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World Book Night in Manhattan!

world bookManhattan Public Library is excited to announce our participation in World Book Night 2014. World Book Night is a global celebration of books and community in honor of the literary contributions of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, two of the most influential voices in Western literature. As part of this event, 25,000 reading enthusiasts/volunteers in the U.S. alone will hand out over 500,000 books help inspire, or re-inspire, passion for reading.

For our part, thanks to a generous grant from the World Book Night US organization, MPL will be receiving 200 free copies of Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple and After the Funeral by Agatha Christie to hand out to the Manhattan community. Manhattan Public Library will also be giving out copies of Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and a variety of great children’s books.

From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on April 23rd, Manhattan Public Library staff will visit local hot spots to hang out free books and chat with people about reading, books, and libraries. Our destinations include City Park, Hibachi Hut, Varsity Donuts, Bluestem Bistro, and Little Apple Brewery. We’ll even be sending a crew of night owl librarians to stop by Local Love open mic night at Aggie Central Station!

To learn more about World Book Night, visit: To follow MPL on it’s odyssey across Manhattan, find on Facebook and Twitter for live updates of our itinerary.

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Relax at Your Stress-free Library

John Pecoraro, Assistant Director, Manhattan Public Library

Stress is everywhere in our lives. It seems that the world has grown smaller, time has grown shorter, we try to do more with less, and the stress piles up. What can we do about it? Techniques for relieving stress run the gamut from diet to yoga, from exercise to meditation. With income taxes due on April 15, it’s not surprising that April is Stress Awareness Month. Sponsored by The Health Resource Network (HRN), Stress Awareness Month is a national effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.

If you’re feeling the pinch of stress, check out some of the titles available at the public library.  “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-free Living,” by Amit Sood, for example, is based on the Mayo Clinic’s popular stress management program. Dr. Sood explains that it is the human mind’s instinctive restlessness and shortsightedness that causes stress. He offers insight into skills that will help you reduce the stress in your life, such as practicing gratitude, compassion, acceptance, and nurturing relationships. Visit Dr. Sood’s website at (more…)

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Tech Tuesday next week: Introduction to the IPad

Want to learn more about how to use your IPad? Join us for one of our most popular Tech Tuesdays classes–Intro to the iPad!
This class will cover iPad basics, including the anatomy of your iPad, how to navigate around it, and how to use apps. Make sure to register–space is limited! Register online from the Events page, call 776-4741 x141 or stop by the Information Desk!

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A Childhood in Africa

By Marcia Allen, Technical Services & Collections Manager

What seems to be a simple memoir of a youth spent in Africa is so much more.  Boyd Varty’s “Cathedral of the Wild” recounts some incredible tales of encounters with wild animals and a sometimes harsh environment, but that’s just the beginning of this beautiful book.  Readers willing to venture into this story have lots of surprises in store.

The story takes place in Londolozi Game Preserve in South Africa, in what the author’s ancestors envisioned in 1926 as a hunting compound.  Over the years, Varty’s parents and uncle restored a wetland and brought back populations of elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards, etc., thus creating a very successful game preserve.  Varty and his younger sister, Bron, grew up amidst splendid wildlife populations, but they also learned a healthy respect for the ever-present dangers that wildlife can pose.  The book, for example, opens with a horrifying encounter that he and his father shared with a deadly black mamba. (more…)

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