Do you love all things Halloween? If you answered yes, I’m sure you also love a good scary book, as well. I’m no stranger to this genre, and if I had to guess, you’re not either. Please don’t be fooled, I’ll read just about anything. But when it comes to this in particular, my spider sense tingles.
There are so many authors that come out with books tailored to this genre every year. It would be impossible for me to list all of them, let alone my favorites. Here are a choice few that are very popular with good reason:
I’ve worked in libraries for a long time, and I’ve read lots and lots of books over the years. I really like young adult fiction, and my reading tastes cover a wide range. But I have one weakness. Call it my reading kryptonite.
Do you like adventure, fantasy, mystery, or sci-fi? Now might be the perfect opportunity to pick a book that you wouldn’t normally read. Why would you do this? We are issuing you a challenge to "Seek the Unknown" this October and read that odd title.
Bored? Need something new to do? Or, would you like to do something to help others in the coming holiday season? Try volunteering. Volunteering is an excellent way to help people in need or support a good cause. It’s also a good way to make new friends and gain some new experiences.
There are several ways you can volunteer your time to support a good cause or help other people. You can offer to assist other students with subjects that you excel. There are also several places within communities such as hospitals, community centers, and museums that may need a hand.
Sadly, no, banning books is not something relegated to the 1500s or the Nazis. Every year, we celebrate Banned Books Weeks (Sept. 22-28th) to bring awareness about the fact that books are still being challenged all the time, all over the world. The Office of Intellectual Freedom, run by the American Library Association, keeps track of all the challenges throughout the year and puts out a list of the most challenged titles for each year.
Collaboration in its purest form means working with others to complete a task or shared goal. In much the same way that S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Nick Fury recruited the Mighty Avengers, we want you! The goal is simple; create a journal page in one of our 3 traveling journals floating around the system. Currently, they are housed at the Buckner Branch, Raytown Branch, and Woodneath Library Center.
So, let's play a game. I'm going to read your mind. Yes, for real. Okay, are you ready? When I say board game, what do you instantly think of? Got it? Yep, your brain said Monopoly. Or Clue. Maybe checkers. Candyland? Be honest, most of you thought Monopoly, didn't you? I knew it!
How many of you are starting to consider taking the ACT for college? As a junior or senior in high school, many teens start wondering when they should take the ACT or SAT test. MCPL is offering a free ACT Practice Test at the Smithville Branch at 9:30 a.m. and the Raytown Branch at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7. This test will allow students to become more familiar with the math, science reasoning, english, and reading portions of the test.
Have you ever wanted to impact those around you? Maybe, you’re interested in service hours for school but you're unsure how to go about it? Have you considered your local library as a place to do all of this? I just might have an opportunity worth checking out!