Are you a fan of the Muppets? Then, be sure to stop into the Juvenile section of the North Independence Branch. Peyton Jenkins, the Assistant Manager of the Buckner Branch, has generously loaned his extensive collection to the library to display.
It’s April, probably one of my favorite months along with January, February, March, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December. Okay. I like all times of the year. The season changes are always pretty, especially as we’re getting into the warmer months—though it’s been a little warm this past March. We didn’t really get a winter, did we? That’s all right, last year's winter counted for two. But back on topic. It’s April.
And do you know what April means? (Drum roll please) It’s National Poetry Month!
As many of you already know, we’ve been revamping our teen area! If you haven’t seen it lately, we now have a chalkboard table that you can write/draw on, board games, card games, and a big bulletin board in the teen corner! To fill the big bulletin board in the teen section, I asked the Excelsior Springs High School Art Teacher, Jeri Bowen, if we could display some of the artwork done by students in her classes. We are now pleased to have a beautiful collage of student artwork from the Advanced 2-D Art Class (Two-dimensional art).
Come check out the awesome art of Gary Mowry at the Smithville Branch. His current work features stylized stones, leaves, and nature scenes primarily in water based media. Many of the paintings are detailed with exquisite shading and sketching in sumptuous colors from sage to silver. After attending the University of Kansas, where he studied illustration, painting and played basketball, Mowry became an art director for one of the largest advertising agencies in the country. Now in his retirement, he concentrates on water based paintings.
We all need something to give our day a little kick-start. Many people reach for the coffee pot when they stumble out of the bed in the morning, but me, I go for tea. Though the teabag I throw in my mug at 6 a.m. is usually the typical breakfast tea you can find in your local supermarket, there is actually an astounding array of tea out there – and just as many different ways to enjoy it.
"The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” ~Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895
Smithville Lake in all its glory is the subject of this month's display. Sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Clay County Parks and Historic Sites, the display presents an interesting assortment of lake-related activities and wildlife, from eye-catching taxidermy (watch out for the bobcat!) to proper lifejacket usage. Lake events, such as Eagle Days and the Physically Challenged Deer Hunt, are featured along with an overview of the lake's campgrounds, disc golf courses, and beaches.
One of our subs is being taken on an Alaskan cruise for her anniversary. While we will miss her when she is gone, most of us will miss getting to go on a cruise more. To "help" with the pain, Cindy L. has done a huge cruise display for the branch.
New Exhibit on Global and Multicultural Education Opens at the Midwest Genealogy Center
Help us celebrate the opening of a new exhibit marking the 30th anniversary of the organization, Global and Multicultural Education, on the first weekend in June. Organized in 1982, Global and Multicultural Education or G.A.M.E. is a Kansas City, Missouri not-for-profit that promotes education and advocacy related to global understanding, world citizenship, human rights, the environment, and the development of a more peaceful world. G.A.M.E. will open an exhibit to the public on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Monday, June 4, 2012, from 10:00 a.m.