My Personal Author Recommendation----from the Shepherdess, Caryn Miller
I now have a new favorite author—Jacqueline Winspear. Historical fiction has never appealed to me. I am a mystery, peppered with lots of psychological and mental suspense, lover. I have discovered an author that meets all this criteria, plus tosses in life in England and the rest of Europe between WWI and WWII.
True Crime has never fascinated me, but I can’t put down Frank Hayde’s The Mafia and the Machine: The Story of the Kansas City Mob. Normally, I’m a fiction reader. I love anything with a happy ending. But, I saw this book for sale at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art last week, and promptly put it on hold via blackberry. Having grown up in Kansas City, I usually take its history for granted.
Several months ago, we hired a new custodian. Since then, everyone from patrons to library staff, and even some of the workmen who've come through have commented on the improvements to our building. In just a few months, Rick has refinished our bathroom tiles, recaulked our sinks, eleminated every speck of dust in the building, and he even bakes our staff fresh bread. As recently as last month, one of our patrons even asked if we'd "remodeled our bathroom." Nope. We simply lucked into a wonderful caretaker for our building.
Library Pages: NOT Robots Bent on World Domination
You’ve probably never really given us Pages a lot of thought (unless, of course, you’ve seen these blog posts). We’re just workers, marching to and fro, carrying our workloads, and trying to blend into the background while carrying out our mandate: Shelve all unshelved library items, or die trying…
Okay so, dying has absolutely nothing to do with it, but you get the picture.
It's never easy to say good-bye--trying to find the right words and the right sentiment. There is also the physical leaving, the severing of a relationship, and the finality of separation. It's remembering everyone and everything that has meant so much to you over the years. It's remembering the good stuff-- the good people, and the good times. Memories that will be cherished.
On January 1, 2011, Mid-Continent Public Library began its 13th annual Librarians Read Challenge. From January to March 1st, on a strictly volunteer basis, the librarians are asked to read juvenile and young adult books as a way to broaden our horizons.
March marks the first month of our Staff Picks Display here at the Blue Springs South Branch. Every month, a staff member will place some of their favorite titles on display to share with the masses.
This month, my picks are on display. I chose certain titles for different reasons, ranging from the first "grown-up" book I ever read to a book about my favorite baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Hopefully, there will be something that you will enjoy. There are also some music CDs on display, as well, if you are more musically inclined.
Midwest Genealogy Center has a team of experts who help patrons with one-on-one appointments. Each patron may have one free appointment per month. Current experts include researchers in French, German, Italian and Irish genealogy. Expert help with military records, lineage society memberships, databases, writing, and other topics have been available for several years. In addition, you can make an appointment with our archivist, Diana, who can show you how to save and preserve your other important documents, pictures, and heirlooms.