The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 26
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 26

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 19, 1995
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D4 Friday, May 19,1995 The Salina Journa briefly music Roosevelt-Lincoln Jazz Band to perform today The Roosevelt-Lincoln Jazz Band will perform for Art a la Carte from 12:20 to 12:50 p.m. today at Campbell Plaza, 100 S. Santa Fe. The jazz band is composed of 30 students from Roosevelt-Lincoln Middle School and is directed by Gayle McMillen. The band plays at Central High basketball games, jazz festivals, community organizations, special concerts and several grade schools throughout the school year. In case of bad weather, the performance will be moved to the Memorial Hall lobby. Art a la Carte is presented by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission. For information, call 826-7410. Last-day-of-school dance scheduled near 'Glow' A free last-day-of-school celebration will be from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday at the site of the old Union Pacific freight depot, Third and Ash. The dance, sponsored by the Salina Art Center, features the "Glow" light exhibit on display at the depot. There will be a DJ, and refreshments will be served. theater Theater director to be honored in revue Salina Community Theatre director Charles Kephart will be honored with a revue by alumni of the theater and given a farewell roast by the theater board. The show will be 7:30 p.m. May 27 at the theater, 303 E. Iron. Admission will be a $10 donation to benefit Kephart's retirement fund. The show, written and directed by Glen Rhea, is a retrospective look at Kephart's contribution to theater in Salina for the past 35 years. Songs from past shows will be performed by original cast members and slides from the theater's archives will also be included. Many performers and theatre volunteers are returning to Salina to take part in the revue and theater reunion. The theatre's board of directors will be the host of a farewell testimonial dinner, also being called "The Chuck Roast," at 12:30 p.m. May 28 at the Salina Holidome. Tickets for the roast are $20 a . person and must be purchased ; from the theater office by Mon• day. For information or to purchase tickets, call 827-6126. Season tickets on sale for community theater Season tickets are on sale for the 1995-96 season at the Salina Community Theatre. The theater will offer two membership options: • Full season membership — , all five plays for $30. • Select membership — Three general audience plays for $20. A survey indicated a demand for two types of shows — those aimed at family entertainment, and those who want more contemporary "cutting edge" theater. The select membership would appeal to the family audience. The season opens Sept. 22 with the comedy "Arsenic & Old Lace." Other plays are "A Piece of My Heart, Nov. 10-19; "The Pirates of Penzance," Feb. 1-11; "A Few Good Men," April 26-May 5; and "Crossing Delancey," June 21-30. Tickets may be purchased at the theater office from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by mail with an order form in the season brochure, or by phone with a credit card. For information, call 827-6126. miscellaneous 'Glow' to inspire poetry reading about light Poems about light will be presented at a free, outdoor poetry reading at 8 p.m. May 26. The reading will be at the art installation "Glow," sponsored by the Salina Art Center, at Third and Ash. "Glow" is an art installation of lights created by Cathy Lynn Gasser of Lawrence in the old Union Pacific freight depot. It can be seen after sundown until June 25. Harley Elliott, Patricia Traxler, Lori Brack and Ruth Moritz, all of Salina, will read from their own work and the works of others on the topic of light. Program to focus on art and environment Summer art programs for preschoolers through adults will begin June 12 with classes offered by the Salina Art Center and Salina Parks and Recreation Department. This year, a new section of classes for third- through sixth- graders is planned on "Art and the Environment." It is a first- time collaboration of the art center, Lakewood Park Natural Area and the Land Institute.. Classes range from drawing and painting to dance and poetry. Enrollment is from 5 to 9 p.m. May 31 in Heritage Hall at the Bicentennial Center. For information, call 827-1431. Early Rod Run starts in Atwood today ATWOOD — Organizers of the Atwood Early Rod Run will kick off the event today with a rock V roll dance at Columbia Hall from 9 p.m. to midnight. Other activities will include: • May 20: A classic car show in downtown Atwood with games, contests and awards throughout the day; an Art and Photo Show sponsored by the Atwood Arts Council and Humanities with cash prizes for best of show and people's choice awards; a softball tournament set to start at noon; the seventh anniversary celebration of the Ol' Depot, a