Midwest Genealogy Center subscribes to approximately 500 periodicals per year. Each year, we look for new and exciting periodicals to add to our collection. Our periodical collection is located on our first floor. You might want to stop in the periodicals area on your way up the stairs, or maybe even on your way back down the stairs after searching through our wonderful book collection. If you know of a good genealogical periodical title that you would like in our library, let us know. We might be able to get a subscription.
Local Author Anola Pickett on her New Novel, Whisper Island
Anola Pickett, Kansas City native and long-time resident, recently launched her second historical novel for children, Whisper Island, published by Sweetwater Books. Ms. Pickett was kind enough to stop by MCPL for an interview. Read on!
Laura: Welcome to Mid Continent, Anola. You’ve been a long-time patron of MCPL. Have you had just one home branch all these years?
Do you like adventure, fantasy, mystery, or sci-fi? Now might be the perfect opportunity to pick a book that you wouldn’t normally read. Why would you do this? We are issuing you a challenge to "Seek the Unknown" this October and read that odd title.
At MGC, we do our best to give you multiple ways to search for your genealogy, from databases to books to microfilm. And our topics range from Civil War history to researching your Cherokee, Irish, or German ancestry. In the spirit of trying to encompass more than European ancestry or early American ancestry, we want to highlight many of our other ethnic resources. So, I set off on a journey to find MGC’s resources for Samoan genealogy research.
The ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother, the longest story of how two people met in history, began on September 23. For those who are not familiar with the show, it is the story of Ted Mosby and his quest to find the love of his life. The concept sounds simple until you watch the first episode and realize that Ted's "love at first sight," Robin Scherbatsky, is not the mother. Instead, meeting her is the moment that will change his life.
So, I learned the other day on NPR's All Things Consideredthat musicians borrow, reinterpret, and outright swipe riffs from each other all the time. Depending on the level of permission both sides agree to, this practice is called everything from sampling and interpolation to outright robbery.
Bored? Need something new to do? Or, would you like to do something to help others in the coming holiday season? Try volunteering. Volunteering is an excellent way to help people in need or support a good cause. It’s also a good way to make new friends and gain some new experiences.
There are several ways you can volunteer your time to support a good cause or help other people. You can offer to assist other students with subjects that you excel. There are also several places within communities such as hospitals, community centers, and museums that may need a hand.
At the Parkville Branch, our amazing display person, Marissa, put up an 80s Books, Movies, and Music display. The staff soon reminisced about their childhoods: big hair, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Jem, and The Smurfs. Jeanne, a wonderful page, told us that she watched The Breakfast Club, an 80s teen classic, with her teenage kids.