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Holiday Happenings in Manhattan

snowman ornament with snowy backgroundThe recent cold weather and snow flurries are good reminders that the holiday season is quickly approaching! Participating in holiday events can help make the season bright. Here is a list of holiday activities in town that will be fun for the whole family.

Books, movies, and music

The library has holiday music CDs and holiday movies on display to help you get in the spirit. Look for the library’s holiday decorations soon–we love to deck the halls!

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Join friends and neighbors on Thanksgiving Day for a community dinner being held this year at Old Chicago from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Dinner is free of charge but donations are appreciated. Call (785) 537-0730 for more information.

Festival of Lights at Blue Earth Plaza Nov. 28-Dec. 31

The lighting ceremony (with a special appearance by Santa!) will be held Friday, November 28 at 7:00 pm. The music and lights will dazzle viewers this holiday season!

Small Business Saturday Nov. 29

Shop locally and support Manhattan businesses.

College Musicum Free Concert – Monday, Dec. 1

Enjoy a free concert from K-State’s historical performance ensemble on Monday, December 1 at 7:30 pm in Kirmser Hall at McCain Auditorium.

Winterdance ’14 – Thrusday, Dec. 4- Monday, Dec. 6

WinterDance is K-State Dance’s annual fall concert that features faculty dance choreography. Jazz, modern, tap, ballet, movement theatre, and African dance styles will be shown. The performances will be in the Chapman Theater in Nichols Hall at 7:30 each evening December 4 through 6. Call for tickets 785-532-6428 or check their web site at http://www.k-state.edu/dance

Mayor’s Holiday Parade – Friday, Dec. 5

This festive parade starts at 5:30 at the mall and ends with a tree-lighting ceremony in Aggieville’s triangle park. You’ll see lighted floats and might even catch a special appearance by Santa Claus!

Family Holiday Workshop – Sunday, Dec. 7

The Beach Museum of Art is hosting a workshop on Sunday, December 7 from 2:00-3:30 pm, with winter-themed art projects for the whole family. For For more information, go to http://beach.k-state.edu. Fee charged.

KSU Orchestra – Sunday, Dec. 7

Get into the holiday spirit with beautiful music at this free concert at McCain Auditorium Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm.

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides Dec. 6-21

On Saturday and Sunday evenings December 6-21, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around downtown Manhattan free with a donation of cash or goods for the Manhattan Emergency Shelter. Start at 3rd and Poyntz.

Helping those in need

• The Mayor’s Holiday Food and Fund Drive assists the Flint Hills Breadbasket in collecting food for needy families. A donation of $40 provides a food basket for a family of four. Food donations, or cash donations, are always welcomed at the Breadbasket either in person at 905 Yuma Street on online. Don’t let families go hungry this holiday season!
• Individuals, families or businesses may adopt a family in order to provide gifts for a family that otherwise might not celebrate the holidays. The Junior League of the Flint Hills is sponsoring the Adopt-A-Family Program this year and matches donors to families. Call 785-410-5086 or email jlfhadoptafamily@gmail.com to offer your help.

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Book Sale

spring book sale logoFriday, February 28th, is a very important date at Manhattan Public Library. That’s the scheduled kick-off for the Manhattan Library Association’s annual book sale. For those unfamiliar with the event, it’s a three-day sale of gently used books, dvd’s, audiobooks, and more.  With hardcover books going for $1.50 and dvd’s  for $2, browsers are sure to discover stacks of treasures destined for home shelves.

Where and when does the sale take place?  The library auditorium holds a majority of the materials, while the Groesbeck Room houses paperbacks, cd’s, lp’s and dvd’s.  Hundreds of children’s books can also be found on tables near the auditorium.  The sale is open to Manhattan Library Association members only from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday’s kick-off night, but memberships (starting at $10) are available at the door for those who wish to purchase on that first night.  Saturday, March 1st, is open to all shoppers, and materials can be purchased from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday’s sale is highlighted by the Teen Library Advisory Board’s Annual Bake Sale from 10:00 to 2:00, so shoppers can also select some fantastic snacks.  Sunday’s sale on March 2nd runs from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., with last-minute markdowns on remaining materials.

Why attend?  Beyond the fact that shoppers can locate some terrific buys, there’s the angle of replenishing resources for the library.  Manhattan Library Association collects materials, either those donated by library users or those removed from the library’s many collections, all year long.  Rosie’s Corner, which is located near the library’s Tech Center, offers sale materials throughout the year, and next week’s annual book sale attracts hundreds of shoppers.  The beauty of the sale process is that all proceeds go right back to the library, whether offsetting program expenses, paying for library fixtures, or funding collection purchases.  Library users who have enrolled in summer reading or TALK book discussions have benefitted from MLA’s efforts.  Library users who have admired the Aesop’s Fables Trellis or who have relaxed on the library’s lovely wooden benches have enjoyed MLA’s largesse.   Manhattan Library Association’s role in library enhancement is crucial, and staff members are grateful for the ongoing support.

Elaine sorting through books at the 2013 book sale

Who makes the arrangements for the sale?  Some might think that this is an effort by library staff, but that would be wrong.  A selfless group of MLA volunteers makes the event possible.  Gary Jeffrey, who has been a devoted friend of the library for many years, is the chairman of the library sale.  Gary goes far beyond ordinary volunteer efforts as he plans the layout of the sale, organizes a full staff of other volunteers to work during the three-day event, and answers any questions people might have.  Wilma Schmeller and her crew of volunteers sort donations and price items, in addition to keeping Rosie’s Corner stocked with fresh materials all year long.  And other kind friends, like Carol Oukrop, Cindy Jeffrey and Rosalie King, donate countless hours of work to this event.

Please plan to join us for some browsing at this year’s sale.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all the wonderful bargains.

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