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.
Have you ever found an old metal photograph and wondered what it was? Recently, I found myself in possession of several of these old pictures from my family history. These types of photos are called tintypes. Tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, began showing up in the 1850’s, and stayed around until the early 1900’s. Unlike the name implies, no tin was used, but rather iron. They were popular for several reasons; they were cheaper, faster, easier to create, and more durable than other types of photographs. The pictured tintype is of my great-great-great-grandparents and their family.
The Dearborn Branch hosted a breast cancer awareness event Monday night, October 4th. We had about fifteen adults and teenagers look at the information. There were pamphlets and information for community contacts, plus cookies and punch. Several organizations, like North Kansas City Hospital and Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, provided us with materials.
A Day In the Life Of Your Friendly Neighborhood Page
You’ve seen us around. We’re the ones who circle the library, pushing or pulling those black carts filled with books, CDs, graphic novels, and films, taking them back to where they belong. We’re the ones who come when you need a hand. When a desk clerk calls, we all leave our posts and "race" to make sure that one of us will get there as soon as possible. We are always moving. We are elusive. We are pages. (FYI: If this was a video blog, I would have inserted some sort of “James Bond”- or “Mission: Impossible”-type soundtrack at this point.