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NaNoWriMo is Wicked Hard–We Can Help!

By Heather Strafuss, Assistant Circulation Manager

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We’re halfway through National Novel Writing Month! If you’ve hit the halfway point of 25K, congratulations! Even getting one thousand words down is a huge accomplishment, and you’ve gone way beyond that. Give yourself one large pat on the back!

Haven’t hit the halfway mark yet? Don’t despair! Being down a few thousand words will not keep you from getting to that finish line. And MPL has plenty of services to help you on your way to NaNoWriMo success!


For starters, we have a lot of great tables where you can spread out your laptop and get down to writing. Want to write in a quiet space? Go online or call Administration and book the Friends Room, a quiet, solitary area. Going to be holed up for a long time writing? Feel free to bring your coffee…and even snacks if you are working in the Friends Room.


Not finding the exact resource you need on Google? Our Adult Services librarians can help you look up a fact or find the perfect book to help you learn all about the habits of blue-fined tuna.

Stuck in a scene and not sure where to go next? The books in our 800s section have tons of helpful writing books, full of tips and tricks. (Personally, I’d start with Stephen King’s “On Writing.” LOADS of useful advice!)


Want to look update your NaNo word-count, or chat in the forums about your success/troubles? The library has free WiFi access. All you need is your library card or a visitor’s pass from the checkout desk.

Need even further help? Keep an eye out on our Twitter and Pinterest pages, where we will be posting writing tips and tricks as the month continues.

Good luck and happy plotting!

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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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Gratitude for Veterans

left: Rich Wartell, Orris Kelly, Chuck Murphy, Beryl Adams, Mike McDermott, Ron Trewyn, and Mike Kearns.

left: Rich Wartell, Orris Kelly, Chuck Murphy, Beryl Adams, Mike McDermott, Ron Trewyn, and Mike Kearns.

The staff at Manhattan Public Library would like to thank the distinguished group of Vietnam veterans who participated in the Veterans’ Day Forum at the Wareham Opera House on November 11, 2014. We appreciate the time and effort of Beryl Adams, Orris Kelly, Mike McDermott, Chuck Murphy, Ron Trewyn, and Rich Wartell who bravely shared their experiences, with Mike Kearns leading the discussion.


Dr. Ron Trewyn

We would also like to thank the many audience members who came out on a very cold evening and expressed their appreciation for these veterans. We believe everyone found the 90 minutes to be interesting, rewarding, and moving, as they heard these six individuals share details of their life-changing experiences during and after the war.

Events of this size only come together with the help of many people. We are very grateful for the assistance of Dave Ekart and the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition, and Ryan Platt from the Wareham Opera House, for their help planning the event. Dave Lewis and Ron Frank were instrumental in the process, providing sound support and a video recording of the forum. Thanks to Ron Frank, copies of the DVD will soon be available for checkout at the library as part of the Veteran’s Oral History Project collection.

Thank you to Briana Nelson Goff and Kansas State University’s Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families for their partnership and support.

We appreciate the enthusiastic support provided by Cheryl Collins and Allana Saenger-Parker from the Riley County Historical Museum. Their poignant display of artifacts belonging to Roger Parrish, a soldier who did not return home after the war, as well as a series of photographs from the FHVC, will be on display at the library throughout the month of November.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Kansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for grant funding that enabled us to provide books and publicity for the Big Read events. These grants are designed to promote reading and a shared experience of storytelling in communities.

The staff at the Little Apple Brewing Company were the generous hosts of a book discussion for the Big Read on November 13. We appreciate the use of your space, your friendly hospitality, and hope to make this a recurring partnership.

A final event is planned for the Big Read on Thursday, November 20 at

7:00 p.m. at the library. Dr. Kim Stanley from the Kansas Humanities Council will lead a discussion of the book “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

We appreciate the support of all the members of the community in showing gratitude to our soldiers. Thank you for your service.

With gratitude,

Judi Nechols

Mary Newkirk

Danielle Schapaugh

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National Adoption Month

by Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian, and Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian

Family_jumpDuring the month of November, the act of adoption is celebrated through an initiative of the Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids. There are currently more than 5,000 Kansas children in foster care, with just under 900 waiting to be adopted.  Most children waiting to be adopted are 10 years or older, or are part of a sibling group. Profiles for waiting children can viewed through Adopt US Kids.

