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.
It’s almost spring. Time to start thinking about getting your garden ready. The library has lots of books on planting, everything from fruit trees to vegetables. MCPL also has plenty of books on subjects from container gardening to how to take care of your flower gardens. And, MCPL carries a wide variety of how-to videos. MCPL offers programs on building a sidewalk garden. If you can imagine it, MCPL probably has something to help.
I read my first Nancy Drew book, The Mystery of Shadow Ranch, when I was in second grade, and after that I was hooked. Over the course of the next few years, I read every Nancy Drew book I could get my hands on. Now almost 20 years later, I get to host a program at the library celebrating my favorite detective, and I couldn’t be more excited! Hypers!
Most everyone I know uses Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. If you are a Facebook user, check out our new Facebook page under Riverside Branch-Mid-Continent Public Library and "Like" us. Our Facebook page is a great way to get information about upcoming events and happenings.
The book Dinner & A Movie Cookbook puts a whole new spin on movie night. This book has a wide variety of movie suggestions with recipes that correspond with each movie. Some examples are the movie The Blues Brothers and a recipe for Funky Chicken. Or, how about Smokey and the Bandit with a big slice of Breaker....Breaker Banana Cream Pie? Any of these movies/recipes would make a great family night.
On Thursday, March 17, we will celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Why is a national religious holiday celebrating the patron saint of Ireland such a popular holiday in the United States? The emigration of the Irish to the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the rest of the far-flung British Empire in the 1800s spread the tradition of St. Patrick's Day around the world.
A. Most tsunamis occur when two parts of Earth’s crust-tectonic plates-move below the seabed. They jolt or go underneath each other. Tsunamis can also be formed by huge rock slides or asteroids falling into the sea.
A tsunami is a train, or series, of waves. The average height above sea level of a tsunami wave as it hits a coast is 10 feet, but can be much higher. Waves from tsunamis look square when they are seen from the side. Hurricane waves are curved.
March 16th is the birth date of James Madison, the 4th President of the United States of America. James Madison is recognized as the "Father of the Constitution" and the chief author of the "Bill of Rights". Freedom of information and individual rights was very important to James Madison. The Freedom of Information Act was passed into law in 1966. It opened up a wealth of information to American citizens.
If you would like to learn more, please utilize your right by visiting your local library.
One of the definitions of "bibliotherapy" according to Merriam Webster’s Medical Dictionary (2007 edition) is "guidance in the solution of personal problems through directed reading." Books can be incredibly helpful when facing life’s trials and tribulations. They can inform, comfort, and guide.
Someone dear to me was diagnosed with cancer last year. I know that when I feel helpless, I attempt to empower myself with knowledge. As soon as I learned of her diagnosis, I rushed to find books that would help me to care for her and to offer comfort.
Spring is almost here, and with it comes one of my favorite things to do: mushroom hunting. I have mushroom hunted as far back as I can remember. I couldn’t tell you if it was something I started out enjoying because I wasn’t given an option; my mom went so the kids went.