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
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.