The groundhog has made it official — we shall have an early spring. At the McPherson Public Library, we’re excited about spring as well, and some exciting new resources and services:
All the way back
For the past several years, our service desk staff have been working to create a fully searchable database of businesses, industries and professionals in McPherson starting from when Harrison Bowker opened his general store in 1872. Those utilizing it will be able to search by business name, names of owners, dates, business type, and the addresses as well. When this database is available on our website, it will be a tremendous resource — both for library research staff, as well as for the public.
The library will celebrate National Library Week during the third week of April with the theme “Communities Matter at Your Library.” We’re planning a special observance this year of the ways the library and community organizations work together to make McPherson a better city. And of course, as it is National Library Week, there will be cookies!
New kids on the block
Fiction aficionados may notice some changes on our new fiction display racks, if they haven’t already. I have added a new review source, and patrons can expect to see some new authors appearing along with many old favorites. Take this opportunity to give one of those new authors a try.
The way the land lies
This spring the library will complete our historic atlas digitization project with the uploading of a 1969 McPherson County atlas and a 1937 property map to our website. These resources will join atlases from 1884, 1903, and 1921 — which are already online — to create the most comprehensive digital resource of historic McPherson County published property ownership data available.
Historians, those persons researching family history, and anyone else with an interest in county history will find these digitized atlases to be invaluable sources of information.
Take the plunge
The number of patrons taking advantage of our email package of The Next Page (our monthly newsletter) and the almost overdue email notifications has now grown into the thousands. If you have yet to sign up for this service, then maybe this spring is the time to take the plunge. You’ll not only receive any overdue notices via email but also will receive an email three days before the due date of any item you have checked out reminding you that it will soon be overdue. And receiving The Next Page is a great way to keep in touch with the latest going on at the library.
Page 2 of 2 - It’s going to be a great — and early — spring at the McPherson Public Library! So follow the groundhog’s lead: pop out of your hole, shake off those winter doldrums, and watch for publicity about these and other happenings at the library.
Steve Read is the director of the McPherson Public Library.