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Human Rights Day

by Judi, Adult Services Librarian

human rightsHuman Rights Day, 10 December: “The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.”

 

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Locally, the Flint Hills Human Rights Project  is a private, non-profit organization that serves as a resource for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the Manhattan, Kansas and Flint Hills community and for visitors to the area. FHHRP supports the political, social, spiritual, business and educational needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and it’s allies. For more information, go to their web site at www.fhhrp.com or check their Facebook page.

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Native American Exhibit at the Beach Museum

earth and loom resizedEarth and Loom: A Century of Native American Art from the Collection of Dennis and Carola Deschner

October 28 – December 21, 2014

This exhibition includes twenty Navajo weavings from the late nineteenth century and twentieth century representing different regions and weaving stles. Also included are twenty-six pieces of Pueblo pottery by significant late-nineteenth and twenty-century Native American potters from nine pueblos.

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The Season for Bicycling

Complete Bike by Chris SidwellsI love biking all year around, but it is especially wonderful in the fall. The cool air, the crunch of leaves under the tires, and the perfect speed for viewing the scenery all add up to an exceptional transportation experience. Manhattan has been named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists but we’re not resting on our laurels. Improvements are continuously being made to make biking in Manhattan safer, easier, and more enjoyable. Check out the city’s website to find Manhattan’s Bike Everywhere map, bicycle safety rules, and the latest happenings of the Bicycle Advisory committee. If you want to venture beyond the bounds of our fair city, you might want to check out the Kansas Bicycle Guide from the Kansas Department of Transportation. They have some helpful information and a great bicycle map for the state.

Biking is a great way to get around town, but it can also be a fun social activity. Flint Hills Area Bike Club plans bike-related gatherings and provides an online place to socialize with fellow bike lovers. Two local bike shops, The Pathfinder and Big Poppi Bicycle Company, organize group rides. You can also learn more about repairing and maintaining your bike at UFM.

Of course we also have resources at the library for everything from learning the basics to inspiration:

 

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Share Books to Introduce Fire Safety

By Jennifer Adams, Children’s Services Manager

MHKFDDuring National Fire Prevention Week, our local firefighters visited schools to talk to students about fire safety and prevention, show them some equipment they use and make sure they would never be afraid of a firefighter in uniform. Notes were sent home reminding families to practice with their kids so they know what to do if the smoke detector goes off. Reading books about firefighters and fire safety is a great way to start this discussion with young children and let them talk about their concerns.

The library has an excellent collection of children’s materials on this topic, thanks to the Manhattan Firefighters Union Local 2275. They have donated funds for the past three years to boost the library’s collection, so more kids and teachers can check out books and make sure everyone knows how to stay safe.
For some fun read-alouds to start off with a lighter approach, these picture books are sure to be a hit:

“I’m Brave” by McMullan is told from the point of view of a “good looking” fire engine. He goes through all his equipment, including the usual hoses and axes, as well as duckbill pliers and rabbit ear bolt cutters. Kids who love fire trucks will also enjoy  “Firefighters: Speeding, Spraying, Saving” by Hubbell.

The exciting illustrations in Dale’s “Dinosaur Rescue” make it a perfect book to share with preschoolers, and Scarry’s “A Day at the Fire Station” in Busytown will always be good for some giggles, too. “Fire Drill” is a short picture book by Jacobs that describes the scenario of fire drills in a school setting with simple text and pictures, making the actual event a little less scary.

fire safety 1Some children are fascinated by emergency vehicles, from police cars to fire engines. For facts and photos about fire trucks, check out “Fire Trucks and Rescue Vehicles” from the Mighty Machines series, or “Fire Trucks in Action” by Hanson. “Rescue Vehicles” by Gilpin includes cross-section illustrations to show what is inside fire engines, ambulances, police cars and more. These books are now housed in our “Transportation” neighborhood in the Children’s Room.

