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Share Books to Introduce Fire Safety

Share Books to Introduce Fire Safety
By Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager

MHKFDDuring National Fire Prevention Week, our local firefighters visited schools to talk to students about fire safety and prevention, show them some equipment they use and make sure they would never be afraid of a firefighter in uniform. Notes were sent home reminding families to practice with their kids so they know what to do if the smoke detector goes off. Reading books about firefighters and fire safety is a great way to start this discussion with young children and let them talk about their concerns.

The library has an excellent collection of children’s materials on this topic, thanks to the Manhattan Firefighters Union Local 2275. They have donated funds for the past three years to boost the library’s collection, so more kids and teachers can check out books and make sure everyone knows how to stay safe.
For some fun read-alouds to start off with a lighter approach, these picture books are sure to be a hit:
“I’m Brave” by McMullan is told from the point of view of a “good looking” fire engine. He goes through all his equipment, including the usual hoses and axes, as well as duckbill pliers and rabbit ear bolt cutters. Kids who love fire trucks will also enjoy  “Firefighters: Speeding, Spraying, Saving” by Hubbell.

The exciting illustrations in Dale’s “Dinosaur Rescue” make it a perfect book to share with preschoolers, and Scarry’s “A Day at the Fire Station” in Busytown will always be good for some giggles, too. “Fire Drill” is a short picture book by Jacobs that describes the scenario of fire drills in a school setting with simple text and pictures, making the actual event a little less scary.

fire safety 1Some children are fascinated by emergency vehicles, from police cars to fire engines. For facts and photos about fire trucks, check out “Fire Trucks and Rescue Vehicles” from the Mighty Machines series, or “Fire Trucks in Action” by Hanson. “Rescue Vehicles” by Gilpin includes cross-section illustrations to show what is inside fire engines, ambulances, police cars and more. These books are now housed in our “Transportation” neighborhood in the Children’s Room.

A number of books for children have a very direct educational approach, which is great for covering the basics of fire prevention and procedures in case of a fire. “Contain the Flame” by Donahue covers outdoor and campfire safety, and “Being Safe with Fire” by Kesselring provides safety tips in everyday living, as well as steps to make an escape plan. Learn more specifics about firefighters’ jobs in books like “Firefighters Help Us” by Murray or “A Day with Firefighters” by Shepherd.

Our newest additions to the collection this year are two kits that include multiple books plus activities that can all be checked out together. The tote bag story kit, “Firefighters,” is geared toward preschool and early elementary ages. It includes six fun picture books, such as “Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill,” two informational books, a DVD of “Elmo Visits the Firehouse” and a cool firefighter costume for dress-up play.

The discovery pack, “Fire and Rescue,” comes in a backpack and is for kids in grades 2-6. It includes informational books about firefighters, fire dogs, smoke jumpers, rescue vehicles and fire safety. A large maze game will challenge older kids to think about fire safety, as well as test their logic and problem-solving skills.

fire safety 2Special thanks goes out to our local firefighters for all they do to keep us safe, educate us, and provide this kind of support to the whole community.

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National Food Bank Week

breadbasketby Judi, Adult Services Librarian

This time of year, we look towards the holidays and gathering with friends and family over holiday meals. We also need to remember those who are less fortunate at this time of year, and to recognize National Food Bank Week, a wonderful gesture would be to stop by our local Food Bank, the Flint Hills Breadbasket, to donate items to make the holiday celebrations happier for a local family. The Flint Hills Breadbasket’s mission is “ To minimize hunger and poverty through the distribution of available food and to nurture projects that will help alleviate hunger and poverty. Hunger is an oftentimes invisible tragedy. For twenty-nine years, the Flint Hills Breadbasket has been collecting and distributing donations and food to ensure that no one in the community goes hungry.” Help our local residents in need by donating today!

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Librar-atory

by Judi Nechols, Adult Services Librarian

Did you know that lightning strikes produce O3 which is ozone, and strengthen the ozone layer of the atmosphere?

Even if we don’t often think about the topic of chemistry outside of a school setting, the chemical interactions of the world affect everything, from our cars to our food, and even to our senses themselves.

“Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves chemistry and chemicals (matter). And hearing, seeing, tasting, and touching all involve intricate series of chemical reactions and interactions in your body. With such an enormous range of topics, it is essential to know about chemistry at some level in order to understand the world around us.” (from the American Chemical Society)

To help Manhattanites gain a deeper understanding of chemistry and the world at large, each year the Kansas State University branch of the American Chemical Society donates a selection of chemistry-related books to Manhattan Public Library. The variety of books in the collection include study guides for the AP Chemistry exam, books with information about careers in chemistry, guides for science fair experiments using chemistry, and many more.

Library staff and patrons are most grateful for these generous donations from the KSU chemists. A display featuring some of the donated books can be found across from the Information Desk on the first floor of the library. Explore the world of chemistry with titles like The Periodic Table: a Visual Guide to the Elements, Chemistry Connections:  the Chemical Basis of Everyday Phenomena, and Non-Traditional Careers for Chemists.

National Chemistry Week begins October 18, so this is the perfect time to brush up on cool chemical facts to impress your friends and learn to say things like, “I could really use a glass of dihydrogen monoxide (H2O) right now.”

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Those are my relatives??!!

by Judi Nechols, Adult Services Librarian

charetingPopular here at Manhattan Public Library are our Genealogy Resources. We have many print resources—books such as Genealogy Online for Dummies, Charting your Family History:  Includes Legacy; Family Tree software version 2.0, on CD-ROM, for Microsoft Windows, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans; and A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies for Uncovering Hard-to-find Information about your Female Lineage. (more…)

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October means Pumpkins!!

by Janet Ulrey, Adult Services Librarian

PumpkinsFall brings us apple and pumpkin harvest. There is nothing better than fresh apples and the aroma of any pumpkin dessert baking not to mention the joy of eating them. It’s a great time for caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and jack-o-lanterns. You’ll find books for recipes as well as pumpkin carving at the library.

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For “Jesse Stone” fans!!

by Linda Henderson, Adult Services Librarian

 

indexFor you “Jesse Stone” fans, another new author, Reed Farrel Coleman, has written Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot.

Michael Brandman wrote the first three Jesse Stone novels after Parker’s death and did a wonderful job of capturing the melancholy tone and spare writing style favored by Parker.

Fans of both Parker’s Spenser and Jesse Stone series will enjoy this 13th installment, after Damned If You Do. Like Spenser, Jesse is a man of honor who feels he must speak for the dead. Coleman’s writing mimics Parker’s, with short chapters, snappy repartee, and just enough action. It is undoubtedly set up for another book. Like all Parker novels, it is a great, fast beach read, recommended for all detective fiction fans.” Tom Selleck stars in the “made for tv” movies, the latest was “Benefit of the Doubt” in 2012. A recent quote from actor Selleck “Well, right now CBS hasn’t ordeed another one…I’m not sure whether this is the last ‘Jesse” or not. I don’t think it will be…” and so we fans hope!

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Vladimir Horowitz

by Janet Ulrey, Adult Services Librarian

horowitzFor all you music enthusiasts out there, here is a tribute to Vladimir Horowitz. He was hailed as one of the world’s greatest pianists, renowned for his masterful technique. He was born 110 years ago yesterday in Berdichev, Russia. In 1940, he settled in the United States and became a citizen in 1944. Follow this link to find his music on CD in our catalog.

 

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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.

medline
I always recommend people start with www.medlineplus.gov. 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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