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.
I have fond memories as a grade school child of bookmobile day. I recall the excited anticipation I felt as the allotted time drew near when our class was allowed to step into this amazing library on wheels. I can still smell the scent of adventure bound in paper and the sight of beautiful covers that danced before my eyes, all begging to be the next to come home with me.
My co-workers and I were just discussing the merits of having a cookbook without pictures. Many of us cannot understand the appeal or utility of having a cookbook that does not illustrate what the delicious outcome is supposed to look like. Most of the time, pictures are useful in helping you decide what you want to make.