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

This Week At The Library

July 28-August 2, 2014

    • July 28, 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Katy Did It! by Lorianne Siomades, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
    • July 28, 1 pm. Family Movie. Join Miss Willie for the movie from the book, Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson. Children 8-11 are welcome.
    • July 29, 10 am. Family Movie. Join Miss Willie for the Movie on the book, Wilbur Robinson, by William Joyce held in the multipurpose room. Children ages 5-7.
    • July 29, 1 pm. Teen/ Tween Movie. Join us to watch the Teen Movie, Ender’s Game in the multipurpose room at 1 pm. This Science Fiction movie is about teens who are trained to be fighters. Refreshments will be served. Teens/Tweens are welcome.
    • July 30, 10 am. Story Hour.   Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Katy Did It! by Lorianne Siomades, followed by a craft.       Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
    • July 30, 1 pm. Children’s Craft. Join Miss Willie to make Slime in the multipurpose room. Children ages 3-11 are welcome to come to the program to make slime. THIS IS A DROP IN PROGRAM from 1 to 3.
    • July 31, 2 pm. Astronomy for Everyone. Join us on Thursday, July 31 at 2 pm in the basement of the Municipal Building as astronomer; Kevin Manning presents a program on Astronomy. This event is open to everyone; children, teens and adults.
  • July 31, 2014   End of Summer Reading Program. Reading logs are due today for ALL PROGRAMS: ADULTS, TEENS AND CHILDREN.      

Changes in the Summer Reading Schedule

July 28, 2014

Monday:  1:00 pm:  The Book Discussion has been changed to Family Movie.    Join us to watch

Bridge to  Terabithia at 1:00 pm.  Children 8-11 are welcome.

July 29, 2014

Tuesday at 10 pm. The  Book Discussion has been cancelled.  Join us to watch the movie, Wilbur Robinson, by William Joyce held in the multipurpose room. Children ages 5-7.

This Week At The Library

July 21-26, 2014

  • July 21, 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Just Me In The Tub by Mercer Mayer, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 22, 10 am. Family Morning Movie. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the Family Morning Movie, Despicable Me 2, for children ages 0-11 & their families. Program starts in the multipurpose room
  • July 22, 2 pm. Adult & Teen/Tween Potholder Craft. Adult & Teen/Tween Potholder craft program in the multipurpose room at 2 pm.       Join us to make potholders. Supplies will be furnished.
  • July 23, 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Just Me In The Tub by Mercer Mayer, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 23, 1 pm. Children Craft. Join Miss Willie to make lava lamps. This is a Drop-In Program. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A CLEAN DRY JAR WITH A LID AND A BOTTLE OF COOKING OIL. Call Miss Willie if you have questions about this.
  • July 24, 10 am. Teen/Tween Craft. Join us for bead bracelets at 10 am with presenter, Melanie Kent-Culp. Bring your imagination to assemble your own creation. Supplies will be furnished. Teens/Tweens are welcome.
  • July 24, 2 pm. Adult Brown Bag Special. Join us for the Brown Bag Special program for adults in the multipurpose room at 2 pm. Adults 18 and older.
  • July 25, 2 pm. Adult Bingo. Join us for Bingo in the multipurpose room. Adults 18 and older are welcome to play for best seller books.

This Week At The Library

July 14-19, 2014

  • July 14, 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, The Robobots by Matt Novak, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 15, 1 pm. YA Robots. Join us to assemble some robots and test them. All Supplies will be furnished. Teens/Tweens are welcome to help assemble the robots.
  • July 16, 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, The Robobots by Matt Novak, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 16, 1 pm. Artbots. Join Miss Willie for Artbots. Children ages 6-11 are welcome to make the Artbots in the multipurpose room. This is a Drop In program.   YOU WILL NEED TO BRING AN ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH. If you need help about the supplies, call Miss Willie.
  • July 17, 2 pm. Adult Book Discussion. Join us for the book discussion, Coma, by Robin Cook, presented by Jeanette Shields. Program starts at 2 pm in the multipurpose room for adults 18 and older.
  • July 18, 2 pm. Book Discussion Movie. Join us to watch the movie, Coma presented in the multipurpose room for adults 18 and older.

Happy Fourth of July !

