Kids have Christmas morning. Book lovers have author signings. When I got the chance to hear one of my favorite authors speak recently, it was better than Christmas morning for me. Anne Lamott was in Kansas City at Rainy Day Books on April 4, 2013 to promote her book, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, which has just been issued in paperback.
Have you heard of paying it forward? You know, where you’re the recipient of some sweet unexpected act, and then you pay it forward to the next person instead of paying it back. It’s like when you go to Starbucks and the person in front of you at the drive-through pays for your coffee and then you pay for the person behind you, or when you help an elderly lady carry her groceries to the car and then someone else unexpectedly holds the door.
Are we defined by the era of music into which we’re born or the music we listen to? Some days I like to think the former, and other times, I like the sounds of the latter. Then, I realize that the era into which I was born was full of really silly things. But, to be honest, it just depends. While I’m "technically" an 80s kid, my childhood existed in the 90s.
Hello, readers. It’s May again, and MCPL is gearing up for the Summer Reading Program. We hope all our families will participate in this great event. In addition to being a great form of entertainment (and maybe even education), reading books throughout the summer months will help your child to maintain the level of literacy they’ve achieved throughout the school year. In addition, studies also show that kids who take books (or eBooks!) on vacation are far less irritating to their parents during those long car rides.
A cozy mystery is a part of the mystery fiction genre. The violence is treated with humor, plus the crime and detective work takes place in a close community. I love reading cozy mysteries because of the variety of stories. I have read topics ranging from books about dog walkers to witches in this genre.
I grew up watching my parents drink coffee every day, either black or with cream. Those were the only two choices. Then, a few years back, the Starbucks craze caught on, and you see people everywhere drinking all kinds of coffee all the time. Not just with cream, but a "Grande Latte" with extra foam (whatever that is, I don't drink coffee). But who decided that coffee was the new big fad and that "everyone everywhere" needed it?
Have you ever tickled a tiger? Have you ever poked a penguin? Have you ever nudged a hedgehog?
These are all lines from the book Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger by Betsy E. Snyder. My son loves this cute and colorful touch and feel book. He’s even figuring out how to use his little fingers to turn the pages, and we’ve read many times. I’m sure there are lots of other moms that can quote a book just from reading it over and over.
My preteen son has been begging to take guitar lessons, but with all the other activities he’s involved in, I could not imagine adding one more evening scramble to our week. Not to mention, lessons are pretty expensive, and our family’s budget is maxed out. Recently, I learned the Library offers the perfect solution. Guitar lessons he can take from home, for free!
Make Family Memories With the Summer Reading Program!
I am helping with the Summer Reading Program this year. As I was unpacking all of the wonderful book titles we give away as prizes, it brought back memories of the Summer Reading Program with my own children.