community crafts and antique store, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; burnouts and drag races from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Atwood Airport; and Rawlins County radio controlled races at 4 p.m. • May 21: The classic car show, softball tournament and Ol' Depot anniversary celebration will continue. Also planned is a sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the Art and Photo Show. More information is available from the Atwood Chamber of Commerce, 626-9630. Hays museum plans to begin move this summer HAYS — The Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University will close permanently on Aug. 17 at its current site to get ready for the move to a new location. The museum's new home is an 88,000-square-foot domed building in northeast Hays that will include display areas, meeting rooms, food service and offices. The museum has been housed at McCartney Hall on campus since 1926. Prize money to be given in state literary contest More than $900 of awards are available in the 1995 Kansas Authors Club literary contest. The contest, with 16 categories of prose and poetry, is open to all writers living in Kansas whether or not they belong to the club. In addition to the contest's regular categories, a special category this year is "Wings on Kansas Wind." Deadline for entries is June 20. For more information and contest rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Anne Mart, 311 E. Eighth, Hutchinson 67501, or Connie Owens, 329 W. 14th, Hutchinson 67501 Jimco Charters and Sharlar Tours Present HARRAH'S RIVERBOAT CASINO in Kansas City v Be A Winner and Get On Board!!! WEEKDAY TRIPS Only $15.00 per person Upcoming Trip Dates: May 25th • June 13th • July llth CALL TODAY FOR DETAILS 800-536-2185 Debra Winger (left) and Billy Crystal stars in the romantic comedy, "Forget Paris.," a comedy that Roger Ebert calls wonderful. You won't forget Billy Crystal's latest B illy Crystal's "Forget Paris" is a more or less deliberate attempt to repeat the success of "When Harry Met Sally," his 1989 romantic comedy. Its ingredients look as if they were devised to appeal to all audiences: This is the first film to find a way to combine professional basketball with April in Paris. By all rights the movie should be a pale imitation of its betters, but sometimes lightning does strike twice, and this is a wonderful film, rogerebert movie review filled with romantic moments that ring true, and with great big laughs. The movie stars Crystal as Mickey, a popular NBA referee who is known as skilled and fearless (in an opening sequence, he nullifies a sensational game-winning last-second shot by Charles Barkley). When his father dies, Mickey accompanies the body to France, because the old man, who made few friends after the Second World War was over, wanted to be buried with the dead of his Army company., At the Paris airport, the body is lost, causing Mickey to scream: "What do you mean, what did it look like? My coffin was the one with the red yarn on the handle!" He is screaming at Ellen (Debra Winger), an American in Paris, who works for the airline. She likes his sense of humor. When customs later quarantines the body for health rea- sons, he screams, "He's dead! He has no health!" They meet again at the cemetery, one thing leads to another, he stays in Paris an extra day, and she takes him sightseeing. The pattern of the movie consists of fights and separations, followed by reunions and rec- onciliations, all recounted by the pals around the restaurant table. It all works. Even the seemingly artificial device of having their friends tell the story works. What works especially well is the prickly relationship between Mickey and Ellen, who are both bright and quirky, and so have interesting fights. Of course, their relationship isn't simple; as Mickey observes, "Marriages don't work when one partner is happy and the other is miserable. They only work when both are miserable." A day of meetings: Turning over a new page I t was one of those fun days at the library; meetings stacked up like planes at O'Hare, agendas set like flight plans just waiting to take off and reach their destination. You hear a lot of bad things about meetings, about too many meetings, about time wasters, etc. Will Rogers once said, "Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees." Still, sometimes you have to get people together to talk. No, at the library we rarely have time to formally talk about the books that we have read. Too bad. This morning, I sat through two good meetings and we talked about you, the public. When we were not talking about you, we certainly discussed matters that could affect you. Nothing earth- shattering like raising overdue fines or eliminating homebound service, but a weekly meeting to move a project forward and a one session of an eight-times-a- year meeting to discuss a new topic over lunch. In the first meeting, our Department Head Group had the dreaded Collection