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Sandra Cisneros at the Library

Thucover art for Caramelo by Sandra Cisnerosrsday, February 23, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Sandra Cisneros, world-renowned author of Caramelo and The House on Mango Street, will join Thursday’s Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program by phone to discuss her work, her life, and her views on contemporary immigration.

Cisneros is known for her experiments with literary form and her challenging of social conventions as well as the personal intimacy which she includes in her work. She received the National Medal of Arts award presented by President Obama, as well as NEA fellowships, the Texas Medal of the Arts, and Chicago’s Fifth Star Award among others.

After seeing her book Caramelo mentioned on the Manhattan Public Library’s blog as one of this year’s TALK discussion features, Ms. Cisneros contacted the library. She generously offered to speak with TALK participants via phone conference from her home in central Mexico.

“We are so excited at this opportunity to get to talk directly with the author. She indicated that she is pleased that we are exploring the topic of contemporary immigration and is looking forward to discussing a book that is very important to her,” said Manhattan Public Library Adult Services Manager, Rhonna Hargett.

The TALK program will meet in the library’s Groesbeck Meeting Room on the second floor from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, February 23. No registration is required and extra copies of Cisneros’ book will be available for checkout. Please allow a little extra time to find parking, as this will likely be a popular event.

To learn more about Sandra Cisneros and her work, visit her website at www.sandracisneros.com

The Talk About Literature in Kansas program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. The Manhattan Library Association sponsors the program for the Manhattan community. If you would like to learn more about TALK, please visit www.kansashumanities.org. More information about the Manhattan Public Library and the Manhattan Library Association can be found at www.MHKLibrary.org, by calling (785) 776-4741 ext.300, or by visiting the library at 629 Poyntz Avenue.

 

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Fun for Kids When School is Out – February 13, 2017

NO SCHOOL DAYS

Kids are out of school three days this week, and the library has fun activities planned just for them!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

9:30 a.m. Toddler Wiggleworms Storytime, infants and toddlers with an adult caregiver
Fun stories, action rhymes, and songs will get toddlers moving and learning.

10:15 a.m. Free Face Painting, kids PreK through 6th grade
Allison Booth of Painting Pearls will be in the library to add some fun and magic to your face (or hand, or arm) for the day. Hearts will be today’s theme!

2:00 p.m. Free Kids’ Movie, kids K through 6th grade
Rated PG, 93 minutes: Enter a bright, wondrous world populated by hilarious little creatures with colorful hair. Their story is filled with music, heart, and hair-raising adventures. (Our movie licensing contracts do not permit listing movie titles on this page.)

4:00 p.m. CANTEEN, teens 7th through 12th grade
Unwind with friends and enjoy video games, crafts, and snacks in the library’s Groesbeck Room.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16

9:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time, infants and young toddlers with an adult caregiver
Listen to bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, and short stories.

11:00 a.m. Preschool Story Train, kids PreK
Stories, songs, and activities to keep preschoolers engaged and excited about learning to read.

3:00 p.m. Odd Squad Math Challenge, kids K through 3rd grade
Here’s a case for Manhattan’s own Odd Squad: Dangerous Dobbles are on the loose! We will work together to find them all and put things right again with stellar sorting and classifying skills. Then it’s time for the Shape-Up Quest in the Children’s Room. Report your findings at Headquarters and create an odd-shaped snack.

4:30 p.m. Tween Club DIY Creations, kids 4th through 6th grade
Craft to your heart’s content with all forms of duct tape. You bring an idea and we’ll make it happen!

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17

10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Train, kids PreK
Stories, songs, and activities to keep preschoolers engaged and excited about learning to read.

1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Throwback Board Games Day, kids through 6th grade
Stop by anytime today to play classic board games.

young children in a classroom

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Shakespeare Now Press Release

MODERN SHAKESPEARE EXTRAVAGANZA

MANHATTAN, KS—In February and March, the Manhattan Public Library will partner with the K-State English Department to bring a series of modern Shakespeare events to the Manhattan community. All of the programs are planned, performed, and executed by K-State students as part of the grant for the Shakespeare’s First Folio project. The public is welcome and tickets are not required for any of the events.

