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‘Tis the Season for Zoofari AT THE ZOO!

It is time for our final ZZoofarioofari 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!

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December Construction Update

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!

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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!

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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

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Thanks to a skilled team of workers, everything was assembled and hung on the wall quickly, including our lovely donor wall.

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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.

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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!

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Homeschool Afternoon on December 11

Homeschool AfternoonStorytimes 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.

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Furniture and Signage is Arriving!

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!

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Holiday Happenings in Manhattan

snowman ornament with snowy backgroundThe 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 jlfhadoptafamily@gmail.com to offer your help.

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Zoofari Tails This Week!

Folks, we are halfway through NovJan Thomasember, which means it is time for my monthly Zoofari Tails Storytime pitch! Since it is Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week I have chosen a theme based on this year’s selected book Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas. This month’s theme will be all about farm animals! We have ‘em all: cows, pigs, ducks, and maybe even a chicken or two! Other stories read will include Punk Farm and Dooby Dooby Moo. Don’t forget about to add a dash of fun songs and rhymes! After storytime, Sunset Zoo docents will present animal biofacts pertaining to farm animals. Children who attend will also receive their very own copy of Is Everyone Ready for Fun? Don’t forget to bring your Zoofari punch card – if you have one – because we only have one month left before we do our yearly membership drawing! Please note that storytime will be held AT THE SUNSET ZOO at 10:00. We hope to see you there!

 

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Celebrate “Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week”

By Laura Ransom, Children’s Librarian

“Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week” is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Parents, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen book during the week of November 16-22.

funI am especially excited about this year’s selection, Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas. Three happy cows and a frustrated chicken bounce through the pages of this light-hearted picture book. We love promoting this event at Manhattan Public Library, and each child who attends a storytime during the week will receive a free book! Funding for the free books is generously provided by the Manhattan Library Association.
My love for books began when I was very young. I have such fond memories of sitting in my mom’s lap while she read Don Wood’s The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear to me night after night. She later told me that she had the book memorized since I requested it so many times. What a patient parent! Another of my all-time favorites is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. I remember chanting along with that brave engine, “I think I can, I think I can!” These engaging books stirred a desire in me to learn how to read the words on the pages.
readaloudAs a children’s librarian, I obviously endorse reading aloud to children, but research supports it, too. One example is a study by the U.S. Department of Education, which concluded with these words: “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.” This quote is from The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, a wonderful book filled with read-aloud suggestions and helpful tips for parents. Books include a wider vocabulary than we often encounter in television shows or everyday conversations. Even though children are unfamiliar with these new words, exposure to them is a stepping stone to reading independently. If they have heard the word before, they will be better equipped to know how to read it on the printed page.
A love for reading is just as important as the actual reading process. The fancy name for the desire to read is called print motivation. This is one of six skills children need in order to read successfully. The other skills are: Notice Print All Around; Talk, Talk, Talk; Tell Stories About Everything; Look for Letters Everywhere; and Take Time to Rhyme, Sing, and Play Word Games. These skills were originally identified by the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read Program. Johnson County Public Library modified the information that program first developed, and they renamed it “6 by 6: Six Skills by Six Years.” Many of these skills are things parents already practice with their children without taking much time to consider the educational benefits. Things like pointing out the letters on a stop sign or words on a billboard can actually help children notice that words are all around them. Little habits like this can truly make a big difference in a child’s attitude toward reading.

Our librarians love to help children discover the joy of reading. Come visit us at the library for great book recommendations and resources for growing readers.

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Homeschool Afternoon on November 13

IMG_3964For the past two months, families in the community that practice home education have been joining children’s library staff for Homeschool Afternoon.  This monthly event takes place on the second Thursday of the month from 2pm to 3pm.  In September, we studied the history of space exploration by making a human version of the Saturn V rocket.  In October, we investigated forensic science by solving a “crime” committed by a librarian.  Students used their sense of touch to guess what might be in a variety of mystery bags.

In November, we will be learning about the artist Henri Rousseau.  Rousseau painted jungle landscapes using animal camouflage concepts; each student will get to make a jungle landscape after discussing camouflage and how we can use it in art.  Join us for this program on Thursday, November 13 from 2pm to 3pm in the Groesbeck room on the 2nd floor of the library

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Are You Ready for Fun?

by Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian

Jan Thomas smallJan Thomas is an acclaimed author/illustrator of many children’s picture books.  She is known for her simple text, bold illustrations and silly stories. Her book, “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” was even chosen as this year’s Kansas Reads to Preschoolers featured book.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week is celebrated annually, to promote reading to children statewide. Each year, a committee of early literacy experts come together and choose a featured book and ask Kansans to read that book to every preschool-aged child in the state during the week of November 16-22. Librarians and caregivers are also encouraged to plan activities around the book through the month of November.

