Times Talk and Finding Common Ground

These two programs are held in Forsyth Library on the main floor several times throughout the semester, and both are sponsored by the library and the Center for Civic Leadership. Times Talk, a partnership between the American Democracy Project and the New York Times, is a program that features speakers who talk on a specific subject, while Finding Common Ground features roundtables for  informal discussion of current topics.

Both are held over the noon hour; you may check the library’s calendar for the specific times. Pizza and salad are provided for the first 20 people at the Times Talk which is held in the South Study area; cookies and pop are provided for the Finding Common Ground participants in the front lobby. Both programs are set up where you can come and go as your schedule allows.

The first Times Talk of the semester was last week with the subject Universal Declaration of Human Rights regarding child soldiers. Next Wednesday, February 22, we will host a Finding Common Ground discussion titled Abortion Prolife and Prochoice.

In March, a Finding Common Ground panel discussion about Ending World Hunger by Ending Local Hunger will be on Wednesday, the 7th, and a Times Talk about the United Nations will be on Wednesday, the 14th.

In April, Finding Common Ground will talk about America’s Healthcare on Monday, the 16th, and the Times Talk subject on Tuesday, the 17th, will be Sustainability – Supporting 7 Billion.

If you are not able to come to Times Talk, but wish to listen in, the program is streamed live at http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/fhsulive, and the video is archived at http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/times_talk. The Finding Common Ground panel discussion is not filmed.

Two reference librarians, Judy Salm and MaryAlice Wade, help with these programs by providing information about each one. Judy retrieves books and other items for a display on the subject of the program, and MaryAlice puts together information in the Times Talk LibGuide – http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/times_talk.

The American Democracy Project also has a blog – http://adpfhsu.wordpress.com/

Hope to see you at the library!


iLibrary Orientation

Do you want to learn more about using Forsyth Library and have fun at the same time? Students are welcome to come to the interactive iLibrary Orientation event beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Participants will receive a Bingo card that has the names of various departments in the library that can be explored through a series of questions or activities.  You can do this on your own or as part of a team. Once you have marked an X on the Bingo card, you may register for a prize. If you are one of the first 100 people to register, you will receive a free meal!

If you have a smartphone, install an app that can read QR codes and bring it with you to use as part of the Bingo game.

Hope to see you at iLibrary!


Ben Franklin Day – Monday, September 19 – Top and Main Floors Will Be Filled With 5th Graders!

Forsyth Library will be hosting 300 area fifth graders and their teachers this coming Monday, September 19, for the annual Ben Franklin Day. The event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership, the American Democracy Project and Forsyth Library. Half of the fifth graders will be here in the morning and the other half will be here in the afternoon. As you can probably surmise, the Library will not be a quiet place that day.

The fifth graders will be divided into smaller groups, and Sue Boldra’s Teacher Education classes will have tables and/or booths set up on the top and main floors of the library to provide instruction to each of the groups. Each group will be at one booth for about 10 minutes and will move to the next booth during the span of about 2 hours. The Daughters of the American Revolution will also be at a booth providing cookies and punch to the kids.

Forsyth Library is excited to host this event, and we would appreciate your cooperation throughout the day. The library will remain open, and you are welcome to come do your research or check out a book. Just be aware that the top floor and the main floor will be filled with fifth graders, their teachers, library staff and Center for Civic Leadership staff.  The basement will be available if you need space to study, and the event should be over by 3:00 in the afternoon, so if you want a quiet space, you may want to just wait and come to the library later in the day.

Please welcome these fifth graders and future Tigers to FHSU!


Presentation – February 3rd / Sesquicentennial Exhibit

Kansas 150

The Special Collections Area of Forsyth Library invites you to come celebrate Kansas’ 150th birthday on Thursday, February 3. Kansas will turn 150 years old this Saturday, January 29.

Marla Matkin, of Hill City, will give a presentation at 2:00 p.m. in the South Study Area. “Cherishing Our Historical Legacy” invites you to become an active participant in chronicling the American spirit.  Through true stories of those who forged a new life in the West and celebratory song this presentation connects you to the past and the unique individuals who sacrificed and triumphed.

The Sesquicentennial Exhibit is set up to commemorate the 150th birthday of Kansas which will be celebrated throughout the state in the coming year. See this web site’s calendar for the listed events that will be taking place – http://ks150.kansas.gov/Pages/Calendar.aspx.

The 18 new display cases, built by FHSU carpenters and installed in the South Study Area, contain a number of items from the collections of Forsyth Library. The exhibit includes petroglyphs, maps, model buildings, printing plates, stuffed tigers and other memorabilia of FHSU. The exhibit will continue through July 31.

A petroglyph is defined as a rock carving, especially a prehistoric one. Our collection of petroglyphs come from along the Saline River in Ellis and Russell Counties, and includes an obsolete technique of fabric rubbings, plaster casts of the carvings, and copper etchings of the carvings. Nova Wells’ book, Petroglyphs of Saline River Valley, Kansas, provided all of the information for the exhibit of the petroglyphs.

The map collection consists of seven framed maps of Kansas dating from 1855-1879. We were graciously given permission by the Special Collection and University Archives. Wichita State University Libraries to use the captions from their excellent web site: A Collection of Digitized Kansas Maps.

The model buildings, which are near the reference desk, represent the church, the school, and the Sisters Convent from the town of Catharine, located 10 miles northeast of Hays. Other model buildings may be seen in the Special Collections Room.

The petroglyph collection was donated by Nova and Carl Wells, the framed maps of Kansas were donated by Timothy Johnson, and the model buildings were built and donated by Jerome Schmidt.