Using the Library From Home


We always love to see your faces at Manhattan Public Library, but we know that sometimes people want the convenience of accessing our resources from the comfort of their own homes (especially with the weather we’ve been having lately!), so we continue to expand what we have available online. I want to highlight three new services we offer online so that you can get magazines, community information, and book recommendations while wearing your pajamas.

Zinio for Libraries allows you to read the latest magazines for free, cover to cover, in full color, on a variety of devices. North Central Kansas Library System is providing this service for 2014 as a pilot project that offers 65 popular magazines such as Good Housekeeping, ESPN, and Runner’s World. To get started, bring your library card to the Information Desk at the library and we’ll give you a Zinio card and some instructions. Once you have your account set up, you can check out as many issues you want and keep them as long as you like. The library has long served the purpose of being a welcoming place to meet and interact with others. We’ve been fulfilling this goal by providing meeting rooms and tables and comfortable places to sit. We’re taking that a step further now and providing online resources to nurture our community. Within our library catalog, you can now search for community non-profits, service organizations, and other agencies by clicking on the “Community” tab. This provides a place for service organizations to find partners for projects, for citizens to find volunteer opportunities, or for newcomers to find activities. Information for more than 250 area agencies are now available, but there is always room for more if you know of an organization or club that we’ve missed. Within each record, you’ll find contact information, services offered, links to agency websites, and much more.

To help you find your next great read, we’ve added a service called Novelist Select. You don’t have to remember the name, though, because this handy tool is embedded in something you use all the time and are already familiar with, the library catalog. Search the title of a book you’ve enjoyed reading in the past. When you get a list, click on the title you’re looking for. This full record looks the way it’s always looked, with a summary of the plot and listings of what is checked in, but if you scroll down you will find a treasure trove of reading ideas. Down below we have a Reader Rating from Goodreads with the ability to click and read reviews. Next is a list of other books in the same series, then “You Might Also Like These . . .” with suggestions for other books that have similarities to the book you liked.

While we’re discussing new online services, I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to go check out our new web site, which is now simply As always, this is the place to see what we have and what is going on at the library, but we’ve added several more services that are available online as well as in person. You can do research online, sign up for technology classes, suggest new materials that you think the library should have, check out ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, or request a book from another Kansas library. We are continually improving and adding to our web site so keep an eye out for new and exciting resources.

To explore these new resources or find more details, go to the library web site at You can also email us at or call at 785-776-4741.


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