I don't usually read mysteries, and as stated in a recent blog, I don't have a consuming passion for genealogy as some of the Blue Ridge staff members do. But I love moviess, so, the book on my nightstand is Quinlan's Character Stars, a fat and totally fun volume that briefly describes the careers of 1200 character actors. The book includes a photograph of each actor, a list of all the movies
Every ludicrous journey deserves a good send-off. Like spending 30 days writing a 50,000-word novel; that definitely counts. This year the Kansas City metro will be hosting two--that's right--two kick-off parties to inaugurate National Novel Writing Month 2010. The first is on October 23rd at 2 p.m. at the Johnson County Central Resource Library.
My child recently approached me about getting another pet. Before embarking on anything new, it's always best to research all the possibilities. So, we went directly to the online catalog and requested several books about the care of lizards. When the books arrived, she spent quite a bit of time reading them from cover to cover, trying her best to convince me that reptiles made great pets. After numerous trips to the pet store and other bargaining, the lizard and all the necessary supplies have found their way into my home.
The Dearborn Branch has a bulletin board right now that features all the Building Block Award picture books. These are attractive, new books featuring turtles, dogs, fish, and pigs among others. There are ten titles in this year's list of nominees. Adults and kids are encouraged to read these books together. Then, children not yet in the first grade may vote on their favorite after hearing at least five of the stories. Ballots are available at the library until December 31st.
What Are the Latest New and Cool Electronic Gadgets?
I knew my teaching career had crossed over into new territory when a student asked if he could go outdoors to recharge his solar powered calculator. As with most technology, that seems very tame and outdated today. What with iPads, iPods, Kindles, iPhones, and worldwide wireless access to so many devices, I wonder why people even bother to speak to each other face to face. Can you remember when Dick Tracy’s two-way wrist radio was the most ridiculous gimmick in popular fiction?
The Mid-Continent Public Library has several online resources that are beneficial for students and adults alike. You will find them on our website, and they can be accessed from your home computer, too.
One resource is our card Catalog. Here you can search books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs; see the branches where they are located, and put them on hold. You will receive a notice when they are in at your library.
Come join the Mid-Continent Public Library as we honor our veterans. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23rd, the Platte City Branch will host patriotic music, military vehicles, exhibits from local veterans and their organizations, as well as Q & A sessions with veterans and currently serving military officers. The Salute will end at 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Ron Miriani, retired Professor of History, conducted a walking tour called Westport: The Town That Re-Invents Itself on October 9. The group met at Kelly’s Westport Inn, a designated national historical landmark, and stopped at over 30 locations, including Harris Hotel and Pioneer Park.
Patrons explored the little known history of Kansas City’s oldest establishment, Westport. The adventure culminated with a tour of the Harris-Kearney House given by the Westport Historical Society.
If you are a Facebook user and a movie fan, the movie The Social Network may be for you. The film features an ensemble cast, and is a drama about the founding of the internet social networking website Facebook.