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Lynda.com Makes Your Brain Happy!

road sign with learning in all directions

While summer is often known as a time to take a break from learning, we’re here to convince you otherwise! Learning a new skill or hobby can be truly gratifying. Learning helps advance your mind and increase your happiness. And there’s no better place to learn new things than the library—especially when you are able to access amazing tutorials from Lynda.com free with your library card!

What is Lynda.com?

It’s an online learning site that allows you to go at your own pace. You can choose to watch short videos on a variety of subjects, made by expert teachers. You can take the course at a pace that works best for you, and easily pick up right where you left off.

Find courses such as, Asking for a Raise, Humor in the Workplace, Cybersecurity with Cloud Computing, Video Editing, and thousands upon thousands more. There are courses for all skill levels, from beginner to professional.

Here are a few amazing benefits to using Lynda.com:

  • Learn anywhere, anytime: Lynda.com courses can be accessed at all hours of the day, on any computer, phone or tablet. They allow you to switch back and forth between devices, so you don’t ever lose your place. ,
  • Learn a new hobby or improve job skills: With a wide range of classes including Business Skills, Computer Software, and Photography, you can explore new hobbies or advance your workplace skills to improve your current position.
  • New Courses added weekly: According to their website, Lynda.com adds new courses every week to keep your skills up to date with the fast-changing pace of technology.
  • Certificates of completion: When you finish a course you can get a certificate to show what you’ve accomplished!

To access Lynda.com through the library’s website, you will need your library card and your PIN/password. Find more information online, or call the library (785) 776-4741 ext.141 if you have questions.

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Summer Teen Reads

Keri Mills,  Young Adult Librarian

Parents, are you trying to get your teens reading over the summer? Sign them up for the Teen Summer Reading Program where they can earn incentives for reading this summer, including restaurant coupons and a free book. Teens also have the chance to win the grand prize which is a Kindle Fire HD tablet, or a number of other raffle prizes such as gift cards to area businesses. Teens can sign up for the program on the library’s website: www.mhklibrary.org or by coming into the library. Here are a few book suggestions to get them started reading:

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)” by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

This is the inspiring memoir of Malala Yousafzai, who is the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient. Malala recounts what it was like living in Pakistan as the Taliban began to take hold. Despite the constant danger, Malala’s family still allowed and encouraged her to attend school and publicly speak out about education. Because of this, at age 14, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban on her way home from school. Miraculously, she survived and is now an international spokesperson for education.

The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

In this graphic novel, Yang creates a backstory for the Green Turtle, a little known comic book character who was likely the first Asian superhero. Hank Chu is a Chinese American teen growing up in 1930s Chinatown. Hank’s aspirations include being a grocer like his father. His mother, however, has other ideas for him. When she is rescued by one of the local superheroes, she decides that Hank should also become a superhero. She sews Hank a costume and tries to help him get superpowers by exposing him to toxic chemicals and other tried and true methods. All her efforts fail, but when tragedy strikes, Hank receives assistance from an unlikely source, and becomes a real hero.

 

We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart

Cadence Sinclair is the oldest grandchild of a wealthy family headed by her grandfather who owns a private island off of Cape Cod. The extended family vacations there each summer. Cadence hangs out with her two older cousins and friend Gat, who have all been inseparable since they were young. During her 15th summer, however, Cadence is involved in a mysterious accident where she sustains a blow to the head, and now suffers debilitating migraines and amnesia. She is only able to make it through most days with the help of painkillers. Two years after her accident, Cadence returns once again to the island, where she tries to piece together exactly what happened two years ago.

