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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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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

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,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 or contact Keri Mills at 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

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, 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

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