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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, 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

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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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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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Tomorrow–Long’s Park Dedication to Celebrate History, Revitalization

The City of Manhattan plans a dedication ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the Longs Park. Community Development Block Grants funded the installation of restrooms, the creation of an accessible walking trail, renovation of the picnic shelter and installation of new playground surfacing material.   The dedication ceremony will recognize the history of Long’s Park — named for Archie W. Long who owned Long Oil Company and operated a filling station in the park — as well as the recently completed improvements. To coincide with the dedication, the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance, Riley County Historical Society and Museum, and the Historic Resources Board will host a Historic Summit to follow at 6:30 p.m. May 22 in the Commission Room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave. Author David Dary will be the keynote speaker, and there will also be a panel discussion about downtown, a presentation on parks and a tour of City Auditorium. For more information, please go to the City of Manhattan web site.  Dary is Long’s grandson who now resides in Oklahoma. A well-known and respected journalist, historian and author, he is a Manhattan native and a Kansas State University graduate. He has authored more than 20 books, most about the history of the West, and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  Check out one of his books from MPL!

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May is National Bike Month!

The month of May is Bike Month, and it’s not too late to get on your bike for a ride around town. There are lots of great roads and trails for riding, including the Linear Trail.  Check the City of Manhattan’s official Bike Month 2014 web site  to find out about local rides and resources as well as for the Commuter Challenge.  MPL also has great resources about bicycles and riding–check them out and have fun! (but don’t forget your helmet!)

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Enter to win our Oz Trivia Contest!

To celebrate L. Frank Baum’s Birthday, MPL is sponsoring an Oz Trivia contest. The winner will receive passes to the Oz Museum and a gift certificate for food from Friendship House (yum!), both in Wamego. Stop by the Baum display near the Information Desk for an entry form and see how much you know about the merry, merry Land of Oz!!

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