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!
Archive for For Adults
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…)
All of the MLK Art and Writing Contest entries have now been taken down. If your child is in USD383 school district or Manhattan Catholic Schools, we will return your entries to the schools sometime next week. All other entries can be picked up at the Children’s Desk in the Children’s Room through the end of March.
MLA volunteers have been working hard to set up for the sale, which begins tonight at 5:30 for MLA members, and is open to the public Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Lots of books, videos, music CD’s, DVD’s and children’s books are available so come down to the library and stock up on great bargain items while supporting your local library!
Tech Tuesdays are free, two-hour workshops that provide beginner-level instruction on fun, popular topics in the world of technology. These workshops provide an equal balance between instruction and hands-on work, meaning that attendees walk away with both knowledge and experience.
The next class, Digital Resources at the Library on March 4 at 2:00 p.m., will focus on the programs and databases available through the library’s website. Programs to learn languages, search community resources, prepare for academic and professional testing, read magazines online, and more are available to library card holders.
If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form in our Events calendar, call the library at (785) 776-4741 ext. 141, or stop by the Information Desk at the library.
We have several more classes scheduled this season. On March 18, the library will offer a class on the basics of Windows 8. Then on April 1, experts from the Genealogical society will show you how to use Ancestry.com and Geneaology.com, both of which are available for free at the library. For a complete list of classes, please check our events calendar or click here to print the flyer.
Suffering from cabin fever? Losing your fight with this winter’s weary dismals? It’s a perfect time to dream of exotic destinations and distant adventures and to imagine the trip of a lifetime. Armchair travelers and bucket list makers are invited to plan their great winter getaways with travel books from Manhattan Public Library.
Readers can jumpstart their travel dreaming with super-sized, lavishly-illustrated overviews like “The World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places” and “Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips” from the National Geographic Society, or with books like “Great Adventures” and “Great Escapes” by the publishers of the popular Lonely Planet guides. Travelers in search of cultural and world heritage destinations can explore “The World’s Must-See Places: A look Inside More Than 100 Magnificent Buildings and Monuments” from DK Publishing or “The World’s Heritage: A Guide to All 981 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.”
If you enjoy travel as a gateway to history, your choice of great reading is almost limitless. In “Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train,” author Ina Caro guides readers on 25 day-trips out of Paris, exploring over 700 years of French history one locale at a time. In “Shadow of the Silk Road,” Colin Thubron recounts his voyage from the heart of China through Central Asia and the Middle East to Turkey, re-exploring an ancient world in modern times. “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time” by Mark Adams is an entertaining travelogue that one reviewer called “serious (and seriously funny); a smart and tightly written history; and an investigative report into the greatest archaeological discovery of the last century.”
Reviewers called “Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey through Yugoslavia” by Rebecca West “a masterpiece,” and “one of the great books of our century.” First published in 1941, it is a travelogue and journal of West’s trips through the Balkan region during the turbulent 1930s. Passing years and subsequent events have only reinforced the reputation of West’s book as a brilliant study of the region’s ethnography, history, myth, and legend whose relevance persists in the present.
“The Tao of Travel: Enlightenment from Lives on the Road,” edited by “the dean of travel writers” Paul Theroux, is a collection of great travel writing that is part philosophical guide, part miscellany, and part reminiscence. It includes selections from a surprisingly diverse group of authors – J. R. R. Tolkien, Eudora Welty, Charles Dickens, Freya Stark, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway. In his own writing, Theroux assumes a very personal viewpoint and interprets travel as an exterior and interior experience. His many bestselling books include “The Old Patagonian Express: By Train through the Americas,” “The Pillars of Hercules: A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean,” “The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train through Asia,” and “Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town.”
Culinary travelers will savor “Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Places to Eat Around the Globe” from National Geographic, or “A Fork in the Road: Tales of Food, Pleasure and Discovery,” an anthology by chefs, foodies, and travel writers. “The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France” by John Baxter is a charming memoir that is part tour of France and part history, and part culinary adventure. “On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta,” is the recounting of author Jen Lin-Liu’s travels from Western China into Central Asia, Iran, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean to trace the historic migration of food and culture along the ancient Silk Road.
And if you haven’t yet read “A Year in Provence” by Peter Mayle, “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes, or “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, all three bestselling travel memoirs of recent years, take the opportunity to go back and catch up with them now, and discover why millions of delighted readers loved these charming and inspiring books.
We always love to see your faces at Manhattan Public Library, but we know that sometimes people want the convenience of accessing our resources from the comfort of their own homes (especially with the weather we’ve been having lately!), so we continue to expand what we have available online. I want to highlight three new services we offer online so that you can get magazines, community information, and book recommendations while wearing your pajamas.
Zinio for Libraries allows you to read the latest magazines for free, cover to cover, in full color, on a variety of devices. North Central Kansas Library System is providing this service for 2014 as a pilot project that offers 65 popular magazines such as Good Housekeeping, ESPN, and Runner’s World. To get started, bring your library card to the Information Desk at the library and we’ll give you a Zinio card and some instructions. Once you have your account set up, you can check out as many issues you want and keep them as long as you like. The library has long served the purpose of being a welcoming place to meet and interact with others. We’ve been fulfilling this goal by providing meeting rooms and tables and comfortable places to sit. We’re taking that a step further now and providing online resources to nurture our community. Within our library catalog, you can now search for community non-profits, service organizations, and other agencies by clicking on the “Community” tab. This provides a place for service organizations to find partners for projects, for citizens to find volunteer opportunities, or for newcomers to find activities. Information for more than 250 area agencies are now available, but there is always room for more if you know of an organization or club that we’ve missed. Within each record, you’ll find contact information, services offered, links to agency websites, and much more.
