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

December 22-27,2014

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

Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10 am.  Family Movie.  Join us as we watch the Disney movie, Frozen.  The families of children ages 0-12 are invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 24 & December 25, 2014.  The library will be closed for the Christmas to spend the holidays with their families.  We will re-open on December 26, 2014 at 9 am.  Enjoy the holidays.  hh1

This Week At The Library

December 15-20, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014   at 6:30 pm, Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star, by Petr Horacek.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Monday, December 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm.  Adult Book Discussion.  Thomas Prasch  will lead a book discussion on the novel,  The March, by E.L. Doctorow.   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, December 16, 2014   at 10:00 am, Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star, by Petr Horacek.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014   at 10:00 am,  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star, by Petr Horacek.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Chill Out and Read Winter Reading Program

Children’s Winter Reading Program runs from December 22, 2014 to February 27, 2015.

For children ages infant to 11

Read a total of 10 books of your choice. When you have completed your log, turn the whole sheet in. Collect your prize and your name will be entered in for the grand prize.

More logs you turn in, the more chances you have of winning the grand prize.chill out and read

Join Us Tomorrow!

Stop by for our annual Holiday Tea tomorrow, December 11, from 2-4. Enjoy coffee, tea, light snacks and spend time socializing with others. And see our beautiful Stella Wells Christmas Tree donated to the library by Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wiener.

Christmas Tree 2014

 

Want to help build the children’s library collection?  A Christmas tree will be in the multi-purpose room (during the Holiday Tea event) with 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.

 

Donation tree 2014

 

See you tomorrow!!

This Week At The Library

December 8-13, 2014 

Monday, December 8, 2014   at 6:30 pm, Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Dream Snow, by Eric Carle.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014   at 10:00 am Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Dream Snow, by Eric Carle.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm.  Parsons Public Library Board of Directors Meeting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  at 10:00 am Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Dream Snow, by Eric Carle.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Thursday, December 11, from 2:00 to 4:00, 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.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 Breakfast with Santa at 10:00 am.  Children, ages infant to 12, 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.

New Library Cards will be issued today !

Today is the day to sign up for your NEW FREE library card to use with the library’s new automated system. 

Bring in your 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.

This Week At The Library

December 1-6, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014  at 6:30 pm, Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Snowman at Christmas, by Caralyn Buehner.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014   at 10:00 am.  Story Hour.   Join Miss Willie as she reads Snowman at Christmas, by Caralyn Buehner.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014   at 10:00 am.  Story Hour.   Join Miss Willie as she reads Snowman at Christmas, by Caralyn Buehner.  Children ages 2- 6 are welcome.

Thursday at 6:30 pm.  Choosing a Digital Camera.  Shopping for a new camera can be overwhelming, with so many available features and unfamiliar terms that it’s easy to get confused.  If your Christmas list includes a new digital camera for yourself or someone else, this workshop will provide information that will help you decide what type of camera will fit your needs and your pocketbook.  Paul Milks will present this workshop on choosing a digital camera with information on the type of camera that will fit your needs and your pocketbook.

Saturday, at 1 pm, Young Adults Crafts program.  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

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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