When my children were younger, we used audiobooks to keep them quiet on long trips. They worked great. As my children grew, their likes and our likes in audio changed. They spent more time with head phones on listening to music. Now the kids are gone, and audiobooks have taken a regular spot in my day. Not only do we use them for trips, but for my ride to work, or to the mall. Audiobooks have become a big part of our library system, and are used by all ages. Now, for those of us who love to read, we can do just that even while driving, sewing, or cleaning house.
School is back in session, and that means another round of research papers to get started on, whether it’s high school or college. Luckily, the Mid-Continent Public Library has a vast amount of online resources to help you get started on these papers. One in particular is the Academic Search Premier database located under the heading Magazines and Periodicals in our research databases.
Did You Know Today Is National Walk Your Child to School Day?
As I was waking up this morning, I heard on the radio that it’s National Walk Your Child to School Day. I looked it up on the internet, and it’s true. A group in Chicago started this in 1997 with the mission of bringing community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable. Some of the desired results of today’s event are to create safer walking routes, to engage kids of all abilities, and to notice and improve the environment.
Are you a cookie fiend? A Cookie-A-Holic? Are you looking for that perfect plate of cookies to exchange at your office, church, or school function? Do your taste buds water for new recipes, but you don’t know where to find just the right one?
With the arrival of fall and cooler weather, the days of spending time outside, playing with the kids, working in your garden, or even just sitting out on the deck are quickly drawing to a close. So you ask yourself, what can I do to occupy my time? The answer lies in the latest issue of Beyond the Books. This handy little booklet has enough activities packed inside to keep kids from 1 to 101 busy throughout the fall and winter.
Are you looking for fun crafts to do at your local library? The Red Bridge Branch offers crafts for 9-12 year olds, one Monday night per month. In the past, we have offered such varied programs as Intricate Paper Snowflakes, Celebrate Chinese New Year, Ancient Egypt Artifacts, and most recently we had Cardboard Castle Construction!
Do you know who Horatio Nelson Jackson is? Until recently, I’d never heard of him either – though, I probably saw his car sitting in the Smithsonian Institute and paid no attention to it. But, I should have. This 1903 Winton Automobile, nicknamed the Vermont by Nelson, would drive into history, and unknowingly usher in countless adventures.
Many people I know have weird little things that they do when they get a new book to read. Some people flip to the last chapter and read it first. Some people flip through and look at all of the pictures if there are any. Some people smell their books.