Hours

WINTER HOURS
(Oct. 1-Memorial Day)
Mon -Thu 9:00 - 7:30
Fri 9:00 - 5:00
Sat 10:00 - 4:00
Sun CLOSED

SUMMER HOURS
(Memorial Day-Sept. 30)
Mon 9:00 - 7:30
Tue 9:00 - 5:30
Wed 9:00 - 5:30
Thu 9:00 - 7:30
Fri 9:00 - 5:00
Sat 10:00 - 4:00
Sun CLOSED

Contact Us

Phone: 620-421-5920
Email:
staff@parsonslibrary.org
Website:
http://parsonslibrary.org/
Library Director:
Jean Strader
Parsons Public Library

This Week At The Library

April 28-May 3, 2014

  • Monday, April 28, at 6:30 pm. Story Time. Join Miss Willie as she watches a show based on the book, The Berenstain Bears The Big Red Kite, by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
  • Tuesday, April 29 at 10:00am. Story Time.       Join Miss Willie as she watches a show based on the book, The Berenstain Bears The Big Red Kite, by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
  • Wednesday, April 30 at 10:00 am. Story Time. Join Miss Willie as she watches a show based on the book, The Berenstain Bears The Big Red Kite, by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

Book Discussion on Native American Mysteries Continues

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Thomas Prasch of Washburn University will lead a discussion of The Shaman Sings by James D. Doss at 6:30 on May 12 at Parsons Public Library.

This is the final book in the four-part “Native American Mysteries” series.  James Doss was an electrical engineer, a noted mystery writer and the creator of the popular fictional Ute detective rancher Charlie Moon.  This was his first book, and it combines Ute Indian prophesy, scientific investigation, and Mexican fatalism to solve the brutal evisceration of a Rocky Mountain Polytechnic student.  Switching points of view from the killer to the police, Doss exposes his characters and their complex motivations.

Dr. Prasch is professor and chair of the history department at Washburn.  He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University.

Copies of the book The Shaman Sings are available for checkout from the library now.

The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion series is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization with over 40 years of experience promoting the understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and build community.  For more information about KHC, 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.  To check out books and for more information about the reading series, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

Happy Snowy April 14th.

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Week of April 14th – April 19th, 2014

This Week at the Library

  • Monday, April 14, 2014, Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. This week she will be reading The Night Before Easter, by Natasha Wing. Ages 2-6 are welcome. Story hour starts at 6:30pm in the children’s room.
  • Also, Monday, April 14th, Join us for our third book discussion in the series “Native American Mysteries.” The novel The Ghost Walker, by Margaret Coel will be presented by Sandra Wiechert at 6:30pm.
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. This week she will be reading The Night Before Easter, by Natasha Wing. Ages 2-6 are welcome. Story hour starts at 10:00am in the children’s room.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. This week she will be reading The Night Before Easter, by Natasha Wing. Ages 2-6 are welcome. Story hour starts at 10:00am in the children’s room.
  • Friday, April 18, 2014, Young Adults ages 12-18 are invited to come and watch the movie Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Movie starts at 1:00pm.

Poet Laureate of Kansas to Present Reading and Discussion

Wyatt-Townley-Headshot-color (2)Parsons Public Library will host a poetry reading and discussion with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas on Friday, April 4 at 2:00 in the  in the library’s multi-purpose room.

Wyatt Townley is a widely published, nationally known poet and a fourth-generation Kansan.  Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac” with Garrison Keillor, in US Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” column, and published in journals ranging from “The Paris Review” to “Newsweek.”  She has published three collections of poetry:  “The Breathing Field” (Little Brown), “Perfectly Normal” (The Smith), and “The Afterlives of Trees” (Woodley Press), a Kansas Notable Book and winner of the Nelson Poetry Book Award.

A founding board member of The Writers Place in Kansas City, MO, Townley has served as a teaching artist with Young Audiences and Writers in the Schools program, and has appeared at writers’ conferences and literacy festivals in the Midwest and Northeast.

“The notion of ‘home’ is a long-held Kansas value, and I’d like to start a conversation around the state about coming home to poetry,” said Townley.  “Poetry is a place we can return to in all kinds of weather, with its innate power to heal and comfort, transform and inspire.  Its porch light is always on.”

The Poet Laureate of Kansas is a program made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that promotes the humanities as a public resource for all Kansans.  Townley explores the humanities through public readings, presentations, and discussions about poetry in communities across the state.

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

April 7-12, 2014

  • Monday,      April 7, at 6:30 pm.  Story Time.  Join Miss Willie as she reads The Easter Bunny is Missing! By      Steve Metzer.  Children ages 2-6 are      welcome.
  • Tuesday,      April 8 at 10:00am.      Story Time.   Join Miss Willie as      she reads The Easter Bunny is      Missing! By Steve Metzer.       Children ages 2-6 are welcome.
  • Tuesday,      April 8, at 5:30 pm.  Parsons Public      Library Board of Director’s Meeting.
  • Wednesday,      April 9 at 10:00 am.      Story Time.     Join Miss Willie as      she reads The Easter Bunny is      Missing! By Steve Metzer.       Children ages 2-6 are welcome.

This Week At The Library

March 31-April 5, 2014

  • Monday, March 31, at 6:30 pm.  Story Time. Join Miss Willie as she reads April Foolishness, by Teresa Bateman.  Children 2-6 yrs are welcome.
  • Monday, March 31, at 6:30 pm.  Adult Book Discussion: Dance Hall of The Dead by Tony Hillerman presented by Anne Hawkins.
  • Tuesday, April 1 at 10:00am. Story Time.  Join Miss Willie as she reads April Foolishness, by Teresa Bateman.  Children 2-6 yrs are welcome
  • Wednesday, April 2 at 10:00 am. Story Time.  Join Miss Willie as she reads April Foolishness, by Teresa Bateman.  Children 2-6 yrs are welcome
  • Friday, April 4, at 2:00 pm. In celebration of April being Poetry Month, Parsons Public Library in conjunction with the Kansas Humanities Council presents Coming Home to Poetry.   Join Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley as part of her conversation about coming home to poetry.

This Week At The Library

March 24-29, 2014

  • Monday, March 24, at 6:30 pm.  Story Time.  Join Miss Willie as she reads The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, by Eric Carle.  Ages 2-6 welcome.
  • Tuesday, March 25 at 10:00am. Story Time.  Join Miss Willie as she reads The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, by Eric Carle.  Ages 2-6 welcome
  • Wednesday, March 26 at 10:00 am. Story Time.  Join Miss Willie as she reads The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, by Eric Carle.  Ages 2-6 welcome
  • Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 pm.   Microsoft Excel presented by Paul Milks.  Excel is an electronic spreadsheet   program that can be used for storing, organizing and manipulating information.

Spring

Happy Spring!

Children’s Afternoon Movie

frozen movie  Thursday, March 20, Join Miss Willie  to watch the movie, Frozen at Parsons Public Library at 1 pm.