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Programs, movies and discussions fill February

At the Library: Judi Nechols

By The Mercury

February is “love your library” month! There are lots of ways to love your library but one of the best is to come in and see what Manhattan Public Library has to offer to the Manhattan community.

From free meeting rooms to children’s programs; story times, read to a dog and free films; teen programs, such as gaming days and the Teen Advisory Board; materials, such as video games, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, magazines and newspapers, internet access; and of course, books both print and eBook versions, Manhattan Public Library has something for everyone.

Adults can liven up the dreary February days by participating in our adult winter reading program. Sign up begins Feb. 1 on our website or in person. Read what you enjoy and record your books for chances to win a prize in our weekly drawings. Earn extra drawing chances by visiting Rosie’s corner in the library, by suggesting a book to a friend, by reading a book whose title you found in great reads section on our website or by choosing among other opportunities to earn extra drawing chances.

Our display, “Blind Date with a Book”, will give you a chance to read something unexpected. Select a book wrapped in brown paper and check it out-it. It may end up being a book you would not normally choose but it may introduce you to a new author or a genre that you enjoy. Inside each book will be a slip for you to “rate your date” and share your rating with other readers.  A “Books you Love” display will give you a chance to tell other readers about a book you have enjoyed and also to pick up suggestions from others. Prize drawings will be held weekly and are provided by our sponsors Kitchen Capers, Ray’s Apple Markets and the Manhattan Library Association.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, join us for a book lovers’ social. This is a drop-in gathering in the Grosebeck Room to share your thoughts about books you’ve read and loved. They can be recently or not. We love to hear from other readers about their favorite books.

At 2 p.m. in the library auditorium, Oscar-winning films for adults and teens will be shown on the first three Saturdays in February.

These Academy Award winners include a film about the creation of a popular social networking website (Feb. 2) and a musical set in 1920’s Chicago which won six Oscars including Best Picture (Feb. 9). The last film is about a writer on a trip to Paris mysteriously traveling back to the 1920s each night at midnight (Feb. 16).

The popular annual TALK Program, sponsored by the Manhattan Library Association and the Kansas Humanities Council, begins the themed series “Between Fences” with a book discussion of “The Wire Cutter” by Mollie Davis at 7 p.m. Jan. 31.  Other titles include “Farewell to Manzanar” by Wakatsuki Houston on Feb. 28,  “Tortilla Curtain” by T.C. Boyle on March 28 and “Fences” by August Wilson on April 25. Pick up a copy of each of the books at the information desk and join us for the discussions.

Other events at the library include Read to a Dog, 2 p.m. each Sunday; First Monday Gaming, 4 p.m. Feb. 4; free films for children, 3 p.m. Feb. 8 and 2 p.m. Feb. 15; and two parties for children, a Sports Party at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and a Valentines Party, 2 p.m. Feb. 14.

Check our online events calendar for more information on the happenings at MPL this month and every month. Our web site is Click on the events tab to locate our calendar. On the MPL website you can also find links for finding good books, stock values, how to repair your car, how to reach congressional representatives and more.

Manhattan Public Library offers lots of services, materials and programs for all ages. Please join us and to celebrate “love your library” month!

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