The Hutchinson Public Library is celebrating National Library Week April 14-20. National Library Week is an opportunity to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. The Hutchinson Public Library is the community's second home for experience, knowledge and gathering.
Libraries today are much more than repositories for books. The Hutchinson Public Library also offers ebooks and audio books for checkout. They provide technology classes, have free literacy programs, host community events, offer story times for toddlers and children, bring in authors, and more.
During the week of Feb. 4-10, the Hutchinson Public Library did a “statistics snap-shot” and discovered the following:
- On average, 555 people per day came in, 60% through the Main Street doors
- They answered 136 Research/Reference questions per day on average
- The top 4 reasons for using the library were to
1) check out an item
2) use a computer
3) search for a job
4) attend a meeting or program
- 144 people on average per day came to use computers (173 including wifi users)
- nearly 6,800 items were checked out
First recognized in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association.
Events at The Hutchinson Public Library this week in honor of the observance include:
April 16 – “The Wind in the Willows” book discussion at 6:30 p.m.
April 17 – Classic movie that includes a librarian at 6:30 p.m.
April 18 – Author Max McCoy speaks at 7:00 p.m.
Details on National Library Week and specific events at the Hutchinson Public Library can be found at hutchpl.org.
The Hutchinson Public Library is offering a series of free classes over the next three months to help people get started with genealogy research. The first class in the series is Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday, December 5, at 9:30 a.m.
This first class will focus on how to interview family members who might have information. Personal stories make genealogy research come alive, and the holidays may offer great opportunities to gather material. Stories add texture to the facts garnered through traditional sources.
Instructor Patsy Terrell says, "People will learn how to use interviewing techniques to get the details you can't find any other way. It's important to capture those stories for future generations."
The class is free, but registration is required because space is limited. Call the Hutchinson Public Library computer lab at 620-663-5441, ext. 163, to reserve a spot.
A discussion of Max McCoy’s novel, A BREED APART will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. The discussion is being held in conjunction with an author event featuring Max McCoy which will take place Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Both of these free programs will be held at the Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N Main Street and are sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno Arts & Humanities Council (HRAH), Hutchinson Community College (HCC) and the Library.
Bill Sheldon, English Instructor at HCC, will lead the discussion of A BREED APART
written by award-winning author and journalist Max McCoy. McCoy currently teaches at Emporia State University, and his first Ophelia Wylde paranormal mystery will be released this July. Other books he has written include four original Indiana Jones novels, the acclaimed thriller “The Moon Pool”, and the Hellfire western noir trilogy. DAMNATION ROAD, the last book in the trilogy, won the 2011 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Best Novel. HELLFIRE CANYON, the first book in the trilogy, also won the Spur and was named a Kansas Notable Book. Visit McCoy's website for more about the author.
“Aces and eights—everyone knows the tale of the Dead Man’s Hand. A BREED APART tells the story of Wild Bill Hickok, a giant in a vast land, a celebrity in the days of dime novels and the telegraph. Few men in the old West could fill his boots, but fewer still knew the real story, the making of a legend.
“To history, he was Wild Bill, but he came of age as James Butler Hickok. After his first showdown at the age of twenty-four, everyone could see that Hickok was a breed apart. As a green hand on the Overland Stage, he bravely faced off against a band of thieves. During the Civil War, he displayed nerve and savvy as a Union spy. And on one afternoon in the town square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok wrote himself into the history books—with a revolver in his hand.”
Sandra Wiechert of Lawrence will lead a discussion of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame on Tuesday, April 16. The program will be held in the library auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is the third book in a three part “Childhood Classics” series through the Kansas Humanities Council. The mischievous Toad, Mole, Rat, and wise Badger enjoy wild adventures and much laughter in their quest to find the secret of the wind. Their fantasy world blends childhood innocence with gentle social satire for adults.
The Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussion series is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC), a nonprofit cultural organization with over 40 years experience promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and build our community. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.
Discussion leader Sandra Wiechert is a native Kansan with an M.A. in American History from Kansas State University. She is also a retired teacher and reference assistant/community relations coordinator for the Lawrence Public Library. There she managed over 25 four-part book discussion groups, including many KHC TALK groups.
Standard & Poors NetAdvantage is a full suite of tools for people wanting to research companies for potential investment. It's the electronic version of the old paper notebooks with company profiles, details, and a real-time stock ticker.
It would be extremely expensive for an individual to have their own access, but you can use the library's subscription for free with your library card.
Start here: http://www.hutchpl.org/research/databases
Scroll to the bottom of the list and you'll see a description with the instruction that to access outside the library walls, you have to have a library card to log in. It's free for you to use at home by logging in with your library card.