This Week At The Library

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By , August 5, 2015 12:57 pm

August 10- 16, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm. Parsons Public Library Board of Director’s Meeting.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 1- 3 pm. Children’s Craft Back to School Activity. Join Miss Willie between 1 and 3 pm to make a back to school tape craft. We will take a boring composition book and turn it into an awesome notebook that you can be proud of. We will make a duct tape pencil case as well. Bring a roll or two of various duct tape and a composition book. This is a Drop –In Activity.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2 pm.   Adult Movie.   Join us to watch the first of several Spenser for Hire movies, Promised Land. Adults 18 and older welcome. There will be drawings for prizes.

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By , July 30, 2015 8:36 am

August 03-08, 2015

There will be no Story Hour in the month of August.

Thursday, August 06, 2015 at 6:30pm. Adult Book Discussion. Join us for our first book discussion in our Robert B. Parker series. Paul Milks will lead the discussion on Appaloosa, by Robert B. Parker. Ages 18 and older are welcome.

Friday, August 07, 2015 at 2:00pm. Adult Book Discussion Movie. Join us as we watch Appaloosa, staring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons, Renee Zellweger, Timothy Spall, and more. Ages 18 and older are welcome.

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By , July 27, 2015 10:48 am

July 27-August 2, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading the book, Super Hero ABC, by Bob McLeod, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multipurpose room.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11:30 am. Side Kick Lunch Bunch. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the weekly lunch bunch series that combines lunch, listening and laughs. Each week participants will bring a sack lunch to the library and eat while Miss Willie reads a few chapter of a book aloud. After eating and listening, the participants will make a new sidekick gadget. Program begins at 11:30 in the multi-purpose room. Children ages 6-10 are welcome.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 2 pm. Ojos de Dios ( Eye of the Gods) Young Adult Craft Program. Program starts at 2 pm. We will provide the materials and you provide your creative eyes. Teens and Tweens are welcome.

July 29, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading the book, Super Hero ABC, by Bob McLeod, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multipurpose room.

July 30, 2015 at 2 pm. Adult/ Young Adult Movie. Join us to watch The War Wagon. Adults and Young Adults welcome.

July 31, 2015 at 10 am. Family Morning Movie. Join Miss Willie & Miss Carol to watch the morning family movie, Big Hero 6. Children ages 0-11 are welcome to come. Program is in multipurpose room.

July 31, 2015 Summer Reading is officially over. Please have reading logs turned in by 5 pm.

Period of Purple Crying program Is In Full Swing

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By , July 16, 2015 8:54 am

countSo far our total is 328 Purple Infant Hats !!  The Kansas 2015 goal is to collect 7,600 caps.

Parsons Public Library is partnering with the Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) and the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome in the campaign “Click for Babies: the Period of Purple Crying” to help raise community awareness about the dangers of shaking a baby.

The grassroots campaign invites knitters and crocheters across North America to make purple colored baby caps which will be delivered to newborn families in hospitals to help educate parents about the “Period of Purple Crying,” a normal but frustrating period of increased crying that all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.

The library is once again serving as a local collection site. To participate, local crafters are encouraged to knit or crochet caps and drop them off at the library, 311 South 17th Street, Parsons. All caps need to be finished and turned in to the library by Friday, September 25, so that the library can send them to the Kansas Children’s Service League.

You may participate by crocheting, knitting or donating yarn to this worthy cause.  Join us in making this campaign a success.

