“Food for Fines” Program Returns

Now is your chance to reduce your fines and help feed a hungry family this holiday season at the same time…

From Dec 6th through Jan 31st Forsyth Library has launched its Annual Food Drive for Fines Program.

Bring in any un-expired, un-damaged canned food item and for each item donated $1.00 will be forgiven towards the overdue fine owed (5 items=$5.00 in fines forgiven).
Note: Food items cannot be used to clear Fees owed from “Lost” or Damaged items. 

Only canned food items will be accepted for the Food for Fines exchange.  Other food items may be donated if someone wishes to do so.

Food for Fines will be accepted from December 6th through January 31st.  All food collected will be donated to the Community Assistance Center Food Pantry.

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The Wild Man Cometh

He really was tall, dark and handsome. He was also a dead shot who didn’t suffer fools gladly.  To some he was a hero, a man of dignity, and faithful friend. To others, he was a reckless, trigger-happy drunk.  He provided law and order, or something close to it, in old Hays City for a time, and he’s coming back.  Keep yer eyes peeled, and watch this blog for more clues to come.


Welcome Back!

The staff and student employees of Forsyth Library welcome you to a new semester at Fort Hays State. We also want to welcome Dr. Cynthia Garrety, our new staff member, who is the Learning Commons Coordinator. Cynthia, who comes to us from the great state of Iowa, is a marvelous addition to our staff. She has lots of new ideas, so stop by and find out what the Learning Commons can do for you.

Cynthia Garrety, new Director of The Learning Commons

Cynthia Garrety, new Director of The Learning Commons

There have been some changes made over the summer which I would like to bring to your attention. The first change involves the subject guides that can be found on the library’s website. Several members of Forsyth Library’s staff have been working on updating the guides using a program called LibGuides. The link to access our published guides is http://fhsuguides.fhsu.edu/. I have enjoyed putting together the subject guides using this resource, as I think it adds a lot more variety to each guide.

The library has a new program (EZProxy) that will greatly benefit patrons who access our resources from off-campus. When you click on a resource that requires authentication, it will first take you to the FHSU secure authorization page which will allow you to enter your TigerTracks ID and password. As long as you are logged in from that point, you will be able to access the library’s online resources without having to re-authenticate for each different resource.

The Reference Desk has modified the hours that a librarian will be available to help with your research questions. The new hours are as follows:

  • M – Th  9:00 am-5:00 pm; 6:00-10:00 pm
  • Friday  9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sat.     10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sun.    1:00 pm-10:00 pm

The Special Collections Room (Room 122 on the main floor) is now a closed room, meaning that it is locked all the time. The room will be staffed from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. The staff who work in evenings and weekends will not have access to this room during those times, so please keep that in mind when you do need to use something from the Special Collections area. If you need to do research in the room, to look at a book from the Western Collection or Military History collection, or want to have a class tour, please call or email Patty Nicholas ahead of time to make an appointment. Call 628-5901 or email pnichola@fhsu.edu.

Mark your calendars for an event at the library on September 23. “Library Legends: Dead Man’s Hand”  is a fun-filled evening that starts out with a free BBQ meal for the first 100 students and continues when clues are given to solve a mystery within the library. Watch for more information about this library mystery evening in a later blog post.

If there are any questions or comments about the library, please let us know. It is nice to have the faculty and students back on campus for another semester. Good luck to all!


History of Memorial Day

A day that was once known as Decoration Day has evolved into “the unofficial start of summer”, something that the founders probably never even dreamed would occur. Decoration Day was established by the Grand Army of the Republic three years after the Civil War as a time to remember our war dead by decorating their graves with flowers.

Today Memorial Day is set aside by most people as a time to head to the lake, the mountains, the beach or the hometown to celebrate with picnics and barbeques. Memorial Day is celebrated, not so much as a day to honor our fallen, but as a time to spend with family and friends.

The following websites contain information about the history of Memorial Day. May you enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend, and may you spend a part of it remembering our veterans from all of our wars who fought for our freedoms.

  1. Historical Perspective of Memorial Dayhttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4672349
  2. Website from the History Channelhttp://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history
  3. United States Department of Veteran Affairshttp://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp
  4. Library of Congress – American Memoryhttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/may30.html
  5. A group working to restore the traditional day of observance for Memorial Dayhttp://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html


Commencement 2010

Commencement is upon us once again at Fort Hays State University. Next Saturday, May 15, Gross Memorial Coliseum will be the setting for the 107th FHSU Commencement.

Through the years, commencement exercises have been held in Sheridan Coliseum, Lewis Field and Gross Memorial Coliseum. For a number of years, there were two ceremonies – one in the spring and one in the summer. This year’s Commencement will have something new: a Graduate School Hooding Ceremony from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Beach/Schmidt auditorium.

The First Annual Commencement took place on July 2, 1903 at the G.A.R. Hall in Hays, after being postponed from May 1903 because one of the graduates could not get back to Hays from Emporia. Miss Freda Schwaller was unable to travel because of flooding which stopped the train from making its trip. Miss Schwaller, Fred E. Lindley and Ida Shaffer were the first graduates of the Western Branch of the Kansas State Normal School.

Program for the 1st Commencement

Final exams and commencement were cancelled in May 1951 after a flood hit the campus on May 22. The graduates were honored at the summer school commencement later that year.

I’ve been to a number of FHSU Commencement ceremonies over the years. My father received his Masters degree on a summer day in Lewis Field Stadium and my niece received her bachelor’s degree several years ago. I have watched my FHSU friends and student workers from the library walk across that stage. My own graduation from FHSU took place on Friday evening, May 14, 1982, and I received my diploma from President Tomanek in Gross Memorial Coliseum. It was a memorable and very sad evening for me. My mother, one of my biggest supporters, was not there because she was in the hospital that night; we lost her early the next morning.

Graduation brings family, friends and your professors together to honor your achievements. It is also a time to reflect on your years at FHSU and a time to look forward to a new chapter in your life. The staff of Forsyth Library is glad to have helped you along the way with your studies. Good luck and best wishes to all of you.

Just for fun, here is an article from American Heritage Magazine titled: 101 THINGS EVERY COLLEGE GRADUATE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AMERICAN HISTORY.


Congratulations to the FHSU Graduates of 2010!