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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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30 Days to Financial Wellness

burlap bag filled with dollar billsIt seems like April is an important month in terms of awareness. National Library Week is in April. April is also Autism Awareness Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, National Garden Month, and I just found out that it’s  Financial Literacy Month, too.

Financial literacy is something that can be fairly intimidating. I’ve always felt like other people, meaning “people who have a lot of money,” were the ones who held some kind of magic key to money management, and that it was beyond my understanding. As I’m getting older, and hopefully a little wiser, I realize that it’s important and completely possible for people on all income levels to be financially literate. It may even be more important for those of us whose paychecks seem to be stretched tightly.

The State Library of Kansas, in partnership with Money Management International, has developed a a 30-step plan to financial wellness that is available for free on their website http://www.financialliteracymonth.com/

The site also offers free ebooks, downloads, and tools to help you learn to manage your finances. We have a number of helpful resources available for checkout right here at here at the Manhattan Public Library, too. You’ll find a list of items in our catalog here http://catalog.manhattan.lib.ks.us/polaris/view.aspx?keyword=finance,personal

I plan to explore the 30 steps, and I hope it brings me more understanding of my financial options, as well as my responsibilities.

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Analog Games Day at KSU’s Hale Library

Looking for something to do on Saturday? Come to the Great Room at KSU’s Hale Library on Saturday any time between 11-5 and have fun playing some games. There will be board games, cards, interactive fiction, and even a chess tournament. Bring your favorite board game or play the ones provided. Duel and trade with fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! and Magic fans. There will be Warhammer demonstrations going on for anyone interested, as well. Snacks will also be provided. Analog Games Day is for all ages, so come with your whole family.

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Summer Teen Volunteers

Summer teen volunteers are needed at Manhattan Public Library. Teen volunteers at MPL can gain valuable service hours and work experience while having fun and learning about the library. The main responsibility of teen volunteers is to work at the children’s Summer Reading prize desk and assist with preparations for storytimes and clubs. If you want more information, check out the library’s teen page at http://www.mhklibrary.org/departments/young-adults/teen-volunteers/ or contact Keri Mills at kmills@mhklibrary.org. Applications can be downloaded from our website or picked up at the Information Desk. The number of positions is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Teens must be 13-18 years of age to be eligible to volunteer.

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Book Matchmaking

photo of book pages making a heartThere are too many great books out there to waste time reading the ones that don’t quite fit your tastes. To help make your selections easier, Manhattan Public Library is launching a new book review blog called BookTALK. This new service is an eclectic resource of reviews written by MPL’s own librarians. It can be accessed from home or from library computers at booktalk.mhklibrary.org.

Customized email subscription lists are also available. When patrons subscribe, they get to be among the first to know what new books are coming to the library, which means getting first chance to place holds. It’s even possible to select a specific age group or favorite genre, like Armchair Travel or Historical Fiction, so only notifications about those books will be sent.

These are two exciting new resources to help match you with great books. If you have questions, just email us at rhargett@mhklibrary.org, or call (785) 776-4741 ext. 141.

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New Email Book Lists!

photo of a man peeking over the edge of a bookLet us help you find your next great read! The Manhattan Public Library is offering new options for our email subscription lists. To receive email updates, please follow this link and choose your favorite lists.

When you subscribe, you get to be among the first to know what new books are coming to the library, so you get the first chance to place holds. Plus, you’ll get the inside scoop on upcoming library events. You can even select a specific age group or your favorite genres, like Pop Culture or Armchair Travel, so you ‘ll be notified only about books you like.

Once you’ve chosen your lists, you will receive a regular message in your inbox from each category you’ve selected.

If you have any questions, just email us at refstaff@mhklibrary.org

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North Atrium Doors Closed

Starting Monday, March 10th, the north atrium entrance to the library will be closed so that construction crews can work in that area. Please use the southwest entrance by the Tech Center to enter the building. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we grow!

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Remembering the Flu

by John Pecoraro, Assistant Director

When Army cook Albert Gitchell reported to sick call at Fort Riley on March 4, 1918, little did anyone suspect that the world was in the midst of an epidemic that would kill nearly five percent of the world’s population. The influenza pandemic of 1918-1920 (called the Spanish flu) infected 500 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 50 to 100 million.

As the Spanish influenza spread worldwide, it killed more people than perished in the First World War, including at least half a million Americans. Yet, argues Alfred W. Crosby in “America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918,” the Spanish flu is largely forgotten today. In this vivid narrative, Professor Crosby recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event.  (more…)

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