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Pick Up Summer Reading Prizes Until August 7

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Congratulations on a record-breaking year! There were more participants in the summer reading program than ever before: 2,556 children, 455 teens, and 704 adults!

You can pick up your prizes for reading 300 and 600 minutes at the library until Monday, August 7. Library staff can even help you log your final reading time if you didn’t get it entered by July 31.

There are still a lot of great book choices left for kids, including the Percy Jackson series, graphic novels, Magic Tree House, and more!

The grand prize drawings for teens and adults will take place on August 8. All winners will be notified.

We hope you had fun reading this summer. Keep up the good work and please call the library if you have questions (785) 776-4741.

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Total Solar Eclipse Events at the Library – 2017

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Print a safe viewing guide/event list here.

We’re sorry, the demand for solar eclipse glasses has been greater than we could have imagined. The library does not have any glasses left to distribute to the public.  Staff will have glasses for people to share at the library’s Eclipse Viewing Party on August 21, but only in a limited number.

Please visit this website for safe viewing tips without solar eclipse viewing glasses

A total solar eclipse will take place in the Midwest on Monday, August 21 from 11:30 to 2:30, with totality beginning at 1:00 p.m. and ending at 1:05.* This is the first total eclipse to be visible in the U.S. since 1978.

The Manhattan community is invited to a free “Eclipse Viewing Party” at Manhattan Public Library, located at 629 Poyntz Avenue, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on August 21. Participants can view the partial eclipse outdoors using free safety glasses provided by STAR_net, or relax indoors and watch live video of the total eclipse as it passes over North America. You can also pick up free glasses at any of the events below, while supplies last.

In addition to the viewing party, the library is offering two free programs leading up to the big event.

On Tuesday, August 8 at 2:00 p.m., kids in kindergarten through sixth grade can “Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse.” Kids will learn about the eclipse and explore information about astronomy. They will also craft an eclipse viewer to take home.

Then on Thursday, August 10 at 11:00 a.m., preschool-aged kids can hear stories about the stars and planets at the “Solar System Storytime.”

Librarians will also be available to visit about the eclipse at the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s Community Day on Saturday, August 6 from noon to 6:00 p.m.

Anyone interested in learning more about the eclipse, astronomy, or the solar system should explore the many resources available at Manhattan Public Library.

These solar eclipse programs are made possible by a grant secured by STAR_net Science-Technology Activities & Resources for Libraries and funding from Manhattan Library Association. All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at (785) 776-4741 or, or visit 629 Poyntz Avenue.

*Time estimates are based on information from NASA for the Lincoln, NE area, which is the closest location where the total eclipse can be observed.

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Summer Reading 2017 Press Release

People of all ages can join the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading program for free. After signing up online or at the library, participants simply keep track of the time they spend reading or listening to books from June 1 to July 31. Different prizes are awarded based on age group, and can be picked up at the library until August 7. Last year, a total of 2,423 kids, 474 teens, and 465 adults joined in the fun.

The summer program begins with a kickoff party celebrating the theme “Build a Better World” on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Participants can explore different cultures with hands-on activities, interesting artifacts, and cultural representatives from the Manhattan community. Teens are invited to decorate the library windows with images inspired by this year’s theme. This is also a great time to sign up for the program and pick up the first reward.

Other exciting activities such as storytimes, summer clubs, gardening workshops, and more, will be offered throughout the summer. All library programs and activities are free and open to the public, although some programs have limited space and require registration. For more information, check the event schedule or pick up a calendar at one of the library’s service desks.

The nationwide summer reading program 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 in Manhattan, the Manhattan Public Library has enlisted the help of local partners to give rewards and prizes to readers. Prizes include free books, gift certificates to local restaurants, and passes to local attractions.

Prizes have been purchased by the Manhattan Library Association, Manhattan Library Foundation, or donated by local businesses and organizations.

The library would like to thank the following generous sponsors: Applebee’s, Chick-fil-A, Confucius Center, Cool Care Club, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Goblin Games, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan Kiwanis, Manhattan Library Association, Manhattan Library Foundation, Manhattan Town Center, Noodles & Co., Olson’s Birkenstock, Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N Bake Pizza, Pediatric Associates, Sunset Zoo, Varsity Donuts, and Vista Drive In.

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Summer Reading Begins June 1!

Summer Reading 2017

People of all ages can participate in the library’s summer reading program for free. Sign up online after May 17 and simply keep track of the time you spend reading from June 1 to July 31. You can also visit the library for the kickoff party on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to noon to sign up, have fun, and collect your registration reward!


