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

Thanksgiving Holiday

Don’t Forget !  The Parsons Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 27, Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29, 2014 to enjoy the holidays with our families.  May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and friends.  We will return to work on Monday December 1, at 9 am.  turkey two

New Library Cards Are Available

– Starting December 2, patrons of Parsons Public Library are invited to come to the library to get new free library cards to use with the library’s new automated system.

In order to get a new card, patrons must bring in their current library card along with a written form of identification such as a driver’s license.  If the driver’s license does not contain the current address, the patron should bring an additional document, such as a utility bill, statement, or other document that contains the current address.  Patrons will be asked to fill out new paperwork before the new card is issued and also clear any outstanding fines.

The switch to new cards is necessary because library staff are transitioning to a new library system for cataloging and circulation functions.  The new library cards contain 14-digit barcodes which are standard for modern library systems instead of non-standard 5-digit barcodes which current patron cards have.  Patrons can expect a slight delay in check-out time during the transition period while paperwork is being completed and information is put into the new system.

Children may apply for a library card if age 3 or over.  For minors under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must come to the library and sign the minor’s application.

The last system upgrade for Parsons Public Library was in 1992.  Once the transition to the new system is complete, which is expected to take a few months, staff will be able to offer many patron-friendly services not available under the current system.  Those services include features such as the ability for patrons to view their accounts online to see their checkouts and due dates, place holds and renew online, and receive email courtesy notices when items are due.  Although these services are not available yet, a link to view the new online catalog is on the library’s website (www.parsonslibrary.org).  The link is labeled “Online Catalog” and is located in the right-hand column in the group headed “Online Resources”.

Patrons may search the online catalog by title, author, subject, or keyword.  Search results can be further limited by format (such as DVD, Large Print, etc.), language, and year (or date range) published.  Since the catalog is shared with other consortium members, the search results display items from other libraries, but results may be limited by location to Parsons Public Library.  If an item is not checked out to anyone, it will display a status of “Available”.  If it is checked out, the status will be “Not Available” and will list the due date.

The new system, Sierra by Innovative Interfaces, Inc., was chosen by members of the Pittsburg State University Library Consortium, of which Parsons Public Library is a member.  Other consortium members include Axe Library and the Kansas Technology Center at PSU, Pittsburg Public Library, Sedan Public Library, Eureka Public Library, USD 250, and Fort Scott Community College Library.  Innovative Interfaces has been a leader in library software for 35 years, and has systems installed in more than 9,500 libraries around the globe.

For any questions, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

Holiday Activities at the Library

Parsons Public Library is hosting a variety of activities in December for all ages, including a visit from Santa, a Winter Reading Program, a Holiday Tea, and much more.

On Saturday, December 6, at 1:00, young adults ages 11-17 will get in the holiday spirit with a craft workshop on making ornaments.  Light snacks will be served, and pre-registration is required.

On Thursday, December 11, from 2:00 to 4:00, the library will host a festive Holiday Tea in the library’s multi-purpose room.  The public is invited to stop by and enjoy coffee, tea, light snacks and spend time socializing with others.  There is no need to pre-register for the event.

On Saturday, December 13, the Library will host its annual Breakfast with Santa for children, ages infant to 12, at 10:00 in the basement of the Municipal Building.  Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and take a picture of their child with Santa.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Cameras will not be provided.

Want to help build the children’s library collection?  A Christmas tree in the lobby of the library will contain holiday ornaments, each representing a different book that the library would like to add to the children’s collection.  To help, all you have to do is choose an ornament off the tree for the book that you would like to donate.  Then bring the ornament to the circulation desk, sign the ornament, and make your donation to the library for the amount shown on the back of the ornament.  The library staff will then order the book, and when it arrives, a bookplate with your name will be inserted in the book.

“Chill Out and Read!” is the theme for the children’s Winter Reading Program, which will begin on December 22 and run through February 27.  Children ages infant to 12 are encouraged to read a total of ten books of their choice.  After they complete a log sheet with the ten book titles, they can collect a prize and enter a drawing for a grand prize.  Eager readers can read more books and enter the contest as many times as they wish.

