EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

Upcoming Events

november, 2017

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2nov2:00 pm- 3:30 pmDrop In Tech Class2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Event Type :Computer Class
4nov9:30 am- 11:30 amKnitting Circle9:30 am - 11:30 am Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
4nov1:00 pm- 5:00 pmScrabble Club1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
6nov6:30 pmStory Time @ the Library6:30 pm Event Type :Story Time
7nov10:00 amStory Time @ the Library10:00 am Event Type :Story Time
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Library Announcements

Free Speech in Times of Crisis
Presentation Explores First Amendment Right 

Pittsburg Public Library will host Free Speech in Times of Crisis, a presentation and discussion by Stephen Wolgast on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

The First Amendment grants U.S. citizens with the right to express their opinions, including times when society is under stress. History shows, however, that sometimes people in positions of authority actively work to close off public discussion. This presentation will look at the reasons free speech is protected and provide current examples of how people in authority dissuade the public from speaking up.

Stephen Wolgast is an assistant professor of journalism and digital media at Kansas State University. He worked in newspaper journalism for 19 years, including 9 years as an editor at the New York Times. At the Times, he was a part of the newsroom efforts that were awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for reporting on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.

“One of the jobs the press has is to hold a mirror to society,” said Wolgast. “That’s why we have to report on the failings of government and institutions, even if it upsets the powers that be. If the press can motivate people to act when things aren’t going well, then by one measure the press has succeeded.”

Free Speech in Times of Crisis is part of The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech, a joint venture of the Kansas Humanities Council, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.


Story Time

Story Time

Monday Evening
6:30 p.m.

Tuesday
10:00 a.m.

Wednesday
10:00 a.m.

Story Time at the Library

After a short break, Story Time will start again on Monday, November 6th.
Children of all ages are invited to listen to a story and make a craft.

Monday Evening: 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.

Please like us on Facebook for information about all of our programs!


Kids Programs

Tech Lab: Snap Circuits

This month’s Tech Lab program for young adults will feature snap circuits. Snap circuits make learning electronics easy and fun! Participants can build exciting projects, such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, burglar alarms, doorbells, and much more!

Snap circuit programs will be held on Tuesday, November 14th and Tuesday, November 28th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Tech Lab. Tech Lab programs are open to kids ages 10—18.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both programs. Registration is required for Tech Lab programs. Register online at: PPLonline.org/techlab.

Choose Kind: A Wonder-ful Program for Kids

Kids in 3rd through 8th grades are invited to the library on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. as we create a community art project inspired by the Choose Kind movement.

Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder—the book that inspired the Choose Kind movementand have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. R. J. Palacio’s life-changing novel Wonder has inspired countless readers to reflect on their actions and to Choose Kind.

Participants can enjoy snacks, drinks, and trivia questions as we create together. We will also host a raffle for tickets to the new movie (released on November 17, 2017).

This program is open to kids in the 3rd through 8th grades. For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (620) 231-5556.

LEGO BuilderSpace

LEGO BuilderSpace will be held on Thursday, November 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the first floor meeting room. Kids of all ages are invited to attend, plus parents and siblings are always welcome. Kids under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

We’ll have tables and tables of LEGOs, plus inspiration and ideas. No registration is necessary—just come have some fun!

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november, 2017

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4nov9:30 am- 11:30 amKnitting Circle9:30 am - 11:30 am Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
4nov1:00 pm- 5:00 pmScrabble Club1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
16nov6:00 pm- 7:00 pmWonder-ful Program for Kids6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type :Kids EventsTeen Events
18nov1:00 pm- 5:00 pmScrabble Club1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
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Teen Programs

–Upcoming Teen Events–

november, 2017

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4nov9:30 am- 11:30 amKnitting Circle9:30 am - 11:30 am Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
4nov1:00 pm- 5:00 pmScrabble Club1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
14nov4:30 pm- 5:30 pmTech Lab: Snap Circuits4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Event Type :Teen Events
14nov6:30 pm- 7:30 pm"Free Speech in Times of Crisis" Program6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Event Type :AdultTeen Events
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Game On for Young Adults

Get your game on at the library! Game On will meet on Tuesday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 21st in the 2nd floor tech lab. Game On is held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and is open to teens in 6th through 12th grades. No registration is required and new participants are always welcome!