How It Went Down” by Kekla Magoon

In an inner city neighborhood, an African American teen rushes out of the local market wearing a hoodie and carrying something in his arms. The owner shouts for him to come back. A car pulls up in the middle of the street. Someone shouts, “He has a gun!” That quickly, Tariq Johnson, 16-years-old, is on the ground, dead from gunshot wounds. The shooter, a white man, goes free after claiming self-defense, but no weapon is found on Tariq. Everyone has an opinion about what really happened, but the only person who knows for certain is dead. Seventeen different narrators tell this story, which is ripped from the headlines. Read this with your teens for a great discussion

 

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

Sixteen year old Jacob is traumatized by his grandfather’s brutal murder. He decides to travel to Wales to find the orphanage where his grandfather was sent to live during World War II. When he arrives, he gets more than he bargained for. The children from his grandfather’s stories are still alive and living at the orphanage. What’s more, even though it is 70 years later, they are still kids. And now, the same monster that killed his grandfather is after these children. The story is enhanced by the inclusion of almost 50 vintage photographs appearing throughout the book. Read the book now before the movie comes out next year.

Find all these books and many more on display in the YA area throughout the summer. Also, be sure to check out the free teen events going on this summer at the library by visiting the library’s website: http://www.mhklibrary.org/

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Summer Reading Begins May 30

Every Hero Has a Story summer reading theme

Summer reading has an important mission: to motivate kids, teens, and adults to read for fun, and help prevent learning loss while school is out. To accomplish this mission, the Manhattan Public Library has partnered with local businesses and organizations to give out great prizes for reading, such as free books, gift certificates to local restaurants, and passes to the Sunset Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

The gift certificates and prizes for summer reading have been purchased by the Manhattan Library Association or donated by local businesses and organizations.  The library would like to thank these generous sponsors: Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, Pediatric Associates, Applebees, Carmike Cinemas, Chick-Fil-A, Chili’s, Coaching for Literacy, Exploration Place Wichita, The Dusty Bookshelf, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Hazel Hill Chocolates, Manhattan Kiwanis Club, Noodles & Company, Panera Bread, Papa John’s Pizza, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza, Pizza Hut, Ray’s Apple Market, Sunset Zoo, Taco Bell, Target, Varsity Donuts, Vista Drive In, Westloop Floral, Wheat State Pizza, and Which Wich.

Last year more than 2,200 children, 370 teens, and 460 adults participated in the summer reading program and together logged more than 1,000,000 minutes of reading time. This year we hope to top all of those numbers.

Summer reading will begin with a huge kickoff party on May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Visit the library for crafts, games, and a magic show with Ken Garwick starting at 11:00! Sign up for summer reading while you’re here, or sign up online. (Sign up links will become active May 25.)

The theme for 2015 is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and it’s all about heroes and adventure. After you sign up, simply keep track of the time you spend reading or listening to books in June and July to earn great prizes. Different prizes are earned based on your age group, and can be picked up at the library until August 1. People of all ages, from babies to grandparents, can participate in the summer reading program for free.

Exciting activities for kids and teens are also offered throughout June and July. All activities are free and open to the public. For more information about Storytimes, After Hours Parties, Summer Clubs, and all summer events, check the event schedule on the library’s website www.MHKLibrary.org or pick up a calendar at the library.

Visit Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue, call (785) 776-4741. You can also find the library on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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The History of Baseball

by Keri Mills, Young Adult Librarian

With spring just around the corner, that means it is once again time for baseball, the all American pastime. To get yourself ready, or just to impress your friends with your vast knowledge, why not read up on the history of the sport?

If you want to brush up on your knowledge of the Negro Leagues, we have several books on the subject. Here are just a few to get you started.

monarchs“The Kansas City Monarchs: Champions of Black Baseball” by Janet Bruce:   This book traces the story of the Kansas City Monarchs from their beginning as a charter member of the Negro National League in 1920 until their demise in the mid 1950’s due largely to the integration of the sport. The Monarchs were a powerhouse in their league and employed some of the great stars of that era, such as Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson. Did you know that the Monarchs were the first team to regularly play night baseball? They brought a portable lighting system with them which they quickly assembled at each new location when they travelled on the road. Bruce fills the book with many other interesting anecdotes as well as over 90 photographs of various players or scenes.

“Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams” by Robert Peterson:   Originally published in 1970, this is a classic book that thoroughly covers Negro league baseball from start to finish. There is detailed history about the league and some of its greatest players. There are also biographical sketches of many great players who never had the chance to play in the major leagues. Peterson manages to capture the heart and soul of Negro league baseball, while underscoring the tragedy of the lost opportunities of Negro league players because of segregation.

jackie“Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy” by Jules Tygiel:   No baseball history would be complete without the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues. Tygiel, through interviews with players, newspaper accounts, and personal papers, recounts how Jackie Robinson influenced not only baseball, but American society as well.

 

 

 

For a general look at baseball history, the library has many books to offer. Here are a few of my picks:

boys“The Boys of Summer” by Roger Kahn:   Many are of the opinion that this is the best baseball book ever written, or at least somewhere on the list.  Kahn describes his youth  growing up in the 30’s and 40’s near Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as well as his time as a beat writer covering the Dodgers in the early 50’s. In a very poignant section, Kahn then recounts what happened to these great players long after their baseball days were over. Even non-baseball fans should appreciate this book.

“Mudville Madness: Fabulous Feats, Belligerent Behavior, and Erratic Episodes on the Diamond” by Jonathan Weeks:   For a lighthearted look at baseball, give this one a try. Weeks takes you chronologically from baseball’s earliest days up to the present day, recounting the strange, bizarre, and little-known events that happen on the field of play. For instance, in 1957, while a woman was being carted from the game on a stretcher after being hit in the face by Richie Ashburn’s foul ball, she was hit in the leg by another Ashburn foul ball during the same at bat.

baseballwomen“Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball” by Barbara Gregorich:   The story of women in baseball is a fascinating one. I had no idea that there were a number of barnstorming “bloomer teams” that travelled across the U.S. playing against men’s teams. Or, that during the 1930’s in an exhibition game, one woman, Jackie Mitchell, struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Gregorich’s book is an entertaining account of this little known piece of baseball history.

These are only a fraction of the baseball books that MPL has to offer, so be sure to stop in and see what we have. Also, don’t forget to come hear Phil Dixon speak at the library on March 29 at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Dixon is an African America sports historian, author of nine baseball books, and co-founder of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City. Mr. Dixon will be discussing the history of the Kansas City Monarchs, games the Monarchs played in Manhattan, and the history of African American baseball players from this community.

 

 

 

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Spring Book Sale at the Library

little boy reading a book in the romance section

The Manhattan Library Association’s annual book sale will be held Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1. 

Visit the library at 629 Poyntz Avenue to find incredible prices on books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks that have been donated throughout the year or removed from the library’s collection. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Manhattan Public Library.

The annual book sale has the best bargains in town with hardcover books for $1.50, paperbacks for 75 cents, DVDs and CDs for $2, audiobooks for $4, and children’s books for 75 cents. All of the money raised will be used to fund library programs such as guest speakers, children’s puppet shows, and summer reading programs.

The first night of the sale is open to Manhattan Library Association Members only from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 27. Memberships are available at the door starting at $10. Join the Association to get first choice of materials.

Stop by the sale on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can also find extra fuel for your shopping at the Teen Library Advisory Board’s Annual Bake Sale from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.

On Sunday, March 1, the sale will be open from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with special deals on the remaining materials.

This is truly a community event, staffed by wonderful volunteers like Bob Newhouse, Roger Brannan, Wilma Schmeller, and Carol Oakrup who devote countless hours of work organizing the sale.

For more information, visit the library at 629 Poyntz Avenue or call us at (785) 776-4741.

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MLK Art and Writing Contest Winners Announced

ART

Honorable Mentions

Grade category           Name                                             Teacher/School (if applicable)

9-12                       Ames Burton                                 Riley County Schools

3-5                         Sahana Datta and                        Marlatt and Amanda Arnold Elementary Schools

Ananya Pagadala

K-2                        Justin Orvis                                    Manhattan Catholic Schools

6-8                         Ann Hess                                       Flint Hills Christian School

First Place Awards

K-2                        Ritodeep Roy                                 Lee Elementary

3-5                         Micah Craine                                 Bluemont

6-8                         Kaden Vandorn                             Flint Hills Christian School

