Virtual activities available to benefit community members

By Jessie Wagoner

A number of community groups and organizations are hosting virtual activities to benefit community members. From photo contests to online classes, there is a little something for everyone to be found online. Here is a round up of current virtual activities to keep you connected with others in McPherson county.

Basement Genealogy with McPherson Public Library

With most people spending more time at home, there’s never been a better time than the present to research your family history. In Basement Genealogy, a new online series, Library Director Steve Read will offer advice and tips on a variety of topics, coming to viewers live from his basement.

The programs are designed for beginners and those who are relatively new to researching their family history, though genealogists of all experience levels will likely find something that interests them. The first program is “Where Are We?” which will cover using maps to aid in your research. It will take place on Thursday, April 16, at 10 a.m.

This class is one of the first interactive virtual programs presented by the library, with more to come. Please join us, and we will all see what happens! The program is free of charge, and all of the resources which are discussed are free and easily accessible from home.

The program will be held on Zoom. If you would like to attend, please e-mail Shannon Brake at, and she will send you information which will enable you to access it.


Virtual 4-H

McPherson County 4-H is hosting eight weeks of virtual 4-H. Virtual 4-H is hosted live on the McPherson County 4-H Facebook Page at 1:30 p.m. each week day. You can view the session live or watch old episodes. Science experiments, insect drawing, photography, and everything about dogs are just a few of the topics covered.


Arts After School Online

Arts After School made the move to online classes for the rest of their spring semester. Join the fun and learn more about the art of cooking, making music, creating art, and acting in drama. Head over to the Arts After School website,, to watch videos and participate in fun learning activities.


Coffee Club and Literary Discussion

Coffee Club, an online Facebook group for the McPherson Public Library community, continues to grow. Coffee Club is a place to “meet for coffee” and chat about books, reading and our mutual love for literature. It is a fun, uplifting space to share your literary thoughts with others. Join the conversation, or just hang out and “listen.” Join Coffee Club by following this link, 


Tips and Activities from McPherson Family YMCA

The McPherson Family YMCA has an incredibly active Facebook page. Visit their Facebook page for daily activity suggestions and wellness tips. They regularly share activities for families to complete together, health tips you can easily implement during self distancing and motivational thoughts to help you stay positive.