For all of those who are doing family history research: we have the library edition of Ancestry on all the public use computers? Just log in to one of our computers using your Atchison Library card or a guest pass. Then look for the family tree icon, as shown below.
The Atchison County Genealogy Society and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 287 are hosting a Veterans Day of Honor on September 5th at 5:30. Veterans and their families are invited to attend. There will be video presentations of the War Memorials in Washington D.C. and guest speakers. Registration is not required, but personalized certificates of appreciation are available by calling 367-5005.
Our first night of our new program, "Food Freaks" was a success! The monthly theme was "Food on a Stick." Participants got to sample such delicacies as salad on a stick, strawberry shortcake and fudge, both also on a stick. Join us next time (September 14th) when we bring items which do not require cooking, "no bake, no heat." Please bring enough to share and a copy of the recipe.
Photos courtesy of Cindy Kloepper
The plans for the Rubble Reprocessing Quarry in Atchison County are available for viewing at the library. Please ask for them at the circulation desk.
Due to concerns about traffic and parking during the eclipse, the library will be closed on August 21st. Enjoy the eclipse!
A copy of the Master Plan for Jackson Park is available at the library. Please ask at the circulation desk.
If you would like to work part time at the library as a circulation clerk, we are hiring! Preference will be given to those applicants with the greatest availability. The full job description can be seen here. www.atchisonlibrary.org/job-openings.html
Please apply online at www.hrepartners.com This position will be open until filled.
All positions are now filled. 8/22/17
Our KHC book TALK series is kicking off in August! The series this time is called Between Fences, and the first book is Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston.
Fences can either keep us out, or in. “Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost famously declared in his poem “Mending Wall,” but not all fences do. In the same poem, Frost notes nature’s own resistance to man-made boundaries: “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” Fences mark our territory, define our boundaries, limit our movement, and convey our sense of property. We define ourselves and our space with fence. Metaphorically, fences can mark different states of being – ins and outs, the included and excluded, the sacred and taboo, and even life and death. There must be some kind of enclosure for there to be a need for “pearly gates.” Throughout history, fences have defined human accomplishments and claims. Building fences is one of the defining acts of civilization, establishing the boundaries between civilization and barbarism. The fencing off of property with barbed wire transformed the economies and the ecologies of the Great Plains in the nineteenth century. The most familiar single episode in the classic American tale of boyhood, Tom Sawyer, is the whitewashing of a fence. The white picket fence has become the symbol of postwar American suburbia.