local events

The Greatest Show on Earth

Perhaps you have heard of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: The Greatest Show on Earth. From their humble beginnings to their over the top popularity, there might be more to this show than meets the eye. In fact, this year marks the 93rd Anniversary of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey officially uniting as one circus. Prior to this, the circuses ran independently of the other.

Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival 2012: September 14-16

The days are getting shorter, the nights are a little cooler, and the leaves are changing as we usher in another beautiful fall season in the Midwest. Every year, the local community is invited to spend a weekend celebrating autumn in charming downtown Blue Springs at the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival

This weekend, plan on bringing the whole family to Main St. in Blue Springs to enjoy some great food and entertainment. Festivities begin at noon on Friday.

ELVIS SPOTTED……in Edgerton, Missouri

On September 8th, I attended Edgerton Pioneers Day, an annual festival the takes place each fall in Edgerton, Missouri. One of the events that I attended was the Elvis impersonation. Bobby Simkins, the Elvis impersonator, did a great job keeping the crowd entertained.

MCPL provides a number of resources about Elvis, including biographies, movies, and sound recordings (CDs), all available for checkout.

Some examples of materials offered by MCPL:

If It's September, It's Time For a Parade!

Don’t you just love this time of year? After our miserable summer, the days are just wonderful, and I love being able to sleep with an open window. And, September in Riverside means Riverfest!

You may not realize, but your local librarians are very multi-talented. In fact, many of us spend our weekends participating in the MCPL Book Cart Drill Team, marching in many area parades. This past weekend, we practiced our formations and marched in the Riverside parade. I guess I’m not that talented, because I just carried the MCPL banner and waved.

Buckner Festival In the Valley

The annual Buckner Festival is October 4th - 6th! The carnival begins Thursday evening and continues through Saturday evening. The theme of this year's Festival is Heritage of Harvest. Highlights of the Festival include live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, craft and food booths, and a parade on Saturday.

The staff of the Buckner Branch will be walking in the parade, dressed as characters from children's books (I hear Fancy Nancy will make an appearance). The parade starts at 10:00 a.m., and we hope you will come out and enjoy the festivities.

Liberty Green Fair ~ Saturday, October 6th

2012 is Liberty’s 3rd Annual Green Fair. The theme this year is "Growing up Green," with a focus on encouraging our youth, our greatest natural resource, to develop and maintain environmentally friendly habits.

Our branch will have a booth set up to share some green stories with children, discuss some earth friendly eBook databases, and of course, library card registration will be available!

Stop by the Historic Downtown Liberty Square on Saturday, October 6th from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and visit us.

Octoberfest In Smithville

Hey everyone! It’s time again for Smithville's Octoberfest. It looks like it’s going to be a great festival this year with fun events and contests for all ages. The festival will be October 12 & 13th, with the Preliminary Miss Blue Jeans Pageant competition on Thursday, October 11th in the downtown courtyard from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. MCPL will be sponsoring the Mad Science performance, which will be held in the courtyard from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Halloween Events

It’s that time of year again—fall is all around us with crisp, fresh air, rainbow trees, and little goblins looking for places to gather treats. As always, MCPL and the City of Blue Springs have some fun activities to offer.

November Notables

The month of November has a lot of things going for it that may or may not surprise you. We are all thankful for Thanksgiving, which involves lots of feasting and giving thanks. Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. But here are a few little known events that also call the month of November "home":

Christmas Time in Kansas City

Looking for something to do around the city to get ready for the Christmas season? There’s plenty going on! Here are only a few things offered around town to get you in the mood to celebrate.

For Dickens lovers, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre offers their production of "A Christmas Carol." Take the whole family for a fun theater experience. The show runs through December 26 with both evening and matinee shows.