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We have a winner ! August is the month to Read Robert B. Parker.

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By , September 2, 2015 2:03 pm

 

Patrons were asked to read Robert B. Parker’s books during the month of August. They were required to read 3 books or listen to three audio-books and complete a reading log that they turned in. They could enter as many times as they liked by reading more books. The winner of this reading contest would receive a copy of the new book, Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins: A Jesse Stone Novel by Reed Farrel Coleman. Fourteen patrons entered by submitting reading logs. Two patrons entered multiple times.

The winner is Peggy Blackburn.

Free is Good !! Come to the library to get some real bargains.

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By , September 2, 2015 8:12 am

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The books in the foyer on the tables are free. They range from paper back fiction to non-fiction. At this price, they won’t last long.

This Week At The Library

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By , August 26, 2015 12:49 pm

August 31, 2015- September 6, 2015

August 31, 2015 The Robert B. Parker Reading program ends today. All reading logs must be turned in by 7:30 pm at library close. The drawing will be held on Tuesday morning, September 1, 2015 for the book, Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins, by Reed Farrel Coleman.

Story Hour. There will be no story hour this week. Story Hour will resume on September 14 at 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there.

Discussion Series Explores Literature with Kansas Connections

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By , August 24, 2015 12:23 pm

TidwellParsons Public Library announces a four-part book discussion series scheduled for September through December on the theme “Literature with Kansas Connections.” The first discussion, scheduled for Monday, September 14, at 6:30 pm, is on Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes. This novel focuses on eastern Kansas in the pre-Civil Rights, but post-Civil War, era. Set in the fictional town of Stanton (purportedly Lawrence) and based on Hughes’ own boyhood experiences, the novel follows the main character as he negotiates a world of prejudice and segregation, struggling to be the best that he can be despite the realities of racial inequality and poverty. The discussion leader will be John Edgar Tidwell, a native of Independence, Kansas, and professor of English at the University of Kansas. Copies of the book are available now for check-out.

This Week At The Library

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By , August 19, 2015 12:31 pm

August   24-30, 2015

 

The Robert B. Parker Reading program ends 8/31/2015. All reading logs must be turned in by 7:30 pm at library close on that day. The drawing will be held on Tuesday morning, September 1, 2015, for the book, Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins, by Reed Farrel Coleman.

 

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2 pm.    Adult Movie.   Join us to watch two Spenser for Hire movies, Children of a Tempest Storm & Original Sin.   Adults 18 and older welcome. There will be drawings for prizes.

Technology Workshops Offered at Library

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By , August 19, 2015 12:24 pm

Parsons Public Library will host a fall series of “Tech Tips” workshops, free educational sessions on various technology topics for ages 18 and up. The workshops will include sessions on searching and using the library’s new online catalog, downloading and using eBooks and eAudiobooks, and a look at drones.

On Thursday, September 10 at 6:30, the first workshop will be “3M eBooks”. Library staff members Samantha Graven and Julie Kent will be on hand to help patrons setup their ereaders to download and read free eBooks from the Kansas Digital Book eLending system, an online collection of digital eBooks for Kansas residents. If you have an ereader or tablet, bring it to the workshop and make sure it is fully charged. If you are considering the purchase of a device for reading eBooks, this will be a good opportunity to see what is involved in downloading and using eBooks.

On Monday, September 21 at 6:30, Samantha and Julie will present a workshop on “How to Search Encore”. Encore is the library’s online catalog of books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other items. The catalog is accessible from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Staff will explain basic and advanced search techniques, and how to interpret the search results. The workshop will be repeated on Monday, October 26 at 6:30.

On Thursday, September 24 at 6:30, library staff will present “How to Use Your Encore Account”. Once you learn how to search Encore, you can register for your own personal account. Logging into your Encore account allows you to access your library account through the Internet to see what titles you have checked out, when they are due, and any overdue fines. Ms. Graven will also demonstrate how to renew items yourself, place holds on items you want to check out, manage your holds, and create lists of titles for future reference. The workshop will be repeated on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30.

