Building progress has increased with the warmer and drier weather, and the relocation of utilities on the south side should be completed by the end of the week. Piers to support the new structure have been installed on the north side, and work has begun on the foundation. The north and south doors of the atrium are closed temporarily, although we anticipate that the south side will be open again in 2 to 3 weeks. The north side may be closed longer because the work area is tight.
Staff have reviewed plans for the interior layout with the architect and will be working to choose furnishings. We are also planning to rearrange materials into neighborhoods like Folklore and Fantasy, and Transportation, but will still retain the Dewey system.
The Polar Vortex could not stop local citizens from their quest for a good book last weekend. Thousands braved sub-zero temperatures to make the Manhattan Library Association’s book sale the most successful ever. Children and adults alike left the library with smiles on their faces and arms full of books. the annual fundraiser generated $10,000 during the three-day sale. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all the people who helped make the Manhattan Public Library’s Book Sale a tremendous success.
We especially appreciate our volunteers. Our book sale would not have been a success without the many volunteers and library staff who donated their time to sort the books, set up , work and clean up after the sale. We would also like to thank the Flint Hills Job Corps. Mr. Dreezen’s construction crafts class handled the Herculean task of moving more than 100,000 books with efficiency and aplomb.
The assistance of the local businesses that allowed us to use their signs for advertising, KMAN Radio and the Manhattan Mercury all contributed to making this year’s sale the best ever.
We also want to thank the members of Kansas State University Rotaract and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity for their great help during and after the sale. A special note of thanks goes to the library patrons who donate their books throughout the year. The book sale’s continued success is because of their generosity.
Thank you to the individuals who got the word out. Bethany Knipp, reporter for the Mercury, wrote an excellent feature on the book sale. Cathy Dawes, news director for Manhattan Broadcasting Company, had a special section on “In Focus.” Dani Schapaugh, the library’s public relations coordinator, and Carol Oukrop, MLA’s publicity chair, were instrumental in all facets of the sale. Simply put, you would have to have had your head in a snow drift if you didn’t hear about the sale.
We would like to invite everyone to the year-round book sale inside the library. Rosie’s Corner Book Store is stocked with gently read, nominally priced books. All proceeds from the annual book sale and Rosie’s Corner Book Store go directly to the library for its programming needs, a significant amount of which goes to the children’s expansion fund.
Today in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first telephone message to his assistant in the next room. In his wildest imaginings, could he ever have envisioned the transformation of the telephone into today’s global use of cell phones?
Starting Monday, March 10th, the north atrium entrance to the library will be closed so that construction crews can work in that area. Please use the southwest entrance by the Tech Center to enter the building. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we grow!
Many treasures were found last weekend at the Manhattan Library Association’s Annual Book Sale. Patrons gathered at the door on Friday evening to browse through thousands of books. At the end of the day on Sunday, March 2, $10,981 had been raised to support library programs and new book purchases.
Ned Gatewood, Treasurer for the MLA Board of Directors, proudly announced the total to the group saying “Let me be the first to say, great job!”
Volunteers worked diligently to organize and run the event. They also had some fun wearing silly hats to celebrate the 110th birthdays of both Dr. Seuss and the Manhattan Public Library.
If you missed the sale, don’t despair. Gently used books are for sale all year long at Rosie’s Corner Book Store on the first floor of the library. Hardback books can be found for only $1.50 and volunteers put new materials out every week.
The Manhattan Library Association accepts donations of gently used books and audiovisual materials in good condition all year long. Drop off books, DVDs, Blu-Rays, music CDs, or video games you wish to donate at the Information Desk. For a complete list of accepted items, please visit the Support the Library section of the website at www.mhklibrary.org/about-us/support-the-library.
Gavin, Elaine Shannon, and Gary Jeffery at the 2014 MLA book sale
When Army cook Albert Gitchell reported to sick call at Fort Riley on March 4, 1918, little did anyone suspect that the world was in the midst of an epidemic that would kill nearly five percent of the world’s population. The influenza pandemic of 1918-1920 (called the Spanish flu) infected 500 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 50 to 100 million.
As the Spanish influenza spread worldwide, it killed more people than perished in the First World War, including at least half a million Americans. Yet, argues Alfred W. Crosby in “America’s Forgotten Pandemic: The Influenza of 1918,” the Spanish flu is largely forgotten today. In this vivid narrative, Professor Crosby recounts the course of the pandemic during the panic-stricken months of 1918 and 1919, measures its impact on American society, and probes the curious loss of national memory of this cataclysmic event. (more…)
All of the MLK Art and Writing Contest entries have now been taken down. If your child is in USD383 school district or Manhattan Catholic Schools, we will return your entries to the schools sometime next week. All other entries can be picked up at the Children’s Desk in the Children’s Room through the end of March.
Kids and parents have enjoyed watching diggers and cranes from the perfect viewing point in our storytime room! Visit us on weekdays for more live entertainment for our construction vehicle loving friends!