Bored? Need something new to do? Or, would you like to do something to help others in the coming holiday season? Try volunteering. Volunteering is an excellent way to help people in need or support a good cause. It’s also a good way to make new friends and gain some new experiences.
There are several ways you can volunteer your time to support a good cause or help other people. You can offer to assist other students with subjects that you excel. There are also several places within communities such as hospitals, community centers, and museums that may need a hand.
At the Parkville Branch, our amazing display person, Marissa, put up an 80s Books, Movies, and Music display. The staff soon reminisced about their childhoods: big hair, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Jem, and The Smurfs. Jeanne, a wonderful page, told us that she watched The Breakfast Club, an 80s teen classic, with her teenage kids.
I guess one doesn’t really think about death much until it hits close to home. My best friend, Ted, passed away in 2003. He was the father of a childhood friend, and we became very close. He had such a wonderful mind with his lifetime of knowledge; we would sit and talk for hours about anything and everything. I remember him well, but for those people who would want to know more about him in the future, an obituary doesn’t quite cover all that he was. If we don’t write down or record all these memories, future generations won’t know all that we were in life.
Were you a Fancy Nancy fanatic? Then you might be a Nancy Clancy fan, too! In a new middle grade mystery series, Fancy Nancy has become a super-sleuth. And in this first tale, she has her work cut out for her as a classmate’s most prized item goes missing. Fancy Nancy must solve the mystery and will need a little help from her friend, Bree. Can she get her classmate’s possession returned before it’s too late?
Sadly, no, banning books is not something relegated to the 1500s or the Nazis. Every year, we celebrate Banned Books Weeks (Sept. 22-28th) to bring awareness about the fact that books are still being challenged all the time, all over the world. The Office of Intellectual Freedom, run by the American Library Association, keeps track of all the challenges throughout the year and puts out a list of the most challenged titles for each year.
Must-see TV: Remembering the Chiefs’ Derrick Thomas
Fan or nonfan, most every installment of NFL Films’ A Football Life is worth an hour of your viewing time. It’s that good.
In the Kansas City area later this month, it’ll be must-see TV.
The twice-Emmy-nominated documentary hits on one of the most compelling chapters in the history of the hometown Chiefs, recalling both the brilliance and gone-too-soon tragedy that marked the life and career of All Pro linebacker Derrick Thomas. The episode airs Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. CT on the NFL Network.
Collaboration in its purest form means working with others to complete a task or shared goal. In much the same way that S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Nick Fury recruited the Mighty Avengers, we want you! The goal is simple; create a journal page in one of our 3 traveling journals floating around the system. Currently, they are housed at the Buckner Branch, Raytown Branch, and Woodneath Library Center.
Being a bibliophile and having a keen design eye, I love seeing a well-executed book cover. Anything with bright colors or cool fonts can catch my eye, or just a neat cover concept that you don't normally see when browsing for a book to read. Here are some titles that have come across my desk that caught my eye: