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Summer Reading Recap

The 2015 Summer Reading Programs at Pittsburg Public Library provided fun reading incentives, programs, and events for kids, teens, and adults. We had great participation from our patrons and the entire community and we're very proud of this year's successful program.

Check out these impressive stats: 

  • 967 kids participated in the Every Hero Has A Story Reading Program.

  • 164 young adults participated in the Unmask Reading Program.

  • 20,094 books were checked out for the reading program. (That’s 335 books each day—just for kids and young adults).

  • 1,110 people attended sixteen programs for kids ages seven to eleven.

  • Kids earned 1,545 free swim passes to the Pittsburg Aquatic Center.

  • Kids earned 487 free mini-golf passes to Four Oaks Golf Course.

  • Swim and golf passes are courtesy of the City of Pittsburg and the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department—thank you!

  • 5,747 kids (of all ages) attended a program at the library this summer.

The staff of the library wishes to thank all the babies, toddlers, kids, young adults, parents, grandparents, and caregivers who participated!

Art in the Library Program 

Since 2011, the Art in the Library has become a successful program aimed at promoting art and artists in the community. The Pittsburg Public Library is now accepting submissions for the next display period.

Adult artists are invited to submit a work for consideration by the PPL Art Committee through Monday, August 31st.

Artists may drop off one piece of artwork at the library and complete a short submission form. Art accepted for exhibition will be on public display from September 2015 through February 2016.

Any original artwork, including indoor and outdoor sculpture will be considered. For more information please call the library at (620) 231-8110.

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, Pittsburg Public Library’s 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.

Local artists are invited to submit artwork to the library, which are reviewed and installed by the PPL Art Committee. The committee accepts artwork and rotates the display twice each year.

The library is currently displaying artwork by Kim Allison, Todd Allison, Nancy Arthurs, John Becker, Christina Blair, Glen Blancett, Belinda Brumfield, Liz Darling, Rod Dutton, Lena Gregory, Carol Hammerbacher, April Huninghake, Katherine Jepson, Sharon Keller, Jeremy Kelly, Michael Lindsay, Nicole Myers-Foresman, Debbie Parcell, Robert Raio, Elaine Rumford, Steve Seybold, Frank Smardo, Clyde Thomas, Jill Van Dieren, and Michael Warthan.

Selections include paintings, drawings, mixed media, and photographs, which will be on display through August. For those interested in participating in the Art in the Library program, the committee will be accepting submissions again in August 2015. We invite you to stop by the library to see the work of these talented local artists. Pick up an Art in the Library brochure for more information. 


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.

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.