If you decide this is the time to start your own business that you have always imagined, the library can help. We have books, computer databases, and professional speakers that can give you information and inspiration. The list of speakers is available on our website, and also in a publication called Beyond the Books, it's available at all our branches.
Throughout my years working for Mid-Continent, I have often wondered what it would be like to have a pig in the library. It seems as if my wish will come true. On Saturday, September 25 at 2:00, Stable T. Farms will present the Farm Animals to You program at the Blue Springs North Branch. I am told that the animals will be allowed into the library (a tarp will be provided.) Joining the pig named Dora, there will be a chicken, a duck, a rabbit, and a goat.
The North Oak Branch has a mascot. That mascot is Clifford the dog, and he is very popular with the kids. Whenever our youngest patrons come in to visit us, they usually have a good hello and a hug from Clifford as well.
So, Clifford is sending our young patrons on a scavenger hunt! Kids can following Clifford’s footprints on the display and find the corresponding color footprints within the kids’ area. So far, Clifford has visited the board books and our bundle display. Be sure to come back and find out where Clifford has gone next.
Do you need your taxes figured for you? Do you need a flu shot? Want to vote in the next election? Do you want paper copies of tax forms? Are you a homeless teenager needing referral to a helping agency? These are all non-library services provided by MCPL. Did you know that patrons ask us to sell them stamps, fax their documents, and a host of other non-library functions? It all goes to show two things: first, we strive to do as much as we can to assist our patrons in as many ways as possible; and second, life these days require attention to countless details. If we can help, we will.
Who remembers those wonderful old musicals featuring such great talents as Carmen Miranda, Alice Faye, Betty Grable, and a host of other singers and dancers who mesmerized audiences with their lavish costumes, dazzling vocals, phantasmagoric sets, and make-you-get-off-the-sofa and dance (!!!) choreography?
Okay, so I am admittedly the biggest book geek on the planet (or at least among the top 100 in Kansas City), and some of my most exciting moments in life are when I get to meet authors of books that I have read and loved. With the way I gush and swoon and rush to get in line for autographs and photos, you’d think I was meeting the latest Hollywood heartthrob. But honestly, I think authors are the best celebrities ever. I maintain an ever-growing collection of signed books and pictures of me with my biggest, geekiest smile standing next to some super famous writers; it’s fantastic.
The last full week in September is Deaf Awareness Week. The Excelsior Springs Branch is honoring American Sign Language this week by displaying our wide array of books and video recordings on sign language. All of the materials can be checked out. Feel free to take the following quiz to see how much you know about deaf awareness.