Film Screening
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 14
Manhattan Public Library
Watch an award-winning film on the big screen in full surround, while you contemplate the history of young Shakespeare and who may have served as his muse. A student-led discussion will follow.

Vinegar Girl Discussion
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 15
Manhattan Public Library
Discuss Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl—a delightful retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, updated to current times. Familiarity with the original play is not necessary to participate. Copies of Tyler’s book are on reserve at Hale Library and Manhattan Public Library and may be checked out before or after the event.

“Shakespeare and the Military”
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1
Manhattan Public Library
Students will lead a discussion based on video clips and passages from Shakespeare’s works. Special emphasis will be placed on text from the war play Henry V. Prior knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays is not required for participation.

Nutshell
6:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 15
Manhattan Public Library
Explore the dark comedy of Ian McEwan’s Nutshell. This suspenseful and comedic spinoff of Hamlet, casts Hamlet as a fetus overhearing the plans to murder his father.

“Still Dreaming”
6:30 p.m., Friday, March 10
Meadowlark Retirement home
Watch the documentary film “Still Dreaming,” then join the discussion about an amateur, retirement home production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“Shakespeare Now” Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Saturday, April 22
KSU and Hale Library,
Teaching interdisciplinary knowledge, early literature, and culture.

Shakespeare Display
Saturday. April 22
Hale Library
Student Posters/Display, roundtables, and presentations.

To check out the books and learn more about the event series, visit the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue or Hale Library on the K-State Campus. Information is also available through the K-State Department of English website at https://www.k-state.edu/english/.

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Flipster Digital Magazines


Flipster online magazines
Starting February 1, 2017, Manhattan Public Library cardholders will have access to digital magazines with Flipster. Just click on the Flipster link here or on the Resources page, enter your library card information and access a site where you can browse available magazines. You can then click on a magazine to view it in your browser. You can also access magazines with the Flipster app, which will allow you to download magazines for offline viewing.

These magazines are available in Flipster:

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Country Living
  • Discover
  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • Highlights for Kids
  • New Yorker
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Prevention
  • Ranger Rick
  • Rolling Stone
  • Seventeen
  • Teen Vogue
  • Woman’s Day

Library staff can assist you if you have questions and the resources below can help you get started.

Video tutorials:

Flipster on Desktop

Flipster for Mobile Devices

Here are some handy guides for getting started:

Getting Started with Flipster

iOS App for iPad and iPhone

Android App

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2017 MLA Book Sale

Thousands of books will be for sale at the Manhattan Library Association’s (MLA) Annual Book Sale.  The sale will be held the last weekend in February in the auditorium of the Manhattan Public Library, located at 629 Poyntz Avenue.

Friday, February 24 from 5:30 – 7:30 is a special preview night, open to MLA Members only. Anyone who joins MLA will get first pick of the sale items. Memberships will be sold at the door starting at $10 for an individual, $15 for families, and $25 for organizations.

The library’s book sale will be open to the public on Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 26, from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Sunday prices will reflect special deals on the remaining materials.

Bargains abound at this annual sale with:

  • Hardcover books $1.50
  • Children’s hardcover books $1.00
  • Softcover books (trade paperbacks) $1.00
  • Mass market paperbacks for children or adults 50 cents
  • DVDs $2
  • CDs $1
  • Audiobooks on CD $4
  • Audiobooks on cassette $1.00
  • Vinyl 25 cents
  • Sheet music 25 cents
  • Coffee table and specialty books priced as marked.

All of the money raised will be used to fund library programs and purchases such as new books and furniture, special events for children, and summer reading programs.  In 2016, more than $10,000 was raised to support the library.

This is truly a community event, staffed by wonderful volunteers like Roger Brannan,

Keri Mills, Elaine Shannon, Carol O’Neill, and Carol Oukrop, who devote countless hours of work to organize the sale.  Helpers from JobCorps and the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity make the heavy-lifting much easier, and community supporters like Dara’s, the Manhattan Mercury, and Community First National Bank do an excellent job getting the word out.

