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.
Attention kids and parents. Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a special trip to the Excelsior Springs Branch on Saturday, December 11th at 2 pm. You will get a chance to hear them read a special holiday story. Then, kids will get a chance to sit in Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. Parents, make sure you bring your cameras. For more information, contact the Excelsior Springs Branch at 816-630-6721.
Quiero estudiar espanol para apprender lo hablar. I want to study Spanish so that I can learn to speak it. Luckily for me, MCPL has many resources that help me do just that. During my daily commute to work, I've been listening to Pimsleur audio CD’s.
As much as we hope it will hold off, we all know the cold, white stuff is coming our way! You know you’ll probably end up getting out to run some errands, so while you’re out, why not stop by the Liberty Branch? We can help you survive those snowy days!
Antioch Branch, January 3 at 6:30 pm. Fantasy, adventure, travel, mystery. What is your favorite genre of book? Come and be a part of our Teen Book Club. Read one book per month, and then come and join us for lively discussions. Refreshments served. For December, we are reading:
Here’s a thought for a different reading experience. The 812 section of your library has play scripts for checkout. One great thing about plays is that they are generally shorter than novels. Reading time is much quicker because the descriptive details are missing. The great thing about that is that you get to imagine the scene, the characters’ appearances, and the action. It’s more than Shakespeare, you know, although there’s nothing wrong with Shakespeare. And, think of the money you’ll save on theater tickets and parking.
Let’s talk about poetry for a moment. WAIT! DON’T RUN AWAY! We’re only talking. Why is it that we love poems like "The Night Before Christmas" and "Casey at the Bat", and yet worry over the poems our teachers ask us to read? We love the rhythm, the pace, the musicality, the rhyme, and the stories of these and similar poems. The more challenging poems have all that too. Why not try some more "serious" poetry: just listen to the music of it; feel the rhythm, and picture the images they present. That should be fun enough, but as you reread it, more things may happen in your mind.
In the early hours of December 7, a staff member here at Red Bridge was able to get a clear photograph of one of the "Invisible Turtles" making their home in that Branch. The size of the colony remains unconfirmed, but based on the number of missing library materials, items vanished from the staff fridge, (mainly half-drunk sodas and cookies) and the number is believed to be between fifteen and twenty-five. An accurate number of the turtles will not be possible until the turtles are caught, tagged, and re-released.