Come check out memorabilia from KC Nut & Bolt, Sheffield Steel, Armco Steel, Glauner Tractor, Bell Telephone, Katz Drug Store, Manor Bread Company, and more. The North Independence Branch is now showing items from these places. Along with these displays are gems and minerals from the Gem & Mineral Society; quilts from a local quilting group; and hats and shoes from all around the world presented by Cultural Crossroads. Artifacts from Drumm Farm are part of a permanent display in the case on the southwest wall.
There is something new creeping around the Library at night, and it's not bookworms! Here at the North Independence Branch, the dinosaurs have come back! Made from recycled foam board, they would love to have you come check them out!
Ever find yourself with nothing to do on a Saturday night? Hubby is gone, kids are busy, or you're single and don't need to wash your hair. How about trying a blind date----with a book.
At the Raytown Branch, we have wrapped up some books in pretty paper to make it seem inviting, kinda like dressing up for a blind date. Only the barcode is showing. You can check the book out, take it home, and start your blind date. No strings attached. You may find that you are hooked at first reading, or discover you aren't compatible at all.
We’ve got a new display at the Riverside Branch that is generating a lot of interest – Blind Date with a Book. It’s got a selection of books gift-wrapped, but you don’t find out what’s inside until after you’ve checked it out! It was a lot of fun putting it together, so please stop by for a blind date.
Our display case this month is the home for several pieces of artwork from the group that paints with Martha Urquhart at the Smithville United Methodist Church. It's such a pleasure to see what these talented folks bring. Also on display is a collection of very old, much loved Valentines kept by Mr. John Hidy. It's been so nice having the two displays at the same time -- they seem to complement each other this Valentine month.
The display case for March is the home of handmade baskets woven by various artists in the Smithville area. These women meet periodically to create their artwork. Some of the reed has been dyed, some is natural. One of the baskets is an antique constructed of wood.
For the month of April, Mr. Michael Espino has loaned us his sketches and drawings that illustrate the different phases of his life. He grew up in the Los Angeles area, and his family goes back to Mexican and Central American cultures. He benefits from strong ties to the land. Thanks to his family and their strong background of faith and bonds of love, he overcame many negatives and began to rely on positives.
What a long winter! Knowing how much we needed the moisture from the snow helped make the cold and the treacherous roads more bearable, but I don’t think anyone will disagree that it’s time for some spring rains instead.
Once again, the talented artists of the Smithville United Methodist Art Group are displaying their works of art. Come in and enjoy the great watercolors and also the glass art and paintings submitted by the group's young artists. It is a privilege to be able to display our local artists' collection of works.