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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.

I always recommend people start with 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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Why You Should Consider the Assistive Technology Center

by Wandean Rivers, Assistive Technology Instructor


Learning how to use new technology can be exciting, freeing, and totally frustrating all at the same time. If you find you need help, consider making an appointment for personal, one-on-one training in the Assistive Technology Center at Manhattan Public Library. The best part of the ATC experience is that you can explore hardware, software, and devices at your own pace, with a trainer, and without others looking over your shoulder. You’ll gain confidence with each new skill learned, and your experience will greatly reduce anxiety about technology.

We’ll start off your first session with a technology interview and we’ll address two questions – what challenges stand in the way of your using technology, and what are the hardware/software solutions available? Next, we list a few goals, set up a timeframe for completion, schedule a weekly appointment time, and then re-evaluate at the end of that timeframe.

The Assistive Technology Center serves a wide audience. Clients may fall within a profile that includes those with low vision, blindness, limited mobility, learning disabilities, and hearing or cognitively impairments, and their advocates, such as teachers, parents, and caregivers. But we’re also happy to work with patrons who have limited experience with technology or who have a short term, targeted project or skill need, such as downloading e-Books, fine-tuning a PowerPoint, or learning how to navigate Facebook. (more…)

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Mary Newkirk, Adult Services Librarian

The observance was launched in 1987 to meet the challenge of then Secretary of Education William J. Bennett who said: “Let’s have a national campaign…every child should obtain a library card – and use it.” Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that. A library card may be the most important school supply of all.
Ten reasons everyone should have a library card:
1. You are already paying for it. During these tough economic times, why would you pay double for something?
2. Save money. While you may want to own a few favorite titles, do you really need all those books? Anyone who has ever moved will tell you, “Moving boxes of books stinks.”
3. You get to try titles and genres you might otherwise miss. You may not want to plunk down $20 just to find out you that you detest the latest craze in vampire romance novels.
4. Reading broadly makes you smarter. Studies have repeatedly shown that vocabulary development, language acquisition and background knowledge are all improved in those who have been exposed to a variety of information.
5. You can get more than books with your library card. The library offers an amazing array of products and services: DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers, movie nights, computer use, homework help, college prep, kid & teen programs, author visits, career planning, and free classes.
6. Libraries are better than bookstores. If the bookstore doesn’t have a title or subject you are searching for, you can get it through Interlibrary Loan. The library also has 24-hour online access. Bookstores close, but you can access databases and reference information while sitting in your pajamas.
7. Free WiFi. No more mocha latte obligations for you.
8. You can have a mobile library with you on your smart phone or device. The fastest growing library use is downloading ebooks and audiobooks.
9. You can find a comfortable, friendly, welcoming spot away from all those ‘honey-do’ jobs.
10. You will keep all the librarians happy talking about their first love – books!

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September is National Service Dog Month

Linda Henderson, Adult Services Librarian

images7WVZ0KBBService dogs do an amazing array of tasks, from helping handicapped people, not only for the blind but fetching items, turning on lights, and a multitude of tasks that can make life easier for someone who isn’t able to get around easily. The military uses service dogs to alert and protect soldiers, search for people and bombs. On Sundays, Manhattan Public Library offers service dogs for children to read to– because the dogs listen without judging.

dogsThere are many true stories that will touch your heart. A couple of outstanding reads are Through a Dog’s Eyes by Jennifer Arnold or Until Tuesday: a Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan, both available at the Manhattan Public Library.

In Washington, Kansas–just north of Manhattan, the KSDS Specialty Dogs, Inc. train and provide guide dogs, service dogs and facility dogs. Check out their web site at to see the work they do in providing service dogs!




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Upcoming Book Discussions

Several interesting book discussions are coming up soon here at Manhattan Public Library, so be sure to find a copy of the books so that you can join in! We have several copies of each of the titles–you may need to place your name on the holds list!

revolutionarySeptember 25 at 7:00 pm there will be a discussion of the KSU 2014 common read “The Ghost Map” by Steven Johnson. Discuss how Dr. John Snow and Rev. Whitehead collaborated to change the way we view disease and urban design. The discussion will be led by K-State Librarian Joelle Pitts.

  • October 30 at 7:00 pm come to discuss “Revolutionary Heart” with the author Diane Eickhoff! She will discuss her main character, a Kansas suffragist who helped pave the way for change.
  • November 13 at 6:00 pm, join us for Books and Brew at the Little Apple Brewery–a discussion of “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. We will explore this searing and poignant portrayal of the experience of American soldiers in Vietnam. Appetizers will be provided.

November 20 at 7:00 pm at Manhattan Public Library, join us for a discussion of “The Things They Carried”, led by Dr. Kim Stanley of the Kansas Humanities Council.

Ask at the Information Desk or the Reference Desk if you have any questions!!

