Readers who are looking for a reason to sit inside and read in a cool and comfortable setting will enjoy the McPherson Public Library’s Reading Marathon.
The annual event, which will be held between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 19 at the library, encourages readers of all ages to focus on deep, concentrated reading, in the quiet environment of the library. Bring a book or audiobook, find a comfy chair and read. Simply stop by the service desk when you arrive and pick up a badge that identifies you as a participant. As you leave, stop by the desk again to receive a small price for participating.
“We like to hold this event near the latter part of the summer as a way to slow down and give our patrons a chance to refocus on reading goals,” states Shannon Brake, Marketing and Communications Manager. “The library is able to provide a quiet and cool place to read for long periods of uninterrupted time, and the Reading Marathon encourages readers to take advantage of that. We would love to see entire families come in and spend some time quiet reading together!”
Books gain sentimental value when passed down from generation to generation, but their value can increase as well. With this in mind, Lloyd Zimmer from Books and Maps of Chanute, KS will be on hand at the McPherson Public Library on Saturday, July 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. during the library’s Rare Books Roadshow.
During this come and go event, Zimmer will meet with people on an individual basis to discuss their rare, out of print or unusual books. Zimmer comes to McPherson with a lifetime of experience in antiques and collectibles, and will be happy to visit with people about not only books, but also maps, newspapers, photographs, historic letters and other ephemera. He also will have interesting and unique items from his personal collection on hand for viewing and discussion.
Zimmer looks forward to his visit to the library. “Go through your bookshelves, attics, and closets and find that book or map you have always wondered about,” Zimmer said, “Bring it, or just bring yourselves, and we’ll visit about valuating books, maps, ephemera and other manuscript and printed material.”
For additional information call the library at 245-2570 or email them at [email protected]