Feruary 16, 2015
Library Matching Volunteers With Organizations at Special Event
Do you have an extra hour or two each month? What could you do in that amount of time to give a helping hand in our community? Come find out at the McPherson Public Library on Saturday morning, February 28, when the focus will be on volunteers.
Everyone is invited to stop by the library meeting room anytime between 9 a.m. and noon for coffee, muffins, and donuts and browse the displays of over 20 local organizations that rely on volunteers. Representatives from each organization will be on hand to chat with interested volunteers and share their common interests and passions.
“We are so delighted to host this brand new event that will highlight the variety of volunteer opportunities McPherson has to offer,” said Jennie Hall of the McPherson Public Library. “We’ve received enthusiastic response from the local organizations and hope for a great turnout.”
Beginner iPhone Workshop at the McPherson Public Library
The McPherson Public Library is hosting a free Beginner iPhone workshop at noon on Wednesday, February 25, presented by the staff of Nex-Tech Wireless.
“The library is pleased to partner with Nex-Tech Wireless to offer a variety of workshops on iPhone technology”, said Jennie Hall, Head of Adult Services at the McPherson Public Library. “The workshops have been very informative and popular.”
A free lunch will be served. Space is limited so please RSVP to Nex-Tech Wireless at (785) 639-7770 or email them at email@example.com. For more information about this workshop call the library at 245-2570.
February 2, 2015
Go on a Blind Date with a Book at Public Library in February
Is your reading stuck in a rut? Having trouble finding books that interest you? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the McPherson Public Library staff is ready to set you up on a blind date with a book.
Stop by the front desk anytime during February and ask for a “blind date book”. After asking you a few questions about your reading interests, one of the library staff will check out to you a book wrapped in brown paper. You get to unwrap it and decide if you are willing to give this “blind date” a try. If you immediately know this date is a dud, you are welcome to ask for another pick. Anyone brave enough to try gets a chocolate candy bar.
This is the third year for the Book Blind Date event and is back by popular demand. “It’s always so much fun to see how delighted someone is when they discover a new author or series they just love”, said Ann Anderson, library assistant. “We enjoy playing the role of book matchmaker - introducing readers to new titles and authors they have yet to meet.”
The program runs throughout February.
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”.
January 6, 2015
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.
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