A number of books for children have a very direct educational approach, which is great for covering the basics of fire prevention and procedures in case of a fire. “Contain the Flame” by Donahue covers outdoor and campfire safety, and “Being Safe with Fire” by Kesselring provides safety tips in everyday living, as well as steps to make an escape plan. Learn more specifics about firefighters’ jobs in books like “Firefighters Help Us” by Murray or “A Day with Firefighters” by Shepherd.

Our newest additions to the collection this year are two kits that include multiple books plus activities that can all be checked out together. The tote bag story kit, “Firefighters,” is geared toward preschool and early elementary ages. It includes six fun picture books, such as “Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill,” two informational books, a DVD of “Elmo Visits the Firehouse” and a cool firefighter costume for dress-up play.

The discovery pack, “Fire and Rescue,” comes in a backpack and is for kids in grades 2-6. It includes informational books about firefighters, fire dogs, smoke jumpers, rescue vehicles and fire safety. A large maze game will challenge older kids to think about fire safety, as well as test their logic and problem-solving skills.

fire safety 2Special thanks goes out to our local firefighters for all they do to keep us safe, educate us, and provide this kind of support to the whole community.

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Why You Should Consider the Assistive Technology Center

by Wandean Rivers, Assistive Technology Instructor

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Learning how to use new technology can be exciting, freeing, and totally frustrating all at the same time. If you find you need help, consider making an appointment for personal, one-on-one training in the Assistive Technology Center at Manhattan Public Library. The best part of the ATC experience is that you can explore hardware, software, and devices at your own pace, with a trainer, and without others looking over your shoulder. You’ll gain confidence with each new skill learned, and your experience will greatly reduce anxiety about technology.

We’ll start off your first session with a technology interview and we’ll address two questions – what challenges stand in the way of your using technology, and what are the hardware/software solutions available? Next, we list a few goals, set up a timeframe for completion, schedule a weekly appointment time, and then re-evaluate at the end of that timeframe.

The Assistive Technology Center serves a wide audience. Clients may fall within a profile that includes those with low vision, blindness, limited mobility, learning disabilities, and hearing or cognitively impairments, and their advocates, such as teachers, parents, and caregivers. But we’re also happy to work with patrons who have limited experience with technology or who have a short term, targeted project or skill need, such as downloading e-Books, fine-tuning a PowerPoint, or learning how to navigate Facebook. (more…)

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What’s Happening, Manhattan? Early Fall 2014

by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian

photo of KS hillside signAs the new school year swings into full gear and the weather slowly starts to change from summer to fall, we can’t help but get excited about the great activities that are going on in the area. If you are looking for fun ways to experience late summer/early fall in Manhattan and the surrounding areas, here are some suggestions that are sure to fill up your calendar (as if you weren’t already busy!).

  • September 13th: Fort Riley Fall Apple Day Festival. Join Fort Riley from 9am to 4pm to celebrate their annual Fall Apple Day Festival. This year there will be a military dog demonstration, a pie eating contest, and military re-enactments, among other events.
  • September 20th:
    • Aggieville’s 125th Birthday Celebration. Just because Aggieville is a supercentenarian doesn’t mean that it doesn’t know how to throw a party. Join the businesses and organizations of Aggieville from 10am until the wee hours of the morning for festivities that include a Mini-Maker Faire; kids’ carnival, featuring Aggieville’s first Ferris wheel; a vintage car show; old-fashioned ice cream social; and way, way more good stuff. (Donut birthday cake, anyone?)
    • ROLL and READ Day at Family Child Resource Center: Join us for the first ever Parents as Teachers “Roll and Read Day!” at 10am at the Riley County Family and Child Resource Center at 2101 Claflin. It will consist of a one-mile walk and stroller roll for the whole family with three literacy stations along the way, as well as a book give-away. Library staff will present mini-storytimes and early literacy tips at one station. In case of bad weather, the event will be held indoors at the resource center.
    • September 25th: Good Books Club at Manhattan Public Library at 7pm. We’re kicking off our brand new book club series this fall with a rollicking discussion of Steven Johnson’s The Ghost Map, which takes us back to the devastating cholera outbreak in 1854 London as Dr. John Snow and Reverend Henry Whitehead work together to prove the cause. This well-researched history also discusses community, cooperation, and city planning, all with an edge of suspense.
    • September 26th: OZtoberFest at Wamego’s OZ Museum. When everyone associate’s your state with L. Frank Baum’s classic story, the only thing you can do is embrace it. 2014 is the 10th anniversary of OZtoberFest, and they are celebrating with an antique car show, costume contest, a Munchkin Land for children, and the Wizard of Oz ballet at the Columbian Theatre.
    • September 27th: Flint Hills FORCES II: Our Town, Our Fort, Our University: Yet another fantastic exhibition at the Flint Hills Discovery Center begins on September 27th and runs through February 1st. This exhibition will feature the shared history of Manhattan, Fort Riley, and Kansas State University, including immersive experiences: a soldier training for trench warfare during WWI; the glamour of the 1920s Wareham Hotel; the struggles of the Great Depression; family life around the television in a 1950’s Manhattan living room; and more. The project is partially funded by the Kansas Humanities Council.

