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Author Visit: Diane Eickhoff , author of “Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights”

by Susan Withee, Adult Services Manager


revolutionaryThis month’s meeting of the library’s new “Good Books” discussion series will welcome, in person, author Diane Eickhoff who will speak about her book “Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights.” This book is the biography of an extraordinary Kansas pioneer who was involved in the 19th century abolition and temperance movements, and who fought her own very personal fight for women’s legal rights to property, child custody, and the vote. Clarina Nichols was born and raised on a farm in Vermont, survived a troubled first marriage, and won a hard-fought court battle to retain custody of her children. She was successfully married a second time to a Vermont newspaper publisher and eventually took over the publishing of the newspaper. She became an eloquent journalist and passionate public speaker on the subjects of abolition and votes for women. Nichols joined the mid-century exodus of New England abolitionists to Kansas Territory to fight for free-state status and was an early resident of both Quindaro and Lawrence. She worked with and made speaking appearances with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other suffragist leaders, although her name is not as well known. This biography, well written and filled with great primary historical sources such as Clarina Nichols’ letters, speeches, and memoirs, introduces the reader to a regrettably little-known Kansas activist.

Please join us at the public library for the program and Good Books Discussion series on Thursday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the Groesbeck Room.  This program is free and open to the public.

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Teens at the Library

by Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian


Teenagers in Manhattan and surrounding areas have many opportunities to be a part of Manhattan Public Library. Not only can teens have access to materials and activities, but they also have the chance to log community service hours and connect with other teens and adults in the community.  With their parents’ permission, teens may own their own library card and have access to any unrestricted materials, including comic books, video games, fiction and nonfiction books. Programming for teens include Yu-Gi-Oh dueling, After Hours parties, crafting afternoons, and much more. Any activity or program for teenagers is free, but they do sometimes require pre-registration because of high attendance.

Teens can be a part of the brainstorming and implementation of programming in the library, as well. Keri Mills, MPL’s Young Adult Librarian, hosts a meeting of the Teen Library Advisory Board (TLAB) every month. During this time, TLAB plans activities and programs, discusses the library’s young adult book collection, and keeps Keri up-to-date on topics of interest to teenagers in the community. These meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:30 pm.  The next TLAB meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 23rd in the Friends’ Room. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

Rebecca Price, a summer teen volunteer and consistent contributor to TLAB, likes that she gets to meet a lot of new people through the volunteer program and TLAB. As a lover of the library, being an active member of TLAB is important to her. Over the years, she has had the chance to plan a number of different programs and activities, but the Catching Fire After Hours was by far her favorite.

During the summer months, teenagers can also be a part of the teen volunteer program, in which they assist library staff in presenting programs and giving out prizes to summer reading participants. During the summer of 2014, teen volunteers logged in 520 hours! The children’s staff simply could not pull off the extensive programming and awesome summer reading incentives without the help of the teen volunteers. Spots for this program go fast, so be sure to start inquiring about it in the wintertime.

At Manhattan Public Library, teenagers have a space to share their ideas, connect with the resources they need, and make a positive impact on their community.

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National Food Bank Week

breadbasketby Judi, Adult Services Librarian

This time of year, we look towards the holidays and gathering with friends and family over holiday meals. We also need to remember those who are less fortunate at this time of year, and to recognize National Food Bank Week, a wonderful gesture would be to stop by our local Food Bank, the Flint Hills Breadbasket, to donate items to make the holiday celebrations happier for a local family. The Flint Hills Breadbasket’s mission is “ To minimize hunger and poverty through the distribution of available food and to nurture projects that will help alleviate hunger and poverty. Hunger is an oftentimes invisible tragedy. For twenty-nine years, the Flint Hills Breadbasket has been collecting and distributing donations and food to ensure that no one in the community goes hungry.” Help our local residents in need by donating today!

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Those are my relatives??!!

by Judi Nechols, Adult Services Librarian

charetingPopular here at Manhattan Public Library are our Genealogy Resources. We have many print resources—books such as Genealogy Online for Dummies, Charting your Family History:  Includes Legacy; Family Tree software version 2.0, on CD-ROM, for Microsoft Windows, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans; and A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies for Uncovering Hard-to-find Information about your Female Lineage. (more…)

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October means Pumpkins!!

by Janet Ulrey, Adult Services Librarian

PumpkinsFall brings us apple and pumpkin harvest. There is nothing better than fresh apples and the aroma of any pumpkin dessert baking not to mention the joy of eating them. It’s a great time for caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and jack-o-lanterns. You’ll find books for recipes as well as pumpkin carving at the library.

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For “Jesse Stone” fans!!

by Linda Henderson, Adult Services Librarian


indexFor you “Jesse Stone” fans, another new author, Reed Farrel Coleman, has written Robert B. Parker’s Blind Spot.

