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This is a No Bullying Zone

bully free zone

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By Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian

October 1st marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention Month. This is a time to raise awareness about bullying and to do our part to prevent the emotional and physical suffering that bullying causes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28% of students in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying, including name calling, teasing, pushing and threatening.  While we usually focus on the problems of bullying for children and teens, bullying can happen at home or in the workplace during the adult years, too.

Research shows that consistent bullying leads to feelings of isolation and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to suicidal behavior.

It can be difficult to decide when and how to seek help. With so many resources available, help is closer than you might think.

  • If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless and thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.
  • If a child is being bullied at school, contact the teacher, counselor, principal or superintendent.
  • If you or someone you know is seeking professional help to recover from acts of bullying, visit Psychology Today to find an appropriate therapist for your needs.

This month, let’s do a little more to recognize bullying and help those who are suffering. Discuss bullying with your children and reach out to people who may need your help. Here are some recommended fiction and non-fiction resources at Manhattan Public Library regarding bullying:

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Fall Comfort Cooking

by Susan Withee, Adult Services Manager
With crisp fall weather coming on, it’s time to get back to cooking food that warms the kitchen as well as the soul and fills the house with delicious aromas. Soups, stews, casseroles, breads, pies, and cobblers – this is food that’s fun to make and savor, and is even better when shared with others. Manhattan Public Library has hundreds of great cookbooks to inspire you. Here are just a few:

autumnAutumn Gatherings: Casual Food to Enjoy with Family and Friends by Rick Rodgers.
Taste of the Season: Inspired Recipes for Fall and Winter by Diane Worthington.
Autumn: Recipes Inspired by Nature’s Bounty by Joanne Weir.
Eat Feed Autumn Winter: 30 Ways to Celebrate When the Mercury Drops by Anne Bramley.


Bake Until Bubbly: The Ultimate Casserole Cookbook by Clifford Wright.
Perfect One-Dish Dinners: All You Need for Easy Get-Togethers by Pam Anderson.
Slow-Cooked Comfort: Soul-Satisfying Stews, Casseroles, and Braises by Lydie Marshall.
Soups, Stews, and One-Pot Meals by Tom Valenti.


Sunday Soup: A Year’s Worth of Mouthwatering, Easy-to-Make Recipes by Betty Rosbottom.
Soup Makes the Meal: 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Soups, Salads and Breads by Ken Haedrich.
The Soup and Bread Cookbook: More than 100 Seasonal Pairings for Simple Satisfying Meals by Beatrice Ojakangas.


breadsPrairie Home Breads: 150 Splendid Recipes from America’s Breadbasket by Judith Fertig.
Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads by Bernard Clayton.
Pillsbury: Best Muffins and Quick Breads Cookbook.
Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads by Nancy Baggett.

Rustic fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More by Cory Schreiber.
United States of Pie: Regional Favorites from East to West and North to South by Adrienne Kane.
Pies, Pies, and More Pies by Viola Goren.

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Help with Online Health Information

Rhonna Hargett, Adult Services Librarian

In a recent Pew Internet survey, it was revealed that health is a popular research topic on the internet. Of course, we all know that not all information on the internet is reliable, so if you combine these two facts, you get a lot of people getting bad information about a very important topic. Don’t worry, the library is here to help. There are excellent sources when you want to learn more about your health. You just need to know where to go.

I always recommend people start with Created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is my favorite site for everything health related. You can go to health topics to look up a variety of conditions. Each section will give you the basics such as symptoms and treatment, articles about current research, and even tutorials and videos.
If you are wanting to research a condition more thoroughly, Medline EBSCO search is the place to go. Available on our Research Page, this database indexes over 5,400 current biomedical journals, so you can learn all about the latest research in the field.
At the risk of being old-fashioned, I feel the need to mention that we also have some great books for your use. Our health section can help you with the day-to-day challenges of living with different conditions or can help you jump start a healthier lifestyle. Search on our catalog to see what we have.
Health is too important of a topic to risk using unreliable sources. Let us lead the way to information from organizations you can trust.

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“Where Is It?”

Once again, many books in the children’s collection have been moved and rearranged due to the construction project. We are also preparing for a different arrangement of our books when the new north addition is completed.  Children’s nonfiction books will be divided into various “neighborhoods” centered around popular subjects to make it easier for kids to browse and find the books they are interested in.  The neighborhood sections will be Animals, Arts & Crafts, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Geography, History, Science & Nature, and Transportation.  We will also have special areas for Graphic Novels, Beginning Readers, Toddler & Board books, and a new section we’re calling Early Chapter Books.

