HAPPY NEW YEAR! Did you know that the celebration of the New Year is the oldest of all holidays? It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In 2000 BC the New Year was celebrated after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring). Spring was the season of rebirth. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by western nations for only about 400 years.
Mid-Continent Public Library has an inventory of over three million books, audiobooks, videos, and CDs. But, what if you would like something not in our library catalog? Then, it is time to turn to a tool called WorldCat. Through WorldCat, you can look at the holdings of libraries across the United States, and place requests for items you would like.
It's never easy to say good-bye--trying to find the right words and the right sentiment. There is also the physical leaving, the severing of a relationship, and the finality of separation. It's remembering everyone and everything that has meant so much to you over the years. It's remembering the good stuff-- the good people, and the good times. Memories that will be cherished.
Every year about this time, people make resolutions for the New Year. If you’re like most people, by February your goal is waning. And by May, you may not even remember what your resolution was.
Well, this year can be different. The article, "Happy New Year! 8 Ways to Make Your Resolutions a Reality" (General OneFile database, Success Magazine, January 2011), lists guidelines that can help you accomplish your goals. They suggest that you pick two or three strategies from the list below:
Our new, beautiful branch in now OPEN. We hope everyone will come in and enjoy the amenities as much as we do. The library's theme is "The Working History of Independence", so we have some fascinating artifacts and pictures to view. The building is still a work in progress, so you will see even more fun pictures, miscellaneous artifacts, and furniture in the future. We plan on using the computer lab for classes and school classroom projects help in the future. Welcome to everyone. Do stop in and look around; staff members are happy to show you around.
Does anything have a worse reputation during the holiday season than fruitcake? So now that Christmas is over, what do you do with that dried-up brick made with those candied fruits? I say throw it away, and start perfecting a fruitcake made from fresh or dried fruits instead.
On February 7, at 9 a.m., Tax Help for Seniors (Free from AARP) is coming to our Claycomo Branch. IRS certified volunteers will provide free tax counseling and preparation. Then on February 8, at 10 a.m., the Avoid Tax Return Mistakes program will be presented. This class includes information on several key issues concerning changes in the tax landscape for many taxpayers.
"No more pencils! No more books! No more teachers’ dirty looks!" Many know this rhyme which is often sung by young children at the end of the school year or at the beginning of any break. However, the sentiment is felt by plenty of older students as well. Unfortunately for those who feel this way and are considering college, now is not the time to forget the teachers and the books.