Story times, Crafts and Movies @ The Mary Cotton Library

Raise A Reader: Little Cubs Storytime – Recommended for children ages 18 – 36 months with their caregivers. Enjoy books, songs and activities that enhance early literacy skills. 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

10/20,   10/27, 11/10, 11/23, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 12/29
Crafternoon at the Library – Drop in & tap into your creative juices by trying your hand at a make and take craft. 3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.

10/21, 11/11, 12/2, 12/30
Afterschool Adventures: Story Explorers – Explore the world of stories. 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

10/28, 11/18, 12/9, 12/16

Pajamas and Bedtime Stories – 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.T

11/22 & 12/23

Sunflower E-library site will be fixed soon!

Patron using the Sunflower elibrary website for audio and digital online book circulations will be happy to know that the problem that has been causing you fits when trying to log into your account is being fixed at this moment. If you are still experiencing problems with log-ins, please alert the staff at Mary Cotton Library–785-284-3160. Many thanks for your patience.


Sunflower eLibrary is down

If patrons are trying to use the Sunflower eLibrary site, we are experiencing some temporary difficulties. The recent upgrade to KOHA has somehow broken the link between the Sunflower eLibrary validation with KOHA users. Please be patient and don’t worry that your password and card number do not work at this time. Hopefully, it will be a quick fix.

Hoopla improvements coming on Sept. 8

Patrons of MCPL will be seeing the latest Hoopla site evolution in the next couple of days. The new hoopla 4.0 is scheduled for release Sept. 8, 2016, and we hope patrons will find it as exciting as we do. The new site will truly be “our website,” Hoopla will be co-branded with our library partner name!

More than the “facelift” that initially meets the eye, the new hoopla 4.0 features useful functional enhancements:

  • More robust content discovery tools
  • Faster, more responsive browsing
  • Filtering feature for more targeted exploration
  • Built-in audio players
  • Updated Registration process
  • Streamlined registration process simplifies the experience for new users!

Patrons will be logged out on browsers
Patrons will need to log in using their email and password (which they may or may not remember).  We’ll be glad to help in response to password inquiries, or patrons can use the “Forgot password” link to change it themselves.
Please note also: If you’ve previously stored your password in the browser, you simply have to click the email sign in box, then click on their email that pops up and it will automatically fill in both their email and password for them.  Then they can just click login.


In the second of our series of posts, we meet and welcome another two new members of the Mary Cotton Library staff.
Kathie Tramp is a familiar face around Sabetha, having worked for local Chiropractor Dr. Bill Simpson for 25 years. Retiring on a Friday, according to Kathie, she was “looking for a few hours a week” to work part time, when she happened to stop by the library. The library had just started looking for another part time staff member and conveniently, Kathie was available to start immediately. She brings great customer service and professionalism to the front desk and is willing to help patrons find the exact book or item that they seek.20160121_121129[1]


Anna Scott is another volunteer, turned employee. An avid reader and knowledgeable source of Young Adult fiction, Anna helps at the circulation desk, shelving books and pulling interlibrary loan books after school two afternoons a week. Her bright smile and eagerness to help people is a great asset to the library’s customer service goal.


In the first of 3 posts to this website you will meet Brianna Hermesch and Donna Presnell.
Brianna Hermesch, after volunteering her services for a year, has been hired as a circulation assistant with the responsibility of scanning books into the library computer system from the Inter-library loan courier system, drop box and in-house book returns. She also assists with shelving videos and children’s books, collection management and web page production. Brianna’s pretty handy with the scanner and mouse, but also relies on some adaptive technology from Panther Technologies to help her with computer interaction. A program on her IPad allows her to connect directly to the KOHA website and maneuver around the site with greater flexibility and ease. “We’ve been trying various techniques and devices to give Brianna a greater sense of independence when dealing directly with library patrons. She is a quick learner and is eager to help people. Having your library card available for scanning lessens wait time and allows her to function more efficiently.”
Donna Presnell, circulation specialist, is a relatively new Sabetha resident. Hailing originally from Topeka, Donna made the move to be near her parents, who reside at the Apostolic Christian Home, and her daughter’s (Mary and Jay Herrmann) family. Truly a human dynamo, Donna brings lots of energy and willingness to serve the public to the Mary Cotton Library. She’s been busy learning the computer circulation systems and is ready to help patrons find whatever they might need from the collection of books, movies and cake pans, to the use of copy machine, scanner or fax machines.


The Job Search Just Got Easier

Look for this link on the right hand side of this page. Green GD Access Button(1)MCPL is partnering with Glassdoor, one of the 4th largest job-sites in the US where job seekers can look through 8 million company reviews, salaries, and interview information on over 400,000 companies — all submitted by actual employees — and search through over 22 million open job postings. As part of their Library Partnership Program, it provides our patrons unlimited access to all of those career resources at no charge to the library with a free Glassdoor link on this webpage. This will allow full access without having to create an account or provide any information. Or copy and paste this link into the search bar

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