Different prizes are awarded based on your age group, but everyone will receive a small reward when they sign up. A larger reward will be given at 300 minutes (5 hours) of reading time, and the grand prizes will be awarded at 600 minutes (10 hours) of reading time. Participants will also get drawing chances or stickers for every summer reading program they attend.

This year, prizes include: free books, ice cream cones, donuts, kids’ meals, and passes to local attractions. Teens and adults will earn free books and other rewards, plus they will get to enter drawings for grand prizes such as Kindle Fires and Birkenstocks!

Prizes have been purchased by the Manhattan Library Foundation, the Manhattan Library Association, or donated by local businesses and organizations.

The library would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

  • Applebee’s
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Cool Care Club
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Flint Hills Discovery Center
  • Goblin Games
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Manhattan Arts Center
  • Manhattan Broadcasting Company
  • Manhattan Kiwanis
  • Manhattan Library Association
  • Manhattan Library Foundation
  • Manhattan Town Center
  • Noodles & Co.
  • Olson’s Birkenstock
  • Pediatric Associates
  • Sunset Zoo
  • Varsity Donuts
  • Vista Drive In
  • Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

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HCCI Credit Counseling

Financial Counseling Available at Manhattan Public Library

Beginning May 1, 2017,  the library will offer a new service to provide financial counseling using a web-based video-connection with Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI) in Topeka.

The video-counseling is available for people in all income levels but will primarily benefit:

  1. individuals and families wanting to budget well, reduce debt, and save for short-term and long-term financial goals; and
  2. low and moderately-low income working families wanting to build good credit and get ahead.

A typical HCCI counseling session is 1.5 hours and includes a thorough review of spending habits, debts, credit report data and score, any garnishments and the client’s short and long-term financial goals.  Each client develops – with guidance from their HCCI Counselor:

  • a personal Spending Plan (budget), and
  • “Next Steps Action Plans” to meet their short and long-term financial goals.

To make an appointment:

Call HCCI at 800-383-0217.  HCCI staff will arrange a time that is convenient for you to come to the Manhattan Public Library to connect online for a video-counseling session.  Staff here can help you with this web-based connection.

You will be able to visit with your HCCI Counselor directly and view (on a computer screen) the helpful forms HCCI uses to guide people to develop a practical budget of their own.  HCCI will pull your credit report and explain what lenders and employers look for in a credit report.  You will also receive an Action Plan and guidance from HCCI about the steps you can take to reduce debt, build your credit, and begin to save for emergencies.  Everything you need will be e-mailed or mailed to you by your HCCI counselor.

HCCI tells us 70% of the people they counsel qualify for free counseling because their income or household qualifies for grant funding HCCI receives to help cover counseling costs.  For example:  there is no charge to military personnel or their families.  There is no fee for people earning lower-incomes.

 For all others, a one-time counseling fee of $45 covers the initial 1.5 hour session plus continuing counseling, as often as needed, at no charge.  Additional counseling visits may be by phone, e-mail and video-counsels at the library.

To learn more go to HCCI’s website at or call 800-383-0217.

HCCI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, founded in 1972.  HCCI is certified by HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and is licensed and regulated by the Office of the Kansas State Bank Commissioner.  HCCI is funded in part by United Ways in Emporia, Junction City, Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka, by government grants, and by corporations, foundations and individuals.  HCCI’s CSO License # is 0000003.

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“Autumn Calf” for Earth Day 2017

MANHATTAN, KS – At 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 kids of all ages can celebrate Earth Day with a story about a special baby bison living in Kansas. Author Jill Haukos will read her children’s picture book, “The Autumn Calf,” which follows the true story of a calf born on the Konza Prairie late in the season. Haukos is the KSU Director of Education for the Konza Prairie Biological Station, and she wrote the book as a way to show the unique aspects of the Konza Prairie environment, how the animals and plants relate to each other, and what this ecosystem means to us.

The book’s illustrator, Joyce Turley, will also speak and show some of the original artwork she created for the book.

Children in attendance will receive a free copy of “The Autumn Calf.” Haukos and Turley will be available after the reading to visit and sign books. This event is co-Sponsored by the Friends of the Konza Prairie and Manhattan Public Library.

For more information, please contact the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue, (785) 776-4741 ext. 400.

Autumn Calf by Jill Haukos and Joyce Turley

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Teen Resume and Interview Workshop 2017

graphic advertising the teen workshop on April 25, 2017

From 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, at Manahttan Public Library, teens will learn how to apply for summer jobs and volunteer positions. The Manhattan Public Library is hosting a resume and interview workshop that will give teens tips about where to apply, how to present yourself in an interview, and how to create an excellent resume.

