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A Message from the Library Director

January 1 wasn't just another day on the calendar; it was a day that marked the start of something new and the end of another chapter.

‘Mother Nature’ on Display at Woodneath Library Center

Mid-Continent Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of “Mother Nature” at its Woodneath Library Center off Flintlock Road. Created by artist Ariel Bowman as a self-portrait during her studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, “Mother Nature” is an intricate clay sculpture depicting a woman’s head with various species of flora and fauna woven into her long hair. The work of art is a gift from the Kansas City Public Library on behalf of Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper. 

New Year, New Goals

Well, you made it through the holidays! And if you’re like me, you’re looking at the upcoming year and pondering what to set as a goal for yourself. I like to set new intentions for myself and aim to achieve those during the new year. This year, I’ve decided to learn how to hand letter and to make some improvements to my home. 

Technology Wasteland

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the yearly cycle of companies who constantly update their products, but we didn’t talk about what to do with your old devices if you do upgrade. With so many people getting caught up in the yearly cycle of replacing their devices when the latest models come out, we are starting to run into a problem known as electronic waste or e-waste.

The Annual Resolution Race

Every year I approach January 1 with the wilted but exuberant spirit of a marathon runner—I did it. I reached the finish line. I “adulted” for 12 months straight with only a few minor cuts and bruises, and although I’m winded, I’m proud of my accomplishments and look forward to seeing how I can top my previous record in the coming race. For 2017, I have a few resolutions that I think will help me break my record best:

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