Even though the temperature may be dropping and the snow falling, my husband (and I know he is not alone) is still not willing to give up the grill. There is something slightly ridiculous about watching a grown man in hat, gloves, and coat turning over grilled steaks in the dead of winter. But there seems to be some sort of primal relationship between a man and his open flame, and I, for one, am not going to stand in the way.
Today is the beginning of our annual RAFT program. This year during MCPL’s 2011 Read Aloud Family Time (RAFT) program, families who read three multi-chapter books together will earn a free hardback copy of The Jungle Book, an award certificate, and a chance to win a DVD copy of Disney’s film version The Jungle Book.
MCPL has 3 copies of The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick by Gene Stone (613 ST71). This is a very interesting book title, considering there always seems to be sick people around. No matter where you go, someone is sneezing or coughing. Someone is calling in sick to work, cancelling their plans, or calling a doctor for an appointment.
Come have fun reading aloud to your kids AND earn a free hardback copy of the Jungle Book! Do you want a chance to win a DVD of the Disney movie The Jungle Book? Then get to your local Mid-Continent Branch and sign up for RAFT to join in the fun.
"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong." Terry Pratchett
There is no universally accepted definition of fantasy fiction. Tolkien in his "On Fairy-Stories" (In the Tolkien Reader, Ballantine, 1966) gives us a brief but serviceable definition. Tolkien sees two essential elements of Fantasy fiction:
Some of my favorite conversations are with customers checking out wedding planning books; budgets, invitations, themes, decorations, flowers, receptions sites, the list could go on and on. MCPL is a great source for books for all your wedding planning needs.
Playoffs? Don't Talk About - Playoffs? You Kidding Me? Playoffs??
And thus it happened, as it does this time EVERY year, the NFL has advanced forward into another round of football playoffs. And thus it happened, as it seems to happen EVERY year, your team did not advance with them.
Sure, you’ll watch the remaining games, the Super Bowl, and maybe even the Pro Bowl --though, I don’t know anyone whose level of pigskin addiction requires them to view that train wreck – but for most of us, this is the end.
We have a family tradition at our house that seems to be timeless. When my girls were little, I would read to them. But when they began to read for themselves, we began the activity we called "A Reading Party". We would each grab whatever book we were reading and pile onto our big king-sized bed and read together; each absorbed in our own book. Yes, occasional pokes of fun to remind each other we were together did occur, but we have had many hours of "Reading Parties" over the years. Even now as young adults, the girls will still call out for "A Reading Party."
The Quilting Group meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Red Bridge Branch. They work together to make quilts for different charities and group homes. Recently, they were featured in the Neighborhood News section of the Kansas City Star. Their front page picture shows the ladies holding a quilt made for Jim and Peggy Donovan’s daughter, who is graduating from high school in 2012. Her grandmother, Mary Donovan, started the quilt a few years ago and has since passed without finishing the quilt.