One World Many Stories: Beyond Summer Reading Program
This summer, we’ll be doing some "traveling" abroad -- without having to go through customs or security checks! Our summer reading program theme of "One World-Many Stories" (beginning May, 2011) encourages young readers and listeners (birth – 5th grade) to enjoy stories about other places and cultures. "You are Here" is the theme for teens (6th – 12th grade). Why wait ‘til summer though? You can start reading about other places and people now.
Here at the Lee's Summit Branch, every 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., I host an Anime movie night just for teens. We sit back, have some popcorn and lemonade, and watch some anime. We have been known to break away from watching the movie and just sit back at a table just to chat. Sometimes, it’s about anime, sometimes it’s about life, and sometimes it jumps from one subject to another. As I told my regulars, "I'm not gonna teach you anything or even make you sit and watch.
My Mom has really been getting in the holiday spirit lately: baking, decorating, crafting, sewing, and wrapping. Every year, she tries new recipes and finds new doo-dads to whip up. This year, her new thing is stovetop potpourri—which is much cooler than it sounds. Stovetop potpourri is simply a way to make your kitchen smell nice for all of your holiday guests! It is fun, easy, and smells wonderful.
Nickelodeon hosts the wonderful cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants multiple times every day. As you probably know, the show tells of the adventures had by a quirky, yellow sponge and his best friend Patrick, who is a not too bright starfish. Also in the mix is greedy Mr. Krabs, Sandy the Squirrel, and Squidward Tentacles. Parents, wouldn't you like to see your child reading a book rather than sitting in front of a TV? Well, you're in luck!
Whether we like to admit it or not, it's time again for winter gear. Time for new gloves and scarves. Why not save some money this holiday, make some gloves and scarves at home. MCPL has lots of books to make it easy for you. So, why not learn a new skill, and make some gloves and scarves for you and the family. Here are some great books:
New on the Midwest Genealogy Center’s microfilm shelves - Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency: Criminal Case Files. Pinkerton’s was in existence for almost 150 years, from 1857-1999. During that time, their private investigators pursued some of the nation’s most notorious criminals. The case files contain correspondence, reports from operatives, mug shots, reward notices, and wanted posters.
Don’t worry, it’s not going far! The Lee’s Summit Branch Teen Book Club (a.k.a. The Vampire Support Group) is switching nights from the second Tuesday of every month to the fourth Tuesday of every month starting in January. We’ll still be meeting at 6:30 pm, and we’ll still be reading an awesome sampling of teen books.
Several months ago, we hired a new custodian. Since then, everyone from patrons to library staff, and even some of the workmen who've come through have commented on the improvements to our building. In just a few months, Rick has refinished our bathroom tiles, recaulked our sinks, eleminated every speck of dust in the building, and he even bakes our staff fresh bread. As recently as last month, one of our patrons even asked if we'd "remodeled our bathroom." Nope. We simply lucked into a wonderful caretaker for our building.