IndieFlix is one of MCPL’s newest databases where you can stream independent films and shorts for free! You can find a wide variety of videos, and they have a great filtering system to help you find exactly what you are looking for. You do have to create a free account with IndieFlix, and when you log in, you see a warning that the films are not rated "and may contain offensive language, scenes of violence and sexual situations" (parents will need to be responsible to monitor their kids’ usage).
Recently, a colleague and I spent part of the day at the local post office promoting National Library Week. We had a nice time talking with people, and we even signed a few up for library cards. I was wondering what we could offer people who already had cards and already use the Library on a regular basis. The answer to that is information about other services we offer besides checking out books.
One of the fun parts of working at the Library is getting to talk to the customers about the various books they read and recommend. The other day, a woman wanted to read the sequels to Heidi, the children's classic by Johanna Spyri. I didn't even know there were sequels. I searched MCPL's catalog and didn't find anything. I got on WorldCat and, sure enough, there were two sequels by Charles Tritten, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi's Children.
My preteen son has been begging to take guitar lessons, but with all the other activities he’s involved in, I could not imagine adding one more evening scramble to our week. Not to mention, lessons are pretty expensive, and our family’s budget is maxed out. Recently, I learned the Library offers the perfect solution. Guitar lessons he can take from home, for free!
Read Genealogy Periodicals in an Unlikely Database
The Midwest Genealogy Center has a very large selection of print (hard) copies of genealogy periodicals, necessitating a trip to the Library to read them. Two of my favorites are Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle, and I am always delighted when the next new issue arrives here. Each issue of Internet Genealogy is full of web links you can glean genealogy information from. Family Chronicle is a good periodical to read that provides instructions for searching a wide variety of genealogical subjects and places.
Finally! After a long winter, the sun is warm and the flowers are blooming. I start thinking of ways to spruce up my home and make it look fresh. Whether you want to do some major renovation project or simply update your decorations, the Library has plenty of resources for the die-hard do-it-yourselfer.
The Midwest Genealogy Center has an amazing collection of genealogy periodicals. As many as MGC has, though, there are still many, many more that are published. And, we cannot begin to house all of them here.
One of our goals at Mid-Continent Public Library is to promote early literacy. We have several excellent databases available that help parents and teachers encourage reading and learning while children are still young.
I would like to introduce you to the database, Early World of Learning. You can visit this site with your child and play games, read books (on four different levels), sing songs, and watch videos. Your child will learn a variety of things such as shapes, numbers, colors, etc.