Lambing Time is Approaching and All is Well at the Barn
Hope you all are staying warm on one of the coldest days of the year! The sheep are in full fleece and shearing day is Feb. 27. I hope to shear all 17 so I can get the fleeces shipped off for processing as soon as possible. On shearing day, we will also vaccinate all the sheep. The shearer has them rolled back on their lower back in a sitting position which totally relaxes them. This makes it so much easier to take a look at feet and vaccinate.
Johnny Mercer, who? One of America's great lyricists who composed a few songs you might have heard. An evening at the Quality Hill Playhouse in Kansas City, sparked my interest in this grand lyricist. So of course, I went straight to the computer and hit the MCPL Databases. Then, I placed some great movies, books, and sound recording from this gifted man on hold. Mercer wrote the lyrics to Moon River. Did you know that?
How much more cold weather and snow do we have to take? I know, I know we are still in February, and it is usually cold. March can be cold, and sometimes it can be mild. April, on the other hand, brings much better weather. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just have 75-80 degrees and sunny every day, all year around?
A new storytime at the MCPL Raytown Branch begins Thursday, March 3. It’s for babies 18 months and younger, and we are excited about it! It will begin at 9:30 a.m., and last for approximately 30 minutes. Each week, we’ll read books, sing songs, and help parents with book choices for young babies.
Most all of us who work at the library probably grew up using and loving the library. We generally tend, therefore, to think that every patron sees the library as we do (of course, all these "we" references are my own views projected onto the mass of MCPL staffers). Recently, I had a chance to re-examine my attitude about our library. A woman with three small children came into the Claycomo Branch to get a new card. When we had finished the registration process, I explained the two-book rule for new cardholders, and she turned to her children and told them they could pick out two books.
That's a concept that hit the nation, specifically during the recent storms. "If you don't absolutely have to be out, STAY HOME," came the repeated announcement from the official weather reporters. One might logically assume that the public library does not fall into the category of essential services, but try telling that to our patrons. "I missed you so," some patrons said. "But we were only closed for parts of two days," we replied. "Surely you knew we'd reopen very soon." And yet, their obvious anxiety over the lack of access to the library was evident in their voices.
With the exception of a few days this week, we have been having some really rotten weather. MCPL has even had a few snow days! I decided to ask my fellow Edgerton librarians what movies and books are their all-time favorites. Which book and/or movie would they pick up to read or watch on a snow day, even if they have read it or seen it a hundred times?
Tiara - I love Tombstone with Val Kilmer! One of my favorite quotes from Doc Holiday is, "Looks like poker just isn’t your game. I know, let’s have a spelling contest."
How much do you know about the Civil War? Put your knowledge of this historic conflict to the test with the Excelsior Springs Branch’s Civil War Trivia. The quiz will be available until March 15th. Feel free to utilize the library’s resources for help in getting the answers. An answer key will be available at the front desk. For more information, contact the Excelsior Springs Branch at 816-630-6721.
Congratulations are in order for Gary Toms, a Research Assistant at the Midwest Genealogy Center. He has written an article that has been published in the prestigious genealogy journal, The Septs (Irish Genealogical Society International), one of our periodical subscriptions. Reference staff on the first floor at MGC can show you where to find this journal (The Septs January 2011; 32(1):6