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
With Presidents' Day right around the corner, it's always fun for a little dive into the history books. But for those of you that are trying to appeal to a younger audience (or just don't have the attention span for a 200 page book with only few pictures yourself), have I got the book for you!
KANSAS CITY'S BEST KEPT JAZZ SECRET: MILLIE EDWARDS
Okay, so we’re not really good at keeping secrets… but, we didn't get a chance to blog about this back when it happened: Blue Ridge was pleased to host jazz soloist, Millie Edwards this past September, and seeing as it is Black History Month and we have a display on Jazz right now, we'll tell you all about it! Accompanying Ms. Edwards during this visit was Caleb Aldrich on saxophone, Marc Caplan on drums, and Greg Meise on keyboard - and they all did wonderfully.
Everybody should know a little Shakespeare. Especially around Valentine's Day, it's really useful to be able to say "The course of true love never did run smooth." Last week, I almost told my wife in regular conversation that "love alters not when it alteration finds." That one I had stockpiled several Valentine Days ago when I couldn’t afford any present for her. So, I memorized William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, and recited it to her. She didn’t swoon exactly, but I still
Are you an adult hiding that teen book under your blanket at night with your book light? Or, do you anxiously wait for your teenager to head to school so you can pick up their Young Adult book? Well, as a fully grown, middle-aged adult, I am here to tell you; you don't have to hide. Come out in the sunshine, or grab a chair in the shade, you are not alone. There are a lot of us out here and we are here to say, "We like Young Adult books and we aren't ashamed to admit it!" Right now, our branch has a display entitled "Teen Books Adults Can Enjoy!" Come on in and check some out.
Derritiendo los lápices de colores (Melting Crayons)
Me encantan los lápices de colores. No hay nada como abrir una nueva caja de lápices de colores. Al inicio del año escolar, cuando fuimos a comprar los útiles escolares, recuerdo haber estado de pie frente a todos los lápices de colores y esperando que mi mamá me dejara tomar la caja grande con el sacapuntas en la parte de atrás. Uno de los mejores programas en la biblioteca es "Storytime", porque me permite jugar con los lápices de colores. Hemos tenido los mismos lápices de colores por casi 5 años. Este año, para la hora del cuento, tenemos lápices de colores nuevos.
Calling all toddlers and parents! Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and wiggle your body at our storytime created just for you! Enjoy your time together as we share special books, sing enriching songs, and try our hands at some tricky fingerplays. You'll meet our little library helpers, Poppy, Millie, 'Fraidy, Percy, and others. Sometimes, you may even get to chase bubbles or do some coloring!