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Sensory Storytime

In addition to the nine storytime sessions held at the Manhattan Public Library each week, a Sensory Storytime has been developed to benefit those children who are less comfortable in larger groups. Sensory Storytimes are limited to 12 participants creating a calmer atmosphere for children ages 10 and under who are on the autism spectrum or are sensitive to sensory overload.

Jennifer Bergen, Youth Services Manager, describes the Sensory Storytime as an option for children to engage in reading activities where librarians will use preschool-level books, appropriate songs and movements.

Both evening and morning sessions are available. Please register by using the links below or by contacting the library at (785) 776-4741 ext. 400.

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, October 4 at 10:00 AM

Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, October 11 at 10:00 AM

Additional sessions will be offered in the spring of 2018.

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Welcome to Flipster Digital Magazines

Read magazines online or download the Flipster App to enjoy the content offline.

These magazines are available in Flipster:

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Country Living
  • Discover
  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • Highlights for Kids
  • New Yorker
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Prevention
  • Ranger Rick
  • Rolling Stone
  • Seventeen
  • Teen Vogue
  • Woman’s Day

Library staff can assist you if you have questions and the resources below can help you get started.

Video tutorials:

Flipster on Desktop

Flipster for Mobile Devices

Here are some handy guides for getting started:

Getting Started with Flipster

iOS App for iPad and iPhone

Android App

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Welcome to hoopla Digital

Hoopla is a groudbreaking digital media service offered by Manhattan Public Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, phone – and even  your TV. With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded for offline enjoyment later. More than 500,000 titles are available, with more added daily. You will even find same-day releases available to borrow.

How to Use

You can stream titles instantly through your desktop browser or the hoopla mobile app. The mobile app will allow you to download titles to your device for use offline.

Each library cardholder may borrow five titles per month. At the end of the borrowing period, the title will no longer be available. There are never any late fees or charges for this service.

Log In

The first time you visit hoopla, you will be asked to create an account.

  1. Download the App (recommended) or go to hoopladigital.com
  2. Click log in
  3. Click sign in for the first time
  4. Select Manhattan Public Library as your provider
  5. Create an account using your library card number, password, email, and a new password you create
  6. The next time you visit the site, you can log in with your email address and hoopla password, or simply open the App to get started

No holds

All of the 500,000+ titles are available immediately with no waiting and no holds.

No Fines

Anything you check out is returned automatically at the end of the borrowing period.

Kids Mode

To make sure kids don’t have access to adult materials, simply toggle the Kids Mode switch under the settings menu of the App.

Five Per Month

Each library card can access five titles per calendar month. The library is charged per checkout, so the limit ensures that everyone can use the service, not just a few enthusiastic borrowers.

  1. Movies and TV shows: 3 days (note: each TV show episode counts as 1 checkout)
  2. Audiobooks, ebooks, and graphic novels: 3 weeks
  3. Music albums: 1 week

Troubleshooting

BLOCKED CARDS

People with blocked cards will not be able to check out items on hoopla until the block is removed.

ITEMS DISAPPEAR

  1. When the borrowing period is over, items will no longer be accessible on your device. If you have not yet reached the five item limit, you can check out the item again.
  2. All of the downloaded content is available offline using the Hoopla App, but you have to select “download” while connected to the Internet.
    1. To find downloaded content, click on the app and you will be directed to the “my titles” portion. Listen, read, or watch from there even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
    2. Files are not “saved” in the traditional way. The app is the only way to access the downloaded content.
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Welcome to the Creation Station

Library patrons now have access to software tools for learning about and creating digital design projects.

The Creation Station has the Adobe Creative Cloud software collection which includes:

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Acrobat Pro
  • Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Audition
  • InCopy
  • Character Animator

The workstation has two monitors and headphones, allowing a user to have Lynda.com tutorials running on a second screen while they follow along in the actual program on the main screen, sometimes using practice files provided by Lynda.com. Staff have also made it easy for you to plug in your own device since you will, as with all of the library’s public workstations, need to provide your own data storage. It will not be possible to save any work on the library’s computer.

How to Reserve

Sign up in person at the Technology Center desk when you arrive. This workstation is available by reservation only and sessions are limited to four hours in length.

Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to contact the library at (785) 776-4741 ext. 500.

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HCCI Financial Counseling at the Library

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 www.hcci-ks.org 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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Welcome to hoopla

hoopla Digital

Hoopla is a streaming digital service offered free to Manhattan Library card holders.  Borrowers can check out music, audiobooks, ebooks, graphic novels, movies, and TV shows instantly and even download them to a device using the hoopla app. Downloaded content is available offline even without an Internet connection.

The music collection is the most impressive component, with more than 300,000 albums and same-day new releases.

Where?

  1. Links from the library’s Online Resources page and inside the library’s catalog
  2. Free app for Android on Google Play or iOS on App Store
  3. Go directly to hoopladigital.com

Log In

The first time you visit hoopla, you will be asked to create an account.

  1. Download the App (recommended) or go to hoopladigital.com
  2. Click log in
  3. Click sign in for the first time
  4. Select Manhattan Public Library as the provider
  5. Create an account using your library card number, password, email, and a new password
  6. The next time you return, you can log in with your email address and hoopla password

No Holds

All of the 500,000+ titles are available immediately, with no waiting and no holds.

No Fines

Anything you check out is returned automatically at the end of the borrowing period.

R Ratings Blocked for Kids

If you would not like your children to have access to R Rated materials, simply click the “Kids Mode” option in the App’s settings menu.

Five Per Month

Each library card can access five titles per calendar month. The library is charged per checkout, so the limit ensures that everyone can use the service, not just a few enthusiastic borrowers.

  1. Movies and TV shows: 3 days (note: each TV show episode counts as 1 checkout)
  2. Audiobooks, ebooks, and graphic novels: 3 weeks
  3. Music albums: 1 week

Troubleshooting

BLOCKED CARDS

People with blocked cards will not be able to check out items on hoopla until the block is removed.

ITEMS DISAPPEAR

  1. When the borrowing period is over, items will no longer be accessible on your device. If you have not yet reached the five-item limit, you can check out the item again.
  2. All of the downloaded content is available offline using the Hoopla App, but you have to select “download” while connected to the Internet.
    1. To find downloaded content, click on the app and you will be directed to the “my titles” portion. Listen, read, or watch from there even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
    2. Files are not “saved” in the traditional way. The app is the only way to access the downloaded content.
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Welcome to Lynda.com

First, get a Manhattan Public Library card to access lynda.com and other library services. 

Your Manhattan Public Library card now gives you access to the 6,000+ video courses on lynda.com. All you have to do is follow the link https://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 anywhere you have an internet connection.

Watch the online course How to Use lynda.com

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 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, get tips for job interviews, and a lot more.

Each course 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 and some are as long as nine hours. Videos are available for all learning levels, with most focused on professional learning. 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 or use the chat button at the bottom-right of the screen.

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