For more information on library events, visit the Events page on our website to see a full listing of all the great happenings in September. For more community events, the Manhattan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has a full listing on their website.

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Manhattan Tree Walks

treeThe days of early summer are a great time to take a self-guided tree walk in Manhattan City Park or on the KSU campus. Guides for both of these tree walks can be found online by going to www.riley.ksu.edu, then entering City Park Tree Walk or Campus Tree Walk in the search box.

Before or after your walk, learn to recognize trees and appreciate their beauty and strength with The Urban Tree Book: and Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town by Arthur Plotnik or the masterfully illustrated Sibley Guide to Trees  by Davod Allen Sibley. Both books are available from Manhattan Public Libraryi

 

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Municipal Band Concert Schedule

Manhattan’s Municipal Band is truly a city treasure, now in its 94th  summer season. The band performs weekly through June and July, with an extra performance on the 4th  of July. Performances are in City Park’s open-air Norvell Band Shelter and are free of charge. Musical selections cover a wide range, from patriotic marches to classical selections to Broadway tunes, regional folk music, inspiring hymns, and more. For the full 2014 summer schedule of the Municipal Band, go to www.ksu.edu/band/mmb/schedule.html.

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World Oceans Day

world oceans dayToday, in countries around the world, people are celebrating World Oceans Day with the theme “Together We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean”. This world-wide event was begun to bring awareness to the pollution of our oceans that many people around the world depend upon for their livelihoods as well as for recreation.

We in Manhattan live far from an ocean, but our actions can still affect the health of the world’s oceans. How can we help? Support clean energy and purchase sustainable seafood to avoid depleting natural fisheries. Seafood Watch provides recommendations for purchasing ocean-friendly seafood in stores or restaurants–download the app for free.

Have you noticed the fish emblem on many of our sewer drains in town? Those remind us not to dump chemicals, paint, or other toxins directly into the sewers. The sewers flow into our streams and rivers, eventually reaching the oceans and affecting the marine ecosystem. Find out how to dispose of hazardous waste safely with this information from the City of Manhattan.

To learn more about studying ocean life, check out the library copy of World Ocean Census: a Global Survey of Marine Life by Darlene Trew Crist, which chronicles the 10 year project to determine what creatures once lived in the oceans, what animals currently live there, and what does the future hold for them. “This book deals with the adventures and experiences of the Census of Marine Life and the process of gathering the data, revealing the stories behind the science. The authors detail the most fascinating findings and exciting discoveries — the thrills encountered and the difficulties overcome — all illustrated with fabulous images captured during the project’s explorations.”

We may not be able to celebrate World Oceans Day at a sunny beach with the waves lapping the shore, but we can do our part to keep our oceans clean, even from Kansas!

 

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