The most exciting events this year involve visits with the author! Jan Thomas will visit Manhattan Public Library on Thursday, November 6th for a book signing. Feel free to drop in with your books between 5:30 and 6:30pm, or purchase a book on site, courtesy of Claflin Books, to be autographed. It will be a special treat to meet this fantastic author.

The North Central Kansas Libraries System also has the honor of hosting Jan Thomas for an event at the Fort Riley Post Library on Friday, November 7. From 10 to 10:45am, Ms. Thomas will be sharing and reading from her books, including “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” This event is for preschoolers and their families and no registration is required.

Library staff have been gearing up for Kansas Reads to Preschoolers week for months.  Regular storytimes will feature books by Jan Thomas, as well as silly and active songs and rhymes. Plus, each storytime participant will get to take home a copy of “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” to keep.

  • Monday, November 17th at 9:30 – Preschool Move & Groove
  • Monday, November 17th at 11:00 – Baby and Toddler Time featuring Mr. Steve
  • Thursday, November 20th at 9:30 – Baby and Toddler Time
  • Thursday, November 20th at 11:00 – Preschool Move & Groove
  • Friday, November 21st at 10:00 – Zoofari Tails at Sunset Zoo
  • Saturday, November 22nd at 11:00 – Family Storytime

If you have questions about library events, or would like to explore the full catalog of Thomas’ works, please contact the Manhattan Public Library. Happy reading!

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Friends of the Library

MLA Board meeting spring 2014Did you know…theManhattan Library Association has a long history in our community?

A group of pioneer men formed the Manhattan Literary Institute in 1856 to “encourage industry, promote virtue, and mutually assist each other in the acquisition of knowledge.” While the purpose of this institute was to conduct “literary exercises” among its male members, its single greatest contribution was the purchase of a lot at 5th and Poyntz to be dedicated to the construction of a library.

Then in 1900, a group of concerned women saw the need to further promote this aim and organized the Manhattan Library Association. Their goal was “the erection of a building for library, reading room and other purposes.” Not only did the original sixteen women target a membership of 200 with an enrollment fee of $5.00, they also took the initiative to pursue a donation from Andrew Carnegie to build the library.

Through the leadership of Elizabeth Purcell, president of the Manhattan Library Association, this goal was reached in January 1903 when a $10,000 gift from Mr. Carnegie was confirmed. Construction began on the Carnegie Public Library in February, and the building was completed in time for a December opening.

Fast forward to 2014. The Manhattan Library Association, the Friends of the Library, is alive and well. Our strength today can be attributed to all of you, our dedicated members, who share a kindred spirit with the founders of the Manhattan Literary Institute and the original MLA. Our goals are similar: encourage gifts to the Manhattan Public Library; enrich the resources and facilities of the library; build support in the community for expansion of the facility and its programming; and undertake specific projects as determined by the library director.

Through the support of MLA members and the direction of the MLA board and library director, Linda Knupp, we have made great strides in contributing to these goals. Our annual book sale, as well as the sale of books at Rosie’s Corner Book Store in the library, allow the association to fund numerous programs that serve a broad range of patrons. With the aim of fostering literacy in our youngest citizens, MLA donations fund Kansas Reads to Preschoolers, providing free books to youngsters. Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager, appreciates the financial support for all of the story time supplies, interactive toys, early literacy activities, and special events for school-aged children and families.

We are all eager to enjoy the new spaces and explore the neighborhoods as the children’s expansion project nears completion. The library and MLA will be throwing a party on January 17, 2015 to celebrate this accomplishment!

The Manhattan Library Association is also pleased to contribute to adult and young adult services for library patrons. Summer reading programs are not just for children! Summer reading for adults is one of the many programs mentioned by Susan Withee, the Adult Services Manager, that receives financial support from MLA. Throughout the year, the library provides several opportunities to be involved in adult reading groups. The newly formed Good Books Club meets monthly through the fall, and the TALK program occurs on the 4th Thursdays from January to April. In addition, MLA covers our library’s participation fee for the Big Read sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. Look for enrollment in this program coming up in November, and enjoy reading The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien.

Young adults are important and active patrons at MPL. With guidance from Keri Mills, Young Adult Librarian, an advisory group for teens, TLAB (Teen Library Advisory Board), recommends and supports programming for this demographic. MLA supports their projects, purchases books and gift cards for summer reading program rewards, and provides T-shirts for teen volunteers.

As you can see, the advocacy of our Manhattan Library Association members plays a significant role in supporting a broad range of programming for patrons of all ages. Thank you for your dedicated support. Please use the insert in this newsletter to renew your MLA membership. Just think: this is one way you can beat inflation…membership was $5.00 in 1900 and only $10.00 now! Encourage your friends to become Friends of the Library as well!

Working together for literacy,
Elaine Shannon
MLA President

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