to participate each year. All events during International Games Day are open to all ages.
International Games Day @ Your Library is an international initiative supported by the American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association, Nordic Game Day and the Associazion Italiana Biblioteche. For more information on International Games Day please visit www.ilovelibraries.org/article/international-games-day-2015.
November 2, 2015
Writers Encouraged to Celebrate Novel Writing Month at Public Library
November is National Novel Writing Month, and the McPherson Public Library encourages authors of all kinds to come in and use their many resources, including free Wi-Fi, a creative atmosphere, and many books about writing. The goal for each novelist is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month. Stop by the library service desk to register and receive a packet containing helpful websites, worksheets, and ideas.
Participants are encouraged to submit their weekly word count, and the grand total for the library will be reported on their Facebook page as the month progresses. The library will award a prize to each author reaching their goal of 50,000 words.
On Monday, November 16, the library will host a “Write In” all day, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm in the meeting room. Writers are invited to join other authors to share their work, receive helpful criticism, or just commiserate about writing. Coffee will be available, and Sara Blackman the local liaison for National Novel Writing Month, will be present in the afternoon to motivate the writers.
October 6, 2015
Sports Memorabilia Appraiser to Speak at Public Library
Michael Osacky, a recognized expert in the appraisal of sports memorabilia, will present a program – Baseball in the Attic -- at the McPherson Public Library on Saturday, October 17, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Osacky will discuss how people can self-appraise their own sports collectibles, authenticate autographs, and spot forgeries. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sports memorabilia items for Osacky to appraise as part of the program.
“We’re really excited about this event,” said Library Director Steve Read. “I know there are many people in McPherson who collect sports memorabilia or have an interest in it.”
A Chicago resident, Osacky has appraised world championship collections and is certified by the National Association of Professional Appraisers. He is an active collector of Pre-1970 sports cards and has written numerous articles for national publications. He also is the vintage sports expert for various television and radio outlets in Chicago.
Baseball in the Attic is free and open to the public.
September 30, 2015
October is Food For Fines Month
The McPherson Public Library has designated October as Food for Fines month. Throughout the month, patrons may pay their library fines with canned goods or packaged food. Each food item equals up to $1.00 toward the payment of any fine.
All items go to the McPherson County Food Bank. During October, the library will also accept any donations of food for the Food Bank.
September 3, 2015
Identity Theft Workshops at Public Library
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the U.S., with over 27,000 victims every day. The average victim spends over 600 hours in the process of restoring their identity.
Members of the public are invited to learn how to protect themselves from the devastating effects of identity theft at one of the free workshops offered on September 15 at noon or September 22 at 6:30 pm at the McPherson Public Library. Frank Taylor, of Liberty Benefit Consultants, will discuss the major types of identity theft and provide strategies people can use to protect their personal information.
“We are pleased to partner with Liberty Benefit to provide this timely and useful information to McPherson County residents,” said Jennie Hall, the library’s Head of Adult Services. “Frank has presented this workshop at other libraries in the south-central Kansas area and we are happy to host his informative presentation here in McPherson.”
Register for one of the 45 minute workshops by calling the library at 245-2570 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Light refreshments will be served.
The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our communtiy through exceptional collections, services, and programs.