Do you have trouble choosing just the right book for your child to read? Pairing the right book with your child can be challenging, but we are here to help! Please join us at our North Oak Branch on March 18 or 19 to gain some tips and tricks to discovering good books that your grade-school child will devour. We will have informative displays to view as well as a staff member on hand to answer any questions you might have.
This is an open house style program, so come anytime from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Ishmael Beah was a child soldier in Sierra Leone. He wrote about his experience in his memoir, A Long Way Gone. When I read this work, I was filled with sadness that life could contain the evils he experienced. Now Beah has written a novel.
Recently, I visited the open ice skating rink at Crown Center in Kansas City. I was pleasantly surprised to see people of all ages. I started skating. Naturally, I started thinking and comparing my experience with how it could have been in the past. Did our ancestors enjoy any such pastimes?
I can't believe how having a couple of extra days makes such a huge difference in many months. Here it is, March 5 and I'm just now beginning my blog. Keep in mind, my typical blogs are the culmination of hours of research, painstaking labor, and carpal tunnel-inducing typing. Then I narrow it all down to a readable length.
Oscar Wilde once said, “A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” I couldn’t agree more. Over the month of January and into mid-February Mid-Continent Public Library hosted an art contest for teens focusing on creating original book covers. We had an incredible amount of entries for our first go round.
Recently, I was thinking about a conversation I had with a friend regarding concerts we had attended in our teens, and bands we had heard but never saw live. One band I didn't really discover until I was in my early 20s was Uriah Heep. At the time, my friend was talking about them. I realized I had heard some of their music, but didn't really know the band name.
How do you find room for 150,000 one page letters in one canvas mail bag?
You microfilm it! This is what the U.S. Post Office Department did during World War II. It was a space saver to the tune of 36 mail bags or 2,530 pounds. From June 15, 1942 to April 1, 1945, this space was used for essential cargo needed for the troops overseas. There were a total of 556.5 million letters going to service persons and 510 million sent home from the front.
Every time I watch Downton Abbey, I find myself in awe at the amount of effort put into each small detail. The producers' quest for historical accuracy can be seen in everything from vocabulary to seating arrangements to wallpaper patterns. But there's one room I'm itching to see more of: the library. We never get a good look at the contents of Downton’s library, but if we did, I’m sure we’d find that same thirst for detail reflected in every title.
Did your ancestors come from Ireland? Do you want to see if you can find out where in Ireland he or she came from? Do you want to know what their lives were like in Ireland? Or maybe, you are just stuck? If you are just starting out, find as much as you can about your ancestor using United States records/place of arrival records. Finding a clue that will give you at least a country of origin in Ireland is a must.
What do you think of when you hear that phrase? Some may think of reading together with picture books and talking about them. Some think of singing the ABCs. To others, it’s all about writing or drawing letters. While someone else may think it is making reading time playtime. These are all true. Early literacy is all about developing neural pathways, which all of those activities do, to help get your child ready for reading.