February is “Love Your Library” month! There are lots of ways to love your library, but one of the best is just to come in and see what Manhattan Public Library has to offer to the Manhattan community. From free meeting rooms to children’s programs such as story times, Read to a Dog and free films; from Teen programs such as gaming days and the Teen Advisory Board to materials such as Video Games, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, magazines and newspapers, internet access, and of course, books (print and eBook versions), Manhattan Public Library has something for everyone.
Adults can liven up the dreary February days by participating in our Adult Winter Reading Program. Sign up beginning February 1 on our web site or in person. Read what you enjoy and record your books for chances to win a prize in our weekly drawings. Earn extra drawing chances by visiting Rosie’s Corner in the library, by suggesting a book to a friend, by reading a book whose title you found in Great Reads on our web site, or by choosing among other opportunities to earn extra drawing chances. Our display, “Blind Date with a Book”, will give you a chance to read something unexpected. Select a book wrapped in brown paper and check it out—it may be a book that you would not normally choose, but it may introduce you to a new author or a genre that you might enjoy. Inside each book will be a slip for you to “Rate your Date” and share your rating with other readers. A “Books you Love” display will give you a chance to tell other readers about a book you have enjoyed and also to pick up suggestions from others. Prize drawings will be held weekly and are provided by our sponsors Kitchen Capers, Ray’s Apple Markets and the Manhattan Library Association.
On Saturday, February 23 at 2:00, join us for a Book Lovers’ Social. This is a drop-in gathering in the Groesbeck Room to share your thoughts about books you’ve read and loved (recently or not!), and to hear from other readers about their favorite books.
Oscar-winning films for adults and teens will be shown in the Library Auditorium on the first three Saturdays in February at 2:00. These Academy Award winners include a film about the creation of a popular social networking web site (2/2/13) and a musical set in 1920’s Chicago which won six Oscars including Best Picture (2/9/13). The last film is about about a writer on a trip to Paris mysteriously traveling back to the 1920’s each night at midnight (2/16/13).
The popular annual TALK Program, sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association and the Kansas Humanities Council, begins the themed series “Between Fences” with a book discussion of “The Wire Cutter” by Mollie Davis on January 31 at 7:00 pm. Other titles include “Farewell to Manzanar” by Wakatsuki Houston (2/28/13), “Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle (3/28/13) and “Fences” by August Wilson (4/25/13). Pick up a copy of each of the books at the Information Desk and join us for the discussions.
Other events at the library include Read to a Dog each Sunday at 2:00, First Monday Gaming at 4:00 on Feb. 4, free films for children on Feb. 8 at 3:00 and Feb. 15 at 2:00 and two parties for children–a Sports Party on the 8th at 2:00 and a Valentines’ Party on the 14th at 2:00. Check our online events calendar for more information on the happenings at MPL this month and every month. Our web site is www.manhattan.lib.ks.us. Click on the “Events” tab to locate our calendar. On the MPL web site you can also find links for finding good books, stock values, how to repair your car, how to reach congressional representatives and more. Manhattan Public Library offers lots of services, materials and programs for all ages—join us and celebrate “Love Your Library” Month!