The Library will be closed in order for staff to be with their families for Independence Day. We will re-open Saturday, July 5 2014 at 10 am. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful day.fireworks

 

Astronomy for Everyone

Parsons Public Library will host a free program “Astronomy for Everyone:  Size and Scale of the Universe” on Thursday, July 31 at 2:00 in the basement of the Municipal Auditorium.

The program, part of the coast-to-coast Star Tour 2014 to promote scientific literacy, will be presented by astronomer Kevin Manning.  Manning, a former astrophysicist and NASA consultant, will take the audience on a virtual journey into the cosmos, looking at the very small and the very large of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using assorted visuals and hands-on activities.

All ages are invited to attend this family program, which will last approximately 1½ hours.  Weather permitting, following the formal presentation, participants will be invited to go outdoors to use a solar filter (same one NASA uses) to view sunspots.

In addition to working with NASA, Manning has worked with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, a large powerful telescope launched on the space shuttle Columbia.  Chandra is one of the four Great Observatories, along with the Hubble Space Telescope.  Chandra has been described as being as revolutionary to astronomy as Galileo’s first telescope.

Manning has shared his enthusiasm for space over the years by presenting workshops and lectures for observatories, universities, schools, libraries, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Park Service.

Members of the community wanting to attend the program are encouraged to sign up ahead of time.  To sign up or for more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

This Week At The Library

July 7-12, 2014

  • July 7, 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, by David Catrow, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 8, 10 am. Family Morning Movie. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the Family Morning Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, for children ages 0-11 & their families. Program starts in the multipurpose room.
  • July 8, 1 pm. Teen/Tween Activity. Join us to make catapults at 1 pm in the multipurpose room. Bring your engineering skill to make and test these on targets. All supplies will be furnished. Teens/Tweens are welcome.
  • July 8, 5:30 pm. Board Of Directors Meeting.
  • July 9, 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, by David Catrow, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 10, 10 am. Children’s Music Activity. Join Miss Willie for Rick Rayburn’s Kids Concert. Children ages 0-11. Program starts at 10 am in the Municipal Building Basement.
  • July 10, 2 pm. Adult Craft Activity. Join us for a demonstration on how to crochet Ruffled Scarves by Peggy Blackburn. Program starts at 2 pm and is for adults 18 and older. Bring a roll of Sashay Yarn and a crochet hook size G-K. You may bring a donation of $5.00 for yarn if you desire. Limit 20.

 

 

Click Your Needles to Prevent Infant Abuse

Purple Babe

For the third consecutive year, Parsons Public Library is partnering with the Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) and the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in the campaign “Click for Babies: the Period of Purple Crying” to help raise community awareness about the dangers of shaking a baby.

The grassroots campaign invites knitters and crocheters across North America to make purple colored baby caps which will be delivered to newborn families in hospitals to help educate parents about the “Period of Purple Crying,” a normal but frustrating period of increased crying that all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.

The library is once again serving as a local collection site.  To participate, local crafters are encouraged to knit or crochet caps and drop them off at the library, 311 South 17th Street, Parsons.  All caps need to be finished and turned in to the library by Friday, September 26, so that the library can send them to the Kansas Children’s Service League.  Staff there will launder, tag and distribute the caps to Kansas hospitals along with information to educate parents about normal infant crying and coping techniques to avoid reacting in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant.

Guidelines for creating the hats are simple.  Crafters may create as many caps as desired using any newborn baby cap pattern and any shade of soft, baby-friendly, washable purple yarn.  Pom-poms, straps, ribbons, bows, buttons, tassels, strings, etc. are discouraged as they pose potential choking hazards.  Other colors may be present, but the cap must be more than 50% purple.  Caps must have a circumference between 7 ½ – 14 inches and a height of 4 – 6 inches.  Crafters who don’t already have a favorite pattern can download a free pattern from the website www.clickforbabies.org or pick one up at the library.  Hats collected by the library will be on display in the lobby until the end of September.

“Parsons can claim bragging rights, as last year the library collected 2,310 caps, more than any other collection site in Kansas,” said Jean Strader, Library Director.  “So many people in the community got involved.  In addition to knitters and crocheters who made hats, we had people who donated yarn or money to buy yarn, volunteers who taught others how to make hats, and supporters who lent us artificial trees so that we could display the hats in the lobby.  It’s a fun and creative way to engage the community in a worthwhile project.”

