Not too long ago, a staff discussion brought up the question "What was your favorite book when you were 12?" Our answers show our different personalities and how they were starting to emerge even at a young age.
Working in a library doesn’t always leave you with time to read. But, when the staff here at the Red Bridge Branch heads home for the day, we almost always have a book with us – or waiting for us back at home. Here’s what some of the staff has been reading lately.
Jessica is reading The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: the mysterious howling – by Maryrose Wood
If you're visiting family or just passing through Buckner, MO, stop by the Buckner Branch, one of 30 branches of the Mid-Continent Public Library. Like the people of Buckner, the library staff will greet you with a friendly smile. So come in and sit a spell, read a newspaper or magazine, or just browse through our collection of books, audio books, movies, and music for all ages.
Sometimes the library isn't the quiet place it used to be. It's taken over by programs, decorations, and a general sense of fun. Occasionally, though, the staff needs a break from all the hectic activity. Where does a page go to escape from it all? Somewhere safe and calm, that's where. Especially if he fits in the book drop.
After the surprise popularity of videos like Librarians Do Gaga, I find myself wondering, do people think librarians don't have personality? Everyone is shocked that librarians 1.) listen to Lady Gaga and 2.) would make up Weird Al type music videos for her music. Why wouldn't we? Librarians are pretty cool. Gone are the images of a the shushing, old lady or a fetching librarian of romance novel ilk. I know that these perceptions still exist. One only has to look up librarian in Google and you'll understand my point. But these images are far from accurate depictions.
Many times, customers come in to the MCPL Weston Branch and ask us what we are reading. As we all don’t work at the same time, I thought I would conduct a survey to see just what it is my fellow Mid-Continenters are reading. To make it more fun, I have added little personal tidbits about the staff.
Maria, our wonderful Irish expert, has retired. But never fear - she will be coming back to do Irish appointments after a needed time away. Look for her Irish Expert appointments to continue later this year. Maria joined the genealogy staff of Mid-Continent Public Library in November 2004. A native of Dublin, Ireland, she quickly began using her knowledge of Ireland and its records to help researchers find their Irish ancestors. The one-on-one appointments have always been the favorite part of her job and often led to tears of both the patron and Maria, as
The Raytown Branch is home to a well seasoned staff ready to help make your visit meaningful and pleasant. Susan Haley, our Branch Manager has been our manager for 10 years. Previously, she was at the South Independence Branch, as well as libraries in Kansas City Kansas, and Brooklyn, New York. Todd Hembree is the Assistant Manager, and has been at the Raytown Branch many years.
The Help: a Unanimous Favorite Read of the Raytown Staff
The New York Times bestseller for 60 weeks, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, was chosen as a “best seller” among Raytown staff as well. In Jackson, Mississippi, 1962, Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college, and, anxious to become a writer.