My daughter and I read every night before bed. Sometimes, we read five books or more, and sometimes we can only manage two. It all depends on how late it is, how tired she is, and how long the books are. Typically, she will choose the books with the most words in them on the nights when I am trying to streamline our reading to accommodate a rational bed time. As with many kids, she often enjoys hearing the same story, time and time again.
The crisp mornings and evenings of late summer signal the transition to autumn. This year's autumnal equinox, according to USA.gov, officially arrives at 11:09 p.m. ET, September 22. Ahhh, Autumn ~ its my favorite time of the year for several reasons. First on the list is the return of football. Soccer just doesn't cut it for me. That's probably politically incorrect of me given the excitement the World Cup generated this year.
Many of us were raised learning that the proper way to read a children’s picture book is from start to finish, and then you’re done. READ from the START (RFTS) turns that assumption on its ear, and shows parents and caregivers how to interact with the books and the children listening to them in a whole new way. This is a free program sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Parents and caregivers who attend two sessions (1 ½ hours each), not only learn valuable techniques for sharing books with their children, but also get a set of eight books.
Can’t find that title? You’ve searched the library catalog and it’s just not there. Did you know that there still might be a way to find that hard-to-get item? Try the WorldCat online database! It is among one of our many resource databases that widens the search and expands your chances for locating your item.
Trying to find new ideas on preparing healthier snacks for after school, or for those boring brown bag lunches? MCPL offers a variety of books on healthier snack options. Listed below are some of my favorites:
Who doesn't love turning a boring piece of paper into a work of art?! Recently, Midori Ito Harbison visited the Smithville Branch to teach us some basic techniques. I've always loved origami paper; it's so colorful and bright. Some of the cool stuff we got to make? A samurai hat, a fish, a cool box, a piano with a bench, and of course - a crane!
Libraries today are more than just books on shelves. The MCPL system is an excellent example of progress. They have modern and attractive buildings with a relaxing atmosphere, and are filled with a variety of resources. There is something for everyone at the library. You can pick up a book, a magazine, a movie, or CD. Bring your laptop computer and browse the internet using free Wi-Fi, or use the library public computers to connect to the web.
Beautiful live birds are coming to the Riverside Branch! Don’t miss out on our upcoming program on Thursday, September 23rd at 7:00 P.M. The program is called Nature's Rainbow. It will feature endangered birds, parrots, macaws, and cockatoos. You’ll be amazed by these talented birds. Registration is requested.
Sign up online under the Events tab, call, or fly by.
I have been a huge fan of NASCAR for years now, so I was very excited when Kansas Speedway was built. Next year the speedway will be getting a second Sprint Cup race. How awesome is that? Starting in 2011, Kansas Speedway will be hosting a race in June and in October. The speedway will be equipped with lights by then, so hopefully one will be a night race.