All events are free.  The library is located at 311 South 17th St., Parsons KS.  To register for an event or for more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920 or stop by.  Hours for the library are:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00 – 7:30; Friday, 9:00 – 5:00; and Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00.  The library is closed on Sundays and on November 27-30 and December 24 and 25.  The library will also close at 3:00 on December 31.

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This Week At The Library

November 24-29, 2014

Monday, November 24, at 6:30, Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Turkey On The Loose! by Sylvie Wickstrom.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Tuesday, November 25, at 10:00 Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Turkey On The Loose! by Sylvie Wickstrom.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Wednesday, November 26,  at 10:00 Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Turkey On The Loose! by Sylvie Wickstrom.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Thursday, November 27, Friday November 28 and Saturday, November 29, The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving so that our staff may celebrate the holidays with their families.  We will reopen on Monday, December 1, at 9 am.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Book Discussion on Civil War Continues

Thomas Prasch of Washburn University will lead a discussion of The March by E. L. Doctorow at 6:30 on December 15 at Parsons Public Library. TK_Prasch

The final book in the four-part “Civil War” book discussion series follows General William Tecumseh Sherman’s famous march, the scorched-earth tromping of Union forces across George and the Carolinas.  Doctorow provides a perspective that blends panoramic overview with local experience, and mixes fictional characters with historical figures.

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

The discussion leader, Thomas Prasch, is a professor and chairs the history department at Washburn University.  He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University.

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.

This Week At The Library

Monday at 6:30, Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Is Everyone Ready For FUN? by Jan Thomas In honor of Kansas Reads to Preschooler. Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Monday at 6:30pm.  Adult Book Discussion. Parsons Public Library will host Sandra Wiechert who will lead a book discussion on the novel, March, by Geraldine Brooks.   This book is part of the The Civil War  Series brought to us by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization promoting understanding the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community. 

Tuesday at 10:00 Story Hour.    Join Miss Willie as she reads Is Everyone Ready For FUN? by Jan Thomas In honor of Kansas Reads to Preschooler. Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Wednesday at 10:00 Story Hour.   Join Miss Willie as she reads Is Everyone Ready For FUN? by Jan Thomas In honor of Kansas Reads to Preschooler. Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Saturday, November 22, at 1 pm.  Children’s Book and Movie Discussion, The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks.  Come by the library and pick up your book to read.  For Children ages 8-10.

This Week At The Library

November 10-15, 2014

Monday at 6:30, Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Monday at 5:30 pm.  Board of Directors Meeting held in Conference Room.

Tuesday: Veteran’s Day.  We will be closed for Veteran’s Day so that our staff can spend time with their families.  The Library will re-open on Wednesday, November 12 at 9 am.

Wednesday at 10:00 Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Thursday at 6:30 pm. Shop with Confidence. Kanak Patel will present the workshop, “Shop with Confidence.”  Following best practices, users on the Internet can overcome their fears.  Mr. Patel will discuss some of the things that you can do to protect yourself while shopping online.

Fall Back Friday

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Can you guess who these scary people are? This picture is a blast from the past.

Amnesty Month ends tomorrow 10/31/2014

Amnesty Month ends tomorrow.  Books brought in with fines will have them waived  tomorrow only.

This Week At The Library

November 3-8, 2014

Monday at 6:30, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Bear’s New Friend, by Karma Wilson.  Children ages 2-6 are welcome.

Tuesday at 10:00 Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Bear’s New Friend, by Karma Wilson.  Children ages 2-6 are welcome.

Wednesday at 10:00 Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Bear’s New Friend, by Karma Wilson.  Children ages 2-6 are welcome.

Thursday at 6:30 pm. Say Cheese! Taking pictures of your loved ones can be one of the great joys of photography.  This year, be prepared for Thanksgiving family gatherings and Christmas morning by learning the most useful settings and techniques for capturing those once-in-a-lifetime memories of people. Mr. Paul Milks, a local photography enthusiast, will present this workshop.