The week of April 18, 2011 is Turn Off Your Television Week. A study shows that most American kids spend 1,680 minutes per week watching television. We watch TV during breakfast, and we watch TV during supper. These used to be the best times of the day to talk to our family, to exchange information, and to have meaningful conversations. And let’s face it, as a librarian, I would like to encourage you to go to your local library and check out books too.
Finally, spring is here. It’s that time of the year; spring cleaning is like a tradition. It’s time to open the windows and let the fresh air come in. Time to get rid of the clutter, and reorganize your home for spring and summer.
It seems like there’s so much to do all of a sudden after being dormant for most of the winter. I usually divide my spring cleaning projects into sections over several days. Listing all of your spring cleaning chores can look overwhelming at first. I usually have a check-list for each room of the house. That helps me to check off each of the task.
At the Raytown Branch, like all MCPL branches, we have an exciting place just for teens called the young adult area. Our area is unique because the new young adult books are placed in this area. Most branches shelve them with the new adult books. We have a variety of popular books, graphic novels, magazines, and audiobooks for checkout in this area.
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.