October 11, 2016
Bring Your Historical Items to Heritage Stories
On Thursday, October 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the McPherson Public Library will host Heritage Stories, a historical show-and-tell for adults. Attendees are asked to bring items that have personal, generational or cultural significance, and to share their insights and memories with the group. Anyone who enjoys hearing stories about the history of the region is encouraged to attend.
Sharing and listening to personal histories is a valuable exercise in storytelling and local history. As items are shared, details are passed down, and new connections are made. Whether it is a cherished childhood toy, a much used cookbook, or a hand-crafted quilt, these items are important pieces of the history of our area.
October 11, 2016
Matthew Miller’s Work on Display at Public Library
The walls of the McPherson Public Library meeting room are currently covered by the paintings of Matthew Miller through the end of November.
Miller lives and works in Hays, KS. He graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting in 2013. He also holds a BA in art history from KU.
A frequent plein air painter, Miller’s main inspirations are the landscapes, architecture, and inhabitants of Kansas. His current goal as an artist is to represent his everyday relationships with nature through creative equilibrium of color.
Miller’s art can be viewed during the open hours of the library, with Open Gallery times set aside for Fridays from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. During these times, no groups may reserve the library meeting room and the art is always accessible for viewing.
October 4, 2016
New Additions to Automatic Advance Reserve Program at Public Library
The addition of 20 new authors to the Automatic Advance Reserve (AAR) program at the McPherson Public Library will give patrons even more options for first take of the most popular books.
Through the AAR program, readers can sign up and choose favorite authors. Every time that author publishes a new book, library staff will contact patrons and have the book ready for pick up.
The program has been very popular, with almost 300 authors to choose from, spanning a variety of genres, and the freedom to change author preferences at any time. The library receives several copies of the most in-demand books in an effort to make wait time as minimal as possible.
The new authors to the list include: Tessa Afshar, Linda Castillo, Cleo Coyle, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Chris Fabry, Charles Finch, Gillian Flynn, Lisa Geneva, Heather Gudenkauf, Jody Hedlund, Homer Hickam, Richard Malony, Paula McLain, Dani Pettrey, C.J. Sansom, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Madeleine Wickham, Lis Wiehl, and Kathleen Y’Barbo.
To sign up for AAR, stop by the library and ask for a form, which will include a complete list of available authors.
September 26, 2016
October Is Food For Fines Month At Public Library
It’s the month many have been waiting for! October is Food for Fines month at the McPherson Public Library. Anytime betweenOctober 1 and October 31, patrons can pay down fines by bringing in non-perishable food items. For every item donated, $1.00 will be deducted from overdue fines.
Food for Fines is a great way for patrons to give back to the community of McPherson and clear out fines. All donations will be given to the McPherson Food Bank.
Throughout the month of October, the library will gladly accept items for the food bank, from all residents and patrons without fines, as well.
September 14, 2016
Immigration Event Will Put National Focus On McPherson
On Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00 p.m., the public is invited to join Sheryl Winarick, national immigration lawyer, plus a select panel of community members, in a guided discussion exploring the culture, identity, beliefs, and stories of immigration and migration in our area.
Through collaboration with the McPherson Public Library, McPherson will be included as one of the 6 to10 focus communities participating in foundational gatherings across the United States.
The primary focus of these community gatherings is to engage community members in shared experiences to explore culture, identity, leadership, and accountability; celebrate and connect solutions-oriented individuals and initiatives working hard to make local communities a great place to live; and invite everyone to step up and participate in the challenge of creating welcoming communities where future generations can thrive, happily, together.
The idea of a collaborative effort to promote the positive culture surrounding immigration and migration was first developed by Winarick in April of 2016 at TED headquarters in New York City. Winarick is an immigration attorney, advocate and entrepreneur based in Waco, Texas and Washington D.C. Before starting her own immigration law practice, she spent eight years working for a variety of non-profit organizations. She is a former Director of Teaching for Change, Miriam’s Soup Kitchen, and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. She co-founded Just Cause, a social group that raises funds for and awareness about locally-serving non-profit organizations.
The public is invited to attend the event, and it might be of special interest to individuals interested in sharing their work in promoting positive change in the community, creating safe and inviting spaces for meaningful interactions, and establishing a safe culture for all individuals, including teachers, artists, community volunteers, small business owners, and others who make a difference each day.
September 8, 2016
International Book Tasting To Be Held At Public Library
On Friday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., McPherson Public Library patrons will have the opportunity to try a variety of traditional foods from around the world and check out books from the corresponding country during the International Book Tasting event.
The come-and-go event will be held in the meeting room and will feature foods and books from multiple regions and cultures. The event is similar to book tasting events held in the past, but also recognizes the diverse and unique perspectives that international authors and settings can offer.
“We have specially selected books that feature a variety of reading interests from international authors and global settings. The diverse snacks are a unique bonus!” says Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services.
The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our community through exceptional collections, services, and programs.