Starting Monday, March 10th, the north atrium entrance to the library will be closed so that construction crews can work in that area. Please use the southwest entrance by the Tech Center to enter the building. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we grow!
This is Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week, and ManhattanPublic Library has lots of information about weather and tornadoes to keep everyone informed about these storms! Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains by Howard Bluestein (551.53) discusses the history of tornadoes in the plains and the scientific advances that allow for better prediction of these storms today. Big weather : chasing tornadoes in the heart of America by Mark Svenvold (551.553) tells the (more…)
Many treasures were found last weekend at the Manhattan Library Association’s Annual Book Sale. Patrons gathered at the door on Friday evening to browse through thousands of books. At the end of the day on Sunday, March 2, $10,981 had been raised to support library programs and new book purchases.
Ned Gatewood, Treasurer for the MLA Board of Directors, proudly announced the total to the group saying “Let me be the first to say, great job!”
Volunteers worked diligently to organize and run the event. They also had some fun wearing silly hats to celebrate the 110th birthdays of both Dr. Seuss and the Manhattan Public Library.
If you missed the sale, don’t despair. Gently used books are for sale all year long at Rosie’s Corner Book Store on the first floor of the library. Hardback books can be found for only $1.50 and volunteers put new materials out every week.
The Manhattan Library Association accepts donations of gently used books and audiovisual materials in good condition all year long. Drop off books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, music CDs, or video games you wish to donate at the Information Desk. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit the Support the Library section of the website at www.mhklibrary.org/about-us/support-the-library.
Gavin, Elaine Shannon, and Gary Jeffery at the 2014 MLA book sale
by John Pecoraro, Assistant Director
When Army cook Albert Gitchell reported to sick call at Fort Riley on March 4, 1918, little did anyone suspect that the world was in the midst of an epidemic that would kill nearly five percent of the world’s population. The influenza pandemic of 1918-1920 (called the Spanish flu) infected 500 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 50 to 100 million.
As the Spanish influenza spread worldwide, it killed more people than perished in the First World War, including at least half a million Americans. Yet, argues Alfred W. Crosby in “America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918,” the Spanish flu is largely forgotten today. In this vivid narrative, Professor Crosby recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event. (more…)
All of the MLK Art and Writing Contest entries have now been taken down. If your child is in USD383 school district or Manhattan Catholic Schools, we will return your entries to the schools sometime next week. All other entries can be picked up at the Children’s Desk in the Children’s Room through the end of March.
Kids and parents have enjoyed watching diggers and cranes from the perfect viewing point in our storytime room! Visit us on weekdays for more live entertainment for our construction vehicle loving friends!
MLA volunteers have been working hard to set up for the sale, which begins tonight at 5:30 for MLA members, and is open to the public Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Lots of books, videos, music CD’s, DVD’s and children’s books are available so come down to the library and stock up on great bargain items while supporting your local library!
Tech Tuesdays are free, two-hour workshops that provide beginner-level instruction on fun, popular topics in the world of technology. These workshops provide an equal balance between instruction and hands-on work, meaning that attendees walk away with both knowledge and experience.
The next class, Digital Resources at the Library on March 4 at 2:00 p.m., will focus on the programs and databases available through the library’s website. Programs to learn languages, search community resources, prepare for academic and professional testing, read magazines online, and more are available to library card holders.
If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form in our Events calendar, call the library at (785) 776-4741 ext. 141, or stop by the Information Desk at the library.
We have several more classes scheduled this season. On March 18, the library will offer a class on the basics of Windows 8. Then on April 1, experts from the Genealogical society will show you how to use Ancestry.com and Geneaology.com, both of which are available for free at the library. For a complete list of classes, please check our events calendar or click here to print the flyer.
There will be no storytimes on Tuesday due to a staff training day. Please join us for a storytime later in the week!
Friday, February 28th, is a very important date at Manhattan Public Library. That’s the scheduled kick-off for the Manhattan Library Association’s annual book sale. For those unfamiliar with the event, it’s a three-day sale of gently used books, dvd’s, audiobooks, and more. With hardcover books going for $1.50 and dvd’s for $2, browsers are sure to discover stacks of treasures destined for home shelves.
Where and when does the sale take place? The library auditorium holds a majority of the materials, while the Groesbeck Room houses paperbacks, cd’s, lp’s and dvd’s. Hundreds of children’s books can also be found on tables near the auditorium. The sale is open to Manhattan Library Association members only from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday’s kick-off night, but memberships (starting at $10) are available at the door for those who wish to purchase on that first night. Saturday, March 1st, is open to all shoppers, and materials can be purchased from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s sale is highlighted by the Teen Library Advisory Board’s Annual Bake Sale from 10:00 to 2:00, so shoppers can also select some fantastic snacks. Sunday’s sale on March 2nd runs from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., with last-minute markdowns on remaining materials.
Why attend? Beyond the fact that shoppers can locate some terrific buys, there’s the angle of replenishing resources for the library. Manhattan Library Association collects materials, either those donated by library users or those removed from the library’s many collections, all year long. Rosie’s Corner, which is located near the library’s Tech Center, offers sale materials throughout the year, and next week’s annual book sale attracts hundreds of shoppers. The beauty of the sale process is that all proceeds go right back to the library, whether offsetting program expenses, paying for library fixtures, or funding collection purchases. Library users who have enrolled in summer reading or TALK book discussions have benefitted from MLA’s efforts. Library users who have admired the Aesop’s Fables Trellis or who have relaxed on the library’s lovely wooden benches have enjoyed MLA’s largesse. Manhattan Library Association’s role in library enhancement is crucial, and staff members are grateful for the ongoing support.
Who makes the arrangements for the sale? Some might think that this is an effort by library staff, but that would be wrong. A selfless group of MLA volunteers makes the event possible. Gary Jeffrey, who has been a devoted friend of the library for many years, is the chairman of the library sale. Gary goes far beyond ordinary volunteer efforts as he plans the layout of the sale, organizes a full staff of other volunteers to work during the three-day event, and answers any questions people might have. Wilma Schmeller and her crew of volunteers sort donations and price items, in addition to keeping Rosie’s Corner stocked with fresh materials all year long. And other kind friends, like Carol Oukrop, Cindy Jeffrey and Rosalie King, donate countless hours of work to this event.
Please plan to join us for some browsing at this year’s sale. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful bargains.