One of my best memories from last year is traveling to Chicago to attend the RT Booklovers Convention. After five days of book signings, authors’ workshops, fantastic all-day parties, and a TON of swag, I couldn’t wait to get home and tell everyone about the fabulous time I had. Authors are our Rock Stars after all, so meeting so many of them in person was the ultimate thrill! One of my co-attendees, Beth Atwater, called the convention "one giant slumber party with 1,000 of your best friends." What could be better than that?
The 2013 Truman Heritage Festival Barbecue Championship
When I lived out of state, people who knew I was from the Kansas City area would ask my opinion of the local barbecue restaurants. I was evidently considered an expert on barbecue simply by growing up here in the KC area. Believe it or not, one can find good barbecue in places like Half Moon Bay, California, and Pocatello, Idaho.
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).
It's almost here! Preparations are underway for the opening of the new Woodneath Library Center located north of the river at 8900 N. Flintlock Road. We are happy to announce that the grand opening will be on Saturday, June 22. We hope you can join us to celebrate this new Northland jewel. More details will be on the way soon!
Suffering from Downton Abbey Withdrawal? Check Out the Library
It's been a few weeks since the curtain closed on those lovable, albeit slightly snooty, Crawleys and their little house in the country, Downton Abbey. In Downton Abbey's third season, life was a roller coaster for our plucky little group of aristocrats and their livery - some were born, some died, and still others couldn't catch a husband with a fishing net.
Ever wonder how ILL (Interlibrary Loan) works? You place a request and a little while later, it arrives from across the country. Or, are you nervous about using the service, afraid you are going to make a mistake? Whether you are a new user to ILL or feel you are a seasoned veteran to the service, this class will have something for you.
Not long ago, the Library was closed for two weekdays. The next week there was another storm and the Library was closed yet again. I got cabin fever. I was tired of being stuck inside. The books I had checked out from the Library no longer interested me. Then I thought of a solution. I used my Android tablet to open the free OverDrive Media Console app. From there, I went to OverDrive—where a vast selection of choices was waiting to be downloaded.
Have you grown up riding the plains with Kaya, facing dangers with Caroline, perusing the stage with Rebecca, or planting a Victory Garden with Molly? If you have fallen in love with the magic of the girls and their adventures, visit our branches and see the girls in all their glory as we put our America Girl Doll collection on display. Experience the excitement of the American Girl Dream by attending one of these fantastic programs at these branches in the coming months.
Last year the worst drought in 60 years caused cracks in the foundations of the Midwest. Personally, it literally caused a crack in the foundation of my house. As I look at the news and talk to my neighbors, it seems I might be getting off lightly. Experts are indicating that the 2012 drought may have a long-lasting effect on food prices, biofuel production, and even the exports the U.S. provides to other countries.