To find out if a children’s book is in a special neighborhood, when you bring up the title in the library catalog, just click on the button to the right that says, “Where is It?”  For example, Surviving the Oregon Trail by Rebecca Stefoff has a call number of “J 978 Stefoff.”

where is it button

This image shows the library catalog record with the “Where is It” button on the right. Click image to enlarge.

When you click on “Where is It?,” you can see that it is in the “Children’s History Neighborhood.”  You can also see the call number again, where the neighborhood is located (currently some neighborhoods are on the 2nd floor due to construction), whether the book is available or when it is due back to the library, and the type of item (book, audiobook, DVD, etc.).

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This image shows the library catalog record after clicking on the “Where is It?” button. Click image to enlarge.

Please ask library staff to help you locate specific books. We love to help our customers!  And things are changing in our room so quickly these days, it’s impossible to keep up to speed.  Soon we will be rearranging again and making space for the current Children’s Room to get new carpet.  Books and other materials should be in their final spots by the end of the year!

Science & Nature books are now together in the Children's Room, including related picture books.

Science & Nature books are now together in the Children’s Room, including related picture books.

History, Geography, and Fairy Tales & Folklore Neighborhoods are being housed on the 2nd floor right now.

History, Geography, and Fairy Tales & Folklore Neighborhoods are being housed on the 2nd floor right now.

Early Chapter Books have been pulled from the regular fiction. These books have about 100 pages, larger text size and simpler vocabulary than longer children's novels.

Early Chapter Books have been pulled from the regular fiction. These books have about 70-120 pages, larger text size and simpler vocabulary than longer children’s novels.

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Why You Should Consider the Assistive Technology Center

by Wandean Rivers, Assistive Technology Instructor


Learning how to use new technology can be exciting, freeing, and totally frustrating all at the same time. If you find you need help, consider making an appointment for personal, one-on-one training in the Assistive Technology Center at Manhattan Public Library. The best part of the ATC experience is that you can explore hardware, software, and devices at your own pace, with a trainer, and without others looking over your shoulder. You’ll gain confidence with each new skill learned, and your experience will greatly reduce anxiety about technology.

We’ll start off your first session with a technology interview and we’ll address two questions – what challenges stand in the way of your using technology, and what are the hardware/software solutions available? Next, we list a few goals, set up a timeframe for completion, schedule a weekly appointment time, and then re-evaluate at the end of that timeframe.

The Assistive Technology Center serves a wide audience. Clients may fall within a profile that includes those with low vision, blindness, limited mobility, learning disabilities, and hearing or cognitively impairments, and their advocates, such as teachers, parents, and caregivers. But we’re also happy to work with patrons who have limited experience with technology or who have a short term, targeted project or skill need, such as downloading e-Books, fine-tuning a PowerPoint, or learning how to navigate Facebook. (more…)

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September Construction Update

The Children’s Library is really shaping up! Everything is still on schedule to be completed in mid-December and the big party will happen on January 17, 2015–unless we’re in the middle of a giant snow storm, that is. (And if that’s the case, come out and party with us the following Saturday.)

exterior of new construction

Flooring and lights have been installed in the storytime room. We have visions of sweeping up glitter, laughing when kids spill glue, and running around like very happy librarians with space for all the kiddos, parents and strollers who come to storytime.

Rachel in the storytime room

New furniture has been arriving by the truckload. We’re unpacking very cool, blue, kid-sized chairs, giant pillows for the window seats, new storytime rugs, and puppet trees. Stay tuned for the play house, loft, and funky couch that will be arriving soon.

blue chairsand table








We also have a big stack of new computers to install. The new space will feature twelve brand-new computer stations with touch screens. Parents will be pleased to learn that each station has a 30 minute time limit. If no one is waiting in line, kids will be able to stay for an additional 30 minutes, however, the timer is also pretty handy for parents who want to say, “Okay, time’s up. Let’s go read a book outside!”

Laura with new computers

Which brings me to the patio and garden space. The fence is up and plants will be arriving soon. The big patio will let us hold storytime out in the sunshine and the sturdy fence will keep kiddos safe from cars.  We’ll have some very nice tables and chairs in place so you and your children will be able to relax enjoy a good book outdoors throughout the day, too.

patio as seen through the storytime room doors

Librarians have been organizing the children’s books into neighborhoods. Miss Rachel announced yesterday that she labeled the very last book! Here’s a preview of how things will look on the shelves. We hope books will be even easier for you to find.


