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  • Celebrating Shakespeare at the public library Susan.withee.librarian1

    Manhattan and KSU are in the throes of a full-out Shakespeare First Folio frenzy this month. Joining in that spirit, Manhattan Public Library invites you to share the genius, joy and fun of Shakespeare with us at three different events — .

  • Family illuminated in ‘The Past’

    This novel recounts a three-week gathering of an extended family at the old country home of their late parents in the west country of England (“the present”).  There are 44ish siblings: Harriet, Roland, Alice and Fran as well as .

  • Tips for exploring Kansas

    Do you want to get out and enjoy nature but don’t know where to go? You don’t need to travel to some far distant place, for lots of good, interesting, pleasurable state parks exist right here in Kansas. “.

  • Famous friendship illuminated in ‘Andy and Don’

    Lots of books have been written about “The Andy Griffith Show,” one of the most popular and familiar sitcoms in TV history. Daniel de Vise’s book, “Andy and Don,” focuses on the long and strong friendship between the show’.

  • ‘Good story well told’ by ‘Game of Thrones’ author

    “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” isn’t part of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” saga, but anyone who has enjoyed those books will take to this one as well. It takes place in the same fictional .

  • Read about con artists to avoid being scammed Marcia.allen1

    Have you ever heard of Ferdinand Waldo Demara? How about William Franklin Miller? Chances are, you are unfamiliar with those names, as was I. It turns out that they rank among the most gifted of con artists. Demara, for example, .

  • Dallas writes of strong women

    According to a recent article in the Kansas City Star, more millennial moms are turning to midwives for an alternate approach to maternity care. “They are very educated consumers, the millennials, and so they come really knowing what options are .

  • Doctor sees success, service

    “He was an early riser, and he did not stop. He always had multiple, multiple, multiple things going on.” That is how Julia Mitchell described her boss, John P. McGovern, MD. John “Jack” Phillip McGovern (1921-2007) was a hard worker .

  • Novel highlights Civil War prison conditions

    In Tracy Groot’s book, “The Sentinels of Andersonville,” thousands of Union prisoners crowd into a Confederate prison named Andersonville 10 miles from Americus, Georgia, during the last part of the Civil War.  Emery Jones, a Confederate soldier, captures a .

  • Mitch Albom tells poignant story of music man

    Readers might know Mitch Albom as an author, but many don’t know that he is also a musician. His newest novel, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” shows his love of music through the fictional Frankie Presto — “the best .

  • Feminist worthy romance novels at the library Librarian.rachel.schmidtlein

    The romance novel industry has a notoriously bad reputation for producing predictable and unrealistic literature. I’ve recently been on a romance-novel-a-week kind of binge, and after awhile, I became seriously jaded with the lack of creativity that I was .

  • Story of fictional mountain village explores deafness, power of senses

    There is not a single quotation mark in “Soundless” because there is not a single line of dialogue. Spoken dialogue, that is. Every member of Fei’s tiny mountaintop village is born deaf. It has been generations since hearing disappeared, .





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