We are all busy people. Our days are filled with working, errands, kids, computers, and TVs. These are common ways we make up our days. Years ago our dog’s lives were very different. People would let their dogs run free in the neighborhoods, allowing them to visit and play with other dog friends, sniff the land, sleep in the shade, and basically do as they please. In the evenings, they would meet the kids at the bus stop, play with them outside, and then curl up in the house with the family, completely exhausted from a long busy day. Times have changed.
The Summer Reading Program: Help Them Dig It, Not Dread It!
It’s that time of year again, the time when eager young readers plunge into their favorite books and earn prizes for meeting their reading goals. Every year thousands of kids and teens take part in Mid-Continent Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP). Now, I won’t get started on how jealous I am of them. The fact that there was nothing like this when I was growing up, and knowing how I would have cleaned up in a program like this, would just be unnecessary bitterness. So, let me move on.
For those of you researching ancestors in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as for travelers, I recommend reading The Hidden Europe: What Eastern European Can Teach Us by Francis Tapon. This is a new book published in 2012, gives entertaining insight about countries across Eastern and Central Europe, from Eastern Germany and Finland to Turkey and Russia. Together it takes the reader through 25 countries. The audience will learn in a humorous and open way how people in these countries see the world, what they think, and how they feel about the things.
School’s out and books are in! Mid-Continent Public Library’s Summer Reading Program starts this week. Are you ready to read?
This summer our theme is "Dig into Reading,” and we have plenty of ways for you to get your hands dirty. Burrow into books with listeners (0-6 years old) and readers (6-11 years old) to earn incentives as you explore words and pictures buried deep within your favorite pages. Teens (11-18 years old) can also participate by tunneling their way through more advanced books and writing reviews for what they’ve read.
I saw a strange orb in the sky today. I am pretty sure they call it the sun. So…..
I left the building at lunch time and picked up some dog food. I then thought, "Why not eat lunch in my car?" So that is what I did. After enjoying my daily dose of yogurt and a protein drink, I started to feel drowsy from the warmth, so I started to put my seat down into the horizontal position. "Snap out of it Joyce. You have to work this afternoon." I was only out there for 15 minutes, and my arms were pink from the sun.
As I embark upon a new career path here at the Riverside Branch, I am excited and a bit nervous. No matter how old I get, some experiences still give me butterflies in my stomach, the same way they did when I was little. Starting a new job? It is the same as starting kindergarten. All these new people to meet. I hope they like me. I hope I don’t say something stupid. Why can’t I just stay home all day, watch cartoons, eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and drink Kool-Aid?
Cinco de Mayo has really caught on as a day of celebration with festivals around the Kansas City area. Independence had their own celebration in McCoy Park. The day was chilly, but the air was festive. People from many Latin countries came to perform and browse around. There was a group of dancers composed of enthusiastic special needs young people. Several conglomerates of beautifully dressed dancers with shining, braided hair entertained us with their lively music. Colorful costumes and dancers, magicians, and poetry were some of the entertainment.