This Week At The Library

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By , April 3, 2015 9:40 am

April 6, – 11, 2015

Monday, April 6,  2015 at 6:30 pm.  Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!  by  Lucille Colandro.  Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10:00 am.  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!  by  Lucille Colandro.   Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 10:00 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog!  by  Lucille Colandro.   Children ages

0-6 are welcome.

Paying It Forward — the Golden Ticket

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By , April 1, 2015 12:01 pm

A lucky young person found a “Golden Ticket” in a copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at her public library.   It was a case of “paying it forward.”

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150329/NEWS/150329133

Images of Southeast Kansas Exhibit

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By , March 31, 2015 1:43 pm

Paul L Milks PhotographyThis month’s library exhibit showcases the work of local photographer Paul Milks. Wildlife, abandoned farms, back roads, rodeos, and other quintessential images of Southeast Kansas are featured in the collection, which is on display in the library lobby during the month of April. The public is invited to stop by the library (311 S. 17th St., Parsons KS) to view the exhibit and sign the guest book. For more information, call Parsons Public Library at 620-421-5920.

About the Photographer:

Growing up in Parsons Kansas, Paul Milks developed a love for the outdoors early in life. Exploring the banks of Labette Creek with his friends and spending time on his grandparents’ farm in the summer were among his favorite pastimes. Over the years, his outdoor skills, curiosity about nature, and interest in cameras grew into a passion, and his passion eventually led to undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Emporia State University. Although Paul has been an avid photographer for over fifty years, retirement has provided him the opportunity to take his photography to new creative heights. Sunsets and sunrises will often find him driving rural roads, looking for that special combination of light, subject, and setting which captures the perfect spirit of Kansas outdoors.

 

Are you preparing for the GED®?

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By , March 30, 2015 11:53 am

Earning a high school equivalency credential shows that you have high-school-level academic skills. It can help open the door to a better job or career, and a college education. 
The State Library of Kansas provides GED practice exams, eBooks and tutorials through LearningExpress Library at no charge for all Kansas residents. This resource can help you every step of the way, from finding out if you’re ready to take the test, to building your academic skills, to preparing for your high school equivalency exam. 
 

Direct Link to the High School Equivalency Center
http://tinyurl.com/ks-ged

LearningExpress Library 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.
Trouble logging in? Call 785.296.3296 or email kslc@library.ks.gov.

 

This Week At The Library

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By , March 30, 2015 9:53 am

March 30- April 4, 2015

 

Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10:30 am.  Story Hour.  Join Miss Willie as she reads Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:30 am. Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure, by Kimberly and James Dean. Children ages 0-6 are welcome.

 

 

Book Discussion on the 1930s Continues

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By , March 25, 2015 1:27 pm

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

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By , March 17, 2015 1:34 pm

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

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By , March 13, 2015 9:08 am

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

Look for the Specialty Courses inside Mango Languages.hat

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

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By , March 12, 2015 12:30 pm

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

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By , March 5, 2015 11:57 am

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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