The Mid-Continent Public Library is much more than just books and computers. One of our most popular features is our programs for everyone from children to senior customers. For one of our adult programs at the Claycomo Branch, customers made a beaded Uncle Sam. He has lights inside and is good for a night light or just pretty to have for the Holidays. This is a very intricate project that sometimes requires two sessions to complete. There are more beading projects coming up in the future.
Has the heat wave got you down? Do you find yourself already thinking about (or wishing for) the calming snow of winter? Are you thinking of moving somewhere further north? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to bring your kids to our Christmas in July preschool storytimes at Mid-Continent Public Library's Boardwalk Branch on July 20 and 22 at 11 am. Preschool storytime includes songs, crafts, and snowball fights for kids of all ages. Registration is not required. Just come on by and think cool thoughts.
Over the years MCPL Raytown branch has had several crochet classes which generated interest in forming a monthly group of enthusiastic crocheters. None of us are experts—I’m still learning along with the others in the group.
Our once a month sessions are fun and non-competitive. Everyone works on their own projects at their own speed. Often, we work on projects as a group.
Have you ever wanted to make a toy for your child or grandchild? You can make a great toy by crocheting! I recently checked out A Zoo for You: 11 Animals to Crochet by Cynthia Harris. There was a giraffe that was too irresistible to pass up. The directions were easy to follow and it only took about a day to make. This perfect little guy would be a great toy for a baby or even a puppy.
Hooray for summertime! It’s time to break out those tank tops, shorts, sandals, and show off that fresh suntan. Why not add a little ‘bling’ by accessorizing your outfit with a hand-beaded necklace and earring set, or maybe an ankle bracelet! The Liberty MCPL has fast and fashionable, easy and basic, simple and pretty, creative and contemporary books that will help you design jewelry that will enhance your summertime attire.
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. These teenagers are actually cutting up library books!
It’s just a fact of life in the library that some books become so damaged or outdated that they cannot stay on our shelves. We sell what we can, but some books have just simply reached the end of their lives. These intrepid teens have found a way to recycle those used, stained, battered, and worn books: turn them into art.
What fun it can be to collect, identify, and evaluate dolls. You may find that you have a "Kestner" doll head on a "kid" body. Or maybe, you have an Armand Marseille (Floradora) head on a stick-legged wood or composition body. One favorite is a large doll with a papier-mache head. Its body can be stuffed with excelsior and sawdust. All in all, she looks like Susan Boyle of recent musical fame. Each doll is unique and has a special story of its own.