May Is Food For Fines Month At Public Library
It’s the month many have been waiting for! May is Food for Fines month at the McPherson Public Library. Anytime betweenMay 1 and May 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 May, the library will gladly accept items for the food bank, from all residents and patrons without fines, as well.
April 20, 2016
Crafting for a Cause at the Public Library
There are not many things more satisfying than completing a unique craft project. And now, adult crafters at McPherson Public Library will help students in Mozambique with literacy skills by crafting bi-lingual flash cards.
Crafting for a Cause is a quarterly event at the library. Projects are chosen with service to others in mind. The upcoming project involves a partnership with Hope and Healing Africa, a non-profit foundation based in Wichita that works to provide sustainable health-care in under-served areas of Africa. Jennie Hall, McPherson Library’s Head of Adult Services, will be traveling to Mozambique in June as a member of a Hope and Healing team, and will hand deliver the literacy flash cards.
The project is intended for adult crafters of all skill levels, and all materials are provided. Participants will cut, glue, cover index cards with contact paper, punch holes and hang cards on key rings. The craft session is Saturday, April 30, from 10:00-11:30 in the library meeting room. No registration is necessary for the come and go event.
April 18, 2016
Public Library to Host Writers Workshop
How many great stories are out there, just waiting to be told? Now, some of these stories will be shared, as writers gather for Writers Workshop. This newly formed adult group, hosted by the McPherson Public Library, will meet the fourth Monday of each month, beginning April 25, from 6:30-7:30.
The first session will be an informational meeting, with an opportunity to write. New attendees can join at any time. The group is intended for writers of all levels of experience. Each session will include a time for participants to write creatively, as well as to share and discuss submitted written pieces. Participants are asked to bring a notebook or journal, and a writing utensil.
Sessions will be held in the public library meeting room, and led by library staff and a volunteer leader. All writers looking for inspiration and an outlet to share their writing are encouraged to attend.
For additional information call the library at 245-2570 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 29, 2016
National Library Week Starts April 11
During the week of April 10-16, libraries around the country, including McPherson Public Library, will celebrate National Library Week. The week, first recognized in 1958, is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) each April.
It is a time to recognize the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate. This year, the week’s theme is “Libraries Transform”, a reflection upon the expanding role of libraries and librarians in communities.
McPherson Public Library has a full slate of activities planned throughout the week:
Monday, April 11 - Official Proclamation.
Wednesday, April 13 - Cookie and Coffee Day for all patrons-9:00 am-7:30 pm.
Thursday, April 14 - Movie Night for Adults- 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. The Suffragette.
Friday, April 15 - Family Movie Night- 4:00 pm. Open Season: Scared Silly.
Saturday, April 16 - Volunteer Match Day 9:30 am-12:00 pm. Sign up to volunteer with your favorite non-profit organizations! Many local organizations will be represented and refreshments will be served.
“I'm always happy to see National Library Week come around each year. It's a great opportunity to familiarize people with the many things we do here. Plus, Cookie Day is always great fun!” notes library director, Steve Read.
March 1, 2016
Learn to Capture Memoirs During Public Library’s LifeStory Workshop
“The world is made of stories, not atoms,” as the poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote, and on Saturday, March 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., those who come to the memoir and family history writing workshop at the McPherson Public Library, will get a chance to show how true that is. Charley Kempthorne, a writer and teacher who has made a career of helping people write the stories of their life, will conduct a two hour workshop at the library on the skill of memoir writing.
Mr. Kempthorne was a pioneer in the Memoir Movement when he started the first reminiscence writing workshop in 1976 in his hometown of Manhattan, Kansas. “Everyone can write stories,” Kempthorne insists, “and often the ones who have the least training as writers do the best job.”
Charley Kempthorne and his wife, June, have held hundreds of workshops in the USA and Canada. Mr. Kempthorne is the author of For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History, and Narrative Journaling: 28 Days to Writing More or Less Happily for the Rest of Your Life.
Students of Mr. Kempthorne have found literary success, including his very first student, Jessie Foveaux, whose first published work was her best-selling memoir titled, Any Given Day. Miss Foveaux, who lived in Kansas, was 98 years old when her book was published and had never taken a formal writing class before attending Mr. Kempthorne’s writing workshop. Any Given Day can be found at the McPherson Public Library.
The workshop is free and recommended for adults.
Please bring a notebook or journal, and writing a utensil of choice. Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, call the library at 245-2570, or email the library at email@example.com.
February 29, 2016
Biography BINGO Will Have Readers Calling For More
The traditional game of bingo has taken on a new twist at the McPherson Public Library, and biographies are taking the center square.
The library will highlight memoirs and biographies in the month of March with the Biography Bingo game. Readers are encouraged to explore the many different types of biographies; from celebrity memoirs, to war-time depictions, to biographical DVD’s, plus many more.
Participants will receive a Biography Bingo game card to help track their progress, and prizes will be awarded as each row of reading is completed. A grand prize will be given to anyone who is able to complete a total blackout and fill in the whole sheet. All reading must be completed and prizes must be claimed by April 1.
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