Back to school was the most anticipated and most dreaded time of the year for me. I used to lay awake all night long the night before school started. I was so excited to see my old friends and make new ones. I worried about the new teacher I would be getting. I fretted over what to wear, how to do my hair, and the possibility I might forget something essential. As it turned out, I did all that worrying for nothing. I always made it through that first day. I came home happy, hungry, and exhausted.
If you celebrated Christmas in July, then it’s time to celebrate the new year in August. This is a great time to start losing weight and getting healthy. One of MCPL’s newest databases, GymAmerica, can get you started with a custom diet plan and fitness tracker. The online personal trainer/nutrition system creates exercise and diet plans based on your individual needs, goals, and schedules.
Are you looking for new things to read? Do you want to learn about the new and exciting books, movies, and music that your Library staff is reading? Do you want to find some suggestions for titles that you may have missed? Now you can find all that, and more, in one location.
Early Literacy: What Kids Know About Reading and Writing Before They Know What Reading and Writing Is!
There are many definitions and theories about early literacy. My personal favorite is the one that says, early literacy is what kids know about reading and writing before they even know about reading and writing. I am sure you are asking yourself how anyone can know anything about anything before they even know what it is.
Summer is coming to an end, and another school year is just around the corner. But just because there are only two weeks left in the Summer Reading Program, it doesn’t mean there isn’t time to get in a little more library fun. So, here are my top five lists of things to do before July 31st:
Want to fix your car, but don’t know how? ChiltonLibrary.com is the place to go for automotive repair information for the DIYer. I recently used it to check the scheduled maintenance on my old, 1999 Plymouth Breeze that has nearly 200,000 miles (It is going to be an exciting day when it clicks over from 199,999 to 200,000).
When I started at MCPL, we kept our library catalog up to date by replacing and discarding catalog cards that listed the information for each book. As the times and technologies have changed, bringing first a computer-based catalog and then an Internet-based library catalog, the old card catalog became something of the past. I still remember the card catalog fondly, but I certainly enjoy the advancement of search options, the ability to place holds on items that are at a different location, and the ability to access the library catalog from anywhere you are.
Love reading magazines but wish there was a more convenient way to access your favorite titles?
Rated by Library Journal as one of the best new digital resources in 2012, Zinio provides access to a large number of popular magazines, all in an easily accessible format. As an MCPL customer, you can now check out magazines from our collection simply by using your library card.
The 2013 Maker Faire Kansas City: Get Excited and Make Things
About a year ago, I wrote a blog post about Makers. Well, I finally made it to the Maker Faire KC. While many people associate the Maker movement with computers, robotics, electronics, and 3-D printing, Makers also include knitters, woodworkers, Lego fans, cosplayers, steampunkers, artists, LARPers, car customizers, upcyclers and farmers. In fact, anyone who has a desire to do-it-themselves is a potential Maker.
On Saturday, June 22, the grand opening was held for the Woodneath Library Center that opened in Kansas City North. A few thousand people showed up to get a look at the new library and to enjoy the fun activities. We wanted to share a few images of the fun we had opening up this new Library jewel. You can find more by visiting Woodneath Library Center on Facebook.