A Bookworm's Journey: How a Library is Like an Ice Cream Cake
May 04, 2014
I did it!! I made it to all 30 Mid Continent Public Library Branches + one Library-To-Go location!
I also stopped by the Midwest Genealogy Center to read more about my family heritage. Of course MCPL had a book on the Lowly family tree! They even have a fun "Famous Missourians" card series to collect!
To celebrate this "Bookworm Bucket List" accomplishment of visiting all the MCPL locations, I ordered a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream cake!
The cake says:
1 M.C.P.L. Bookworm + 31 MCPL Branches = 1 Fantastic Adventure
Things MCPL and Baskin Robbins have in common:
1.) 31 Choices
MCPL has 31 unique branches even though they may share similar appearances, floor plans, programs, and signage. It was remarkable how each library brought in elements from the local community that made it stand out from all the other locations.
2.) Sprinkles with Cherries on Top
MCPL locations are "sprinkled" over three counties: Platte, Clay, and Jackson. I was able to visit them all in nine days. I tried to spend 30-45 minutes in each location. Just after I was settled in, it was time to move on to the next library on the list! I also made so many new and interesting librarian friends. They were the "cherry on top" for me!
3.) Service with a Smile
I felt at home in each MCPL branch because the librarians and staff were warm and welcoming across the system. I left each library with a big smile on my face, grateful for the time I spent there...the same way I feel when I leave Baskin Robbins!
4.) Tasty Treats
As you know, I have a propensity to snack on bookmarks! But there are many "tasty" books at MCPL to read in your favorite genre or "flavor."
5.) Fun to Share with a Friend
I brought the ice cream cake to the MCPL Headquarters in Independence. I wanted to share it with my new friends on the Marketing/Communications and Fundraising/Development teams. They have made it possible for me to blog about my journey. Thank you again for this fantastic opportunity!
I needed to pick up some books about my upcoming trip to D.C.! While I was out, I stopped by the Novella's Bistro located in the North Independence Branch. They offer gourmet salads, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, and for a bookworm like myself....books! The owner, Jeff Wilson, is also an author! Isn't that just fitting?! Check out his latest book, Queen Anne's Revenge. If you are looking for a cozy place to cuddle up with a book and a cuppa, consider this special location. I also heard that the Woodneath Branch is planning to open a Barista de Casa coffee shop soon!
I am packing my suitcase and book bag. These books on Washington D.C. are very interesting. Time for a pop quiz!
Which president's horses had the cleanest teeth?
A. George Washington
B. John Adams
C. James Monroe
Who had the most White House pets?
A. Woodrow Wilson
B. Teddy Roosevelt
C. Calvin Coolidge
Which president had a pet who was also an author and philanthropist?
A. Bill Clinton
B. Jimmy Carter
C. George Herbert Walker Bush
Who said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog?"
A. Harry Truman
B. Ronald Reagan
C. Richard Nixon
Who had a pampered pet raccoon named Rebecca?
A. Franklin Roosevelt
B. Calvin Coolidge
C. Warren Harding
I hope I can meet Bo and Sunny, the Obamas' Portuguese Water Dogs! (Hope they don't like to eat worms though! Better look into that first.)
Millicent Charlotte Petunia Lowly
- George Washington took extra special care of his horses, including having their teeth brushed! He may have been our first U.S. President, but he was also known for his horsemanship.
- Teddy Roosevelt turned the White House into a zoo with his menagerie of forty+ pets. Among them were Emily Spinach (a green garter snake), Algonquin (a calico pony), a one-legged rooster, a lion, a hyena, five bears, and a zebra! (Calvin Coolidge's pet collection came in second place. It was so crowded, a flock of chickens lived in his bathtub!)
- President Bush (#41) had a springer spaniel named Millie who wrote a "dogbiography" called Millie's Book. She gave most of the first year's royalties to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
- Harry Truman must have had at least two friends because he had two dogs! He said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." The Truman family enjoyed the company of Mike (Irish Setter), Feller (Cocker Spaniel), Mike the Magicat (cat), and Dewy's Goat.
- Calvin Coolidge had a pampered pet raccoon named Rebecca. Her White House perks included: a ride in the presidential limousine, a special pet house near the Oval Office, and a nice stroll (on a leash of course) with "Silent Cal." Rebecca was also known to unscrew light bulbs and unpot plants!
- Check out Wackiest White House Pets by Gibbs Davis to read more interesting facts about Presidential pets!