The qualifications needed to become an adoptive parent through the foster system vary statewide. In the state of Kansas, it is required for prospective parents to complete the 30-hour PS-MAPP (Partnering for Permanency and Safety—Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training course, as well as a full home study done by a social worker. Numerous agencies exist in the state of Kansas which assist with domestic infant adoptions, and qualifications and costs for adoptions vary per agency.

Often, adoptive parents find themselves in need of extra support as their children grow older and begin to understand their identity as adopted, but deeply loved. There are many resources available for parents in such situations. Most agencies that facilitate adoptions offer parent and caregiver support groups. During these support groups, parents can connect with other adoptive parents and resources to help them be the best possible parents. The Child Welfare Information Gateway also has numerous resources for assisting parents in helping their child process their identity as an adopted child.

Here at Manhattan Public Library, there are also a wide variety of adoption-related materials for each step of the way.


Learning About Adoption for Parents


Adoption Books for Kids (Fiction and Nonfiction)



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The Things They Carried–Stories from the Vietnam War

by Danielle Schapaugh, Public Relations Coordinator

thingsIn Manhattan, we are honoring veterans with this year’s Big Read program by choosing to explore a Pulitzer Prize-winning book of short stories about the war in Vietnam, The Things They Carried.

Though the days of the Vietnam War are long gone, that conflict remains a divisive issue. Many of us still remember the nightly reports about battles and casualties, while others of us were not yet born by the time the conflict ended. Some may remember protesting the war, and in our military town, many remember the days of deployment.

Perhaps there is no better way to bring all these different groups together than by discussing Tim O’Brien’s personal and masterful novel, The Things They Carried. O’Brien’s account of those who fought in that conflict, their fears and their uncertainties, is a classic tale of young men sent to war. The many readers who cherish the book, and the much-deserved awards it has earned, attest to its lasting and powerful impact.

As part of the programming associated with the book, on Tuesday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m., a group of distinguished Manhattan citizens will gather at the Wareham Opera House to share stories about their own experiences during the war in Vietnam. No tickets are required, and everyone is welcome to attend, although some of the subject matter may not be appropriate for young children.

Mike Kearns, former JAG lawyer and member of the FHVC, will moderate the discussion with: Beryl Adams, American Red Cross who served at Danang Hospital; Orris Kelly, retired Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Army; Mike McDermont, author and veteran of four tours of duty in Vietnam; Chuck Murphy, medic and former Riley County Health Department Administrator; Dr. Ron Trewyn, veteran and assistant to K-State President Kirk Shultz; and Rich Wartell, veteran and KMAN Radio General Manager.

Then, on Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m., join librarians and friends for Books and Brew at the Little Apple Brewing Company in Westloop Plaza. We’ll discuss O’Brien’s book, share our own experiences, and talk about ways we can facilitate communication in our unique college/military/retirement town on the Great Plains. Register to participate in this event through the library’s website, or by calling 776-4741 x.141.

The following Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m., we’ll be meeting again to discuss The Things They Carried as part of the Good Books Club at the library. A special guest from the Kansas Humanities Council will join us to lead the discussion. We’ll enjoy snacks as we dive into this compelling book, meeting new people and making friends along the way.

We can also do a lot of good for the community by simply saying thank you to our soldiers. All during the month of November, the library will have postcards available to send to service men and women through Operation Gratitude. This organization sends packages to deployed soldiers, veterans’ hospitals, and veterans’ groups around the country. Stop by the library anytime during open hours to fill out a card.

If you have questions about any of the events or would like to reserve a copy of The Things They Carried, please visit the library’s website at, call us at 776-4741, or visit the library at 629 Poyntz Avenue.

The Big Read, funded by the Kansas Humanities Council, is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature, and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. Each of the 77 organizations receiving a grant this year will develop unique programming that will provide their communities with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate a powerful book.

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Honoring Veterans

TBR-Logo-BWIt is hard to believe that it is the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. For many of us, it seems like only yesterday that our families and friends were watching the draft lotteries on television (hoping for a high number—the higher the number, the less likely you would be drafted), and sending letters overseas to servicemen. This momentous anniversary will be recognized at our local Veterans Day celebrations, which include events at the Manhattan Public Library.