To help you find your next great read, we’ve added a service called Novelist Select. You don’t have to remember the name, though, because this handy tool is embedded in something you use all the time and are already familiar with, the library catalog. Search the title of a book you’ve enjoyed reading in the past. When you get a list, click on the title you’re looking for. This full record looks the way it’s always looked, with a summary of the plot and listings of what is checked in, but if you scroll down you will find a treasure trove of reading ideas. Down below we have a Reader Rating from Goodreads with the ability to click and read reviews. Next is a list of other books in the same series, then “You Might Also Like These . . .” with suggestions for other books that have similarities to the book you liked.
While we’re discussing new online services, I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to go check out our new web site, which is now simply www.mhklibrary.org. As always, this is the place to see what we have and what is going on at the library, but we’ve added several more services that are available online as well as in person. You can do research online, sign up for technology classes, suggest new materials that you think the library should have, check out ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, or request a book from another Kansas library. We are continually improving and adding to our web site so keep an eye out for new and exciting resources.
To explore these new resources or find more details, go to the library web site at www.mhklibrary.org. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 785-776-4741.
At Manhattan Public Library, we love to share our own favorite books with people. But we often wonder–what books would YOU like to tell us about? To answer that question, we’ve decided you bring you an Awesome Box!
The idea behind the Awesome Box, which originated in the Harvard Innovation Lab, is simple. If you think that something you just checked out is especially fun, interesting, useful, or if you just really, really liked it, put it in the box marked “Awesome Box” at the Returns desk. If the Awesome Box is full, you can use one of the Awesome Box bookmarks. And then you’re done. Your book gets checked in and we put it on a special display for others to check out. Who knows? Maybe they’ll return it to the Awesome Box, too.
It’s that time of year again! We’ve received the forms & instruction booklets for the 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ and we have Schedule A & B. If you need other forms, they can be accessed at www.irs.gov and printed at the library. You can print two pages per day for free and each page after that is 10 cents.
If you have tax questions, here are some suggestions for answers:
- http://www.irs.gov/ – online forms, free e-file for qualifying taxpayers, FAQs
- Live Phone Assistance: 800 829-1040
- To order forms delivered by mail: 800 829-3676
- TTY/TDD (Deaf or Mute): 800 829-4059
- Kansas Taxline: 785 368-8222
- Order tax forms: 785 296-4937 or by e-mail: email@example.com
- File online: www.kansas.gov/webfile
- Riley County Senior Service Center – Call 785 537-4040 to make appointment. Priority is given to older persons with low-to-middle income.
- Military – Fort Riley Tax Center, Building 7034, 785 239-1040
- Riley County Extension – Call 785 565-6426 after January 22nd to make an appointment.
Tech Tuesdays Flyer
If you are one of the millions of Americans who received a new eReader, tablet, or computer this holiday season, make sure to put Tech Tuesdays at Manhattan Public Library on your to-do list. Running from January 7th through May 6th, the Manhattan Public Library will present its second series of Tech Tuesdays. Held twice a month on Tuesdays, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., these workshops are designed to provide introduction and instruction on popular topics, such as eBooks, tablet computing, and Windows 8.
We will be kicking off the new year on January 7th with one of our most popular workshops—Sunflower eLibrary Basics, which leads attendees through the process of downloading eBooks from the Sunflower eLibrary, a regional eBook consortium. This class will also be repeated on February 18th. Due to popular demand, we will also offer two special Saturday editions of Sunflower eLibrary Basics on January 11th and April 26th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Another topic of frequent interest at Tech Tuesdays is tablet computers. If you have a new tablet that has been vexing you, then make sure to check out our workshops on tablet computers. We will feature a tablet class dedicated to Android tablets, like the Google Nexus and Samsung Galaxy, on January 21st. Topics to be covered include how Android devices differ from Apples, how to set up and navigate your device, and ways to get the most out of using apps. Additionally, we will offer “Intro to the iPad” classes on February 4th and April 15th, which will demonstrate a variety of helpful tips and tricks for making iPads fun and easy to use. Our iPad class has been a favorite among attendees, so make sure to mark it on your calendar.
For those of you looking for help with the new Windows 8 operating system, we will offer two Windows 8 Basics workshops this spring on March 18th and May 6th. These workshops will guide attendees through the fundamentals of navigating Windows 8, using apps, setting up your Start Screen, and searching both your computer and the Internet. Workshops will allow plenty of time for questions and practice on Manhattan Public Library computers.
However, we are always looking for fun, new topics to talk with you about, so we are excited to feature two brand new classes this spring. On March 4th, we will present Digital Resources at the Library. Because the library is an ever-changing place, this workshop is geared to keep library lovers abreast of new services and resources at Manhattan Public Library, such as our new Zinio magazine subscription service, the Whitespace Pilot Project, and more. Additionally, we are excited to announce our Genealogy Resources workshop on April 1st. With the assistance of the Riley County Genealogical Society, we will discuss basic techniques in genealogy research and explore online genealogy resources both at Manhattan Public Library and at the Riley County Genealogical Society.
Tech Tuesdays are an ongoing series of workshops at Manhattan Public Library designed to provide introductory instruction for the community on a range of topics. These events are free and open to the public.
For more information visit the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue, call (785) 776-4741, or visit the library’s website at www.manhattan.lib.ks.us. Find the library on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Foursquare too.