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Library Tips and Tricks: Readers Advisory at the Library

By Judi Nechols, Adult Services Librarian

Have you ever finished a book and, with a sigh, thought you would never be able to find another author whose writing appealed to you as much? Or have you walked into the library and wandered in the stacks of books, with no idea how to choose a book you might enjoy? Readers’ Advisory is our way to connect readers to new authors or books to enjoy. 

There are several Readers’ Advisory tools available at Manhattan Public Library to help you to find the perfect book!

  • Novelist is an addition to our online catalog that makes it easy to find writers or stories of a similar style to one you’ve enjoyed. Just look up a book you have read in our catalog. Click on “Full Display” on the right. Scroll down the page and you will find a section with “Suggestions and More,” where both Authors and Titles are listed that are written in a similar style. Novelist makes recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction books.
  • BookTALK_homepage_iconThe BookTalk link is located on our home page ( BookTalk is a searchable collection of book reviews written by Manhattan Public Library staff members, with reviews of fiction and non-fiction books as well as DVD’s. Just click on the box titled BookTalk on our home page. The most recent reviews will appear first. Scroll down and you can browse through hundreds of reviews, or search for reviews for books by a favorite author or genre.


  • The Readers’ Advisory Table is located near the Information Desk and has lots of lists for genres, series and read-alikes for authors—pick one up and head to the stacks to find a book.

A Personalized Reading List form can be completed online or in a paper form (available on the Readers’ Advisory Table). Just tell us your favorite authors or subjects, why you enjoyed a certain book, and we will provide you with a list of titles that we hope you will enjoy.


blood bedlamLocated on our genre display cases, we have books available to help you find a new author or series. The Genreflecting Advisory series includes several titles, such as “Blood, Bedlam, Bullets, and Badguys : a reader’s guide to adventure/suspense fiction”, “Historical Fiction : a guide to the genre”, “The Real Story : a guide to nonfiction reading interests” and “Genrefied Classics : a guide to reading interests in classic literature.”

  • Library Staff members are avid readers and are always willing to assist fellow readers in finding new authors or titles—just ask us! We are glad to show you how to find and use our Readers’ Advisory materials and staff may also tell you about the most recent good book that they have read!! MPL Librarians are skilled at providing Readers Advisory and are here to help you find your way to your next favorite book or author!

With so many resources for finding books to suit your preferences, we’re sure you can find something new and enjoyable at Manhattan Public Library to suit your reading preferences.


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The Reader’s Bill of Rights

Susan Withee, Adult Services Manager



I  sometimes think we take reading a tiny bit too seriously. Several years ago, in Daniel Pennac’s witty and entertaining book “Better Than Life,” I was delighted to discover his Reader’s Bill of Rights, a declaration of independence from worn-out constraints and rules that change reading from a pleasure to a chore. This list has stuck with me ever since. Here, in Pennac’s view, are your rights as a reader:




1. The right to not read.
2. The right to skip pages.
3. The right to not finish.
4. The right to reread.
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to escapism.
7. The right to read anywhere.
8. The right to browse.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right to not defend your tastes.

If you’re reading for pleasure, definitely read what you love and bypass all the “shoulds.” Read whatever appeals to you at the moment without regrets or excuses. Reading can be many things — fun, inspiring, empowering, entertaining, enlightening – but it shouldn’t be a chore, and you certainly shouldn’t have to conform to someone else’s arbitrary standards. Read trash or treasure, or whatever else you want, with no apologies necessary – see #6 above.
If you’re reading a book that doesn’t capture your attention, or if reading it is simply not an enjoyable experience, by all means stop! Unless you’re going to be tested on it later, don’t read another page. There’s no rule anywhere that says you have to finish every book you start. Life’s too short. Close that book. See Right #3 above.
You should also feel free to use a perfectly acceptable reader’s technique that I like to call “skimming for the good parts.” This can include checking out the photos in a biography, reading the table of contents to get the gist of the book, enjoying the illustrations, looking for the most food-stained pages in a cookbook, going straight to the hot scenes in a novel, or skipping ahead and reading the last page to see how it all ends. We can do this! No one needs to know! See Rights #2 and #8 above.
I exercise my right #7 (the right to read anywhere) by having something to read with me at all times (or trying to remember to). A book in your pocket or bag is a lifesaver when waiting in the dentist’s office, being delayed in an airport, calming a fractious child, or eating a quiet meal alone in a restaurant. Reading anywhere can help the time pass and keep you self-contained and content, inoffensive to others, an island of calm and purpose. I love Right #7.
But in the end, in spite of Pennac’s Right #1 above (The Right to Not Read), I do hope reading is a vital part of your life. If you’re looking for good books at Manhattan Public Library, library staff are always delighted to help. Just ask!
So, what’s your favorite reader’s right?


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World Suicide Prevention Day

light_a_candle_on_wspd_animation6X4Join people from all over the world who are supporting World Suicide Prevention Day, survivors of suicide and the many volunteers and practitioners worldwide who work to alleviate suffering through evidence-based research and practices.

