What would life be like without electricity, duct tape, or chocolate chip cookies? How about email, toothpaste, or windshield wipers? There are hundreds of inventions we use every day that make life better, easier, and more enjoyable—all because someone had an idea and made it tangible.
Stacy Schiff’s new biography of Cleopatra is painstakingly researched and stylishly written. The Pulitzer-prize winning author delivers a fascinating and extremely readable account of the life of one of history’s most intriguing monarchs. Her sources include journals, letters and accounts from ancient historians (the Roman biographer Plutarch, for example), all meticulously woven together.
WOW! Spring is finally here, after such a long, snowy, and cold winter that seemed like it would never end. Where does one start? Inside or outside? Spring cleaning is always a good place to begin after being closed up inside for so long. Opening the windows and letting that fresh air in always does wonders for your soul. As great as it is to open up the windows and breathe that fresh air, getting outside is even more fantastic.
The Brides Quartet series by Nora Roberts is a wonderful read. Best friends since childhood, Mackensie, Parker, Emmaline, and Laurel always played dress up and dreamed about their wedding day. So, it was only natural that they would start their own business one day. Mackensie, also known as Mac, is the photographer of the group who meets a teacher named Carter. Emmaline, also known as Emma, is the florist and meets the local carpenter named Jack. Laurel is the chef at Vows and falls in love with Del, who is also Parker's brother.
Easter is here. What better way to celebrate than with a rabbit-themed movie? The cult classic, Night of the Lepus, from 1972 certainly delivers the rabbits. The film stars Janet Leigh, Deforest Kelley (Dr.
More than 500 million people in 175 countries will celebrate the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. While the idea of honoring the earth came about in the 1960's during the hippie movement, it wasn't until 1970 that a Wisconsin senator, Gaylord Nelson, officially formed the first US Earth Day. Two thousand colleges and universities participated in this "environmental teach-in." Today, we continue to plant trees, recycle, garden, and learn about caring for our Earth.
Too busy to get down to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum? Never fear, the library, once again, is here! We are very lucky to be displaying paintings created by students of West Platte High School. Seascapes, landscapes, snowscapes…we feature them all. Come in and browse our gallery.
Sorting through the truck delivery here every day is fun because I get to see the books that people request. One just turned up in my hand titled Chick Days: Raising Chickens From Hatchlings to Laying hens. It was published last year, it's in the Mid-Continent Public Library catalog, and can be requested.
In honor of National Library Week, we had our patrons tell us why they need our library. Here is just one of the responses we got. Mustafa from Independence needs our library because it helps reduce his expenses through free Internet usage and books. Also, the library helps to increase and enrich his knowledge. He says the library is a place where you are always a winner.
Thank you to Mustafa and all of our patrons who need our library and let us know why.
April Madness Part 3: Squawking, Shotgun-packing Shrubbery
Yes, April is the month that spring really does take hold. People can be expected to be happy about the nicer weather, and we can expect them to spend more time outdoors. Some people, however, go a little bit off the deep end. Now that I've educated you about mud-staring and morel mania, let’s discuss another kind of April madness. Perfectly rational people will dress up as well-armed shrubbery and make the noises of a love-struck bird. Yes, it’s time for spring turkey season.