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.
The only thing I love more than travel is, well, "armchair travel." Have you noticed Lee's Summit's travel section lately? We’ve been bulking up our collection of travel guides for everywhere, from Chile to Colorado, Italy to China. We’ve got small guides, coffee table photo books, travel memoirs, and more. We’ve even got video from locations around the world.
On Thursday, October 28, Lee’s Summit’s laptime became a Little Spooks shindig with games, songs, and treats for all the toddlers. Little ones were costumed in princess dresses, cowboy clothes, ladybugs, Elmos, and Thomas the Train. After decorating trick or treat bags, we sang Halloween songs, walked the cake walk, played Spooky Bingo, and fished for treats in a bucket of balls. The final attraction was a parade around the circulation desk for everyone to enjoy. It appeared that all the two-year-olds had a spook-tacular time!
The Cheese-Rolling, Vegetation-Wearing, Bog-Snorkelling Land of My Ancestors
Lately, I’ve noticed something about myself. I’ve recently taken up the hobbies of gardening and bird watching. I like dark murky beers that most people think cost too much and taste too bitter. I read P.G. Wodehouse and watch Monty Python. I rather enjoy the sound of bagpipes. Blimey! I think I might be turning British.
November 4 is National Men Make Dinner Day! Wives and girlfriends, let your man know that it’s their day to take a turn in the kitchen (or at the grill if they prefer) to make dinner for YOU! Rules are listed below:
Are you interested in ancient history? How about a book that combines ancient history with a well-researched look at the uses and identification of herbs? This author has really done her homework on the time period of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon.
With the weather turning cooler, it's time to think about some warm, comforting recipes to make for this time of year. Many times, quick and easy meals can be made in your slow cooker. At the Grain Valley Branch, we have many slow cooker recipe books that have a variety of meals in them. A few examples of our books are the following:
I’ve been working for Mid-Continent for over a decade, and over the years, I’ve seen the information guides change. First, it was the For Dummies series, followed closely by The Complete Idiot’s Guide. While both were popular, they were shortly trumped by the Everything Guide, a series that seemed to catch on in every section of non-fiction – except for the computer information. Dummies and Idiots have a firm hold on that area, but the Demystified series seems to be making their play to gain control there.