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 Library upgrades to new computer system
 
The Pittsburg Public Library is moving to a new library system at the end of October. We will be offline for several days during this process.

You must have your library card with you to check out during this transition. (Even if you’re been coming here for 40 years and we know exactly who you are! The computer won’t let it happen!)

We will be unable to issue new library cards: Tentatively from October 20 through the end of October.

No holds can be placed starting October 23th through the first week of November.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your continued support. 


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.


Art in the Library
 
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.
 
Features artists are Kim Allison, Todd Allison, Nancy Louise Arthurs, Christina Blair, Lori Brecheisen, Belinda Brumfield, Jeffrey Denton, Lena Gregory (Robbins), April Huninghake, Joe E. James, Catherine Jepson, Sharon Keller, Malcolm E. Kucharski, Al Letner, David Ross, Steve Seybold, Frank R. Smardo, Paul C. Smith, Joan Tweet, and Jill Van Dieren.
 
The art committee will be accepting submissions again in February 2015 for the next display period. For more information, please pick up an Art in the Library brochure or give us a call.

 


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.


T
he library is currently looking into the perfect spot for the installation of the coal bucket. We look forward to having it on display for everyone to enjoy for years to come. Please stay tuned for more information.



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.