On Thursday, October 8 at 6:30, Nick Fleury and Brian Dock will present “Drones: the Basics.” Drones, or small UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), have become popular with hobbyists as well as being used for military and commercial uses. Fleury and Dock will provide an introduction to drones, how they fly, and what they can do. There will be live demonstrations of drones in flight indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30, library staff will present “OneClickDigital eAudiobooks.” OneClickDigital is a collection of digital audiobooks that can be downloaded for free from the Kansas Digital Book eLending system.

Ms. Graven attended Labette Community College, and has been employed at Parsons Public Library for 8 years. She is currently the Interlibrary Loan and Cataloging Specialist.

Ms. Kent received her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Pittsburg State University and worked as a trainer for Tri-Valley Developmental Services in Chanute for 7 years before being employed at Parsons Public Library as a Circulation and Young Adult Specialist.

Mr. Fleury and Mr. Dock both work as IT Technicians at Higher Calling Technologies. Mr. Fleury has been flying small hobby aircraft since he was young. Mr. Dock has been flying multi-rotor aircrafts as a hobby for the past 1-2 years.

Each workshop will last 1 to 1 ½ hours. Patrons may attend any or all of the workshops.

Everyone, regardless of skill or experience level, is welcome to attend. Registration for workshops is strongly encouraged. To register or for more information, simply call the library at 620-421-5920. All workshops will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. Activities are listed weekly on the library’s website, www.parsonslibrary.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parsonspubliclibrary.

Hollywood Sheet Music on Display at Library

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By , August 18, 2015 9:22 am

Around fifty examples of vintage Hollywood sheet music spanning five decades are on display now in the lobby of Parsons Public Library through the end of August.

The exhibit, “Hollywood Sheet Music: 1920s – 1960s,” is part of a larger collection which has been compiled by Mike Brotherton, who started his collection in 1970. “During the first part of the 20th Century, the parlors of most homes contained a piano, and individual pieces of sheet music were once as important as CDs and downloads are today,” Brotherton stated.Display 08.18.2015 Sheet Music 013

Each of the major Hollywood studios was affiliated with a publishing firm that marketed the songs associated with a particular movie. Often, sheet music was available for every song—including incidental background tunes.

According to Brotherton, studio art departments designed the graphics, and each developed a distinctive “look” for its printed music. For example, sheet music produced at MGM often contained one large, highly stylized bold image; Warner Brothers Studio was more likely to use a montage of images; RKO relied on images of its stars, usually in a tinted photograph of a scene from the movie.

Like all graphic design, the “look” of Hollywood sheet music was, ultimately, determined by the prevailing style of the period. Iconic “jazz age” images were produced in the 1920s, the art deco style dominated the 1930s, and patriotic themed sheet music was popular in the 1940s.

Today, sheet music is collected for its decorative, graphic appeal and as movie memorabilia. It is readily available and relatively inexpensive, although some pieces are more desirable than others; sheet music that contains images of certain stars, classic songs, or rare (and sometimes “lost” silent) films command higher prices.

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

This Week At The Library

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By , August 13, 2015 12:36 pm

August 17-23, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm. Teen Book Club. Bring a friend to discuss Ashfall, by Mike Mullen. Copies of the second book Ashen Winter, by Mike Mullen will be available to check out at the meeting.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 2 pm. Adult Book Discussion. Join us to discuss the book, Sixkill by Robert B. Parker presented by Paul Milks.   There will be drawings for door prizes. Adults, 18 & older are welcome.

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 2 pm.    Adult Movie.   Join us to watch two Spenser for Hire movies, No Room At The Inn & The Choice. Adults 18 and older welcome. There will be drawings for prizes.

 

Book Discussion Movie

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By , August 6, 2015 9:04 am

appaloosa-52bdd0f4b58e8  Join us on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 2 pm for the movie, Appaloosa, starring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons, Renee Zellweger, Timothy Spall, and more.  Adults 18 & older welcome.

Adult Book Discussion

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By , August 6, 2015 9:02 am

appaloosa-52bdd0f4b58e8  Join us today at 2:00 pm  for our first book discussion in the Robert B. Parker series this month.  Paul Milks will lead the discussion on Appaloosa, by Robert B. Parker.  Ages 18 and older are welcome.

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