Have you ever wondered what the carvings on a tombstone mean? Do you think they are just there to make the headstone look prettier? Maybe they are, but most of the time there is a specific meaning for everything that is carved into a stone. Some things are easily understood. A heart for instance symbolizes love, as do roses most generally. But what about that upside down torch or the pair of children’s shoes? Then there is the beehive, the trumpet, or the shooting star. Do you know what the meaning is for those symbols?
As a mom of two young kids, I have sung "The Wheels on the Bus" many times with my children. They also have enjoyed listening to this song on CD along with other kid songs. And as a mom who doesn’t sing very well, I like to listen to others who are more talented. But as you know, CDs can get very expensive and take up space.
Did you know that the Colbern Road Branch hosts a free scrapbooking crop night once a month? We call it CRop Club. If you're looking for a quiet place to finish up that tricky layout, this may be just the place for you! Bring your own projects and your favorite scrapbooking tools, and just enjoy the evening sharing ideas and socializing with other scrapbookers.
Join us the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for scrapbooking fun, including free die cuts, project ideas, and inspiration from others who share your hobby!
I love making stuff! I especially love making weird and off the wall stuff!!! Making jewelry and accessories from found objects is my newest obsession. For example, beads from broken necklaces, extra buttons that come with a pair of slacks, and old game pieces (Scrabble, etc) are all perfect for projects.
Here are some books (all available at MCPL) that inspired me:
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.