Staff have been given a sneak peek of the new spaces and “ooohs and aaaaahs” were heard from everyone. Architects and construction crews have done a fantastic job creating a new children’s library we can all be proud of.

staff in the new library

Thank you for all the patience and support! I think you will be very impressed with the finished product, and I think kids are going to have a lot of fun reading at Manhattan Public Library.

If you have any questions about the project, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (785) 776-4741 ext. 125 or

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Mary Newkirk, Adult Services Librarian

The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: “Let’s have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card – and use it.” Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that. A library card may be the most important school supply of all.
Ten reasons everyone should have a library card:
1. You are already paying for it. During these tough economic times, why would you pay double for something?
2. Save money. While you may want to own a few favorite titles, do you really need all those books? Anyone who has ever moved will tell you, “Moving boxes of books stinks.”
3. You get to try titles and genres you might otherwise miss. You may not want to plunk down $20 just to find out you that you detest the latest craze in vampire romance novels.
4. Reading broadly makes you smarter. Studies have repeatedly shown that vocabulary development, language acquisition and background knowledge are all improved in those who have been exposed to a variety of information.
5. You can get more than books with your library card. The library offers an amazing array of products and services: DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers, movie nights, computer use, homework help, college prep, kid & teen programs, author visits, career planning, and free classes.
6. Libraries are better than bookstores. If the bookstore doesn’t have a title or subject you are searching for, you can get it through Interlibrary Loan. The library also has 24-hour online access. Bookstores close, but you can access databases and reference information while sitting in your pajamas.
7. Free WiFi. No more mocha latte obligations for you.
8. You can have a mobile library with you on your smart phone or device. The fastest growing library use is downloading ebooks and audiobooks.
9. You can find a comfortable, friendly, welcoming spot away from all those ‘honey-do’ jobs.
10. You will keep all the librarians happy talking about their first love – books!

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Read an E-Book/Library Tips and Tricks

by Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian


September 18th was recently celebrated as ‘Read an eBook’ Day.  At Manhattan Public Library, we value the use of eReaders, and strive to give patrons access to a wide variety of digital materials.  In order to give you more access to digital titles, Manhattan Public Library joined the Sunflower eLibrary consortium, a group of Kansas libraries that have pooled resources in order to provide a greater number of digital titles that are available to you for free with your library card.

Through the Sunflower eLibrary, MPL offers access to more than nineteen thousand titles available for checkout to library card holders. These eBooks can be checked out from any internet connected computer or compatible device—iPads, Kindles, and most newer-model tablets can be used!  Patrons are allowed to check out up to five titles at a time for a one-to-two-week checkout period. (more…)

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Zoofari Tails Storytime AT THE ZOO

I can’t believe that it is almost OctoZoofari Septemberber, but – that being said – I am excited to announce our Zoofari theme for the month: Bird Migration! Join us at the Sunset Zoo to hear stories, songs, and rhymes related to birds. Stories read will include “Today I will Fly”, “Birds”, and “Flight School”! Children who attend will be entered to win a free book, courtesy of Clafflin Books. Also, remember to bring your Zoofari punch card – if you get six punches throughout the year you will be entered to win a free year-long membership to the zoo! After storytime, zoo docents will present animal biofacts or lead tours to specific animal exhibits. If all of this isn’t enough for you then let me put the icing on the cake; families who attend will receive free admission to explore exhibits after storytime! Please note that storytime will take place at the Sunset Zoo in the rotunda building. We hope to see you there!!!!

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September is National Service Dog Month

Linda Henderson, Adult Services Librarian

images7WVZ0KBBService dogs do an amazing array of tasks, from helping handicapped people, not only for the blind but fetching items, turning on lights, and a multitude of tasks that can make life easier for someone who isn’t able to get around easily. The military uses service dogs to alert and protect soldiers, search for people and bombs. On Sundays, Manhattan Public Library offers service dogs for children to read to– because the dogs listen without judging.

dogsThere are many true stories that will touch your heart. A couple of outstanding reads are Through a Dog’s Eyes by Jennifer Arnold or Until Tuesday: a Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan, both available at the Manhattan Public Library.

In Washington, Kansas–just north of Manhattan, the KSDS Specialty Dogs, Inc. train and provide guide dogs, service dogs and facility dogs. Check out their web site at to see the work they do in providing service dogs!




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