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Coming Soon to Theater Near You–Favorite Books Made into Movies!

In the coming weeks and months, several books that have been favorites at Manhattan Public Library have been made into films and will be coming to a theater near you! Some of the films coming soon are:

hundredThe Hundred Foot Journey, coming to theaters on August 8, stars Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, tells how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian restaurant and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. It is a fable that is a testament to the inevitability of destiny.

Before I Go to Sleep, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, is scheduled for release August 12.  Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life. (more…)

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Science Saturdays: Survival 101

Couldn’t survive five minutes out in the wilderness? Then, this program is for you. Learn the ropes of wilderness survival with Daniel Schapaugh. Katniss and Peeta will have nothing on you after this program. Be there on Saturday, July 19th at 10:00 in the Groesbeck Room. See you there! Recommended for tweens to adults.

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Waiting for “The Fault in Our Stars”? Try a Read-Alike

Keri Mills, Young Adult Librarian

With the acclaim of both the book and the resultant movie, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green is the hot book to read this summer for teens and adults alike. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, there is a waiting list to check out the book from the library. However, there are a number of great books to read while you are waiting your turn.

me youOne such book is “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews. Greg and Earl, social outcasts at school, spend their free time making their own versions of cult movie classics by Herzog and Coppola. Their movies are terrible, but Greg and Earl aren’t making them for other people, that is until Rachel comes along. Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia, and Greg’s mom suggests that he should befriend her. When Rachel decides to stop her cancer treatment, Greg and Earl make a film that forces them to step into the spotlight. The book is humorous and moving with a sarcastic tone.




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Science Saturdays: Bug Surprise!

Join us at the library Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Groesbeck Room for Bug Surprise sponsored by the KSU Entomology Department. They will lead us in a hands-on workshop all about insects. The program will include information on insect biology with live specimens that you can touch. They will also go over the importance of insects for humans, both positive and negative aspects. And, for the all the brave souls, there will be an insect cooking and tasting activity! The workshop will be geared towards teens and adults, but is probably appropriate for upper elementary school kids, as well.

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Soccer Mania begins!

soccerAll around the world, televisions will be tuned to watching the soccer matches taking place in Brazil as the FIFA World Cup play begins.  Tonight at 5:00 Central time begins the quest by Team USA to win the World Cup, starting with play against the team from Ghana. Soccer is continually growing in popularity in the US, with children’s teams of all ages in communities all over the country. To follow the World Cup action, check out the official web site at The US Men’s team has worked hard to prepare for the difficult matches they face in the first round of play (teams so skilled it has been coined “The Round of Death!”)  Information on the team and it’s players can be found at

From books on coaching and conditioning drills to titles about the history of the game, Manhattan Public Library has the soccer books to help you with your game!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling

Are you a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan? If so, join us at the library tonight, June 16, in the Groesbeck Room from 6-8 p.m. Whether you are new to Yu-Gi-Oh! or an old hand, this is your opportunity to duel and trade with fellow enthusiasts, have some snacks, and possibly win a door prize. This event is recommended for ages 3rd grade and up. Participants are asked to bring their own cards.

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Science, No Laboratory Required

science saturdays blob 1When I was a kid, science didn’t interest me in the least. It seemed like it was all Bunsen burners, lab coats, and complicated mathematical equations that I could never understand. But thanks to some great teachers over the years (and a few pretty awesome librarians, too!), I’ve come to learn that science is not limited to the laboratory—it’s all around us. And you don’t have to be the next Albert Einstein to learn how it works.

This summer, join Manhattan Public Library for Science Saturdays, a series of free workshops for teens and adults exploring the science behind everyday life, from cooking to entertainment to nature. Don’t worry—there’s no laboratory required. Workshops will include:

  • Cooking Mexican Food on June 7th at 10am: Join the culinary experts from People’s Grocery and learn how to keep things cool this summer with spicy foods. This program will be held off-site at People’s Grocery at 1620 Ft. Riley Boulevard. Registration is recommended.
  • Bug Surprise on June 21st at 10am: Did you know that for every person on this planet, there are 1.5 million bugs? Or that they are a great source of protein? Join the experts from KSU’s Entomology Department and the Insect Zoo as they introduce us to our creepy-crawly neighbors. Are you brave of heart? This workshop will include a cooking demonstration!
  • Video Game Design on June 28th at 10am: Join KSU instructor Nathan Bean for a repeat of last year’s hugely popular Video Game Design workshop. If you’ve ever dreamed about creating the next Call of Duty or Just Dance, this class will get you started. Space is limited, so registration is highly recommended.
  • Survival 101 on July 19th at 10am: Ready to break out your camping gear? Or maybe prepare for the next Hunger Games? Before you go any further, first come to our wilderness preparedness workshop with expert Daniel Schapaugh. Attendees will learn the principles behind wilderness survival, as well as practical tips and tricks. After this class, Katniss and Peeta will have nothing on you.

All of the Science Saturdays workshops are free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact us at 785-775-4741 ext. 141 or

Looking to add even more science to your summer? Don’t forget that the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum are just down the street from the library!


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Don’t miss the Football Exhibit at the Discovery Center!

It’s your last chance to catch the interactive Football exhibit at the Flint Hills Discovery Center–the last day is June 1. Think you’ve got the skills to go pro? Football is a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition that introduces visitors to the science, math and technology behind the game and how they relate to our everyday lives. Test your throwing skills in the Passing Cage area. Try to match the speed of an NFL running back. Learn the trajectory for kicking a field goal. This highly interactive exhibit brings all the excitement and experience of playing football while also revealing the science that makes it all possible. Check out some of our football books or games at MPL as well!

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Arts in the Park begins tonight!

Head on down to the Larry Norvell Band Shell at City Park tonight for the kick off of Arts in the Park! Beginning at 8:00 p.m., the talented teens from the MHS Pops Choir will be performing, along with the Thundering Cats Big Band. Check out the schedule for the summer –there are lots of great, free music programs planned to entertain you!

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