Join us this month AT Manhattan Public Library for our first Zoofari Tails Storytime, featuring the theme Snowy Cats! Help us break in our new storytime room by prowling in the snow, making animal noises, and even seeing some great animal biofacts – provided by docents at the Sunset Zoo. Stories read will include Little Mist and Bobcats. Children who attend will be given a new 2015 Zoofari puncard – after attending 6 sessions you will be eligible for a year-long membership to the zoo! Children will also be entered to win a free book! Don’t miss this fun and lively storytime! Please note that storytimewill be held at the public library and will begin at 10:00 – lasting about 30 minutes. We hope to see you there!
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Thank you to the community for celebrating our Children’s Room Grand Opening with us on Saturday, January 17th! It was a fun-filled afternoon of music, activities, costumed characters, balloons, cookies and more! Special thank goes out to Sunset Zoo for bringing several live animals kids could see and touch. Also to the Junior League of the Flint Hills and the local Girl Scouts who volunteered all afternoon. We initiated the new Storytime Room this morning with more than 80 people at our first Toddler Move & Groove Storytime session in our finished room. It’s going to be a great year!
Grade category Name Teacher/School (if applicable)
9-12 Ames Burton Riley County Schools
3-5 Sahana Datta and Marlatt and Amanda Arnold Elementary Schools
K-2 Justin Orvis Manhattan Catholic Schools
6-8 Ann Hess Flint Hills Christian School
First Place Awards
K-2 Ritodeep Roy Lee Elementary
3-5 Micah Craine Bluemont
6-8 Kaden Vandorn Flint Hills Christian School
Adult Paulicia Williams
Best of Show
K-2 Usha Reddi’s first grade class Ogden Elementary
3-5 Hanna Loub Bergman Elementary
6-8 Abby Cronander Manhattan Catholic
9-12 Amanda Dillon Flint Hills Christian School
9-12 Caleb Linville Flint Hills Christian School
First Place Awards
3-5 Halle Gaul Bergman
6-8 Blaise Hayden Manhattan Catholic Schools
9-12 Elijah Irving Flint Hills Christian School
Adult Randy Jellison
Best of Show
6-8 Chase Rauch Manhattan Catholic Schools
The storytime space has doubled in size and has beautiful flooring, walls and butterfly decor, with access to an outdoor patio and garden area. Special thanks goes to our donors who have memorialized loved ones with these wonderful spaces, The Tami Borck Storytime Room and The Goldstein Garden.
This semester, we are trying out some new storytime ideas and formats, as well as keeping many of our treasured favorites. Nature Storytimes on Tuesday and Saturday mornings will feature stories about plants, Earth and animals, and will include an activity or craft. When possible, this storytime will take place outdoors in the garden.
Evening Storytimes on Tuesdays at 6:30 will be led by Mr. Brian. Families are encouraged to attend together, and children are invited to wear pajamas so they ready for the bedtime routine when they get home. Mr. Brian will also include “Night for Knowledge” some weeks, which is geared at helping children and caregivers familiarize themselves with the new Children’s Room.
Move and Groove Storytimes will continue with two options per week for toddlers (18-36 months) and two for preschoolers (ages 3 & up). These popular storytimes feature lots of lively music, dancing, and action rhymes, as well as fabulous stories and puppets to keep young children engaged.
Reading Round Up will take place on Tuesday afternoons for older preschoolers (age 4 and up), with longer books, fun props, music, and activities that challenge growing minds.
If you have a little one under 18 months old, Baby Rhyme Time is the perfect opportunity for you to bring in your baby and enjoy bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, short books, and fun music.
Our fabulous six children’s librarians have been working to prepare our best storytime semester yet. We hope to see you next week in the fabulous Storytime Room for lots of fun!
It’s a little sad to say good-bye to 2014. After all, this year was very good to the Manhattan Public Library. Between the Children’s Expansion project, Star Wars Reads Day, and Summer Reading, we were busier, bigger, and more boisterous than ever. Here are some of the highlights of the last year.
Children’s Library Expansion Project
Kelley construction broke ground on the children’s library expansion project in January 2014 and finished on schedule in December. A total of 5,332 square feet were added to the children’s library–and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Stop by anytime to explore the new space, and remember to join us for the big Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 17 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.
World Book Night
Librarians left the safety of the service desk and went out into the wilds of Manhattan on April 23 to give away armloads of free books. World Book Night is a global celebration of literature. We were proud to distribute copies of “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” “After the Funeral,” and “The Catcher in the Rye” downtown, at City Park, and Aggieville, live tweeting all the way. If you can’t make it to the library, sometimes the library comes to you.
Readers had another record-breaking summer with more than 1 million minutes of combined reading time in June and July. With more than 64 storytimes and clubs in June alone, librarians were busy juggling schedules and construction demands! The summer reading theme for 2015 is all about superheroes, and we’re going to have more fun events and programs than you can shake Thor’s Hammer at. Don’t miss the kickoff celebration on May 30th.
Star Wars Reads Day
What on earth are are storm troopers doing at the LIBRARY? In honor of Star Wars Reads Day on October 11, more than 250 Manhattanites gathered to make crafts, play trivia, watch movies, and harness the power of the force. The event was such a success, we’re planning to go even bigger and badder for the 2015 celebration!
The Big Read
In November, we honored veterans by exploring Tim O’Brien’s book about the war in Vietnam, called “The Things They Carried.” This poignant piece of literature guided discussions inside and outside the library. A panel of veterans shared their stories at the Wareham Opera House on November 11, 25 book lovers met at the Little Apple Brewery to sit down and talk on November 13, librarians handed out books during the Veterans’ Day Parade, and postcards were circulated at the library for people to sign and send to veterans. It was a powerful and important month for everyone involved.
