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Summer Reading Program for Adults
It wasn’t just the kids who had fun reading their way through the summer at the library. Thanks to the adults who participated in the There’s No Place Like the Library reading program.
Overall, 48 readers turned in reading logs and received a fabulous PPL tote bag. Adults read a total of 576 books in the course of the program. For every six books read, the patron was entered into the Grand Prize drawing for gift certificates from area businesses. Congratulations to Belinda Brumfield, this year’s grand prize winner!

Art in the Library 2014 Program

Art in the Library has become a successful program aimed at promoting art and artists in the community. Since 2012, the library has displayed over 50 paintings, photographs, drawings, and sculptures of area artists and art owners. The Pittsburg Public Library is now accepting submissions for the next display period.

Adult artists and art owners are invited to submit works for consideration by the PPL Art Committee anytime through Friday, August 29th.

Art accepted for exhibition will be on public display from September 2014 through February 2015. Artists may drop off one piece of artwork at the library and complete a short submission form.

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

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.