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By , July 16, 2015 8:43 am

July 20-26

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading the book, Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears, by Carmela LaVigna Coyle.   Children should bring stuffed teddy bear and an old clean t-shirt for the craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multipurpose room.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:30 am. Side Kick Lunch Bunch. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the weekly lunch bunch series that combines lunch, listening and laughs. Each week participants will bring a sack lunch to the library and eat while Miss Willie reads a few chapter of a book aloud. After eating and listening, the participants will make a new sidekick gadget. Program begins at 11:30 in the multi-purpose room. Children ages 6-10 are welcome.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 2 pm.   Young Adult/ Adult Movie. Join us for Big Hero 6 at 2 pm. Young Adults and Adults are welcome to this movie. ( It will be shown for children during the last week of Summer Reading Program.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie reading the book, Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears, by Carmela LaVigna Coyle.   Children should bring stuffed teddy bear and an old clean t-shirt for the craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multipurpose room.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 2 pm. Program. Join us for a presentation by Phil S. Dixon entitled The Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown. Program begins at 2 pm in the multipurpose room. Adults and Young Adults welcome.

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 10 am, Family Morning Movie.   Join Miss Willie & Miss Carol for the family movie, G-Force, in the multipurpose room. Children 0-11 and their families are welcome.

July 24, 2015 at 2 pm. Movie. Join us as we watch 42 The Jackie Robinson Story. Adults and Young Adults welcome

 

Library to Host a Parker Fest

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By , July 10, 2015 9:36 am

During August, Parsons Public Library will pay homage to the late Robert B. Parker, internationally revered author of over popular 70 novels, in a “Parker Fest,” a four-week series of book discussions, movies, and a contest drawing.

The first book discussion, scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at 2:00, is on Appaloosa, the first title in Parker’s Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch series set in the Old West. The novel follows Cole and Hitch, two itinerant lawmen, as they first arrive in Appaloosa, a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of a corrupt rancher. Classic western elements include the villain’s arrest, his breakout by hired guns, a long chase through Indian Territory, an OK Corral-style shootout, romance with a piano-playing beauty of dubious character, and a final showdown. Superimposed on these familiar elements are Parker’s signature development of depth of character, his typical clean writing style, and his trademark theme of a personal code of honor.

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

On Friday, August, 7, at 2:00, the library will show the movie Appaloosa, based on the book and starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen.

The second book discussion, scheduled for Thursday, August 20, at 2:00, will be on Sixkill, Parker’s final Spenser novel published after the author’s death in 2010. The Spenser series features a Boston private eye who is a smart-mouthed tough guy with a heart of gold. He also lifts weights, is quite well educated, is a gourmet cook, and lives by a code of honor. Spenser has been hailed as “one of the most popular literary heroes of our time,” according to editor Otto Penzler. The Spenser character inspired the 1980’s television series Spenser: for Hire and a number of television films.

The library will show episodes from Spenser: For Hire, starring Robert Urich, on three Friday afternoons: August 14, 21, and 28. All movies begin at 2:00.

Robert Parker was born in 1932, earned a Ph.D. from Boston University, and started writing while teaching at Boston’s Northeastern University. The first Spenser novel was published in 1973 and the 40th one was published in 2011. In addition to the Spenser series and the Cole and Hitch series, Parker also created the Jesse Stone series, based on a detective turned police chief of a small town, and the Sunny Randall series featuring a female detective. The Jesse Stone novels were adapted into eight television films starring Tom Selleck. Long acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction, Parker was named Grand Master of the Edgar Awards in 2002 by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.

Discussion leader for both book discussions will be Paul Milks, local Parker fan. Mr. Milks enjoys the Spenser character for being “a wise-cracking, street-wise, Robin Hood-like character who lives by his own moral code of honor and justice.” Milks also admires Parker’s terse writing style which allows “the action to speak louder than the words.” Mr. Milks is a life-long Parsons resident and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Emporia State University. He is retired and is an avid photographer, outdoorsman, and naturalist.

Library patrons who read at least three Parker novels or audiobooks during August will be eligible for a drawing for a yet-to-be-released copy of a new Jesse Stone novel. Patrons may enter the contest as many times as they want. Entry forms are available at the library.

The library has copies of most of Parker’s many books, with several in audiobook format as well as print. The library also has the Jesse Stone movies available for checkout. Readers are encouraged to start reading as many Parker novels as they can and bring their insights and opinions to the discussions.  parker

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 series, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

Time Change for Movie

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By , July 9, 2015 8:43 am

out of africa The Movie, Out of Africa, will be shown on July 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm. This is a change from the previous information due to the length of the movie.  Sorry for any convenience.