Development Plan on the agenda. This is a dreaded issue because it is a yearlong project to fill in more detail on how we build the collection of materials that you use. Our mission and roles are its foundation. We have to work within our budget, and we cannot be all things to all people. In this plan, there are processes to describe the scope and levels that we collect at or discard materials. It is ripe with land mines and conflicts. It includes a policy on how we handle purchase suggestions by customers. Each area of the collection is carefully considered, from juvenile picture books to science fiction to non-fiction works on gardening or the occult. We decided to go to work cautiously and discuss our findings once a month. We anticipate dig- agreements. We foresee the need to include staff, Board of Trustees and public in the review Journal Headlines ^^^^•^•••••^^^^^^^^•I^^^^^^M^Hi Journal joe mckenzie salina public library process. Communicating the meaning of the final document will be very important. It is also understood that the project will never be complete. It is meant to be one of those living guidelines that is used regularly to help make decisions and is reviewed and updated annually. Our budget collection for materials is in a gradual transition into more electronic sources of information, so the plan in that area will be changing and evolving. That meeting lasted two hours, and then it was time for the next group, the MLS Group. This is eight staff members with master's degrees who eat their lunch in my office and discuss topics of professional and library concern. A couple of the topics were holdovers from the first meeting. The staff members ran to Sonic to bring back burgers and then we got serious about the topic of bibliographic instruction. I am impressed with the seriousness and caring of our professional staff. They seemed more interested in the topic than their lunch. It was noon and our newest and youngest MLS led the discussion. Most of the research that she found dealt with an academic setting, but we wanted to see if and how we could create more and better opportunities for staff to effectively teach people to use our computer catalog and CD- ROM reference tools and to search for books in the library. Research shows that one-to-one help is the most effective. We do that everyday, but we miss people. We know we do. We wanted to be more proactive in our approach to this area and yet not have to kidnap browsers, tie them to a chair and explain keyword searching. That idea was not considered, for long anyway. Anyway, we considered ideas while we were eating lunch and then suddenly, we were off the topic. Michael Thomsett, in his "Little Black book of Business Meetings" (American Management Association, 1989) indicates that jumping to a new topic is OK if it is a related or urgent problem. We had stumbled onto an active interest in providing more on-the-spot tours to new card holders and others. We decided to pursue this idea. We recognized that the staff at the circulation desks did not always have the time to leave the desk and give an introductory tour. But, with preparation, we thought that many other staff could be called on to provide a quick tour when needed. We have a new brochure at the printer and between the tour and brochure, we should be able to provide a good introduction to services. Back on the agenda, we decided to develop better informational signs advising people that they could get help now or later. They could schedule an appointment if they wished to meet with staff and learn more about how to use the search tools in the library. We already have opportunities, especially as we extended our transition into more computer-related resources. The librarian's role as an educator in helping people to use the new electronic sources of information will be increasing. It was now 1:30 p.m., and of course, a meeting with an individual staff member was next. Sometimes, you do meetings. Communication and planning are vital to a developing process such as public library service. There are many behind-the-scenes decisions and support staff at work to help make your library usable and our service to you effective. 'LINE Today's news, right now Dial 825-6OOO ana then punch In category cooe BRUNSWICK HoteC Restaurant SEAFOOD BUFFET Served 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month Saturday, May 20th (5 pm-9 pin) Featuring: Baked Cod Hot & Cold Boiled Shrimp Clam Strips Seafood Salad Roast Baron of Beef Fried Shrimp Scalloped Potatoes Broccoli with Cheese Belgium Carrots Salad Bar Homemade Bread & Cinnamon Rolls $9.95 (children $.80 x age) Crab l»gs additional. Menu also available. Reservations not necessary. 202 S. Main, Lindsborg (913) 227-2903 Gift Certificates Available When your graduate heads out into the world, ; make sure they are equipped with transportation that benefits the heart, mind & soul. 825-7314 -800-536-CYC 3,

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