Red Bridge Discovery Club started its fall season with a great program presented by Bill from Operation Wildlife. Twenty-two children, ages 7 to 16, were able to determine an owl’s diet by dissecting owl pellets. After and intensive investigation, there were discoveries of tiny skulls, jawbones, vertebra, ribs, and leg bones. The finale of the program was meeting Bambam, a five-year-old barn owl who had been rescued as an owlet after his home was destroyed. Barney and Betty, two foster parent owls at Operation Wildlife, had raised him.
Are you ready for Halloween? How about Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Every year, as the leaves begin to fall, I promise myself that this is the year that I’m going to be ready for the holiday season. Does it ever happen? Well, no, at least not the way I want it to. However, this year, with the help of the library, I’m going to conquer the holiday season. I will be ready, I will be organized, and I will not be rushing to finish my grocery shopping, my “to do” lists, and special holiday projects.
First Fridays: Frankenstein/Dracula Double Feature
Join us at the Lee's Summit Branch on October 1st at 2 p.m. for a Frankenstein/Dracula double feature. We'll be watching Boris Karloff's Frankenstein and an original, old world vampire (no sparkles... we promise). As always, we'll provide the popcorn!
Beautiful live birds are coming to the Riverside Branch! Don’t miss out on our upcoming program on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 P.M. The program is called Nature's Rainbow. It will feature endangered birds, parrots, macaws, and cockatoos. You’ll be amazed by these talented birds. Registration is requested.
Sign up online under the Events tab, call, or fly by.
Who doesn't love turning a boring piece of paper into a work of art?! Recently, Midori Ito Harbison visited the Smithville Branch to teach us some basic techniques. I've always loved origami paper; it's so colorful and bright. Some of the cool stuff we got to make? A samurai hat, a fish, a cool box, a piano with a bench, and of course - a crane!
Many of us were raised learning that the proper way to read a children’s picture book is from start to finish, and then you’re done. READ from the START (RFTS) turns that assumption on its ear, and shows parents and caregivers how to interact with the books and the children listening to them in a whole new way. This is a free program sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Parents and caregivers who attend two sessions (1 ½ hours each), not only learn valuable techniques for sharing books with their children, but also get a set of eight books.
Have you ever been to a program at your local library branch? They are a lot of fun, and full of great information. There are programs for every age level and every interest. The Lone Jack Branch is offering several great programs this fall and winter.
From September through May, the Blue Ridge Branch offers a Saturday Science program for families. The programs are most appropriate for school age children, but we know that teens and adults are fascinated by the science experiments and the animals brought to the branch by Mad Science, the Kansas City Zoo, Operation Wildlife and other presenters from the metropolitan area.
If you are a teen who looked for work during the past summer, you already know it’s a jungle out there. You may be applying for jobs that used to be held by teens, but now you are competing against adults with more experience than you have. Give yourself a leg up by attending this program!