K-State Research and Extension is partnering with the library to bring this program to Manahttan’s young workforce. Their experts will be on hand to provide advice and conduct mock interviews.

“Our goal is to connect teens with professionals who will look critically at their skills and experiences in order to help craft well-designed resumes. Teens also will participate in mock interviews and be given constructive feedback, which we hope will give them confidence when applying for jobs,” says Young Adult Librarian Rachael Schmidtlein.

Teens are encouraged to dress for success and are asked to bring a flash drive along with a list of their previous work experience or extracurricular activities to the workshop. Registration is required for this event.

All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Manhattan Public Library at 629 Poyntz Avenue or call (785) 776-4741 ext. 403.

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Sandra Cisneros at the Library

Thucover art for Caramelo by Sandra Cisnerosrsday, February 23, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: Sandra Cisneros, world-renowned author of Caramelo and The House on Mango Street, will join Thursday’s Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program by phone to discuss her work, her life, and her views on contemporary immigration.

Cisneros is known for her experiments with literary form and her challenging of social conventions as well as the personal intimacy which she includes in her work. She received the National Medal of Arts award presented by President Obama, as well as NEA fellowships, the Texas Medal of the Arts, and Chicago’s Fifth Star Award among others.

After seeing her book Caramelo mentioned on the Manhattan Public Library’s blog as one of this year’s TALK discussion features, Ms. Cisneros contacted the library. She generously offered to speak with TALK participants via phone conference from her home in central Mexico.

“We are so excited at this opportunity to get to talk directly with the author. She indicated that she is pleased that we are exploring the topic of contemporary immigration and is looking forward to discussing a book that is very important to her,” said Manhattan Public Library Adult Services Manager, Rhonna Hargett.

The TALK program will meet in the library’s Groesbeck Meeting Room on the second floor from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, February 23. No registration is required and extra copies of Cisneros’ book will be available for checkout. Please allow a little extra time to find parking, as this will likely be a popular event.

To learn more about Sandra Cisneros and her work, visit her website at

The Talk About Literature in Kansas program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council. The Manhattan Library Association sponsors the program for the Manhattan community. If you would like to learn more about TALK, please visit More information about the Manhattan Public Library and the Manhattan Library Association can be found at, by calling (785) 776-4741 ext.300, or by visiting the library at 629 Poyntz Avenue.


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Fun for Kids When School is Out – February 13, 2017


Kids are out of school three days this week, and the library has fun activities planned just for them!


9:30 a.m. Toddler Wiggleworms Storytime, infants and toddlers with an adult caregiver
Fun stories, action rhymes, and songs will get toddlers moving and learning.

10:15 a.m. Free Face Painting, kids PreK through 6th grade
Allison Booth of Painting Pearls will be in the library to add some fun and magic to your face (or hand, or arm) for the day. Hearts will be today’s theme!

2:00 p.m. Free Kids’ Movie, kids K through 6th grade
Rated PG, 93 minutes: Enter a bright, wondrous world populated by hilarious little creatures with colorful hair. Their story is filled with music, heart, and hair-raising adventures. (Our movie licensing contracts do not permit listing movie titles on this page.)

4:00 p.m. CANTEEN, teens 7th through 12th grade
Unwind with friends and enjoy video games, crafts, and snacks in the library’s Groesbeck Room.



9:30 a.m. Baby Rhyme Time, infants and young toddlers with an adult caregiver
Listen to bouncy songs, nursery rhymes, and short stories.

11:00 a.m. Preschool Story Train, kids PreK
Stories, songs, and activities to keep preschoolers engaged and excited about learning to read.

3:00 p.m. Odd Squad Math Challenge, kids K through 3rd grade
Here’s a case for Manhattan’s own Odd Squad: Dangerous Dobbles are on the loose! We will work together to find them all and put things right again with stellar sorting and classifying skills. Then it’s time for the Shape-Up Quest in the Children’s Room. Report your findings at Headquarters and create an odd-shaped snack.

4:30 p.m. Tween Club DIY Creations, kids 4th through 6th grade
Craft to your heart’s content with all forms of duct tape. You bring an idea and we’ll make it happen!



10:00 a.m. Preschool Story Train, kids PreK
Stories, songs, and activities to keep preschoolers engaged and excited about learning to read.

1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Throwback Board Games Day, kids through 6th grade
Stop by anytime today to play classic board games.

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