"Since moving out West, I have found the Mid-Continent Public Libraries indispensable. From Wendell Berry to Ray Bradbury, MCPL offers a great collection of reading, film, and even music; I can get my heavy metal fix one day, and check out the latest Gospel CD releases the next. Not to mention, some of the friendliest librarians to help you with your research. I’d be hard pressed to enjoy life as much as I do without the MCP Libraries around."
Steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, livestock shows, and barbeque are all part of the 2010 season of The American Royal -- happening from September through November at the Kemper Arena. People of all ages and backgrounds come to enjoy the sights, sounds, and even the smells of western life. Animal lovers, cowboys and cowgirls, and the most ardent city-slickers are attracted to the excitement, competition, and fun that happens at the American Royal.
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 November, we are reading:
Platte County Was Not Part Of Missouri In 1821 When the State Joined the Union
Platte County is part of the Platte Purchase which added the northwest section to Missouri in 1836. It was one of the last official acts of William Clark before his death. The signing of the treaties that allowed settlers to start coming into the area was held at Fort Leavenworth.
It is an adventure everytime I go to one of our local daycare facilities to present a storytime for the preschoolers. Every group of children is unique, a wonderful yet challenging reality. They love the rhymes, finger plays, songs, coloring sheets, and the many picture books, pop-up books, and lift-the-flap books that I get to share with them. Successful storytimes play a crucial part in making MCPL compelling; and MCPL has an amazing collection of resources for planning winning storytimes that will engage, entertain, and educate young readers.
Bob Bovee and Gail Heil explore the many threads that come together to create "Country Music". Drawing from American folksongs, blues and ragtime, the compositions of Tin Pan Alley, and the music of the many ethnic groups in the American melting pot, country music was first recorded commercially in the 1920s. "Old Time Country Music", the forerunner of bluegrass, flourished up until World War II, not only on phonograph records, but on the many barn dance radio shows, traveling tent and medicine shows, and even the vaudeville theaters.