January 13, 2015
Public Library Debuts new McPherson Timeline
The McPherson Public Library rolled out another online local history resource this month with the debut of the MPL McPherson History Timeline. The interactive timeline is a comprehensive view of what happened when in the city of McPherson and includes photos and video and audio clips. Coverage begins with the founding of the city in 1872 and continues to the present.
The timeline has been under construction for the past several years and was born from the research conducted by library staff in answering requests for local history information.
Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services, originated the idea for the timeline as a resource for frequently asked questions about McPherson. “People want to know when the Light-O-Rama was because they were there as children, or they want to know the years of the typhoid and diphtheria epidemics, or maybe they are interested in when Satchel Paige visited McPherson.”
The public can access the timeline on the Local History & Genealogy page of the library website at www.macpl.org/localhistory.html. Once at the page, select the option for “The MPL McPherson History Timeline”.
Fiction Section Election Underway at McPherson Public Library
While winter typically isn’t associated with elections, patrons of the McPherson Public Library will have the opportunity to make their vote count on an issue of interest to many who use the library.
One year ago the library made significant changes to the arrangement of their fiction collection, dividing it into many special sections, such as Inspirational Fiction, Romance, Suspense & Adventure, Historical, and Mystery. Patron reaction to the new fiction collection varied widely, and that continues to be the case.
“We have patrons who think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread,” said Library Director Steve Read, “and then we have patrons who are very unhappy with the changes. We’re going to let everyone decide.”
Patrons may vote to keep the sections as they are, eliminate them entirely, or to retain only particular sections.
Voting will continue over the next several weeks and into February. The library encourages all patrons who use the fiction collection to visit the library and place their vote. For more information on the fiction section election, call the library at 245-2570 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 2, 2015
Great Magazine Giveaway at Public Library January 10
Starting Saturday, January 10, the McPherson Public Library will hold its annual Great Magazine Giveaway. The library keeps issues of its approximately 160 magazine subscriptions for a couple of years. The back issues from 2012 have been pulled, and the public is invited to browse and take what they want free of charge. Included in this year’s giveaway are the 2012 issues of children, teen, parenting, and adult collection magazines.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and lasts throughout the weekend. “We start the process of culling and deleting older magazines in the late fall of each year”, says Abby Yost, library assistant, “and by the first of January, the back issues have all been sorted, stacked, and readied for the give-away. It pleases us that people are interested in re-reading and finding creative uses for the old magazines.”
Started in 1993, this year marks the 22nd consecutive year of the annual magazine give-away. As always, patrons are encouraged to come early for the best selection.
For more information about the magazine giveaway, call the library at 245-2570. The library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
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.
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