Hope to see you there!

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By , July 8, 2015 11:12 am

July 13-19, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10 am. Rick Rayburn Kids Concert.
Children ages 0-10 are welcome. Program starts at 10 am at the Municipal Building Basement.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 11:30 am. Side Kick Lunch Bunch. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the weekly lunch bunch series that combines lunch, listening and laughs. Each week participants will bring a sack lunch to the library and eat while Miss Willie reads a few chapter of a book aloud. After eating and listening, the participants will make a new sidekick gadget. Program begins at 11:30 in the multi-purpose room. Children ages 6-10 are welcome.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 2 pm. Young Adult Origami. Join us as we make Origami, presented by Laurie Reed. We will provide the materials. Teens and Tweens are welcome.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Board of Director’s Meeting at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie as she reads the book, Gingerbread Man Superhero! by Dotti Enderle, followed by a craft. Children ages 2-6 are welcome.   Program held in the multipurpose room.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1 pm. Villains vs. Superheroes Seltzer Tag. Meet Miss Willie at Forest Park Pavilion by the Amphitheatre to play Seltzer tag. Children ages 6-10 are welcome. Bring your own water gun.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 2 pm. Adult /Young Adult Bingo. Join us for Bingo. Adults and Young Adults welcome.

 

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By , July 2, 2015 8:48 am

July 6-12, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015. Library is closed for Independence Day Holiday. The Library will be closed in order for staff to be with their families for Independence Day. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. The Library will reopen on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 9 am.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 11:30 am. Side Kick Lunch Bunch. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for the weekly lunch bunch series that combines lunch, listening and laughs. Each week participants will bring a sack lunch to the library and eat while Miss Willie reads a few chapter of a book aloud. After eating and listening, the participants will make a new sidekick gadget. Program begins at 11:30 in the multi-purpose room. Children ages 6-10 are welcome.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 2 pm. Adult/ Young Adult Movie. Interstellar. Join us to watch this movie.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 10 am, Story Hour. Join Miss Willie for Story Hour. Story Hour starts at 10 am with Miss Willie watching a show based on the book, Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann.   Children ages 2-6 are welcome. Program to be held in the multipurpose room.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 1 pm. Super Hero Record Chalk Board. Join Miss Willie and Miss Carol for this craft activity. Children ages 7-10 are welcome for this activity. This is a Drop In Activity that will last from 1- 3 pm in the multipurpose room.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 2 pm. Adult Book Discussion. Join us for the book discussion, Out of Africa, by Isak Dinesen, presented by Randee Baty. This program begins at 2 pm in the multipurpose room.

July 10, 2015 at 10 am. Family Morning Movie.  The Incredibles. Children ages 0-11 are welcome. Program begins in the multipurpose room.

July 10, 2015 at 2 pm. Adult Book Discussion Movie. Join us for the movie, Out of Africa in the multipurpose room. Adults 18 and older welcome.

Presentation and Movie Explore Legacy of African American Baseball Team

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By , July 2, 2015 8:27 am

Parsons Public Library will host “The Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown,” a presentation and discussion by Phil S. Dixon on Thursday, July 23, at 2:00 in the library multi-purpose room.

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

Phil S. Dixon is a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He is the author of nine books about baseball, including biographies about Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and John “Buck” O’Neil. In the course of his research, he has interviewed over 500 former Negro League players and family members.

In conjunction with the presentation, on Friday, July 24, at 2:00, the library will show the movie 42: The Jackie Robinson Story.

“The Kansas City Monarchs in Our Hometown” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. The event is partially supported by generous gifts from the Johnson County Community College Foundation and the Rotary Club of Shawnee Mission to honor the memory of Fred Krebs, a lifelong advocate of the humanities in Kansas.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs, visit www.kansashumanities.org.Dixon_Phil

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, 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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