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Tax Forms and Preparation 2017

Tax Forms

Find copies of 2017 Federal tax forms on the table next to the Check-Out Desk: 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ.  Instruction booklets for each form will arrive in February.

If you need additional Federal forms, visit the IRS website https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs to download forms for individuals and businesses.  If you would prefer to have these forms delivered by mail, please call (785) 235-3053.

State forms, like the K-40, are available to download from the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website http://ksrevenue.org/formsii.html.  You can order forms to be mailed to  you by calling 785-296-4937 or sending an email to kdor_tac@ks.gov.

Tax Assistance

AARP offers free assistance by appointment at the Riley County Senior Center.  Appointments can be made by calling 785-537-4040 beginning January 20th.  They give priority to older persons with low to middle income and they do not help with international, out-of-state, farm, or business returns.

Riley County Extension will begin their free tax preparation service on January 30th in the Manhattan Public Library’s Technology Classroom.  This free service is available by appointment only to people whose household income does not exceed $54,000 per year. To schedule an appointment, visit https://us.bookingbug.com/home/w3710314, call 785-565-6426, or email vitataxes@gmail.com.  The maximum household income is $54,000 and they can help with 1040 tax returns and Kansas returns.  They cannot help with itemized returns, international student returns, military returns, or out-of-state returns.

Members of the armed forces can get help on base at the Fort Riley Tax Center (Building 7034) or by calling 785-239-1040.

PRINT TAX HELP FLYER BELOW

Tax help handout

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Harry Potter Book Night 2017

Harry Potter Book Night February 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, February 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. the Manhattan Public Library will be transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to celebrate the popular Harry Potter book series. Families of all ages are invited to play games, make crafts, and enjoy an evening of wizarding fun.

Librarian Gigi Holman says “we hope to make this a magical evening in the Harry Potter world. The books helped multiple generations learn to love reading, so we’ll make sure to have activities for everyone from preschoolers to parents.”

At the event, partners from the Milford Lake Nature Center will contribute to the magical atmosphere by bringing a live owl. Participants will be sorted into houses, visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and get to sample some potions and treats.

Volunteers are needed to help with activities that evening. Anyone interested in helping out from 5:30-8:30 on February 2 should contact Vivienne at pr@mhklibrary dot org or (785) 776-4741 ext.105.

All events and activities at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about the event, or about any library services, please visit the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue or call (786) 776-4741.

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Christmas Storytimes

Christmas Storytimes

Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Suggested for kids, preK – 3rd grade
Librarians will present festive stories and songs about Christmas. Each child will get a jingle bell bracelet to take home. After the storytime, children are invited to tell Santa what is on their wish list.
Photo of a little girl talking to Santa

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Food for Fines December 3, 2016

Food for Fines fundraiser December 3 from 10 am to 5 pm
From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, everyone who brings a non-perishable food item to the Manhattan Public Library will receive a $1 voucher to pay library fines. Vouchers will be good throughout the month of December, with a maximum of 10 vouchers per person. All of the donated food will be given to the Flint Hills Bread Basket to help combat food insecurity in Manhattan.

Library Director, Linda Knupp, championed the idea as “a way to promote good will during the holidays and give back to the community.”

Suggested items include:
Boxed meals
Grape jelly
Peanut butter
Cereal
Pasta
Canned meats
Pancake syrup
Oatmeal

The following items will not be accepted:
No expired items
No damaged items
No open packages
Ramen noodles (and other multi-pack items) will be accepted at a value of 4 packages = $1

Volunteers from the Manhattan Library Association will be in the library’s atrium to accept donations and issue vouchers. For more information, please contact the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue, (785) 776-4741 ext. 100.

The Flint Hills Breadbasket is located at 905 Yuma Street. It was founded in 1983 as a Community Food Network to collect and distribute food to those in need. Their food pantry is open Monday – Thursday from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to distribute food. To see the complete schedule for the Breadbasket, visit www.breadbasket.manhattanks.org or call (785) 537-0730.

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