The Easter Bunny came to the Weston Branch early this year. When asked why he didn't wait until closer to Easter the bunny replied, "Well, the weather was great today, the lawn people hadn't mowed yet, and the grass was perfect for hiding eggs. Also, I heard that the Weston Branch, along with the rest of the MCPL branches, would be closed on Wednesday April 20th, so I figured this was just the best time for Egg Hunt 2011." The kids from storytime found all of the eggs and were sent home hyped up on sugar and nice weather.
April is School Library month, and we at the Lone Jack Branch would like to take this opportunity to recognize Angie Moehlman, our school media specialist. Ms. Moehlman handles library services for grades K-12, and divides her time between three school buildings. We appreciate her willingness to partner with MCPL in providing learning opportunities for the students of the Lone Jack C-6 School District. Thank you, Ms. Moehlman!
April Madness, Part 2: There's a Very Delicious Fungus Among Us
Last week, I directed your attention to the April phenomenon of mud-staring. This week we will look at another strange behavior usually seen in April. Have you ever seen people furtively walking around outside carrying gunny sacks and staring at the ground? No, they’re not snipe-hunting. They are looking for fungus: a very delicious fungus that can sell for $50 per pound or more!
An Open House for patrons with disabilities was hosted by Mid-Continent Public Library and Triality, Inc. at the Liberty Branch on April 6, 2011. The Open House was held as part of a Library Services Technology Act Grant through the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Library tours, along with computer and self-checkout demonstrations were offered to participants by library staff.
Why does Missouri have the boot heel? Why is Michigan in two parts? How come Texas is so big, but Rhode Island is so small? If you’ve ever wondered about the eccentricities of the 50 states or would like to learn about them, then we have the perfect book for you.
This week is National Library Week. When was the last time you visited your library? Mid-Continent and the Midwest Genealogy Center would like to encourage you to stop by our facilities to see what we have to offer. Here at MGC, we have many fascinating genealogy resources for you to use for free! In addition, you can take courses on genealogy.
I love having the newest gadgets. You can contact me by phone, Skype, Google Voice, email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Blogspot, cell, and more! This dizzying array of modes to communicate was meant to make our lives simpler, but it seems more complicated than ever. Sometimes, we need to disconnect ourselves from devices in order to get in touch with life.
Friday: The Cautionary Tale of an Instant Internet Celebrity
Have you ever wanted to be a star? Most teens think that becoming famous would be the greatest thing that ever happened to them. Let’s take a look at one teen’s experience of becoming an overnight internet sensation when Rebecca Black went from average 13-year old girl to instant celebrity thanks to YouTube. Unless you have been living in an alternate universe, you are surely aware of the pop-cultural phenomenon that is Rebecca Black’s song and video "Friday." Before we discuss the internet monster unleashed by "Friday," let’s take a look at the video:
This week is National Library Week. The theme is "Create Your Own Story @ your library". The library has always been a place where stories begin. They start whenever someone visits the library and opens a book for the first time, enriches their education through research, or discovers a passion for something new.
Did you know that there is a week dedicated to your local library? Yes, there is! In fact, it is this week, April 10-16. The theme for this year is "Create Your Own Story". The first National Library Week was observed May 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read". The idea of a National Library Week is older than one would think. The American Library Association (ALA) recommended such a week in 1922.