Book Discussion on the 1930s Continues

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By , April 23, 2015 11:49 am

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Tom Prasch of Topeka will lead a discussion of The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan at 6:30 on Monday, May 11 at Parsons Public Library.

This is the final book in the four-part “The 1930s” book discussion series. In The Worst Hard Time: the Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Egan, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, traces a half-dozen families and communities in the Great Plains through the rise and fall of the region. A first-hand account describes one of the new storms that would come to define the Dust Bowl: “Wasn’t a sandstorm…And it wasn’t a hailstorm, thou it certainly brought with it a dark, threatening sky…It rolled, like a mobile hill of crud, and it was black.”

The Worst Hard Time won the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and has been hailed not only for the depiction of an epic story of courage in the face of disaster, but also as a masterful overview of the consequences of agricultural misuse of the land.

Tom Prasch is professor and chair of the history department at Washburn University. He received his Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, and has been leading Kansas Humanities discussions since 1999.

Copies of the book The Worst Hard Time 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.

This Week At The Library

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By , April 21, 2015 1:56 pm

April 27-May 2, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Rain, by Manya Stojic. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Rain, by Manya Stojic. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Rain, by Manya Stojic. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

This Week At The Library

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April 20- 25, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Curious George Plants a Tree, by Margaret and H. A. Ray. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Adult Book Discussion. Join us to welcome Sister Rosemary Kolich who will lead a book discussion on the novel, Mules and Men, by Zora Neale Hurston.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Curious George Plants a Tree, by Margaret and H. A. Ray. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Curious George Plants a Tree, by Margaret and H. A. Ray. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Children’s Movie and Book Discussion. Join Miss Willie to discuss Hotel For Dogs and to watch the movie. Children 8-10 are welcome.

Trippin’ Across Kansas

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By , April 11, 2015 9:36 am

KSTG15_cover-for-Saved-ElementsThinking of taking a trip across Kansas this summer? Or, maybe you would just like to learn more about our amazing state. Stop by the library and pick up free copies of Kansas travel literature, courtesy of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. We have a fresh supply of the following:

2015/2016 Kansas highway maps

2015 Kansas Official Travel Guide: a 136-page booklet full of interesting articles, a calendar of events, and attractions for all the towns and cities in Kansas.

Byways of Kansas: a 46-page booklet featuring 11 amazing highways and roads in the state

Kansas State Parks: a 45-page booklet about our state park facilities

2015 Kansas Outdoors: Whether you hunt, fish, hike, bird, or just want to learn more about outdoor opportunities, you can read about it in this 54-page booklet and resource guide

Fun Fact brochures: interesting facts for both the young and old about things you can see while exploring the state. One brochure is about Grasses, Trees, Wildflowers, and Shrubs; one is about Rocks, Fossils and the Landscape of Kansas; and one is about Birds and Wildlife. Each brochure contains either a game or a checklist you can use to record your discoveries.

This Week At The Library

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By , April 3, 2015 9:40 am

April 6, – 11, 2015

Monday, April 6,  2015 at 6:30 pm.  Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!  by  Lucille Colandro.  Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:00 am.  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!  by  Lucille Colandro.   Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!  by  Lucille Colandro.   Children ages

0-6 are welcome.

Paying It Forward — the Golden Ticket

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By , April 1, 2015 12:01 pm

A lucky young person found a “Golden Ticket” in a copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at her public library.   It was a case of “paying it forward.”

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150329/NEWS/150329133

Images of Southeast Kansas Exhibit

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By , March 31, 2015 1:43 pm

Paul L Milks PhotographyThis month’s library exhibit showcases the work of local photographer Paul Milks. Wildlife, abandoned farms, back roads, rodeos, and other quintessential images of Southeast Kansas are featured in the collection, which is on display in the library lobby during the month of April. The public is invited to stop by the library (311 S. 17th St., Parsons KS) to view the exhibit and sign the guest book. For more information, call Parsons Public Library at 620-421-5920.

About the Photographer:

Growing up in Parsons Kansas, Paul Milks developed a love for the outdoors early in life. Exploring the banks of Labette Creek with his friends and spending time on his grandparents’ farm in the summer were among his favorite pastimes. Over the years, his outdoor skills, curiosity about nature, and interest in cameras grew into a passion, and his passion eventually led to undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Emporia State University. Although Paul has been an avid photographer for over fifty years, retirement has provided him the opportunity to take his photography to new creative heights. Sunsets and sunrises will often find him driving rural roads, looking for that special combination of light, subject, and setting which captures the perfect spirit of Kansas outdoors.

 

Are you preparing for the GED®?

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By , March 30, 2015 11:53 am

Earning a high school equivalency credential shows that you have high-school-level academic skills. It can help open the door to a better job or career, and a college education. 
The State Library of Kansas provides GED practice exams, eBooks and tutorials through LearningExpress Library at no charge for all Kansas residents. This resource can help you every step of the way, from finding out if you’re ready to take the test, to building your academic skills, to preparing for your high school equivalency exam. 
 

Direct Link to the High School Equivalency Center
http://tinyurl.com/ks-ged

LearningExpress Library is available through the State Library of Kansas. You can access this link from any Kansas IP address but if you’re outside of Kansas or on a mobile device, you’ll need to sign up for an eCard. At no charge, Kansas residents can obtain a Kansas Library eCard, provided by the State Library of Kansas, by visiting your local library.
Trouble logging in? Call 785.296.3296 or email kslc@library.ks.gov.

 

This Week At The Library

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By , March 30, 2015 9:53 am

March 30- April 4, 2015

 

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:30 am.  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:30 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

 

 

Book Discussion on the 1930s Continues

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By , March 25, 2015 1:27 pm

Sister Rosemary Kolich of the University of Saint Mary will lead a discussion of Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston at 6:30 on Monday, April 20 at Parsons Public Library.

This is the third book in the four-part “The 1930s” book discussion series.  Mules and Men is a treasury of black America’s folklore collected by a famous storyteller and anthropologist.  Hurston recalled in her introduction: “I was glad when somebody told me, ‘You may go and collect Negro folklore.”  The resulting book established the territory she would continue to explore in both fiction and non-fictional forms, the shaping of African-American identity in the contexts of both the experience of the South and the Great Migration to the cities of the north.

Sister Kolich teaches English for the University of Saint Mary at both the main campus in Leavenworth and at the Overland Park campus.  She earned her PhD from Saint Louis University, and is an assistant professor.  One of the courses she team teaches is called Good Books, which pairs works from theology and literature with similar themes.

Copies of the book Mules and Men are available for checkout from the library now.

The series will conclude with a discussion on The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan on May 11.

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.
 TK_KolichMembers 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.

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