Contrary to popular misperception, readership in magazines is actually increasing according to Magazine Publishers of America (MPA). The popularity of the internet hasn’t vanquished the magazine reader. According to MPA, 96% of adults under the age of 35 are among the most dedicated readers.
Every year since I was a child, my family has roasted our leftover Halloween pumpkin. Yes, I mean the whole pumpkin. “Why?” you might ask. I answer: pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies and pumpkin pie; pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin ice cream and even pumpkin soup!
We roast the pumpkin, scoop out the soft insides, and freeze the puree for the holidays coming up right around the corner.
Jennifer leads our own discussion group at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. It is open to everyone.
I'm Linda and I help our community book groups. When I started working with book clubs, I was told no two book clubs are alike. This is so true, except for one thing: the enjoyment of sharing good books with friends. I will update in a later blog on some common and not so common choices some of my groups are reading.
It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas; okay not quite, but we did get an awesome present today. We have brand new computers! The keyboards, mice, screens, and operating systems are all new. We’re running on Windows 7 and have upgraded our reservation system. One of the many fine features of our new reservation system is the ability for you to extend your own time on the computers if no one is waiting. You can also move to a different computer, even if you’ve already made a reservation. The new computers feature Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Last Monday, new computers for both staff and customer use were installed here at the Lee’s Summit Branch. Needless to say, this was very exciting for us at the library; and hopefully will be for you too! That said, there are some differences that you may have noticed if you’ve used the computers since we made the big switch, as well as some new features. Here’s an overview of some of the changes to get you off to a running start:
Experience is the best teacher, it's true. As a first-time homeowner, the unfortunate experience of a broken water pipe taught me to always disconnect the garden hose from the outside water faucet or else I'd have a big mess and a pretty hefty plumbing bill. I've never forgotten that. Local weather forecasters are predicting a great weekend ahead. So before the snow flies, I suggest going through Bob Vila's Home Maintenance
I heart Chicago! The El is urban fun. The Walnut Room at Macy’s State Street has traditional food and is housed in the oh so, shopalicious, block-wide, seven stories high, Marshall Field’s building. And, I love, love the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park. Look deep inside this gigantic piece of shimmering metal, see yourself and the city reflected there, and let your troubles float away.
We’re sort of on a kick about birds at the Blue Ridge Branch. Operation Wildlife volunteer Bill Whinery recently presented The Night Shift program, which featured 5 owls: Slate, Bopper, Bam-Bam, Bardleigh, and Foster. Here are some facts I learned about these beautiful birds:
Owl babies grow to the same size as their parents within 30 days of hatching, but they are big balls of fluffy feathers for many weeks.