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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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TALK Discussion tonight!

Don’t forget tonight’s TALK discussion of The Milagro Beanfield War, and afterwards stop at the Information Desk and pick up a copy of the next title in the series, Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson, with the TALK discussion held on April 24 at 7:00 pm. Your library also has DVD adaptations of both books, so after reading, you can compare the books to the films!

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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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Using the Library From Home


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 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 You can also email us at or call at 785-776-4741.


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It’s Your Library–Tell Us What You Love!

awesome boxAt 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.

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Tax Time!


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 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:


  • – 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


Other State Forms

Tax Help

  • 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.


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Kansas K20-Librarians Whitespace Pilot

wirelessManhattan Public Library is one of four libraries in Kansas selected to participate in an innovative program coordinated by the State Library of Kansas, under the national Gigabit Libraries Network’s Libraries Super-Wi-Fi Pilot. The pilot project will test the ability to provide library Wi-Fi hot spots in different areas of the community using unlicensed TV white-space technology. The project is progressing and will be activated in the upcoming months. We look forward to sharing more news with you as the project develops.

More information may be found at here.

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Personalized Reading Lists from the Manhattan Public Library

We’ve been thrilled by the enthusiastic response we’ve gotten to our Personalized Reading List service. For months now we’ve been helping patrons find their next favorite book. If you’re wondering what to read next, why not let us help by providing you with a list of fiction and/or non-fiction titles suited to your reading tastes and interests. Just pick up a reading survey at the library, or click here to print one you can mail or bring in at your convenience. Give us at least two weeks and we’ll give you a list of books we think you’ll enjoy.

Here are a few of the well-received titles we’ve recommended to Personalized Reading List users recently:

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