If you missed the forum, check out the DVD of the event available in the library’s Veteran’s Oral History Project collection.
We hope 2014 was as fun-filled and exciting for you as it was for us. If you have any questions about upcoming library programs, stop by to pick up a calendar or visit our events calendar online. Happy New Year!
It is time for our final Zoofari Tails storytime of 2014! With great excitement I give you the December theme: Bears and Hibernation. Get ready to growl, yawn, and maybe even dance like a bear! Stories read will include The Mitten, If You Were a Panda Bear, and Bear Snores On. As usual, Rhymes and music will also be included. Since this is our final Zoofari of the year we will also be doing our annual membership drawing – MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR FINISHED PUNCH CARDS for a chance to win a year-long membership! Zoo docents will also present animal biofacts featuring “animal ornaments”. Children who attend will be eligible for a chance to win a free book. Families who attend will also be allowed to visit the zoo free of charge! Please note that this is the last Zoofari that will be held at the Zoo. Finally I would like to say thank you to all of the children and parents who have made this past year of Zoofari’s possible! It has been a privilege to work with you! You all are great!
by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian
We now wrapping up the final stages of the Children’s Expansion Project, and while each step has been exciting, it seems like all of the fun stuff came in at once! If you’ve been in the library, you might have seen some of the exciting additions to the Children’s Room. If not, we’d love for you to come and check it out!
Last Wednesday, we got truckloads of furnishings to be added to the Children’s Room. We could hardly wait to start moving it all in!
Some of these new items included spiffy tables and chairs, and some very, very cool interactable furniture. We are in love with the cool colors and fun textures–they make the Children’s Room look so lively!
We also received new shelving for our interactive items and signage with beautiful, bright pictures for the different neighborhoods in the Children’s Room. We were
Thanks to a skilled team of workers, everything was assembled and hung on the wall quickly, including our lovely donor wall.
That meant more time for people to come in and start testing things out, from climbing on the foam blocks to sitting on our comfy new seats to studying at the tables and playing with the fun toys.
Thanks to everyone in the community for their support and enthusiasm! If you’ve got any questions about what comes next, just let us know!
Storytimes may be over for the fall semester, but there is one more Homeschool Afternoon for this semester. Each month, students that practice home education gather at the library to study a specific topic in-depth together, with information presented by a children’s librarian. This Thursday, we will be studying the ancient Egyptian practice of mummification and the elaborate tombs that were built for the pharaohs. Join us this Thursday, December 11th from 2-3pm, in the Groesbeck Room. This program is recommended for students from kindergarten to 6th grade.
This week, the Children’s Room will be getting new signs to help customers locate our books and media, and to identify the new “neighborhood” sections. New tables and chairs will be arriving, along with some fun, comfy seating and playful pieces.
Most of the new furnishings will be installed on Wednesday and Thursday. The Children’s Room may not be accessible during all open hours on those days.
Come by this weekend to see the transformation!
The recent cold weather and snow flurries are good reminders that the holiday season is quickly approaching! Participating in holiday events can help make the season bright. Here is a list of holiday activities in town that will be fun for the whole family.
Books, movies, and music
The library has holiday music CDs and holiday movies on display to help you get in the spirit. Look for the library’s holiday decorations soon–we love to deck the halls!
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Join friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving Day for a community dinner being held this year at Old Chicago from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Dinner is free of charge but donations are appreciated. Call (785) 537-0730 for more information.
Festival of Lights at Blue Earth Plaza Nov. 28-Dec. 31
The lighting ceremony (with a special appearance by Santa!) will be held Friday, November 28 at 7:00 pm. The music and lights will dazzle viewers this holiday season!
Small Business Saturday Nov. 29
Shop locally and support Manhattan businesses.
College Musicum Free Concert – Monday, Dec. 1
Enjoy a free concert from K-State’s historical performance ensemble on Monday, December 1 at 7:30 pm in Kirmser Hall at McCain Auditorium.
Winterdance ’14 – Thrusday, Dec. 4- Monday, Dec. 6
WinterDance is K-State Dance’s annual fall concert that features faculty dance choreography. Jazz, modern, tap, ballet, movement theatre, and African dance styles will be shown. The performances will be in the Chapman Theater in Nichols Hall at 7:30 each evening December 4 through 6. Call for tickets 785-532-6428 or check their web site at http://www.k-state.edu/dance
Mayor’s Holiday Parade – Friday, Dec. 5
This festive parade starts at 5:30 at the mall and ends with a tree-lighting ceremony in Aggieville’s triangle park. You’ll see lighted floats and might even catch a special appearance by Santa Claus!
Family Holiday Workshop – Sunday, Dec. 7
The Beach Museum of Art is hosting a workshop on Sunday, December 7 from 2:00-3:30 pm, with winter-themed art projects for the whole family. For For more information, go to http://beach.k-state.edu. Fee charged.
KSU Orchestra – Sunday, Dec. 7
Get into the holiday spirit with beautiful music at this free concert at McCain Auditorium Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm.
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides Dec. 6-21
On Saturday and Sunday evenings December 6-21, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown Manhattan free with a donation of cash or goods for the Manhattan Emergency Shelter. Start at 3rd and Poyntz.
Helping those in need
• The Mayor’s Holiday Food and Fund Drive assists the Flint Hills Breadbasket in collecting food for needy families. A donation of $40 provides a food basket for a family of four. Food donations, or cash donations, are always welcomed at the Breadbasket either in person at 905 Yuma Street on online. Don’t let families go hungry this holiday season!
• Individuals, families or businesses may adopt a family in order to provide gifts for a family that otherwise might not celebrate the holidays. The Junior League of the Flint Hills is sponsoring the Adopt-A-Family Program this year and matches donors to families. Call 785-410-5086 or email email@example.com to offer your help.