Let's celebrate literacy together! Join your friends at one of our many MCPL branches hosting Early Literacy Storytimes on Thursday, October 3rd for a reading of Otis by Loren Long.
Kids nationwide will be gathered in libraries, schools, and daycares to Read for the Record. Be one of millions of kids having this book read to you in support of making sure that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed!
Five years in the making and still going strong. During the month of October, Mid-Continent Public Library hosts the Pink Party, a library fair that takes place at branches around Kansas City to promote breast cancer awareness. At our Pink Parties, we bring out vendors and guest speakers from the community to share information and resources on breast cancer to those who need it.
The Kearney Branch played host to a special group of librarians from Egypt yesterday. As part of the International Visitor Leadership Program from the U.S. Department of State, these fellow book-lovers from across the globe visited libraries throughout the metro area. Library Director and CEO Steve Potter and Branch Manager Angela Gillette sat down with the representatives for a casual chat about the ways we serve our communities.
Are you ready for an adventure in a galaxy far, far away? On Saturday October 5th, check out the Liberty Branch of MCPL for the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day! The event runs from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and features a Star Wars themed storytime, crafts, pictures with the 70th Explorers Garrison, and a raffle for some very awesome Star Wars prizes.
It's Time to Vote for Your Favorite Building Block Award Nominee
On September 1st, voting started for the ten Building Block Award nominees. The Building Block Award is administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest from the Missouri Library Association. Each year, they present an award to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri's public libraries. The award, established in 1966, is designed to encourage reading aloud to children, birth through kindergarten.
It's back to school time. The perfect time for getting a free library card. Having a library card is an important piece of school success. It provides access to 270 databases full of information on a variety of subjects at all Mid-Continent Public Library branches. In addition, 265 of them are available for remote access with your library card. One of my favorites is World Book Online.
Celebrate early literacy on September 5th at our North Independence Branch as we welcome Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri's 5th district. Rep. Cleaver will join us for Read with a Rep Day at 1:30 p.m. and share books with children and their families. This program will give children the opportunity to meet an influential member of their community and show them that shared reading is an important foundation block to early literacy.
I’ve always been fascinated by the differences in the way an author’s name is written and the way it’s pronounced. My journey for correct pronunciation began after I discovered that I had been mispronouncing Jodi Picoult’s name for many years. I thought to myself, "Well, how many others have I been saying wrong all this time?" After doing a little research, I found that there were quite a few!
Here is a list of some of my favorite "that’s how they say it?!" author names:
Terry Pratchett once said, "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance." For that reason, school must commence. But make no mistake about it, I once geared up for the new school year unprepared and longing to let learning be a thing of the past. But alas, you must be better than I and make this drudgery fun.