In conjunction with the campaign, Parsons Public Library will host a series of knitting and crocheting workshops.  Crafters of all experience levels are encouraged to participate.  Complete novices will be able to receive instruction on how to make baby hats, and more experienced knitters/crocheters are encouraged to come and share tips or just enjoy a relaxing few hours of knitting or crocheting.

Crochet workshops will be led by Peggy Blackburn, and will be held on Tuesdays, July through September from 11:00 to 1:00.  Dana Salsberry will lead the knitting workshops, which will be held every Friday from 10:30 to 12:00, July through September.

Patrons may drop in for one or any number of workshop sessions.  Plan on bringing your own yarn and hooks/needles (size J crochet hook/size 8 knitting needles are recommended, but others may work depending on pattern and gauge).

Those who do not knit or crochet, but who wish to contribute to the effort, may donate skeins of soft, baby-friendly, washable yarn in any shade of purple.  The yarn may be dropped off at the library anytime.

Frustration with a crying infant is the number one trigger for the shaking and abuse of infants.  According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, it is the most common and most dangerous form of abuse in children under the age of one.  Approximately 80% of all infants who are shaken suffer significant brain injuries and upwards of 30% die as a result of their injuries.

“Click for Babies”, now in its fourth year, is a collaborative effort between the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome and fifteen states and two Canadian provinces.  The Kansas 2014 goal is to collect 7,500 caps.  More information on the “Period of Purple Crying” and tips on soothing babies can be found at www.purplecrying.info.

For more information, contact the library (620-421-5920) or email staff@parsonslibrary.org.

 

This Week At The Library

June 30- July 4, 2014

  • June 30, 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts,  followed by a craft.       Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 1, 2 pm. Adult & Teen/Tween Fireworks T- Shirts. Join us to make original “art” T-shirts.       Bring a cotton T-shirt. All other supplies will be furnished.       Adults & Teen/Tweens are welcome.
  • July 2, 10 am Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Fourth of July Mice! by Bethany Roberts, followed by a craft.       Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
  • July 2, 1 pm. Seltzer Tag. Join Miss Willie for Seltzer Tag at the Forest Park Amphitheatre at 1:00 pm.       Children ages 7-11. Children must bring their own water gun.
  • July 3, 2pm. Adult & Teen/Tween Movie. Adult & Teen/ Tween Movie in the multipurpose room. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room……until now.   There is a new master mind at large: Professor James Moriarty. Refreshments will be served.
  • July 4, Library will be closed. The Library will be closed in order for staff to be with their families for Independence Day. We will re-open Saturday, July 5 2014 at 10 am. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful day.

This Week At The Library

June 23- 27, 2014

    • June 23, 10 am Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
    • June 24, 10 am. Children Book Discussion and Movie. Join Miss Willie for the Children Book and Movie discussion of the book, Cloudy with a Chance Of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett, for children ages 5-7 years old.
    • June 24, 1 pm. Young Adult Movie. Join us to watch Pay It Forward. We will also start our own “pay it forward” and do good deeds. Refreshments will be served. Teens/ Tweens welcome.
    • June 25, 10 am Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multi-purpose room.
    • June 25, 1 pm. Children Beaded Bubble Wands. Join Miss Willie for Beaded Bubble Wands in the multipurpose room.   Children ages 3-11 are welcome to come make bubble wands. THIS IS A DROP IN PROGRAM. BRING YOUR OWN BEADS FOR THIS PROGRAM. Contact Miss Willie if you have questions.
    • June 26, 2 pm. Adult Book Discussion. Join us for a book discussion on Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, by Lorna Lankvik, presented by Sara Combs. Program starts in the multipurpose room at 2 pm for adults 18 and older.
    • June 27, 10 am. Jean Winters “The Nutty Professor” Children ages 0-11 are welcome. Program starts at 10:00 am in the Municipal Building Basement.
  • June 27, 2 pm. Adult/Teen Movie: Sherlock Holmes. Join us to watch this mystery movie. Refreshments will be served. Adults/Teens/ Tweens are welcome.