Last week, the Missouri Library Association announced that library trustee Brent Schondelmeyer is the recipient of the Virginia G. Young Outstanding Service Award. The Virginia G. Young Outstanding Service Award recognizes an individual trustee for exemplary service to libraries in Missouri. Brent Schondelmeyer has served on the MCPL Library Board since 2003, and is known for his heartfelt commitment to fostering a love of life-long learning throughout our many communities.
Theatre geeks unite! If you’re like me, you love the thrill of live theatre…but can’t afford a trip to New York City. Sure, there’s always the chance that the "New Hot Show" will eventually tour a city near you or be staged by an intrepid community theatre group—but it’s just not the same, and certainly doesn’t have the same high wattage star power. What’s the next best thing to seeing an original Broadway show? Listening to the cast recording, of course!
Michael Jackson has been releasing new music. Well, not exactly Michael Jackson. He’s dead. However, unreleased music that he recorded before his death is now out after being finished by others. This means that we can continue to have new tunes by one of the great artists of his generation. The question is, would he have wanted this music to come out? A lot of material that ends up being released posthumously is work that an artist did not feel was good enough to be made public.
A friend of mine told me that a man had been bitten by a rabid bat not far from where she lives in Lee’s Summit. I was incredulous at first, but I looked it up online. Apparently, three bats have tested positive for rabies since June in Lee’s Summit. This caught my attention because I recently finished a book called Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus.
It’s hard to believe that another summer is drawing to a close. I hope all the parents out there are thinking of ways that the Library can help you as the start of a new school year is just around the corner. I’m sure you are looking forward to packing lunches and signing permission slips, and that is a pretty big gig of its own. It is always nice to be reminded that the Library can be there to help kids all year long with what they need to be successful in the classroom.