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Congratulations Graduates

girl wearing grad gown image courtesy of Will FolsomDon’t let the cool weather fool you–this is graduation season and that means it’s time to celebrate. K-State students will be throwing their caps in the air both this afternoon and tomorrow at Bramlage Coliseum, and MHS students will follow suit on Sunday, May 18th at 2:00 pm. KSU and MHS aren’t the only ones, either. Manhattan Christian College celebrated its new grads on May 10th, and Manhattan Area Technical College had its commencement ceremonies just yesterday on May 15th.

For all groups, graduation is a momentous occasion, marking the transition to new stages of life. For high school students, it is their first step into the adult world, whether they are going to technical school, college, or exploring career options. For college students, it is a leap into full-time adulthood or professional studies. Or, maybe, it’s time for some youthful adventures.

As all these decisions are being made, MPL has the resources to guide you. For those who want to get in a little college prep, do a bit of job searching, or brush up on old skills, you can’t do better than to visit Learning Express. A database provided by the State Library of Kansas, Learning Express helps you research your options, prepare for exams, and ready application materials for jobs.

Another good source of job-hunting information is our new AtoZdatabases. Don’t let the fact that it looks like the white pages fool you–it’s got always-helpful job search tips to help you out every step of the way, including advice on how to pick the right job to apply to, how to craft your resume, and how to deliver a stellar interview. AztoZdatabases can also help you search for part- and full-time jobs, as well as interviews.

If your post-grad plans involve something a little more exotic than higher education or job hunting–maybe backpacking across Europe?–then definitely take advantage of Mango Languages. One of the best language learning platforms out there, Mango Languages has a whole slew of conversational tutorials, from Azerbaijani to Vietnamese. They even offer Pirate as a language (though we hope you won’t be getting any real-life practice with that one). Mango even offers a mobile app for (free) download, so you can learn on the go.

However, sometimes big changes leave us contemplating our options. For those feeling reflective about their post-graduation plans, MPL has a huge variety of books to mull over. BookTALK features 10 of our top books for new grads.

Of course, if graduation means that you finally have time for please reading again, MPL is happy to oblige with more than 28,000 fiction titles in our catalog.

Whatever your plans, we would like to wish you good luck and congratulate you on this marvelous achievement. Take the sage advice of a young man named Albert Einstein and remember, “the only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”

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Alphild

Adult Services Librarian at Manhattan Public Library

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