Tech Lab: Snap Circuits

This month’s Tech Lab program for young adults will feature snap circuits. Snap circuits make learning electronics easy and fun! Participants can build exciting projects, such as FM radios, digital voice recorders, burglar alarms, doorbells, and much more!

Snap circuit programs will be held on Tuesday, November 14th and Tuesday, November 28th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Tech Lab. Tech Lab programs are open to kids ages 10—18.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both programs. Registration is required for Tech Lab programs. Register online at: PPLonline.org/techlab.

Choose Kind: A Wonder-ful Program for Kids

Kids in 3rd through 8th grades are invited to the library on Thursday, November 16th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. as we create a community art project inspired by the Choose Kind movement.

Over 5 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder—the book that inspired the Choose Kind movementand have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. R. J. Palacio’s life-changing novel Wonder has inspired countless readers to reflect on their actions and to Choose Kind.

Participants can enjoy snacks, drinks, and trivia questions as we create together. We will also host a raffle for tickets to the new movie (released on November 17, 2017).

This program is open to kids in the 3rd through 8th grades. For more information, please call the Youth Services Department at (620) 231-5556.

LEGO BuilderSpace

LEGO BuilderSpace will be held on Thursday, November 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the first floor meeting room. Kids of all ages are invited to attend, plus parents and siblings are always welcome. Kids under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

We’ll have tables and tables of LEGOs, plus inspiration and ideas. No registration is necessary—just come have some fun!

iCraft: Holiday Tags & Bags Open House

iCraft will be held on Wednesday, November 15th with an open house from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This month, we invite you to create gift tags and bags for holiday gift giving. Bring your friends for an evening of crafting!

The iCraft program series is open to anyone in the sixth grade through adult. Join us each month for a new craft project and all the supplies you need to put your creativity to work! No registration is required and new participants are always welcome!

MovieMakers for Young Adults

The MovieMakers group, open to young adults in 6th through 12th grades, will meet on Wednesday, November 8th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor Tech Lab. Participants can put their creative skills to use producing LEGO stop motion videos! No sign up is necessary and new participants are always welcome!

Adult Programs

–Upcoming Adult Events–

november, 2017

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4nov9:30 am- 11:30 amKnitting Circle9:30 am - 11:30 am Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
4nov1:00 pm- 5:00 pmScrabble Club1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Event Type :AdultKids EventsTeen Events
8nov6:00 pm- 7:00 pmPPL Board of Trustees Meeting6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Event Type :Adult
14nov6:30 pm- 7:30 pm"Free Speech in Times of Crisis" Program6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Event Type :AdultTeen Events
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Free Speech in Times of Crisis
Presentation Explores First Amendment Right

Pittsburg Public Library will host Free Speech in Times of Crisis, a presentation and discussion by Stephen Wolgast on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

The First Amendment grants U.S. citizens with the right to express their opinions, including times when society is under stress. History shows, however, that sometimes people in positions of authority actively work to close off public discussion. This presentation will look at the reasons free speech is protected and provide current examples of how people in authority dissuade the public from speaking up.

Stephen Wolgast is an assistant professor of journalism and digital media at Kansas State University. He worked in newspaper journalism for 19 years, including 9 years as an editor at the New York Times. At the Times, he was a part of the newsroom efforts that were awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for reporting on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.

“One of the jobs the press has is to hold a mirror to society,” said Wolgast. “That’s why we have to report on the failings of government and institutions, even if it upsets the powers that be. If the press can motivate people to act when things aren’t going well, then by one measure the press has succeeded.”

Free Speech in Times of Crisis is part of The Pulitzer Project in Kansas: William Allen White and Freedom of Speech, a joint venture of the Kansas Humanities Council, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and the Federation of State Humanities Councils in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes.

Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Understanding Tenants Rights
Presented by Kansas Legal Services

Kansas Legal Services will provide a free presentation on the Kansas Residential Landlord Tenant Act at the Pittsburg Public Library on Wednesday, November 15th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. This free presentation will help participants learn about rights as a tenant. No registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

iCraft: Holiday Bags and Tags Open House

iCraft will be held on Wednesday, November 15th with an open house from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This month, we invite you to create gift tags and bags for holiday gift giving. Bring your friends for an evening of crafting!

The iCraft program series is open to anyone in the sixth grade through adult. Join us each month for a new craft project and all the supplies you need to put your creativity to work! No registration is required and new participants are always welcome!

White Buffalo Program

You’re invited to usher in the holiday season with our friends from White Buffalo! Join  us on Sunday, November 19th, at 2:00 p.m. in the meeting room. Award-winning poets Adam Jameson, Melissa Fite Johnson, JT Knoll, and Al Ortolani will be joined by singer/songwriter Don Viney for an afternoon of poetry and prose.

Copies of the book Ghost Sign, recently named a Kansas Notable Book, will be available for purchase, along with other publications from the featured authors. This free program is open to the public.

Knitting Circle @ the Library

The Pittsburg Public Library hosts a Knitting Circle on the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All skill levels are welcome to attend, including new participants who would like to learn to knit. The next Knitting Circle will be held on Saturday, November 4th.

Scrabble Club @ the Library

The Pittsburg Public Library has teamed up with a local Scrabble Club to offer twice-monthly scrabble games at the library. The club meets every other Saturday at 1:00 p.m. No sign up or registration is required. Beginners and seasoned players are welcome to attend this free program.

  • November 4th and November 18th
  • December 2nd and December 16th

Discussion Groups

Talking Heads Discussion Group

The Talking Heads discussion group will meet on Friday, November 3rd and Friday, November 17th. Participants are invited to attend one or both sessions at 9:00 and/or 10:00 a.m.

  • 9:00 a.m.         The Foundations of Western Civilization
  • 10:00 a.m.       Mind-Body Philosophy

Using The Great Courses Series from The Teaching Company, participants watch a 30-minute DVD lecture and then open the floor for discussion. New participants are always welcome!

Third Tuesday Book Discussion

The Third Tuesday Book Discussion group will meet for a Book Potluck on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m. We invite you to share a bowl of soup and the title of the best book you’ve read the past year. The discussion group will not meet in December.

*New* X-M Book Club

The XM book discussion will be held on Wednesday, November 29th at 6:30 p.m. The selected title is Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Copies of the book are available for purchase or check out at the library. New participants are always welcome.

Dear Reader Online Book Clubs

Join our Email Book Clubs. Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you’ll have read 2-3 chapters. Every Monday we start new books. Click here to sign up and start reading. Online Book Clubs are a free service of Pittsburg Public Library.

For more information about any of the library’s discussion groups, please call the adult services department at (620) 230-5560.

Tech Lab

Drop In Tech Help

Did you get a new cell phone or tablet that you just can’t figure out? The Pittsburg Public Library is offering Drop In Tech Help this month in the 2nd floor Tech Lab. This is a great place to get one-on-one help using specific software and electronic devices.

Our Tech Help is first-come first-served and is free and open to the public. You may bring in your laptops, tablets, cell phones, anything electronic. Don’t forget the power cables!

September Drop In Tech Help:

  • Thursday, November 2nd from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 9th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 16th from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

*New* Tech Coach Program at Pittsburg Public Library

Can’t always make it to a computer class but you need help with technology? We can help!

The Pittsburg Public Library is now offering free one-on-one assistance with technology! Let us help you with your resume, online applications, email, tablets, ereaders, and smartphones (just to name a few), and so much more!

Two ways to get a Tech Coach:

  • Make a 30-minute appointment for full, undivided attention from library staff. Call (620) 231-8110 to make your appointment.
  • Stop by a Drop In Tech Help session to get help on a first-come, first-serve basis. (See schedule above.)

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