The Kearney Branch played host to a special group of librarians from Egypt yesterday. As part of the International Visitor Leadership Program from the U.S. Department of State, these fellow book-lovers from across the globe visited libraries throughout the metro area. Library Director and CEO Steve Potter and Branch Manager Angela Gillette sat down with the representatives for a casual chat about the ways we serve our communities.
Are you ready for an adventure in a galaxy far, far away? On Saturday October 5th, check out the Liberty Branch of MCPL for the 2nd annual Star Wars Reads Day! The event runs from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. and features a Star Wars themed storytime, crafts, pictures with the 70th Explorers Garrison, and a raffle for some very awesome Star Wars prizes.
It's Time to Vote for Your Favorite Building Block Award Nominee
On September 1st, voting started for the ten Building Block Award nominees. The Building Block Award is administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest from the Missouri Library Association. Each year, they present an award to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri's public libraries. The award, established in 1966, is designed to encourage reading aloud to children, birth through kindergarten.
It's back to school time. The perfect time for getting a free library card. Having a library card is an important piece of school success. It provides access to 270 databases full of information on a variety of subjects at all Mid-Continent Public Library branches. In addition, 265 of them are available for remote access with your library card. One of my favorites is World Book Online.
Celebrate early literacy on September 5th at our North Independence Branch as we welcome Representative Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri's 5th district. Rep. Cleaver will join us for Read with a Rep Day at 1:30 p.m. and share books with children and their families. This program will give children the opportunity to meet an influential member of their community and show them that shared reading is an important foundation block to early literacy.
I’ve always been fascinated by the differences in the way an author’s name is written and the way it’s pronounced. My journey for correct pronunciation began after I discovered that I had been mispronouncing Jodi Picoult’s name for many years. I thought to myself, "Well, how many others have I been saying wrong all this time?" After doing a little research, I found that there were quite a few!
Here is a list of some of my favorite "that’s how they say it?!" author names:
Terry Pratchett once said, "They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance." For that reason, school must commence. But make no mistake about it, I once geared up for the new school year unprepared and longing to let learning be a thing of the past. But alas, you must be better than I and make this drudgery fun.
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.