Salutations bookworm friends! (That is a hint about where my next name came from. Can you guess?)
I recently finished reading all 76 Caldecott Medal award books! The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist with the best illustrated children’s book of the year. Mr. Rick from the Platte City Branch is reading me the 2014 winner Locomotive by Brian Floca.
The 2014 Truman Heritage Festival and Barbecue Championship
After this year’s particularly brutal winter, it’s nice to see the signs of spring returning to the Kansas City area: the trees are budding, the robins have returned, and the air is filled with the smell of woodsmoke and meat. And what better way to celebrate the departure of the dreaded polar vortex than the City of Grandview’s 2014 Truman Heritage Festival and Barbecue Championship!
Today, for many folks, means nothing. It may just feel like any other Tuesday, and in fact, it may be. However, for some, this may be the end of an era, or a least the start of a small headache. Microsoft announced that starting today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they will no longer be creating updates or offering technical support for Windows XP. The statement from Microsoft can be found here.
Why is the Mid-Continent Public Library so special to this bookworm? I mentioned earlier that we share the same initials. They are M.C.P.L., too! My first name is Millicent. My parents love to read books and chose names with links to literature. (They were inspired by a book written by Alice Bach called Millicent the Magnificent.)
This year, Mid-Continent Public Library started a brand new event: The Winter Reading Challenge. The idea was to promote leisure reading among adults, and those who committed to reading five titles over a two-month period received a limited edition "Somewhere in Time" mug along with a chance to win the grand prize, a Kindle Fire.
Hi friends! I just found out the exciting news that my favorite library is a finalist for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Fantastic! Let me share with you why this bookworm loves the Mid-Continent Public Library.
10. My initials are M.C.P.L., too! (Bet you can't guess what my name is!)
We all enjoy awards season, and we have had our share of pageantry over the past several weeks. Between the Olympics and the Academy Awards, we have seen quite a few accolades awarded. Although the Olympics have concluded, Mid-Continent Public Library may not be finished with the pageantry of a medal ceremony. Mid-Continent Public Library is one of thirty finalists for The National Medal for Museum and Library Service for 2014.
This year marks the 17th annual Read Across America celebration in honor of the famed Dr. Seuss's Birthday and to promote the love of reading! Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating successful, lifelong readers. Research shows us that children who are driven to spend more time reading for pleasure perform better in school.
February can bring short days with overcast skies that just make the world seem dreary. According to the Mayo Clinic: “For most people with seasonal affective disorder, the symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping their energy and making them feel moody. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy, and medications. Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the ‘winter blues’ or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own.