Suicide is a major public health problem. The psychological pain that leads each of these individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Their deaths leave families and friends bereft, and often have a major ripple effect on communities.

Every year, over 800,000 almost people die from suicide; this roughly corresponds to one death every 40 seconds. The number of lives lost each year through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined.

Suicide is the fifth leading causes of death among those aged 30-49 years in 2012 globally, and is the second leading cause of death in the 15-29 years age group in 2012 globally. Overall, it is estimated that during 2012 for each adult who died of suicide there were over 20 others who made suicide attempts.

In 2012, suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 15th leading cause of death. Mental disorders (particularly depression and alcohol use disorders) are a major risk factor for suicide in Europe and North America; however, in Asian countries impulsiveness plays an important role. Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. (from the International Association for Suicide Prevention)

Some of the books at Manhattan Public Library on this subject are:

  • After suicide by John Hewitt   155.937     This constructive guide offers much-needed information and clinically-tested advice for those struggling to cope in the aftermath of a suicide. Written in clear language, this book presents the facts and demonstrates how to deal with feelings of guilt, anger, bewilderment, and shame. Also included is an anniversary memorial service that enables family members to recommit themselves to life.
  • A long-shadowed grief : suicide and its aftermath  by Harold Smith    248.866    In the aftermath of suicide, friends and family face a long road of grief and reflection. With a sympathetic eye and a firm hand, Harold Ivan Smith searches for the place of the spirit in the wake of suicide. He asks how one may live a spiritual life as a survivor, and he addresses the way faith is permanently altered by the residue of stigma that attaches to suicide.
  • Healing suicidal veterans : recognizing, supporting and answering their pleas for help  by Victor Montgomery    362.2   Veterans are suffering a “mental breakdown” epidemic, often linked to post traumatic stress from the terrors of combat, traumatic brain injury, and drug and alcohol abuse. The problems triggered by an excessive number of deployments, financial and family trouble, fragmented or nonexistent support systems, and increased domestic stress have caused a mass depression among vets. ‘Healing’ ‘Suicidal Veterans’ takes readers firsthand into the “situation room” where crisis intervention and addiction therapist Victor Montgomery explores the psychological wounds of war and the ways they contribute to the tragedy of suicidal veterans. He presents the Montgomery Model for ending veterans’ suffering and anguish and putting them on solid paths to healing. The book offers veterans strategies for realizing they are not failures if they seek aid, and it gives families and loved ones ways to understand, cope with, and help their veteran in need.
  • A slender thread  by Diane Ackerman   362.28   ” Poet and naturalist Ackerman writes with profound tenderness and wonder about life in all its resplendent forms. Her intuitive grasp of the lives of animals has led her, in this personal and moving book, to portray people as a “renegade species” determined to combat blind instinct, achieve compassion, and find joy. This focus on people was precipitated by Ackerman’s work as a volunteer at a suicide prevention and crisis center where she answers the phones, listening “athletically” and helping people fight serious depression, stay alive, and rediscover hope. In a narrative that is lush with her signature gift for metaphor and delight in the senses and taut with the drama of her often frightening negotiations with people in the throes of every imaginable form of crisis, Ackerman illuminates the bewildering workings of the resilient human psyche. Extraordinarily knowledgeable and keenly attuned to the dictates of evolution, she searches for the source of our persistent loneliness and destructive reactions, weaving bits of her own life into the stories of others by describing the healing pleasures of nature, friendship, and poetry. Ackerman is beyond category; an aeolian harp singing the myriad songs of life, she helps readers focus on the miraculous” (from Booklist)

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Welcoming Renowned Author Steven Johnson

Author Steven Johnson at McCain September 11 at 7As part of the annual K-State Common Read this fall, students and community members alike will have the opportunity to take part in a community-wide read of The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. The Ghost Map is equal parts medical thriller and social history of 19th century London, exploring the 1854 cholera epidemic that claimed more than 500 lives. Widely acclaimed as a “tightly written page turner,” The Ghost Map is both compelling and enjoyable.

To augment the book, K-State will have a variety of student activities, and professors and instructors will integrate themes and topics from the book into their curriculum. Beyond the classroom, a variety of events will be offered to the community. Manhattan Public Library will be offering several opportunities for enthusiasts of the book, including a special edition of Science Saturday on September 6th at 10am. Ginny Barnard, the Riley County Extension Agent for Health, Nutrition, Food, and Safety, will walk attendees through the details of contamination with fun hands-on experiments.

Moreover, as part of the brand new Good Books Club at Manhattan Public Library, on September 25th from 7-8:45pm, there will be a guided discussion of The Ghost Map with refreshments provided. There is also a trivia activity at the library, and unique displays related to the book.

The highlight of the Common Read experience this fall, however, will be a visit from the author of The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson, on September 11th at 7pm at McCain Auditorium on the K-State campus. The event is free, but tickets are required. Students, faculty, and staff can get tickets at McCain Auditorium, and community members can pick up tickets at Manhattan Public Library. Don’t delay, though—tickets are limited!

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