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Mon -Thu 9:00 - 7:30
Fri 9:00 - 5:00
Sat 10:00 - 4:00
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Discussion Series Explores “The 1930s”

kings men– Parsons Public Library announces a four-part book discussion series scheduled for February through May on the theme “The 1930s.”

The first discussion, scheduled for Monday, February 23, at 6:30 pm, is on All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.  Warren was a novelist, but he thought of his work as a sort of history as well.  “And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost.”  The devil in question here is Huey Long, the notorious Louisiana governor who provided Warren a model for Willie Stark, the main character in this novel.   The discussion leader will be Linda Lewis, Professor of Humanities at Bethany College, Lindsborg.

Copies of the book are available now for check-out.

The series continues with discussions on The Day of the Locust  by Nathanael West (March 23), Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston (April 20), and The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (May 11).  All book discussions will begin at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room of the library.

For American history, the 1930s was a pivotal, critical era.  In the early years of the decade, a range of fundamental challenges confronted the nation – the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, Prohibition, Nazi Germany, and imperial Japan.  Yet the later years of the decade are equally remarkable for the ways America mapped a route out of the crisis.

The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program.  The Council, supported by a gift from the Emporia State University Center for Great Plains Studies, is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Parsons TALK series.  For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St.  To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

This Week At The Library

January 26-31, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 at 6:30pm. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Sneezy the Snowman, by Maureen Wright.   Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Sneezy the Snowman, by Maureen Wright.   Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Sneezy the Snowman, by Maureen Wright.   Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Looking for tax forms this year?

tax formsWe have not yet received any forms yet, but we anticipate that Federal Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ will be shipped to libraries around the end of January.  However, the IRS has informed us that due to funding cuts this year, NO instruction booklets will be sent to us.

You have several options for filing taxes, and we have links on our website that may help you.  On our homepage (www.parsonslibrary.org), click on the link at the very top of the page called “Sites to Explore”.  On this page, look for the heading “Tax Forms”, which lists three links.

Our first link (“Federal”) takes you to the IRS page where you can file online for free, download and print copies of forms and instructions, or order forms over the Internet or by phone to be mailed to you.

Our second link (“File Kansas Forms Online”) takes you to the Kansas Department of Revenue page where you can file online, or download and print forms and instructions.

If you need to file taxes in another state, our third link (“Other States”) takes you to a page that contains links to other states’ tax pages.

In addition, we will have one copy each of some of the more popular forms and instruction booklets available at the library’s front desk.  Patrons may review these and make copies of the forms and instructions they need.  Patrons may also use one of the library computers to download and print copies, order forms, or file online.  (Copies, whether photocopied or printed off the Internet, are .25/page.)

This Week At The Library

January 19-24, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015.  The Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Day.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Elmo’s Alphabet Soup,  by Naomi Kleinberg.     Miss Willie would like for each child to bring in a soup can for the craft activity.   Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Elmo’s Alphabet Soup, by Naomi Kleinberg.  Miss Willie would like for each child to bring in a soup can for the craft activity.   Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Presentation Explores Unique Kansas Connection to Vice-President

Parsons Public Library will host “The Nicodemus Connection to a Vice President,” a presentation and discussion by Angela Bates on Monday, February 2, at 6:30 in the library multi-purpose room.

Before homesteading as free men in the African American settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas, Tom Johnson and John Samuels were enslaved by U.S. Vice President Richard M. Johnson.  This presentation explores their lives on the Johnson plantation, the tragic split of their families, and their migration and settlement on the western plains of Kansas.

Angela Bates is the executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society.  She presents educational programs across the nation covering Nicodemus, Exodusters and black towns in the West, Buffalo Soldiers, and black women in the West.

“The slave experience in America was not as simple as black and white, as we might want to believe,”  said Bates.  “It was experienced on many levels, by many diverse groups of people and individuals black as well as white, and varied geographically and individually from one state and plantation or household to the next.  Slavery should  be looked at, explored, and discussed without blame, shame, guilt, or anger, which cloud our views and limits our understanding.”

“The Nicodemus Connection to a Vice President” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts. Bates_Angela

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.  For more information about KHC programs, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St.  For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

This Week At The Library

January 12-17, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:30pm. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Tiger in My Soup, by Kashmira Sheth. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Tiger in My Soup, by Kashmira Sheth. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm.  Board of Directors Meeting. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Tiger in My Soup, by Kashmira Sheth. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015!

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We will be closing today, December 31st, at 3:00pm and will reopen Friday, January 02, 2015 at 9:00am.

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful new year!

Just in…

 Our January – April 2015 Newsletter is now available.

Stop by the library and see what’s coming up and new hot reads. Or click on the link below and read it now!

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http://parsons.mykansaslibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CurrentNewsletter.pdf

This Week At The Library

January 5- 10, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:30pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads    The First Day of  Winter,  by Denise Fleming. Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads  The First Day of  Winter,  by Denise Fleming. Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads    The First Day of  Winter,  by Denise Fleming. Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

This Week At The Library

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There will be no story hour until January 5, 2015 due to the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The Library will close at 3 pm.  We will be closed January 1, 2015.   We will re-open on January 2,  2015 at 9 am.