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You’re Invited
Reception and Unveiling
of the
Ella Buchanan Collection

at Pittsburg Public Library

Friday, September 26th

Presentation at 2:00 p.m.

Open House until 4:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

The library has acquired an original Buchanan bronze sculpture, entitled Genius, through the generosity of the Buchanan Family and the Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library.
We invite you to view our new artwork, learn more about the fascinating life of Ella Buchanan and the story behind how her artwork came back to the library over 100 years later.
Ella Buchanan served as the first librarian at the Pittsburg Public Library from 1901 to 1908. After being denied a sabbatical, Ella left the library to attend the Chicago Art Institute from 1908 to 1911, serving as an instructor from 1911 until 1915.
In 1915, Buchanan moved to Hollywood under the patronage of famed writer, and former Pittsburg resident, Harold Bell Wright. Ella enjoyed a long, prolific career as an artist and her work was featured in shows and galleries around the world. Buchanan was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Distinguished Achievement by a Woman in 1940.

Would you like to read popular magazines on your computer, iPad, Kindle, or other mobile device? The Pittsburg Public Library is pleased with the success of our new digital magazine service. Designed specifically for public library users, Zinio offers over 30 subscriptions to popular and specialty magazines.

Registered library users can read any of the magazine titles on most Internet connected devices including computers, e-readers, or via a mobile app. Stop by the PPL Computer Lab anytime for help with Zinio magazines or Axis 360 ebooks

Special thanks to the Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library and the PPL Foundation for underwriting this service.

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.

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.