Every winter, several of the library systems (Johnson County, KCPL, and MCPL) have a friendly competition to see which system can read the highest average number of pages of juvenile and young adult books between January 1st and March 1st. The prize we play for is the coveted "Cat in the Hat" trophy. For the years I’ve worked at MCPL, we haven't won this challenge... in spite of the multitude of very active librarian-readers we employ.
I found out the other day that if you're among the folks who generally go to Google before you pick up the Yellow Pages (I am guilty of this), there is a way to stop them from showing up on your doorstep.
Children’s Authors (Juvenile): Mary Pope Osborne & Ben M. Baglio
Our 10-year-old, fourth-grade granddaughter Tara loves books by Mary Pope Osborne. Her favorite is Blizzard of the Blue Moon because it’s a mystery, and Tara loves mysteries. It also has a lot of action in it. Tara loves horses, and the book has a unicorn that leads Annie & Jack (the main characters in the book) to rescue an imprisoned unicorn before it dies.
We make resolutions, but how many do we keep? Here is one to consider; resolve to read a children’s book from either the juvenile fiction or juvenile easy section of the library. I have found some of these books to be the most delightful reads.
How about a super bowl of hot soup for a meal on a cold night? If you need a good recipe, check out Soup Classics by Linda Johnson Larsen. This cookbook is full of colorful photographs, and features 100 delicious recipes plus 250 variations. The author makes it easy for everyday cooks to prepare soups, chowders, and broths from scratch.
I know, I know. April 15th is over 2 months away, but it will be here sooner than you think. Before you panic, we are here to help. While we don’t have every form available in print, what we don’t have readily available, we can print out for you for a mere $.10 a page. In addition to that, every Tuesday between February 1st and April 15th, AARP will be here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. helping seniors with moderate incomes with their tax returns for free. Please call the branch to schedule an appointment as they are filling up fast.
February is Library Lover’s Month, and what better way to celebrate than at your local library! I wonder if people really know all of the resources available to them at their local libraries. Below is just a small sample of what is waiting for you at the library.
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. So don’t cheat your sweetheart out of a special day by waiting until the last minute to make plans.
Need some romantic music for the car ride or at your candlelit dinner? We have lots of CDs to choose from! Be an early-bird and choose what you want so you don’t miss out! Plus, if you check them out now they will not be due until after Valentine’s Day.
I suppose it's a bit of our human nature to not appreciate certain things until we begin to lose them or don't have them at all. You know, like when the electricity goes off ~ how many times do you automatically and futilely flick the light switch? Same with when the water is off, or the car is in the shop, or in my case, the snow-blower is in for repair (yikes!) These examples cause serious disruption in our ability to navigate through the days, but they pale in comparison to when we begin to lose our sensory perceptions, i.e., hearing or eyesight.