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

Book Discussion on the 1930s Continues

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.

This Week At The Library

March 23-28, 2015

Monday March 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  Adult Book Discussion.  Parsons Public Library will host Deborah Peterson who will lead a book discussion on the novel, The Day of The Locust, by Nathanael West.

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More ! by Karen Beaumont. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:30 am.  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More ! by Karen Beaumont. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 10:30 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More ! by Karen Beaumont. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Saturday, March 28 at 1:00pm.  Children’s Book and Movie Discussion.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. by Roald Dahl.  Children  ages 8 to 10.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Special Irish Course

The State Library of Kansas offers Mango Language Program.   Come to the Parsons Library to get a State Library eCard.

Mango Languages offers a specialty course in St. Patrick’s Day Irish. This course will allow you to connect with your Irish traditions to the fullest. You’ll be able to ask the bartender for a refreshing and authentic Irish beverage, impress your friends with your knowledge of just who the heck St. Patrick is, what he did to deserve his own day, and engage in all sorts of practical St. Patrick’s Day conversations.

Access Mango Languages

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Mango Languages 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.

This Week At The Library

March 16-21, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:30pm. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Ten Lucky Leprechauns, by Kathryn Heling. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Ten Lucky Leprechauns, by Kathryn Heling. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Ten Lucky Leprechauns, by Kathryn Heling. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2 pm.  Teen Crafts.  Plastic Canvas Bookmarks.  Materials supplied.  Teens 11- 18 welcome.

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10 am. Family Movie. Join Miss Willie as she watches Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Everyone is invited.

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 1 pm.  Teen MovieMockingjay Part 1.  Refreshments will be served.  Teens 11-18 welcome.

Stereoscope Exhibit at Library

Imagine a time when . . .

  • travel outside your own community was rare
  • there were no 24/7 (or even nightly) news
  • movies weren’t available at the click of a button
  • you couldn’t enter a few words into a search engine and get instant access to pictures of the Eiffel Tower or the Egyptian pyramids or anything else around the world
  • there was no Flickr, Instagram, or Facebook for sharing pictures!

Welcome to the exciting and exotic world of stereoscopes!

At one time, a stereoscope and view cards were found in most middle- and upper-class homes.  From 1850 until World War I, looking through a stereoscope at a scene full of rich detail and depth created a special magic and transported the viewer into a fantasy world beyond imagination.  The development of the stereoscope was as much a visual revelation to the Victorian eye as television and later the Internet were in the 20th century.

The Library’s collection of vintage stereoscope viewers and view cards are on display at the library during the month of March.  If you have never looked through a stereoscope viewer, stop by and the staff will assist you with looking through one.

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This Week At The Library

March 9-14, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 6:30pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Punk Farm, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.  Bring a clean tin can for the craft.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Punk Farm, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.  Bring a clean tin can for the craft.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm.  Board of Directors Meeting.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Punk Farm, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.  Bring a clean tin can for the craft.

Book Discussion on the 1930s Continues

Deborah Peterson of the University of Kansas will lead a discussion of The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West at 6:30 on March 23 at Parsons Public Library.

This is the second book in the four-part “The 1930s” book discussion series.  First published in 1939, the novel follows Tod Hackett, a set designer as he navigates the artificial world of Hollywood.  In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Day of the Locust #73 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.  Time magazine included the novel in its list of 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Deborah E. Peterson is an instructor of Chinese language and East Asian civilization at the University of Kansas.  She is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Anthropology with the University of Chicago and received her M.A. in Chinese from the University of Michigan.

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

The series will continue with discussions on Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston (April 20) and The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan (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_Peterson

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.

Were these the rules the last time you were at the Library?

take back thursday   The Parsons Public Library has come a long way since it opened way back then.

Come to the Library to check out our books, movies, magazines, and programs.

Hope to see  you soon !

This Week At The Library

March 2- 7, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:30pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, March 3,  2015 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

This Week At The Library

February 23-28, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:30pm. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she watches a show based on the book, The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan and Jan Berenstain.  Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  Adult Book Discussion. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.  The discussion leader will be Linda Lewis, Professor of Humanities at Bethany College, Lindsborg.  Patrons 18 years and older, please.

Tuesday, February 24,  2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she watches a show based on the book, The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan and Jan Berenstain.  Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10 am. Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she watches a show based on the book, The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, by Stan and Jan Berenstain.  Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Thursday, February 27, 2015 at 2:00pm. Adult Movie. Join us for the movie, All The King’s Men, starring Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson and Anthony Hopkins.    Patrons 18 years of age and older, please.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 pmTeen Crafts program. Plastic Canvas Bookmarks. Join us to make a bookmark out of plastic canvas.  Teens   11-18 years old.  Materials supplied.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00pm. Children’s Book Discussion and Movie.

Through My Eyes, by Ruby Bridges and the movie, Ruby Bridges.   Children ages 8-11 are welcome.