How I Became a Birder: I Blame the Library for My Fowl Obsession
As I'm sure you're aware, Mid-Continent Public Library was closed on Martin Luther King Day. So, what did I do with my day off? Instead of staying inside my nice warm house like a reasonable person, I bundled up and went out into the cold and rain just to look at birds. Why? I blame the library. Now before you jump to conclusions about my sanity, please allow me to explain myself.
Many genealogists trace names, dates, and places. Others want to know the stories beyond the facts. The only way they can learn those stories is if someone preserved them. The act of writing your story is an act of love, and your children and grandchildren, your descendants, want to know who you are.
Vital Conversations is hosted at the Antioch Branch the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. For February, we have a special treat for those who can join us (don't eat lunch ;). We are discussing Eat, Pray, Loveby Elizabeth Gilbert.
Most everyone will read some Edgar Allan Poe at some time in their life…..or at least have heard of him. It’s required reading in school. Whether it’s poetry or his short stories, you’re bound to be pleased. Celebrate his birthday (January 19th) by checking out some of our cool books and databases!
Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry that is written with seventeen syllables. These poems are written about everyday things such as nature, feeling, or experiences. Haiku means "playful verse." That means the poems do not have to be serious. The goal of haiku is to convey the meaning by creating a picture. These poems do not rhyme and consist of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven syllables, and the last line has five syllables.
Recently, I had a customer looking for books her child could read along with. I found a wonderful database on the MCPL website called TumbleBook Library. TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated talking picture books for children. It also has children's audiobooks and read-along books, and offers some titles in foreign languages.
The Grain Valley Stitchers made 15 minute table runners at our Tuesday meeting. Despite the road conditions, we still had a few ladies attend with the fabric needed to make the runners. A good time was had by all. Check with the Grain Valley Branch to see what we will be making next month. We meet every third Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
Blown Away finds the main character, Cari North, entangled with witnessing a murder cover up as well as surviving a tornado that takes her mother, father and cousin. North, who is a writer by trade, is no stranger to twisted plots, and finds her situation very similar to some of the mystery books she has written.