Black History Month: Growing Up Black in Kansas

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By , February 7, 2016 2:04 pm

TidwellMonday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Black History Program. Join us for the Black History Month presentation of Writers Growing Up Black In Kansas, presented by J. Edgar Tidwell.

Story Hour

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Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour.   Join Miss Willie to read Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.Pete

This Week At The Library

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By , February 4, 2016 10:10 am

February 8-13, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour.   Join Miss Willie to read Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Black History Program. Join us for the Black History Month presentation of Writers Growing Up Black In Kansas, presented by J. Edgar Tidwell.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at 10:00 am.   Story Hour.     Join Miss Willie to read Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm. Board of Director’s Meeting.

Wednesday February 10, 2016, at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2 pm. Heart Disease Program. Shellie Collins, R.N., will present a program on heart care.   Shellie manages the medical based Fitness Center and the Rector Diabetes Education and Resource Center at Labette Health. The library will have free educational materials that patrons can pick up on topics such as heart-healthy eating and reducing risk factors.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2 pm. Color Your Stress Away. Join us to spend some quiet time coloring. It will wash away your stress and let your artistic talents shine. We provide the colors and the coloring pages, you supply the talent.   Hope to see you there !! Adults and Young Adults welcome.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 4-5 pm. Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club. Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Children. Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…..It’s totally a new kind of math Club. Sign up by calling 620-421-5920 or stopping by the library.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 4-5pm. Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club. 3rd through 5th Grade children. Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s Club where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…..It’s totally a new kind of math Club. Sign up by calling 620-421-5920 or stopping by the library.

Thursday, February 11 , 2016 at 2 pm.   Thursday Afternoon Movie.   February can be frightful but you can come in and warm up while watching our Western movies.   We will be watching Over The Hill Gang, starring Walter Brennan, Pat O’Brien, Edgar Buchanan, Chill Wills, Andy Devine, Jack Elam, Ricky Nelson and Gypsy Rose Lee.   Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1 pm. Teen Craft Program. Join us to make cute Lil Love Monsters.   Supplies will be furnished

Tax Forms

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By , February 3, 2016 11:34 am

istock_000020399553mediumFederal Tax Forms are starting to come in. We will have a limited amount of forms again this year. We will not have any Kansas State Forms again this year. If you need additional forms, they can be printed for .25 per page. If you need to reserve a computer for filing your taxes, please call or stop by the library. Also, AARP help is available from 9:00am-3:00pm at the VFW on Tuesday and Thursday until April 14th.

Happy tax season!

Library Honors Gordon Parks

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By , February 2, 2016 11:41 am

Parsons Public Library is examining the work of Gordon Parks in the exhibit “Gordon Parks and LIFE Magazine”, currently on display at the library through the end of February.

The exhibit consists of issues of LIFE magazine containing photographs and photo-essays produced by Parks during his twenty-year career with the magazine.

Gordon Parks, born into rural poverty in Fort Scott, Kansas, was introduced to America in November 1948 with the publication in LIFE of the photo-essay “Harlem Gang Leader”, which is part of the exhibit. Parks was LIFE‘s first black photographer, and his photo-essays related to race and poverty during his career at LIFE made him one of the most significant interpreters of the African-American experience in mid-twentieth century. Included in the exhibit are photo-essays that he produced on the Black Panthers, the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., poverty in Latin America, the Black Muslims, crime in America, and other subjects.

Mr. Parks was a master of contradiction. In addition to his socially-driven photos, he also used his camera to capture the beauty and glamour of high fashion. Examples of his elegant fashion photos are included in the exhibit. Throughout much of his life, the two seemingly opposite subjects, images of beauty and images of social injustice, ran parallel. Parks once stated, “The color of a Dior gown I photographed one afternoon turned out to be the same color as the blood of a murdered gang member I had photographed earlier that morning up in Harlem.”

Parks not only contributed to LIFE, but he was often the subject of LIFE. The exhibit also contains various articles about Parks, his books, his return to Fort Scott to direct the filming of his first movie, “The Learning Tree”, and various honors bestowed upon him for his many accomplishments.

LIFE was only the beginning for Parks. He went on to be prolific in many areas: as a poet, an author, a screenwriter, a film director, a music composer, an artist, and co-founder of Essence magazine. His legacy as a Renaissance man and humanitarian continue to influence artists and writers today.

On Monday, February 8, at 6:30, the library will host a Kansas Humanities Council presentation and discussion “Writers Growing Up Black in Kansas,” which will explore the work of Gordon Parks, Langston Hughes, and Frank Marshall Davis. John Edgar Tidwell of the University of Kansas will be the presenter.  coretta-scott-king

Members of the community are invited to view the exhibit and attend the presentation at the library, 311 South 17th St. For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

Library Promotes Heart Awareness

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By , January 28, 2016 9:18 am

Parsons Public Library is helping raise awareness about heart disease during the month of February, which has been designated American Heart Month by the American Heart Association.

Friday, February 5 is National Wear Red Day, part of the “Go Red for Women” movement launched over a decade ago by the American Heart Association to bring attention to the fact that heart disease is not just a man’s disease. On that day, everyone is encouraged to wear red and to commit to making lifestyle changes to live longer, healthier lives. Patrons who come to the library on that day and who are wearing red will be given a red “reward”, a token to remind them to put health first. The “rewards” will be given out as long as supplies last on that day only.

On Wednesday, February 10, at 2:00, Shellie Collins, R.N., will present a program on heart care. Shellie manages the medical based Fitness Center and the Rector Diabetes Education and Resource Center at Labette Health. The library will have free educational materials that patrons can pick up on topics such as heart-healthy eating and reducing risk factors.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease. The good news is that 80% of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.Wear-Red-Day-IMAGE

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

Cookbooks for Sale at Library

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By , January 28, 2016 9:16 am

Cookbooks celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Southeast Kansas Library System are now on sale at Parsons Public Library for $10 each.

