(Oct. 1-Memorial Day)
Mon -Thu 9:00 - 7:30
Fri 9:00 - 5:00
Sat 10:00 - 4:00

(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

Library Announces Amnesty Month


Parsons Public Library is declaring October to be “Amnesty Month”. Any item that is overdue may be returned in good condition during October, and the overdue fines that have accumulated on the item will be forgiven.

“This is a great opportunity for people to have their fines forgiven and for the library to get missing books, DVDs, and other material returned and put back into circulation again,” said Jean Strader, Library Director. “During October, I encourage everyone to look through their bookshelves, in their closets, under the seats of their cars, and in the cracks of their living room couches.  See if there are any library books or other items that have somehow escaped being returned.  Bring them back to us in a usable condition, and, no matter how old they are, we will waive the fine.”

Patrons will still be responsible for the replacement cost of any damaged or lost materials and any outstanding fines on items that were previously returned.

The library plans to upgrade its circulation and cataloging system in November. According to records kept under the current system, which was installed in 1992, over 2,000 patrons have around 4,500 items checked out that have not been returned and are past due by fifteen days or more.  By waiving fines on the current system, Strader said the library staff will not have to transfer fines to the new system, and patrons will be able to start over with a clean slate.

The library’s current policy on overdues will resume on November 1. Under the current policy, patrons are allowed a three day grace period after the due date.  If the item is not returned within the grace period, fines start accumulating as of the due date, and the patron is prohibited from further checkouts and renewals until the item is returned and fines are paid.  Fines are .50 per day per item.  When a maximum of $9.00 per item is reached, fines stop accumulating.

Library materials may be returned at the circulation desk, by dropping in the return slot at the front of the library building, or by using the book drop located on Broadway across from the Municipal Building. For any questions, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

This Week At The Library

September 29-October 4, 2014 

Monday at 6:30, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie while she reads There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! by Lucille Colandro. Children ages 2-6 are welcome to attend.

Tuesday at 10:00 Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie while she reads There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! by Lucille Colandro. Children ages 2-6 are welcome to attend.

Wednesday at 10:00 Story Hour. Join Miss Willie while she reads There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! by Lucille Colandro. Children ages 2-6 are welcome to attend.

Thursday at 6:30 pm. Beam me up Scottie! Jean Strader will provide an introduction to the “cloud”, and some advantages and disadvantages of using the cloud for file storage.  Ms. Strader will include a brief overview of one cloud service that is rapidly gaining in popularity, Google Drive, which can be used for word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more.


Click for babies 9.23.2014We only need 294 caps to beat last years total by one! If you haven’t turned your caps in yet or are still crocheting or knitting, Friday, September 26th at 5:00 is the cut off!

Thank You for (as always!) for your support!!!
We have awesome crocheters and knitters! 

Story Hour

honey beeStory Hour on Wednesday, September 23 at 10 am. Join Miss Willie while she reads The Honeybee and The Robber, by Earl Carle. Children ages 2-6 are welcome to attend.



Get That Job!


Looking for a new job or wanting to upgrade your resume to get a better job?

Come to the Parsons Library on Tuesday, September 23 @ 2 pm to learn a bit about how this can be done. This is session one of two held on Job Search.  Everyone is welcome.

Teen Movie on September 20 @ 1 pm.

Come to see the Hobbit Movie with us.  All ages are welcome to this event.



Flash Back Fridays

Original, Catalogue of Parsons Public Library Cover from 1904Photocopy of the original Catalogue for Parsons Public Library in 1904! It was 15 pages and would cost you 10 cents to get a copy.
How times have changed.

Talk Like A Pirate Day !

black pirate

Friday September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day, Matey!!! 
If you would like to learn some Pirate, you can access that through the Kansas State Library System. Go to http://connect.mangolanguages.com/kansas-state/login?u=606110 and create a login. Soon you will be speaking like a genuine Pirate.(Other languages are available as well.)

New Books Just In

Come to the library to “check out” our new books.  This list of new books can be found at: http://parsons.mykansaslibrary.org/?page_id=15.   Below are pictured just a few of the new ones.





Book Discussion on Civil War Continues

Joyce Thierer of Emporia State University will lead a discussion of The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane at 6:30 on October 13 at Parsons Public Library.

This is the second book in the four-part “Civil War” book discussion series. In this classic novel, Henry Fleming, the protagonist, experiences a fundamental contrast between his anticipation of war and his actual experience in battle.  That contrast leads him to question his initial idealized quest for a “red badge of courage,” the wound that proves his manhood.

Joyce Thierer divides her time between Ride into History, an historical performance touring troupe, and teaching history for Emporia State University.  She holds a Ph.D. in history from Kansas State University.

Copies of the book The Red Badge of Courage are available for checkout from the library now.

The series will continue with discussions on March by Geraldine Brooks (November 17) and The March by E.L. Doctorow (December 15).

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_Thierer

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.