I would say "the holidays are slowly creeping up on us", but I’d be wrong. It seems that this year has flown by, and once again, some of us are rushing to finish those to-do lists before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whether you’re running errands, finishing your lists, or enjoying the company of friends and family, you should grab a little music to help set the mood. The library has a wide selection of music: from country, pop and rock, to orchestral, holiday classics, and every genre in between.
What is an elderly, wealthy, childless, respected member of the 1st Presbyterian Church, proper southern lady suppose to do when her deceased husband’s illegitimate son and his mother show up on her doorstop? Why, take them in and make them part of her family, what else! Besides the shock, the small town gossip, and the unrelenting questions of her friends, makes Miss Julia Springer all the more determined to make this situation work and have the family she never had.
The seasons are changing, and as the days get shorter and cooler, there is less time to do things outdoors. What a perfect time to curl up in your comfortable armchair and literally do a bit of "armchair travel". You can plan a trip for the next traveling season, or - if you can’t take a trip in the near future, it’s almost as much fun to read travel stories. Travel literature, as opposed to guidebooks, has been around for a very long time. There’s something about reading true travel adventures that is almost as good as being there.
Last Friday, I read to the kindergarten classes at West Platte Elementary. We read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. The phrase "Run, Turkey, Run!" is repeated many times in the book, which is perfect for audience participation! The students did a good job of helping me read the book. Good work kindergarteners!
This week, I had the opportunity to see TV chef and cookbook author Ina Garten. She was in town at an event sponsored by Rainy Day Books, an independent book store here in Kansas City. While I don't consider myself a very good cook, I love to watch other people cook, even if it is just on TV. I have watched Ina, known to her fans as "The Barefoot Contessa", cook on TV for years and to see her in person was a real treat.