Library now offers Spanish and Consumer Reports

At the Library: Jennifer Adams

By A Contributor

Start off the year with a trip to the library and see what’s new. “Espanol for Everyone” is a new Spanish-based program for kindergarten to sixth graders.

Dr. Laura Kanost, Kansas State University assistant professor of Spanish, will bring in some students from the Spanish conversation course to present themed monthly events for kids in our story time room.

They will read books, provide one-on-one Spanish conversation or reading opportunities and have music, crafts or writing activities on themes of friendship, animals and more. The final session will be a fiesta April 30 with each child receiving a free Spanish book to take home.

The popularity of the library’s Move & Groove story times last year led to more options this year, including three Move & Groove toddler sessions each week in addition to four Move & Groove preschool story times.

The title Move & Groove reflects a story time format that encourages movement through action rhymes or songs between each book and dancing with music at the end.

Some toddlers and preschoolers have a difficult time sitting still for 30 minutes but love being read to and hearing great stories. Incorporating opportunities throughout the story time to be active and get the wiggles out makes story time a better experience for kids and their parents. Plus, it is really fun.

We are also continuing homeschool afternoons on the third Wednesday each month. It is program we started last fall to target families who practice home education and love to use library resources. 

Each session focuses on a subject, which might be broad like science or more narrowly focused like last week’s topic of civil rights. The library staff presents information, resources, booklists and provides an activity or craft.

Examples of activities include readers’ theater, creating mobiles and dioramas and trying a science experiment. Middle and high school students work separately with our young adult librarian Keri Mills so their projects can be more challenging.

New books are added to the children’s collection year round so it can be easy to miss some good ones. Look for our staff recommends display shelf to see which titles are favorites of the librarians.

In the children’s room this month, our theme is funny books so you might find an oldie but goodie like “Hank the Cowdog” or James Patterson’s new “Middle School” series. “The Worst Years of My Life” and “Get Me Out of Here!” are the first two titles.

The library also has some exciting new resources for adults.

Consumer Reports magazine has been a popular and trusted publication since 1936 with independent product reviews on appliances, electronics, automobiles and much more. Starting in January, the full online version of Consumer Reports is available to all MPL cardholders through the library’s website.

You can access the full content of current or past Consumer Reports magazines from wherever you have Internet access whether it be at home, work or on the go. Link to Consumer Reports online on the MPL website ( from either the front page slider under the your library tab or through the research tab and under consumer information.

Definitely visit this site before purchasing your next car, camera, coffeemaker or even bottle of wine.

Another essential resource for our community, The Manhattan Mercury, is now available in the full-content digital edition, accessible using your library card from any of our public computers within the library.

Visit the library’s second floor reference desk where our staff will be happy to show you how to keep on top of local news and events both online and free.

We know your Christmas presents are unwrapped and many of you have brand new eReaders staring you down.

Sign up for a free eReader workshop this week to learn how to download free titles from the library’s digital collection and get your other questions answered by our friendly tech staff.

Remember, the library is here for you in 2013!

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