Adult                     Paulicia Williams

Best of Show

K-2                        Usha Reddi’s first grade class        Ogden Elementary

WRITING

Honorable Mentions

3-5                         Hanna Loub                                   Bergman Elementary

6-8                         Abby Cronander                            Manhattan Catholic

9-12                       Amanda Dillon                              Flint Hills Christian School

9-12                       Caleb Linville                                Flint Hills Christian School

 

First Place Awards

3-5                         Halle Gaul                                     Bergman

6-8                         Blaise Hayden                               Manhattan Catholic Schools

9-12                       Elijah Irving                                   Flint Hills Christian School

Adult                     Randy Jellison

Best of Show

6-8                               Chase Rauch                                  Manhattan Catholic Schools

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Grand Opening Celebration for Children’s Library!

young children holding up a thank you sign

The new Children’s Library is finished, and we’re throwing a party on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate!

The new space is twice the size of the old library, with new features like 1,683 sq. ft. of new storytime space with state-of-the-art A/V equipment, neighborhoods of books, a magnetic gear wall, puzzle-shaped seats, twelve touch-screen computers just for kids, dress up clothes with a magic mirror, a toddler playhouse, and cozy window seats perfect for enjoying a good book.

At the celebration, kids and parents will get a chance to meet and take pictures with Olivia and Curious George. Manhattan Public Library staff, and volunteers from the Junior League and Girl Scouts will help kids make crafts.  Musician Rockin’ Rob will perform at 2:00 p.m. Plus, everyone will get the chance to explore all the features of the brand new library!

Special thanks to fundraising committee chairs Jerry Pettle and Katie Philp, honorary co-chairs Bill and Sharon Snyder, and all the generous people in the Manhattan community who made the new children’s library possible. Your support has provided a beautiful place for children and their families to explore a world of imagination and information, for years to come.

The Manhattan Public library is located at 629 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas. If you would like more information about the celebration, or any other library-related events or services, please call (785) 776-4741,  or email us at kidstaff@mhklibrary.org.

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Only Love Can Drive Out Hate: MLK, Jr. Art and Writing Contest 2015

by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian

2014MLKBestofShow_Seoyon_KimThe creativity found in art and writing has a unique ability to capture the spirit of a concept, an idea, or a movement. Each year, we are privileged to see the artistic interpretations of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and messages as part of the MLK Jr. Art and Writing Contest, an event in conjunction with the Manhattan community’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations. As the deadline approaches for the 2015 contest, we hope you will share your experience with Dr. King’s message of non-violence, social justice, and human rights, and help us pass on his message of peace, “Only Love Can Drive Out Hate.”

Original works of art or writing on this theme can be submitted at Manhattan Public Library until 6pm, January 11, 2015. Please include an entry form with your work. All works must meet the requirements noted on the form. We cannot accept late submissions.

Entries will be evaluated by professional, independent judges not affiliated with Manhattan Public Library. Each age group will be evaluated separately, with categories for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and post-high school.

Certificates will be awarded to the first place winners in each category, best of show winners, and honorable mention winners. Winners will be recognized at the community celebration at Manhattan Town Center on January 19 at noon .

Sponsors of this year’s contest include the Gallery for Peace and Justice, Manhattan Library Association, Manhattan Public Library, Manhattan Town Center, and Varney’s.

More information on the event can be found by visiting the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue or by calling 785-776-4741.

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What a Great Year!

It’s a little sad to say good-bye to 2014. After all, this year was very good to the Manhattan Public Library. Between the Children’s Expansion project, Star Wars Reads Day, and Summer Reading, we were busier, bigger, and more boisterous than ever. Here are some of the highlights of the last year.

