Briana Solis won the Slip and Slide, one of the two drawing prizes for the Lee's Summit Branch's Summer Reading Program. She spent over 11,000 minutes reading this summer. Thanks again to all of the kids who participated! There were over 21,000 kids, teens, and daycares participating at Lee's Summit this year, making our program a great success!
Did YOU read 183 hours this summer? These girls did!
Rhyeishia Curtis (9) and Joy Sharp (11) are awesome readers. These two dynamos read over 11,000 minutes each this summer! Not only are they the top readers in the Southland of Metro Kansas City, but they are among the top five readers in ALL of the Mid-Continent Public Library service area. Way to go, girls!!!!
Truly, we are a society on the go. In our world of cars, fast food, and hurried schedules, our lives our becoming more and more portable. One of the great things about books is that you can take them almost anywhere. With Raytown’s recent renovation, we have created some reading areas near our large windows to take advantage of our afternoon sunlight. Many mornings, we will see patrons reading their morning paper in comfort or relaxing with paperback.
The Bookies at the Blue Springs North branch, a readers and community advisory group that reads and recommends Young Adult books and programs for the library, met in July to learn how to properly care for their skin. Jackie Anderson from the House of Heavilin, presented a clinic on essential skin care. The teens were able to perform facials. Mrs. Anderson explained that there are several causes of acne, including stress, hormones, diet, and of course improper skincare. The tips the teens received were:
Do You Really Have to Finish a Book You've Started?
In the past, I had always operated under the principle of finishing a book, even if it was horrible, simply because I had already started it. It seems like such an absurd concept now, but I’m sure it made some kind of moral sense to me at the time. Maybe, I felt some sort of responsibility, similar to that felt during my school days. An assignment was given and must be completed. I had assigned myself to read this dreadfully long and unengaging paperweight of a novel, and I was therefore committed to finishing it.
Perhaps like me, you've been captivated by impressive toddlers on TV, supposedly reading, using video methods. I say "supposedly" because, most child educators remind us that the amazing skill of reading is actually a group of skills. These "wonder kids" have actually only memorized certain words, and learned to skim over them without full comprehension, instead of learning to decode words and spell. They have started with a technique that will be difficult to correct later. Most often, these vendors only create misinformed parents and misguided children, and that irks me!
As a teenager, I began five successful hobby businesses, just by browsing the shelves at my local MCPL. When I was a teenager, I worked at the library putting books away. One day, I stumbled on a book about breeding cockatiels for fun and profit. I had a pet cockatiel and decided to follow the book’s instructions to buy a mate for her and build a nesting box. That bird laid eggs right away, and my flock of pets grew. For years after that, I raised hand fed baby birds which fetched a premium at the local pet stores.