This year, the Manhattan Public Library received a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Arts allowing us to plan for a Big Read.  The Big Read is a program designed with the goal to encourage reading as a shared experience in the community, with grant funding allowing the purchase of books to give away, making speakers available, providing for the cost of printing materials and posters, etc. The Big Read  engages American readers by awarding grants to local communities for local Big Read projects.  By improving access to the art of literature readers will be able to connect with great works of literature. O
Our Big Read events have been planned in conjunction with the book The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. This award-winning novel is considered a literary classic and has been taught in classrooms around the world since its publication in 1990.

thingsThe book is a fictionalized account of the author’s experiences as an infantryman in Vietnam. A collection of stories that comprise the novel, O’Brien conveys the chaos, fear and other feelings that make up warfare in his writing. ““War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.”

Our Big Read events include the parade on Veterans Day, where we will be handing out copies of the book “The Things They Carried” (while they last!) as well as the Vietnam Veteran’s Forum later in the afternoon. Also, stop by on Veterans Day or at the library during November and write a note on a Thank You to Veterans postcard. We will be sending these for distribution to VA Hospitals and other agencies that serve our Veterans.

An exciting and important event will take place on Veterans Day at 4:00 at the Wareham—the Vietnam Veterans Forum. Several distinguished local Vietnam Veterans will discuss their experiences during the war in Vietnam. Join us to hear their stories and their reflections on the Vietnam War. The Flint Hills Veterans Coalition has been very helpful in organizing and planning for the forum.

We have planned two book discussions for community members. On Thursday Nov. 13 at 6:00pm, we are sponsoring Books and Brew—a discussion at Little Apple Brewery. Appetizers will be provided, and food and drink may be ordered. If you can’t make it to the Brewery, we will be having another discussion of the book at the Good Books Club on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 pm at the library. Refreshments will be provided.


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Learn about Thanksgiving with these titles!

The holiday season is upon us and we’re counting down to Thanksgiving. I like Thanksgiving; for a major holiday, it remains relatively straightforward and uncomplicated. It’s comparatively free of the cumbersome traditions, frenetic activities, and crippling expenditures that come with some holidays (I’m looking at you, Christmas!), big stressors that can get in the way of fundamental enjoyment, not to mention spiritual gratification.

Granted, Thanksgiving does have its own daunting potential for stress – travel and logistical chaos, inter-personal and family drama, intensive food prep and consumption, hours of digestive recovery, and overwhelming kitchen clean-up! But the day can also be celebrated with a simple shared meal, quiet reflection and rest, even solitude or a private getaway, and when it all comes together well, Thanksgiving can be deeply meaningful and spiritually strengthening.

Our celebration of the Thanksgiving feast as a national historical event also has its baggage, a mythology of Pilgrims and Native Americans that is rooted in history but that has grown over time to barely resemble the actual event. As is nearly always the case with history, the truth turns out to be far more complicated and vastly more interesting than the myth. This year, pick up one of the following books to help you sort out the real story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and broaden your understanding of our country’s fascinating history.

philbrick   “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War” by Nathaniel Philbrick details the history of the Pilgrims as religious Separatists in England and as political refugees in Holland, then follows them through their voyage on the Mayflower, the settlement and early years of the Plymouth colony, and the meeting of European settlers and Native Americans. Philbrick adds depth to what we know of familiar historical figures like William Bradford, Chief Massasoit, Squanto, Miles Standish, Priscilla Mullins, John Alden, Edward Winslow, and numerous secondary characters, revealing unexpected and surprising historical details.

In “Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World,” another richly detailed history, author and Englishman Nick Bunker writes about the Mayflower Pilgrims as Englishmen themselves, and places them in the context of the political world in which they lived. An exhaustively detailed recounting of the first years of settlement, this book tells a stirring tale of “indomitable courage, religious faith, commercial ambition, international rivalry, and domestic politics” (Publishers Weekly).

indexH4IDI2ML   If you only have time for a short read and want a more condensed recounting of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving, Glenn Alan Cheney has hit the high points and given a broad overview in his well-researched and -organized history of 1620-1621, “Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America.” An easy-to-read and enjoyable page-turner, it is nevertheless written in evocative, descriptive prose. As one reviewer said, the book is “full of surprising information, and sympathetic to the humanity of all the participants.”