Children’s Library Expansion Project

Kelley construction broke ground on the children’s library expansion project in January 2014 and finished on schedule in December. A total of 5,332 square feet were added to the children’s library–and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Stop by anytime to explore the new space, and remember to join us for the big Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 17 from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

kids watching construction equipment

kids and parents in the new library

World Book Night

Librarians left the safety of the service desk and went out into the wilds of Manhattan on April 23 to give away armloads of free books. World Book Night is a global celebration of literature. We were proud to distribute copies of “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” “After the Funeral,” and “The Catcher in the Rye” downtown, at City Park, and Aggieville, live tweeting all the way. If you can’t make it to the library, sometimes the library comes to you.

women at world book night

librarian at world book night

 

Summer Reading

Readers had another record-breaking summer with more than 1 million minutes of combined reading time in June and July. With more than 64 storytimes and clubs in June alone, librarians were busy juggling schedules and construction demands! The summer reading theme for 2015 is all about superheroes, and we’re going to have more fun events and programs than you can shake Thor’s Hammer at. Don’t miss the kickoff celebration on May 30th.

summer storytime with puppet

kids at summer science club

Star Wars Reads Day

What on earth are are storm troopers doing at the LIBRARY? In honor of Star Wars Reads Day on October 11, more than 250 Manhattanites gathered to make crafts, play trivia, watch movies, and harness the power of the force. The event was such a success, we’re planning to go even bigger and badder for the 2015 celebration!

kids at the wookie yelling contest

band members posing with green screen

The Big Read

In November, we honored veterans by exploring Tim O’Brien’s book about the war in Vietnam, called “The Things They Carried.” This poignant piece of literature guided discussions inside and outside the library. A panel of veterans shared their stories at the Wareham Opera House on November 11, 25 book lovers met at the Little Apple Brewery to sit down and talk on November 13, librarians handed out books during the Veterans’ Day Parade, and postcards were circulated at the library for people to sign and send to veterans. It was a powerful and important month for everyone involved.

If you missed the forum, check out the DVD of the event available in the library’s Veteran’s Oral History Project collection.

veterans at forum discussion

book discussion group

We hope 2014 was as fun-filled and exciting for you as it was for us. If you have any questions about upcoming library programs, stop by to pick up a calendar or visit our events calendar online. Happy New Year!

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Welcome to Lynda.com

Watch the online course How to Use Lynda.com

Your Manhattan Public Library card now gives you access to the 4,500+ video courses on Lynda.com. All you have to do is follow the link http://www.mhklibrary.org/go/lynda/ , enter your library card number and password, create an account, and you can start learning from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

But what is Lynda.com?

Watch a video introducing the service.
Lynda.com is an online library of video courses on topics ranging from Improving Your Memory to Creating Textures for 3D Animation. You can learn new skills easily with engaging videos and downloadable practice files.

Lynda.com can help you study more effectively, learn skills for entrepreneurship, explore graphic design, become a better public speaker, brush up on computer techniques, and a lot more.

Each subject is broken down into smaller video tutorials so you can stop and start, and learn at your own pace. Some courses are as short as 20 minutes or as long as nine hours, and there are videos for all learning levels–from beginner to professional. Browse the library to get an overview of what’s offered, or if you have a specific interest, use the search bar to find courses.

Software is s good topic to start with. You’ll find a quick list of the most popular software tutorials, or you can browse alphabetically for everything from Access to GarageBand to Zoomerang.

Is it really free?

Yes. Like all library resources, access to Lynda.com is completely free for cardholders. Residents of Chase, Clay, Dickinson, Geary, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Wabaunsee, and Washington counties can  follow this link to get a library card.

Do I have to be in the library?

No, you can watch the courses anywhere you have an Internet connection–on your own computer, tablet, or smartphone, or you can use one of the library’s computers. Lynda.com will keep track of the videos you’ve watched and hold your place when you log off.

Searchable Transcripts

Read along with closed-captioned transcripts–or search the text to quickly find information within a course.

Download Exercise Files

Download the files used in the video courses so you can practice on your own. Please note: library computers do not have access to all the software taught on lynda.com, such as Photoshop and AutoCAD. You must have your own copy of the software you’re learning in order to open the exercise files.

Certificates of Completion

Earn a certificate of completion for each course viewed. Print the certificate to show coworkers, friends, and employers what you’ve accomplished.

Questions?

Please ask us. Contact the library at refstaff@mhklibrary.org or (785)776-4741 x141

 

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