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October is National Reading Group month!

by Rhonna, Adult Services

Hopefully you’ve noticed that we have some options for gathering to talk about books here at the library  but even if you prefer to create your own book group, we’re here to help you out.
Two databases are available to help you. Novelist Plus is the go-to tool for exploring all information about books, including helpful discussion guides for some titles. BookBrowse also offers discussion questions, but goes beyond that to provide advice for starting and running a book group, book recommendations, and author interviews. Both resources are available from the library Research Page .
readingIt can be difficult to get enough books for your entire group to read. Fortunately, some libraries in Kansas have created book group kits, including several books and often a discussion guide. The Kansas Library has provided a list of all of the sets available in the state. If you find something that works for you, contact our Interlibrary Loan department at 785-776-4741 ext. 139.
We also have some books that might be helpful for you: Read It and Eat: A Month-By-Month Guide to Scintillating Book Club Selections and Mouthwatering Menus by Sarah Gardner, Reading Group Choices: Selections for Lively Book Discussions, and Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason.

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Women, the Vote and a Book Discussion!

by Mary, Adult Services

index06OGXZN8It’s a privilege to vote!  Did you know that not until 1971 were women allowed to vote in Switzerland? Other countries that were late adopters include France in 1944, Italy in 1946, and Greece in 1952.

Women’s suffrage- the right of women to vote and to stand for electoral office has a colorful history throughout the world and especially in the United States.  Diane Eickhoff has authored a fascinating book called Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights.  This crusader lived in Kansas during the wild frontier times of “Bleeding Kansas” where she spoke for the freedom of slaves as well as women’s rights. Due to her efforts and others like her, Kansas women gained the vote in 1912, eight years before Congress passed the 19th Amendment granting voting rights to all American women.

Contact the library to request a copy of this historical page-turner and put Thursday, October 30th on your calendar.  Join us as we hear the author present the story of Clarina Nichols, an example of our amazing Kansas forerunners that worked for the privileges we now take for granted.

7:00 pm in the Groesbeck room, second floor. Refreshments served.

 

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October is “National Stop Bullying” Month.

by Linda, Adult Services

The self-esteem and empathy-building international non-profit organization “Hey U.G.L.Y.” (Unique gifted Lovable You) has designated October as a time for schools across America to conduct Stop Bullying classroom activities on how to eradicate bullying from classrooms and neighborhoods. Contact Hey U.G.L.Y. at preventbullyingnow@heyugly.org.

bullyManhattan Public Library has books dealing with bullying aimed at dealing with different age groups and books for parents as well. See Bullying by Lori Hile, and Dear Bully : Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories for young adults. For parents, seek Sexual Harassment and Bullying by Susan Strauss; Bully: an Action Plan for Teachers and Parents to Combat the Bullying Crisis; Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know… by Carrie Goldman; and Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon. A documentary on DVD: Bully, is intense, and disturbing, some strong language and all involving kids.

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Author Visit: Diane Eickhoff , author of “Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights”

by Susan Withee, Adult Services Manager

 

revolutionaryThis month’s meeting of the library’s new “Good Books” discussion series will welcome, in person, author Diane Eickhoff who will speak about her book “Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights.” This book is the biography of an extraordinary Kansas pioneer who was involved in the 19th century abolition and temperance movements, and who fought her own very personal fight for women’s legal rights to property, child custody, and the vote. Clarina Nichols was born and raised on a farm in Vermont, survived a troubled first marriage, and won a hard-fought court battle to retain custody of her children. She was successfully married a second time to a Vermont newspaper publisher and eventually took over the publishing of the newspaper. She became an eloquent journalist and passionate public speaker on the subjects of abolition and votes for women. Nichols joined the mid-century exodus of New England abolitionists to Kansas Territory to fight for free-state status and was an early resident of both Quindaro and Lawrence. She worked with and made speaking appearances with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other suffragist leaders, although her name is not as well known. This biography, well written and filled with great primary historical sources such as Clarina Nichols’ letters, speeches, and memoirs, introduces the reader to a regrettably little-known Kansas activist.

Please join us at the public library for the program and Good Books Discussion series on Thursday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Groesbeck Room.  This program is free and open to the public.

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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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