April Madness, Part 1: Mud-Staring and the Problem with Peeps
April is here, and you might notice that people are acting differently. They’ve been cooped up indoors all winter, so we can expect them to be glad that better weather is here. But among those people who are outside enjoying the nice weather, you might notice that some are exhibiting rather strange behaviors.
CR Evening Book Club - Paranoia Reigns & Nobody Wins in "Await Your Reply"
Dan Chaon’s Await Your Reply is a twisted, curving piece of fiction that should interest any fan of literary thrillers. The novel is packed with storytelling technique, subtle characterization, vivid settings, and sometimes brutal action. It features three separate storylines that are tied to together as the story winds down.
Do you want to read a good story, but don't have time to invest in a complete novel? Try reading a play. Plays serve as a nice bridge between the intellectual exercise of reading a book and the fast-paced entertainment of watching a movie. When you get down to it, plays are written to be experienced within a matter of hours, but they still pack the same emotional punch as a well-written novel.
For our April meeting, we will be discussing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. This book is written as a series of letters. It is for the most part lighthearted and comical, but with a hint of tragic love. If you are interested in attending our book club, please pick up a copy of this month's selection at the front desk.
As a child, I loved birthday parties. I remember Mom checking out books from the library to get ideas. I never realized what an undertaking it was to put together the details for my annual event. Luckily, it is now easier than ever to create a fantastic celebration in your own home.
April 1st has become History Dress-Up Day here at the Midwest Genealogy Center. Last year, we were visited by June Cleaver (who straightened our info desk; and yes, she wore pearls). James Dean made an appearance in the evening. Annie Oakley was informed she would have to empty her pistols before she could put any of our books away. Staff also dressed in Renaissance period and authentic seventeenth century dress.
Imagine for a moment, if you will, that you are strolling down the street. You hear a rustling to your left and assume a deer is about to pop out of the trees like deer so often do. Then, you look more closely and notice what looks sort of like an antler, followed closely by something long, hairy, and sniffing. That’s no deer! you realize, and those aren’t antlers. It’s the tusk and trunk of a Woolly Mammoth!!!
Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is observed April 10-16 this year. The theme for 2011 is "Early Years Are Learning Years … Make Them Count."
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are coming out, the grass is turning green, flowers are blooming – and finally, after a long winter of things being stuffy inside, you can throw open the windows and let the warm spring air inside. Then you turn around, and you see it: a whole winter’s worth of dust, dirt and then you notice some things are decidedly out of place. The wrapping paper from Christmas is still tucked behind the couch. There’s that huge mass of coats, scarves, hats, mittens and other heavy winter gear littering the mudroom. There’s entirely t