Calling all kids! Do you love to read? Do you love to be read to? The Blue Springs South Branch has created a wall just for you! We are featuring pictures of kids that love books in the children’s area of our library. If you would like your picture on the wall, just bring in a 4x6 picture. Be creative. You could be reading to your animals in a fun fort. You could hold up your most favorite book or dress up as a favorite character. Show us how much you love books! When you bring in your picture, we’ll have your parent sign a photo release form.
One of my favorite fall activities is going to Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge located in Mound City, about 45 minutes north of Kansas City. Any time of year, a field trip to Squaw Creek is a treat. On any given day, you can expect to see an abundance of over 300 species of birds and 30 varieties of mammals. Fall brings a special visitor, though. Due to migratory patterns, starting in late November chances are that you’ll see bald eagles. If you’ve never seen a bald eagle in the wild, it is worth the drive.
So, you have the family coming over for the holidays. You’ve thought of a menu, been to the store, and have a good idea of how it’s going to come together. A big happy family gathering just like the Waltons, or maybe Leave it to Beaver, or maybe the uh, Simpsons. Wait a minute- the Simpsons can be fun to watch, but do we really want to live like that???
We have all dreamt of flying; of soaring high above the trees like a bird or Superman. Our curiosity of this phenomenon stretches back to our beginnings, and takes us on a journey through time and place; from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, to DaVinci’s drawings of flying machines, and to the kites and hot air balloons of China. Did you know that a Benedictine monk achieved flight in the year 1000AD, that Newton’s law of motion is the foundation of modern aerodynamics, and that Alexander Graham Bell witnessed and photographed an early flying machine in 1896?
Well here we are, over halfway through NaNo, and I don't know about you, but I have hit the 30k slump. I have participated in NaNo for 3 years, and each year I find that the hardest part of the novel to write is that little bit after the halfway mark. I dash my way through to 25k. Then...it hits, what do I write now??? It is time to start wrapping up the book, and I am not ready! I hit the pep talks and the procrastination station; I clean the house, anything to avoid writing those few words to get myself to 40k. Once I hit 40k, it is all downhill.
The Red Bridge Branch experienced an awesome afternoon on November 13 with our yearly American Girl Tea Party with Felicity, a young girl growing up right before the American Revolution as the theme. There were sixty girls in attendance, along with thirty mothers and grandmothers.
The young girls had happy expressions on their faces as they listened to a few paragraphs that were read describing Felicity’s personality, and reliving her experiences in 1774 as a young girl in the city of Williamsburg in the colony of Virginia.
Swoop and Talon flew into our library the other night. These amazing owls belong to Yvonne Patterson with "Wings of Love". Swoop is an eagle owl, and Talon is a spectacled owl. If you've never seen an owl close up, it is an amazing sight. They have very large brightly colored eyes with large fury eyelids. Owls are know for their silent flight, and to test that out, they did a couple of flyovers for us. While you could feel the whoosh of air, you didn't really hear their wings.
Meet Roxie, the Lone Jack Branch’s newest employee. Roxie may seem a little stiff, but she always has a smile and a gleam in her eye. She’ll be with us all holiday season with plenty of ideas for your holiday soirée.