Michael Brandman wrote the first three Jesse Stone novels after Parker’s death and did a wonderful job of capturing the melancholy tone and spare writing style favored by Parker.

Fans of both Parker’s Spenser and Jesse Stone series will enjoy this 13th installment, after Damned If You Do. Like Spenser, Jesse is a man of honor who feels he must speak for the dead. Coleman’s writing mimics Parker’s, with short chapters, snappy repartee, and just enough action. It is undoubtedly set up for another book. Like all Parker novels, it is a great, fast beach read, recommended for all detective fiction fans.” Tom Selleck stars in the “made for tv” movies, the latest was “Benefit of the Doubt” in 2012. A recent quote from actor Selleck “Well, right now CBS hasn’t ordeed another one…I’m not sure whether this is the last ‘Jesse” or not. I don’t think it will be…” and so we fans hope!

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Book Discussions at MPL

by Janet Ulrey, Adult Services Librarian
The “Good Books Club” is off and running. If you have a desire to join great book discussions with other book lovers, come talk about books with us! This fall we are launching a monthly Thursday night book discussion series. The meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in the Groesbeck Room of the Manhattan Public Library.

revolThe October “Good Books Club” is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th. It features Diane Eickhoff’s book, “Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights.” Eickhoff tells the story of Clarina Nichols, a charismatic Kansas suffragist and abolitionist, who helped pave the way for revolutionary changes. Author Eickhoff will join us for this book discussion.

Diane Eickhoff has been a writer and an editor of educational materials for children and young adults for many years. She received her MA in history from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Diane has been involved with the Kansas Humanities Council since 2003 and joined the Council’s Speakers Bureau in 2009. She spent six arduous years studying and analyzing Nichol’s writings and papers. In fact, her biography of Clarina Nichols was named a Kansas Notable Book for 2007. Her insight and expertise in history will greatly enhance this discussion. It will be a privilege and honor to have Diane Eickhoff here with us, and we hope you will join us in welcoming her to Manhattan. (more…)

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Yell like a Wookie. Train like a Jedi. Chill with Storm Troopers.

Wookie cutout posed behind the circulation desk

Return of the Wookie

The force is strong in Manhattan, Kansas! On Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Manhattan Public Library will celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with an Empire-sized party for all ages.

Star Wars Reads Day was started in 2012 by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners as a way to highlight the vast number of books written about Star Wars, its characters, and its universe. Last year, there were more than 2,000 schools, bookstores, and libraries that marked the day with read-a-thons, movie showings, and creative activities that feature the beloved sci-fi series and its characters.

This year, Manhattan Public Library is getting in on the fun with a full day of activities and events for all ages. The celebration will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with crafts and activities, including Star Wars origami, a Yoda ears project, and Star Wars magnetic poetry. Adventurous folks can also step outside to participate in a Jedi Training Academy and obstacle course to earn a Jedi knight certificate.

From 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., there will be a Star Wars photo booth on the second floor. Using a green screen, you can be transported to the distant land of Tatooine or the dangerous halls of the Death Star. To add to the fun, you can pose with one of our resident librarian-Jedis!

For everyone who wants to make a little noise in the library without getting shushed, you can participate in a Wookie Yelling Contest from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. in the third floor atrium. Local Star Wars experts from Project Nerd will be on hand to help judge the event, and the top three Wookie yells will win prizes. Keri Mills, Young Adult Librarian, says, “Try to sound like a cross between a bear and a walrus.”

At 1:00 p.m., relax and enjoy some lovely Star Wars chamber music with local musicians in the first floor atrium. Then, at 2:00 p.m. in the Groesbeck Room, laugh your blasters off with a montage video of comedy Star Wars spoofs.

Throughout the day, there will be opportunities to try your hand at Star Wars trivia. Plus, you can participate in a trivia contest at 2:30 p.m. in the Groesbeck Room.

Star Wars Reads Day wouldn’t be complete without a movie showing. Join fans in the Groesbeck Room at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for a PG movie, plus snacks and Yoda soda.

Costumes are strongly encouraged. We would love to see you dressed up in your finest Star Wars memorabilia. Librarians will be wearing their buns over both ears today , and Storm Troopers will be collecting fines!

Star Wars Reads Day is generously sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association, Wal-Mart, Hy-Vee, GameHounds, and Wheat State Pizza.

For more information, contact or call (785) 776-4741 ext.141.

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Vladimir Horowitz

by Janet Ulrey, Adult Services Librarian

horowitzFor all you music enthusiasts out there, here is a tribute to Vladimir Horowitz. He was hailed as one of the world’s greatest pianists, renowned for his masterful technique. He was born 110 years ago yesterday in Berdichev, Russia. In 1940, he settled in the United States and became a citizen in 1944. Follow this link to find his music on CD in our catalog.


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