2010 was an important year in many ways, but one of the most important events of the year was the U.S. Census. The census occurs every 10 years in our nation, and serves many important functions; beyond just merely telling us how many people live in the United States. The census determines each state’s representation in the United States Senate. The census also affects state and local representation, all of which is based on population.
The Excelsior Springs Branch has a special treat for the Discovery Club this month. The Kansas City Zoo will be here to take you on an Australia Adventure. You will get to learn more about Australian folklore and culture. There will also be some mystery animal guests for you to see. The program will be on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11 am. For more information, contact the Excelsior Springs Branch at 816-630-6721.
North Oak's Partnership with North Kansas City Schools Blooms
What a pleasure it is to see local student's art work on display in our library branch. This month, the 6th Grade students from Maple Park Middle School, led by Ms. Baker, are sharing their "Altered Self-Portraits" with us. In addition to this, Mrs. McKiddie and Ms. Boydston from Antioch Middle School are sharing a variety of art including "Still Life Drawing", "Surrealism Stacked Forms", and "Rhythm Design".
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!