The cookbooks contain favorite recipes contributed by staff members from various libraries within the 15-county area of Southeast Kansas. The title of the book, “641.597819 (Southeast Kansas Cooking)” is derived from the Dewey Decimal classification number used for shelving purposes. Dividers between main sections of the cookbook resemble old-fashioned catalog cards.

On June 27, 1966, the State Library Advisory Commission passed a resolution establishing the Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS).   Today, SEKLS, headquartered in Iola, is one of seven regional library systems established to help member libraries provide services to citizens of Kansas.

Membership in SEKLS is held by 54 public libraries, 41 school districts, 7 college/university libraries, and 2 special libraries. SEKLS assists its member libraries with consulting, grants, continuing education, youth services, and other services. Parsons Public Library has been a member of SEKLS since 1966.

SEKLS is governed by a Board consisting of one representative from each member library and one Governor’s Appointee from each taxing county. A smaller Executive Board meets 6 times a year. SEKLS is funded largely by a property tax on property not already being taxed to support a local public library and by state aid.cookbook cover

Copies of the cookbooks were donated to Parsons Public Library by SEKLS for fundraising purposes, and all proceeds will benefit the library. To purchase a cookbook, stop by the library at 311 S. 17th Street, Parsons. For more information, call the library at 421-5920.

This Week At The Library

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By , January 27, 2016 12:05 pm

February 1- 6, 2016

 

Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm. Story Hour.   Join Miss Willie to read Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? By Jerry Pallotta.  Children ages 0-6 are welcome.   

Tuesday, February 2, 2016  at 10:00 am.   Story Hour.     Join Miss Willie to read Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? By Jerry Pallotta. . Children ages 0-6 are welcome.    

Wednesday February 3, 2016, at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie to read Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? By Jerry Pallotta. . Children ages 0-6 are welcome.    

Wednesday February 3, 2016 at 2:00pm. Color Your Stress Away. Join us to spend some quiet time coloring. It will wash away your stress and let your artistic talents shine. We provide the colors and the coloring pages, you supply the talent.   Hope to see you there !! Adults and Young Adults welcome.

Thursday, February 4 , 2016 at 1:30 pm.   Thursday Afternoon Movie.

February can be frightful but you can come in and warm up while watching our Western movies.   We will be watching The Alamo, starring John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Lawrence Harvey and Richard Boone. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 5, 2016. National Wear Red Day. February is Heart Health Month. Come to the library with your “Red” on and you will receive a Sticker for Red Day and a Heart Healthy Snack to show support for preventative heart health.Wear-Red-Day-IMAGE

Discussion Series Explores Contemporary Indian Writers

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By , January 27, 2016 10:54 am

TK_KolichParsons Public Library announces a three-part book discussion series scheduled for February through April on the theme “Urban Indians: Native American Writers of the 1990s.”

From the moment of first contact, Europeans classified the indigenous people of the Americas as either noble savages or barbarians. Even now, old movies keep alive the stereotypes of Indians as “primitive” peoples stuck in the past. In this selection of books, Native writers speak for themselves and explain their own cultures. They give us “insider” views of life in the 1990s for reservation Indians as well as city dwellers.

The first discussion, scheduled for Monday, February 22, at 6:30 pm, is on Bone Game by Louis Owens. This novel, a murder mystery, features a mixed-blood professor who has drifted from his Choctaw roots. As his dreams become nightmares, he suspects a link between a Spanish priest slain in 1812 and a serial killer who is terrorizing California. The discussion leader will be Sister Rosemary Kolich. 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.

Copies of the book are available now for check-out.

The series continues with discussions on The Grass Dancer by Susan Power (March 14), and Tracks by Louise Erdrich (April 18). All book discussions will begin at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room of the library.

The series is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. The Council is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Parsons TALK series. For more information about KHC, visit www.kansashumanities.org.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, 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.

February Western Films Announced

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By , January 26, 2016 3:02 pm

Parsons Public Library continues its winter western film festival on Thursday afternoons during February.

The Alamo (1960, John Wayne, Richard Widmark) will kick off the month on February 4 at 1:30.   This epic film, based on the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, has become almost as legendary as the original battle. John Wayne not only starred, but also produced and directed it. Made during the Cold War period, the film has an overwhelming theme of freedom, the right of the individual, and resistance to tyranny.

On February 11, at 2:00, The Over the Hill Gang (1969, Walter Brennan, Pat O’Brien, Chill Wills) will provide a lighter tone. This western comedy features a reunion of retired Texas rangers and the antics that follow them as they try to clean up a lawless town. Fans of classic Hollywood will appreciate the chance to see some veteran actors in their twilight years.

The follow-up movie, The Over the Hill Gang Rides Again (1970, Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchannan), reunites the retired rangers as they try to restore law and order once again. This was the final film for Walter Brennan and is reported to be Fred Astaire’s only western. The film will be shown on February 18 at 2:00.

On February 25 at 2:00, Ride the High Country (1962, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea) will be shown. Two actors from the golden age of Hollywood star as two aging ex-lawmen who are forced to face the moral dilemma of doing right in an unjust world. Classic western themes, such as the demise of the West and its heroes, and the importance of loyalty between men, are carried throughout the film. In 1992, Ride the High Country was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its significance. This was Randolph Scott’s final screen performance.

All movies will be shown in the multipurpose room of the library. Members of the community are invited to attend the free programs, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

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