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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, September 5

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Annual Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library Book Sale will be held on Saturday, September 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
The sale, which is open to the public, is held in conjunction with the Little Balkans Days Celebration. 

According to Diane James, Friends of the PPL, this year’s sale has something for everyone including hardback and paperback books, music CDs, audio books, DVDs, videos, and more.

The sale includes books in several categories including mystery, fiction, romance, science fiction, horror, military, humor, pets and animals, hobby, how-to, travel, cookbooks, biographies, literature, and more.

Most paperbacks sell for 50 cents and hardbacks for $1. All other items are priced to sell. There is also an extensive collection of children’s and young adult titles available.

James said that this year’s sale will include some Happy Hollisters and Betsy-Tacy series books and other hard-to-find items. There is also a large selection of music CDs available, priced at 50 cents each.

Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library, an organization that purchases library materials, and sponsors programs and special events throughout the year, including the reading programs for all ages.

The sale is held on the first floor of the library, which is otherwise closed for Labor Day weekend.


Preview Book Sale for Friends Members

Friday, September 4

5:30 p.m.

Membership has its privileges. Friends’ members get a chance to shop early on Friday, September 4th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Friends of the Library Preview Sale. Beat the crowd and shop early.

Purchase or renew a membership, for as little as $5, and shop, shop, shop. We always need more friends!

How You Can Help

Donate: Donations of books and other material in good condition are now being accepted at the library. Clean out your bookshelves and help make our sale a success!

Drop off your donations any time during library hours. Friends members will be on hand during the week before the sale for anyone who needs help or has questions about donations.

After the sale, supply will be especially low for the ongoing sale in the PPL Computer Lab. Don’t forget that we gladly accept your book donations, any time of year!

: It takes a lot of help to make our sale successful. Please let us know if you are available to help before, during, or after the sale by calling the library at 620-231-8110.

Clean Slate Expungement Presentation

Wednesday, September 9th

12:00 p.m.

Kristin Maun, an attorney from Kansas Legal Services, will offer a Clean Slate Expungement presentation on Wednesday, September 9th at 12:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Expungement is the removal of an arrest or conviction from a person’s criminal record. The goal is to help individuals resolve barriers to employment and housing with legal help. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


LEGO BuilderSpace Program
Thursday, September 10th and Thursday, September 24th
Stop by anytime between 5:00–7:00 p.m. 

The LEGO BuilderSpace program will be held on Thursday, September 10th and Thursday, September 24th. Stop by anytime between 5:00–7:00 p.m. The program is open to anyone age 7 and up. As always, parents, grandparents, and siblings are welcome.

The library provides tables and tables of LEGOs, plus ideas and inspiration for your projects.

Please click here to register or call the library at (620) 231-8110. Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Paint the Town Red

Friday, September 11th

Paint the Town Red celebrates 10 years of showcasing the community’s support of Pittsburg State University. The library puts our own spin by calling our celebration Paint the Town READ! (Still pronounced red, get it?) 
This year, PTTR has a superhero theme and, as you know, the library staff is well versed in superhero lore.

We invite you to stop by on Friday, September 11th to for fun, prizes, and even more superheroes!  Library staff will be decorating the library and wearing our PSU gear along with superhero capes and masks. We’ll have trivia and prizes on our Facebook page and fun giveaways in the building. Don’t miss it! Go Gorillas!

Genealogy Annual Program

Monday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m.

A special program about the history of immigrant labor in Pittsburg and Crawford County will be held on Monday, September 14th at 6:30 p.m.

The program will be presented by Randy Roberts, Dean of Library Services at PSU’s Axe Library.

Sponsored by the Crawford County Genealogical Society, the program is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you.


September Adult Book Discussion

Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 pm.

The monthly book discussion will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m. This month’s title is
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

he library hosts a book discussion on the third Tuesday of every month. Books are available for purchase or checkout at the library. 

iCraft: Smash Book Program

September 16th and September 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

iCraft is back with our all-time-favorite project: Smash Books! The iCraft series is open to anyone in the sixth grade through adult. We provide all the supplies you need to put your imagination to work!

A smash book is a quick and easy way to store photos, treasures, ideas, clippings, doodles, notes and more.

iCraft sessions will be held on Wednesday, September 16th, and Wednesday, September 23rd, both at 6:00 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend one or both of the sessions.

Space is limited. Please click here to register or call the library at (620) 231-8110.
Happy Crafting!

PPL Foundation Annual Meeting

Friday, September 18th at 11:30 a.m. 

The Annual Meeting of the PPL Foundation will be held Friday, September 18th at 11:30 a.m. All PPL Foundation members are invited to attend.

Those in attendance will vote for Foundation board members and officers for the upcoming year. Light refreshments will be served.

International Talk Like a Pirate Week

Sunday, September 13th through Saturday, September 19th

Ahoy, Mateys! Saturday, September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. We invite you to join the library in celebrating all things pirate…all week long!

There will be a number of drawings and giveaways throughout the week on the PPL Facebook page. Patrons can win books, candy, tote bags, and much more!

Story time for kids will have pirate-themed stories and crafts all week for the lads and lassies. Plus a Facebook class for grownup landlubbers. Have your pirate portrait taken and we’ll show you how to edit it and upload it to your Facebook page.

So weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! International Talk Like a Pirate Week is dead ahead at Pittsburg Public Library!


Scrabble Club @ the Library

Saturday, September 12th and Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m.

The Pittsburg Public Library has teamed up with a local Scrabble Club to offer twice-monthly scrabble games at the library. Beginners and seasoned players are welcome to attend this free program.

The club will meet on Saturday, September 12th and Saturday, September 19th at 1:00 p.m.

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