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Art in the Library Program

Since 2011, Art in the Library has been a successful program aimed at showcasing the talents of local artists and bringing an awareness of art and culture to the community.

Artwork is reviewed and installed by the PPL Art Committee. The committee accepts artwork and rotates the display twice each year.

Current selections include paintings, drawings, mixed media, metal sculpture, and photographs, which will be on display for about six months.

Featured artists are Todd Allison, S. Marie Anderson, Nancy Arthurs, Christina Blair, Belinda Brumfield, Evan Deuvall, Silas Dunn, Brittney Feverborn, Carol Hammerbacher, James Harris, Rion Huffman, April Huninghake, Randy Imhof, Joe James, Kaylene Lee, Al Letner, Micheal Lindsay, Elaine Rumford, Steve Seybold, Frank Smardo, Joan Tweet, Jill Van Dieren, Sarah Walden, and Michael Warthan.

The art committee will be accepting submissions again in February 2016 for the next display period. For more information, please pick up an Art in the Library brochure.

Library debuts new Ella Buchanan Collection

Thank you to everyone who attended the reception and unveiling of PPL’s new Ella Buchanan Collection.


The Buchanan bronze sculpture and portrait are now on display at the library. Stop by to learn more about the exciting life of PPL’s first librarian.

Don and Diane James purchase coal bucket
for the Pittsburg Public Library

Thank you to Don and Diane James for purchasing a Mining Memories coal bucket and donating it to the Pittsburg Public Library. We are thrilled to be the proud new owners of From the Depths by Josh Johnson, Pittsburg artist.

The coal bucket was purchased to honor the memory of Diane’s father, John F. Yencic, Jr. and his father, Diane’s grandfather, John F. Yencic, Sr.

Mr. Yencic, Sr. came to this country from the Balkans area in Europe and both he and his son worked in the coal mines in Crawford County. Yencic, Sr. worked in the deep mines, where Yencic, Jr. also started. From there, Yencic, Jr. went onto work in the strip mines for the remainder of his 40 plus year career as a coal miner.

“I am proud to say that my father was a coal miner, as I would not be who I am nor have what I have without his hard work,” Diane James said.

From the Depths is being donated to the Pittsburg Public Library to honor the memory of Diane’s mother, Deane Flaker Yencic. Diane credits her mother with instilling her with a love of reading and a love for the Pittsburg Public Library. Diane said that her mother brought her to the library often when she was just a small child.

The Board of Trustees and the Staff of the Pittsburg Public Library wish to thank Don and Diane James for this thoughtful donation. Special thanks to the artist, Josh Johnson, who created this beautiful design featuring the mining heritage and other notable Pittsburg landmarks, including the library. Thanks to Josh’s parents, Mark and Jackie Johnson, who have been life-long supporters of the Pittsburg Public Library.

We also wish to thank the Southeast Kansas Art Fest committee for their work on this exciting project.

Author Alerts Service

Pittsburg Public Library is pleased to announce a new service for our patrons called Author Alerts. Author Alerts sends you an email or text message alert when the library orders a new book by any of your favorite authors. Please click here to get signed up. Enjoy!

Mango Languages Program

Pittsburg Public Library is pleased to announce that we now offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to our patrons, through the State Library of Kansas.

Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons.

Mango is available in two versions. Mango Complete, a 100-lesson course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture.

Mango Basic is a beginner course that teaches everyday greetings, goodbyes, and helpful phrases in a short period of time.

Mango Languages offer more than 40 foreign language courses and 16 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Click the link to give it a try. New users will need to create a profile with an email address and password. Mango will track your progress and you learn a new language.

Questions? Please visit the PPL Computer Lab or give us a call at 620-230-5559.