July 24, 2015
Reading Marathon at Public Library
It’s a marathon that requires no training, no sweat, and no sore muscles! The McPherson Public Library invites everyone to join them anytime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, July 31st for their annual reading marathon event.
Bring a book, find a comfy chair, and join people of all ages who will be participating. Readers can 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 our service desk staff”, said 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.”
Participants may visit the service desk upon arriving at the library and pick up a reading marathon badge. When they are finished reading, they are encouraged to stop by the desk to leave to receive a small prize as thanks for being part of the library’s fifth annual reading marathon.
July 14, 2015
Reception and Puppet Shows at Public Library to Honor Mandy Martin
A public reception will be held on Wednesday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the McPherson Public Library in honor of departing Children’s & Youth Services Coordinator Mandy Martin. Immediately following the reception, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, Martin and some colleagues will present three of her favorite puppet shows in the basement program area.
Everyone attending the puppet shows is encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and a picnic lunch to eat while enjoying the puppets. Beverages will be provided by the library.
During Martin’s twelve year tenure at the McPherson Public Library, she played a critical role in the design of new spaces for children and teens as part of the renovation and expansion project, which was completed in 2009. She created an array of regular and special programs which were attended by well over 10,000 children and teens each year. According to the latest Kansas public library statistics, the McPherson Public Library has the highest per capita circulation of children’s print materials of any library in the 10,000 to 20,000 population class.
One of Martin’s loves is puppetry, and she is known in the state for her expertise in puppets and presenting puppet plays.
She will be at the library through mid-August, when Jennifer King will begin her duties as Children’s & Youth Services Coordinator. King holds a B.A. from McPherson College and an M.A. from Emporia State University. She is currently part of the youth services team at the Great Bend Public Library.
July 1, 2015
Library Event Highlights Extraordinary Events on Main Street
Elephants, epidemics, tree-sitters, and streetcars are not quite what you imagine when you think of Main Street in McPherson. But these all made appearances on Main Street at some point in our town’s history. Don’t miss “Extraordinary Events on Main Street” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at the McPherson Library. Steve Read, Library Director, and Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services, will share stories and historic images of exciting and unusual events which took place on Main Street.
“Both Steve and I are keenly interested in local history,” Hall commented. “As we’ve developed the archives and online databases at the library we’ve discovered some hugely entertaining stories about unusual happenings in our downtown area. This is an opportunity for us to make McPherson’s history come alive.”
No registration is necessary for this program.
June 29, 2015
Teen Mystery Night Upcoming at Public Library
Young adults and teens in McPherson in grades six through twelve will have a chance to put their detective skills to the test at Teen Mystery Night, from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm on July 6 at the McPherson Public Library.
In this after hours event, teens will attempt to solve the mystery of Angela Day: A woman has filed a missing person's report with the local police department -- her teenage daughter did not come home from school the day before and has not been seen since. The mother has not heard from her daughter and says she knows of no reason why her daughter has not returned home.
What has happened to local teenager Angela Day?
Is she a runaway or the victim of foul play?
Teens will investigate scenes such as Angela's locker, bedroom, and desk, and carefully examine the evidence in order to solve the mystery.
The event is free. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
June 15, 2015
Operation Gratitude at Public Library on June 22
Everyone is encouraged to be a part of “Operation Gratitude” -- a come and go all-day event from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 22 at the McPherson Public Library. This event is a chance for the public to remember and thank our active duty military, wounded persons, and veterans.
People can participate in any of these 3 ways:
1) Visit the library and take a few minutes to write a note of thanks or greeting and drop it in a box that will be delivered to the national Operation Gratitude organization. The library will supply the stationery, writing ideas, and postage
2) Members of the public may also choose to drop off items for care packages (useful items are chap stick, sunscreen, dental floss, individually wrapped moist towelettes, any commercially wrapped snacks).
3) And finally, people have the chance to donate old cell phones, which Operation Gratitude recycles to help fund the shipping of care packages.
“The Library is partnering with the national ‘Operation Gratitude’ organization based in California for this event,” says Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the library. “This group sends over 150,000 care packages annually to service personnel, and they like to include personal letters of appreciation in each one. Writing a letter only takes a few moments and is a meaningful way for us to show support for our military. ”
Lemonade and cookies will be served in the meeting room to all who participate. All ages are welcome!
The event is presented as part of the library’s summer reading program. For more information about this and other summer activities -- call the library at 245-2570 or email them at library@macpl. A complete calendar of summer events at the library can be viewed by visiting their website at www.macpl.org and clicking on the link in the Weekly Bookmark section of the homepage.
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