It is the year 4,000,000,000. Beneath the baleful glare of the red giant Sun, post-human cyborg archaeologists are working frantically to excavate, record, and preserve the history of Terran civilization before the planet is consumed by the ever-swelling Sun. As they reach the deeply buried strata corresponding to the 20th and 21st centuries and analyze the artifacts, these future scientists come to the following conclusions about our society:
I came home the other night to a warm home filled with the smells of a wonderful meal my wife had just prepared. As I took off my coat, gave her a peck on the cheek, and got myself a beverage from the refrigerator, I asked her where our oldest daughter was and if she was joining us for dinner. She said that the teenager was in her room and would be joining us. My wife then pulled out her cell phone and typed something. She was sending a text message to the girl to let her know dinner was ready! Now, this girl has a room downstairs in part of our finished basement.
Have you ever tried MCPL's database, Books & Authors? This database allows you to search for your favorite books and find other books with similar subjects, settings, time periods, or main characters. You will find information on fiction titles as well as popular nonfiction books.
I have discovered that sometimes the best mentor we could ask for comes to us from a rather unexpected time and place, and they lend us some of the most profound insights that only time helps us make sense of it. Sometimes, this place and time is the here and now. Other times, this person makes their entrance from a completely different avenue—a period that does not, did not, nor ever will exist. And yet they are just as real and influential as any friend or family member you know today.
Where were you when the Hyatt Skywalk fell? Do you remember your grandparents’ stories about the Pendergast era? Have you ever put your fingers in the bullet holes in Union Station? Remember Harzfeld’s? Even though I’ve lived in the Kansas City area my whole life, when I recently put together a display featuring books on area history, I was amazed!
Imagine growing up without a public library in your town. Never attending a storytime, program, or book club. Having to buy every book you thought you might enjoy, only to find that you're falling asleep twenty pages in, instead of checking it out for free. No place to go at 8:00 p.m. to checkout a book the night before a book report is due. For people in this city, it sounds like fiction. But for the characters in Escape from Mr.
I love watching A Christmas Storyjust as much as the next guy during the holidays, but this year I am on the prowl for your not-so-normal Christmas movies. Thanks to Google and our online catalog, I was able to pin down a list of titles that serve Christmas up in the most unconventional way:
When I was in 9th grade, I had my first formal introduction to the world of William Shakespeare. It was an unmitigated disaster. I was assigned to read Romeo and Juliet for my English class, and every moment felt like torture. My teacher wanted us to analyze all the characters and their motivations. And then there was the language.