I hate Winter. Well, I do like Christmas, but that is the only good thing I can say about winter.
As I write this, there are several inches of snow on the ground, and it is bitter cold. I am a cold person by nature - body temperature, not personality. Even in the summer, I often wear long sleeves or a sweater when in air conditioned buildings. In the winter, I very rarely feel warm. Usually at home, I am dressed in layers, wearing socks, furry slippers, and huddled under an afghan or fleece blanket.
Chinese New Year is an interesting holiday. Being Scots-Irish, I didn’t celebrate it growing up, but I have since developed a fondness for it. It occurs in February, fifteen days after the first new moon of the New Year. This year, it falls on February 3rd, which is a Thursday.
“I liked the book better than the movie.” I've heard this so often. In fact, I can't imagine why this would not be so. Movies are limited by a certain number of minutes, while you have only to compare this to the number of minutes needed to make an audio recording of the book. Of course when we read the book, we can take as long as we want.
As a library user, I get plenty of use from that little green card that I am issued. Last year alone, I read over 100 books. I am not alone in that volume of reading; ask any avid reader how difficult it can be to keep track of all those books you have read or want to read.
Did you receive a new gadget as a present over the holiday season, such as an iPad, Nook or iPod? Then, come to your local library for music and audiobooks. If you received an e-reader, you can download eBooks and audiobooks. Go to our home page, and then click on Books, Movies, Music at the top of the screen. From that page, navigate down the left-hand side to Downloadable Audiobooks.
If this blog is a little soggy, it’s because I just watched the most heartfelt movie! The movie was called Hachi. I was honestly attracted to the movie because Richard Gere is the featured star. As I watched this film, I found myself loving Hachi the dog. So on one of these cold winter evenings, check out the movie.
Platte, Clay, and Jackson counties are the heart of activity for the legendary James gang and the area served by Mid-Continent Public Library. So, it seems only fittin' that Frank James will drop the Dearborn Branch and tell his story. A reenactor and storyteller will be here Monday evening, January 31st, at 7 p.m. to talk about Frank James' early life, the Civil War, and his outlaw days.