Library launching new programs

Chad Frey

Although the Youth Services department at the McPherson Public Library will not be hosting programs in the library this fall, they announcing new opportunities for families.

Starting this week, the library will offer three new virtual programs.

The library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is going on-line. Families can now register and participate through the library’s Beanstack service. This service kicked off with the 2020 Summer Library Program and will continue to be used year-round. Children in the virtual program will receive the same prizes as those who choose to use paper logs, but they will also receive virtual badges recognizing their achievement.

Another Beanstack opportunity, which launched Sept. 1, is the Back to School Challenge. Any members of the community who want to participate and earn virtual badges are encouraged to join. This particular challenge includes libraries and schools across the nation vying for top spots to win the grand prizes, so the library invites anyone who is willing to join in to log their minutes.

Finally, the library’s Youth Services team is excited to announce a new service: Book5. Book5 is a readers’ advisory service focused on children’s and teen titles. Anyone, regardless of age, is invited to participate by completing a short form available in the youth section of the library website. They will then receive a custom list containing five title recommendations from the library, selected just for them.

Additional virtual programs and Take & Make opportunities will be available for children and teens this fall as well. Stay connected with the Youth Services Department at or through social media: or