MCPL's Research Databases are awesome! In addition to helping with "need to know" information, these sites offer interesting and fun information. One of my favorite sites is Global Road Warrior. Besides the information you would expect, like geography, government, economy, and climate, I can find out about their culture, holidays, and religion.
What fun it can be to collect, identify, and evaluate dolls. You may find that you have a "Kestner" doll head on a "kid" body. Or maybe, you have an Armand Marseille (Floradora) head on a stick-legged wood or composition body. One favorite is a large doll with a papier-mache head. Its body can be stuffed with excelsior and sawdust. All in all, she looks like Susan Boyle of recent musical fame. Each doll is unique and has a special story of its own.
How would you like to be called a hag, slime, the most unattractive creature in the sea, and be blind on top all that? Then meet the Hagfish. This brute suffocates it’s victims, eating everything, leaving "a bag of bones". Living in cold waters up to 1,800 feet deep, these useful scavengers help clean up the environment, feeding on the dead and dying creatures of the sea. Check out the hagfish and other interesting creatures on Amazing Animals of the World.
MCPL has a wonderfully, diverse selection of cookbooks, ranging from simple, economical, nutritious meals to wildly indulgent (maybe even decadent) desserts. But did you know that one can find recipes in some works of fiction?
If you have little ones learning to read, check out two of our awesome databases! They are BookFlix and TumbleBook Library. Both are packed with great stuff for kids pre-K to 3rd grade.
Bookflix teaches early reading skills by pairing a fiction and a non-fiction title that can be read online with or without "read-along" audio. It also includes some lesson plans for parents and teachers.
It's that time of year again! Yep, school is starting. Be sure to include “mymcpl.org” as part of their school supplies. Our website includes hundreds of research databases, many in areas such as science, history, and geography.
How do you choose which fiction book to read? Some people have favorite authors. Some people like specific genres. I like to read fiction books based on locations, such as Hawaii or Australia. We have books that feature locations, such as The Spoils of Eden by L.L.
What do you do when your craft muse takes a vacation? I wanted to scrapbook after a long time away from the art, but felt my inspiration lagging. I needed a visual jump start! How had other people creatively constructed their scrapbook pages?