“The Mayflower Papers: Selected Writings of Colonial New England,” edited by Nathaniel and Thomas Philbrick, is a compilation of 17th century primary source material about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower voyage, and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. It contains “Of Plymouth Plantation” by Governor William Bradford, the seminal first-person account of the early days of the settlement. Written in the Elizabethan English of the times, it is not easy reading but it nonetheless is a detailed, emotional recounting of an enterprise that took immense courage, devotion, and fortitude. In addition, this anthology contains “Mourt’s Relation,” an account of the colony’s first year in New England and the original story of the first Thanksgiving celebrated in autumn 1621, and “Good News from New England,” a continuation of the history, both by Edward Winslow.

times     “The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony” by leading Plymouth archaeologist James Deetz is a social history that is especially strong in its descriptions of the daily lives and society of the colony. Drawing on the archaeological evidence, it touches on crime, food, sexual and social relationships, legalities, and material culture, and upends many of our misconceptions about Pilgrim society.





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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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Tempting Fall Fiction for Adults

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burtonby Marcia Allen, Technical Services and Collections Manager

The fall book season always provides a nice helping of new fiction surprises. This year’s list of standouts includes many offerings by bestselling favorites, but it also includes some unusual stories from authors who may not be familiar. I invite you to sample some of my latest discoveries in the hope that you may find some appealing new fiction.

The Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton is that rare piece of historical fiction that manages to create memorable characters in an authentic period setting. Recently contracted bride, Nella Oortman, arrives in 1686 Amsterdam only to find that her new husband has no real interest in her. Compounding Nella’s loneliness are the facts that the household is dominated by her husband’s rigid sister, and the family sugar trading business may be failing. Nella’s only joy is the puzzling gift of a cabinet house that her husband has purchased for her. When a life-like series of tiny figures and furniture soon arrives, Nella is determined to meet the artist who created them. What makes this book memorable is the dynamics among the characters, as well as its vivid portrayal of the city and its strict adherence to religious code. Author Burton delivers a young heroine forced to accept what she cannot change.

A Sudden Light” by Garth Stein is the latest from the author who gave us the magical “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” an emotional story told from the point of view of the family dog. This new tale is a flashback with supernatural elements. When Trevor Riddell was fourteen years old, he and his father traveled to Riddell House, the dilapidated family estate, in order to convince Grandpa Samuel to sell the place to developers so that all could share the proceeds. Complications arise because the grandfather has mental lapses, and the home seems to be haunted by family ancestors who died under tragic circumstances. While the story does have its eerie moments, it’s more a tale of old hurts and odd family dynamics. Trevor is a sharp young character who wants to heal old wounds, so he finds himself caught between opposing loyalties.

The Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen is a very pleasant surprise for those who can’t get enough epic fantasy. Life will never be the same for nineteen-year-old Kelsea Glynn, as soldiers of the Queen’s Guard have come to remove her from her adopted parents’ home and place her on her rightful throne. Since her queen mother’s death, ambitious forces, like her greedy uncle and the Red Queen of Mortmesne, have struggled for control of the kingdom and have often shipped the Tearling citizenry off to slavery. Kelsea is a kind and decent heroine, but she knows little of governance. This first installment in a planned trilogy features well written magic touches, like gigantic hawks and a mysterious glowing sapphire that Kelsea wears, and it effectively pits good and evil forces against one another throughout.

The Boy Who Drew Monsters” by Keith Donohue is a disturbing tale of horror. This supernatural tales features an isolated Maine setting under cover of snow and a boy who suffers from crippling psychological problems. Young Jack Peter refuses to leave the house, communicates little with his parents, and constantly draws sketches of threatening monsters. At some point, the monsters of the drawings begin to take on lives of their own, and the boy’s parents and neighbors sight unbelievable creatures. Is the story eerie? You bet! The fleeting visions, the impending danger, the isolation and the confusion about what is real make for an uneasy reading experience.

New fall titles are arriving on a daily basis, so be sure to check the MPL website for upcoming novels. There’s lots of new romance and adventure, westerns and science fiction yet to be read.


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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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