County Histories Offer a Wealth of Historical Context
You’ve gathered names and dates while filling in a family tree chart, so what is the next step?
If your goal is to create a clear picture of your family’s life in generations past, try browsing through MGC's books to find county histories! You never know what you may find, even things that can lead you in unexpected directions.
Someone I know once had an encounter with Bigfoot. They didn’t actually see Bigfoot, but they heard some strange noises and found huge footprints on their property. There have been hoaxes throughout the years, but personally, I find the idea of such a creature existing very exciting. Whether you call it Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, or Momo, there have been sightings worldwide of these giant apelike creatures. Could all of these people have been mistaken about what they’ve seen?
Summer is almost here!!! For those of you who get the chance to leave town in the summer, MCPL has just the thing for you. We have books, DVDs, magazines, Online Resources, and links that will not only give you ideas about where you might want to go, but what to do when you get there.
Running into brick walls trying to find death information on an ancestor? Have you just about had enough of coming up with nothing? Well, MGC is here to help! We have lots of resources that just might hold the information you need.
Recently, my mom, my sister, and I have been discussing taking a road trip together this summer. We don’t want to go too far, so we have been thinking about getting to know our state a bit better. We talked about touring Missouri wine country, visiting Hannibal to see Mark Twain’s birthplace, or going to St. Louis to see the sights. I have realized that there are many, many places within the state that I would like to visit, and some I would like to visit again!
I have been homeschooling for seven years. Three years ago, I had an epiphany...schedule a teacher work day once a month! I used to regularly schedule one work day a month when I was a Speech-Language Pathologist in the public schools. Why am I not doing this now as a homeschool teacher?! (This is when I smacked my forehead and said, "I should've had a V8!") On teacher work days, I can take care of appointments, make lesson plans, calculate hours, register for field trips, put library books on hold, fill out birthday/anniversary cards, etc...
I always felt a little cheated that there was not a book already written about my family. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved doing all the research. But when I hit a brick wall, it would be nice to open up a book and find all the answers inside. One day I found a book right here in the library that had some of the answers that I had been looking for.
I belong to a book club. One of the many benefits is that I read books I might not have chosen on my own. Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle, is one of those titles. The premise of this book is that the year 1862 determined the outcome of the Civil War and cemented the reputation of Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents.
Well, it’s that time of year again. Everyone is cleaning off their grills and getting ready for the “grilling season.” And, hamburgers are one of the most popular things that people grill during the summer months.
If you want to try something new or just spice up your burger, the Library has many books pertaining to hamburgers. Who knows, maybe you will find a recipe to the “perfect” burger!
As a busy homeschool teacher and parent, I am constantly trying to find ways to maximize our time…especially when we are in the car driving to fieldtrips, library events, or sports. It is amazing how many hours you can accrue doing “car-schooling.” I wanted to share a fun literature unit idea that should fit with any curricula or age group you teach…all available at your local Mid-Continent Public Library branch!