In 1935, two Russian journalists for the paper Pravda came to this country and wrote a travelogue of America. Ilf and Petrov were the "Borat" of their time, taking a biased look at Depression era America and making their observations with a lot of sarcasm and communist ideology. The authors' trip started near San Francisco and took them on a long circle through the country. They passed through Kansas City on their way.
It ain't easy being green. Just ask Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West and the central character of Wicked, April's BookTalk selection at the Mid-Continent Public Library-Kearney Branch.
In Wicked, Gregory Maguire sets the "Merry Old Land of Oz" on its ear. And with wry wit, it tells the story from the perspective of the other girl who wore the ruby slippers. So, was the Wicked Witch of the West really evil or just misunderstood?
March is National Nutrition Month, and the theme for 2011 is "Eat Right With Color". National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the American Dietetic Association. It is designed to help us make informed food choices and improve our eating and physical activity habits.
Their Dietary Guidelines encourage us to eat more:
If you are lucky enough to have letters or memoirs passed down to you from your family, consider writing a book similar to this one by Gord Skinner. This book is filled with letters written by William H. Skinner to his family during the Civil War. He includes the images of the letters with a typed transcription on the page next to it for comparison. Other items are included such as pictures of the people he was writing to and his service records placed throughout the letters during the corresponding times. It was very interesting to watch the timeline unfold.
March may have rolled in like a lamb this year – but most won’t expect it to stay too tame. Two words: SPRING BREAK.
For many college students nationwide, spring break is the best time of year; rambunctious men and women dressed to impress, guzzling drinks until a series of bad decisions are inevitably made (and promptly forgotten). Rinse and repeat.
My son recently sent me a link to a YouTube video of the 600th anniversary celebration of the astronomical clock in Prague, Czech Republic, and what a celebration it was! Using a technology called video mapping, images were projected onto the clock that were breathtaking. Here is the video for you to enjoy.
March is National Nutrition Month. The library has a wide variety of books and videos to help you get healthy. MCPL has cookbooks, magazines and a variety of programs to help you get healthy. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise or diet program. Getting outside, stretching your legs, and taking a walk around your neighborhood is a great way to get in shape. You can also pick up lots of gardening ideas from your neighbors’ yards while you’re exercising and thinking about diet.