Laughter and smiles were everywhere on Wednesday, September 20th as the Grandview Branch hosted their 1st Annual Community Services Fair. Children were treated to a puppet show by Anitra Steele, and their parents learned about low cost and no cost services available to young families in and around our community. Everyone enjoyed refreshments, and had a chance to pick out a free book to take home with them. Many of them, like our new friend Chase Ashby, were able to sign up for their very first library card. We look forward to the many opportunities Chase will have in the years to come.
Can a True Story About an Abandoned Town Rival a Best-selling Murder Mystery?
Possibly so, if the story is about Dogtown, Massachusetts - an abandoned area near Gloucester full of supernatural looking large rocks, and boulders that remind viewers of Stonehenge. The area has not been inhabited since the last resident left in 1839. The town never recovered after the ravages of the American Revolution. It is now only an isolated ruin in 3,000 acres of woodland.
Dogtown's history contains stories of witches, super-natural sightings, and pirates. The area was named for the dogs kept by Revolutionary War widows.
Do you quilt? Crochet? Knit? Any needlework is welcome. Bring your ideas and projects to the Oak Grove Stitchers Circle. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm. Beginners and experienced crafters are welcome as we share ideas, and teach each other new skills.
Beginners can check out these titles to get started:
Who Needs to Join a Gym When You Have the Library?
I'm a big advocate of working out in the privacy of your own home to videos and DVDs versus joining a gym. Not only will you save the money you would have spent on membership fees, you won't have to drive across town, fight bad weather, pack up your entire bathroom, limit yourself to the gym's hours, or worry about not being able to keep up with the class.
Visit Mid-Continent's online catalog and enter "aerobic exercises" in the search engine under the subject line. You will see 189 selections to choose from.
The City of Blue Springs is proud to host The Wall That Heals commemorating Vietnam War Veterans. The wall arrived in Blue Springs yesterday. It was escorted down 7 Highway to Pink Hill Park. The exhibit opens to visitors Thursday, September 30, and closes Sunday, October 3. Awakening and Reflection Ceremonies are held each day including guest speakers, Color Guard, music, and a fly over at 3:45 PM on Saturday, October 2.
The Mid-Continent Public Library has Harlequin romances for you to check out. There are several series of romances, like Harlequin Romances, Harlequin Presents, and Silhouette Romance listed in the library catalog. The Dearborn Branch gets new Harlequin Presents paperbacks every month. Your favorite romance authors, like Penny Jordan, can always be delivered to your library branch by request.
Join us on October 9th, 2010 at 1:00 pm as shades of pink take over the MCPL Oak Grove Branch. You will be inspired by other breast cancer survivors. Relax with a massage therapist, and take part in a free bone density screening. There will be door prizes, drawings, cookies, and punch! Celebrate the Pink Party and share in the passion of our amazing community.
When my wife first taught me to draw, we went to the park, and I tried to sketch a particular tree. I gave up quickly because I couldn't find just the right line to draw to capture any of the angles of the many branches and leaves.
"Don't draw the tree," my wife said. "Draw around the tree."
The classics at their best can appeal to a wide range of people and diverse groups. These books manage to touch certain universal themes that apply throughout different places and time periods. Yet, it's understandable how people can disagree as to what books really deserve to be called "classics". Literary tastes and opinions simply vary. Although, I'm certainly not implying that we give up reading some of the well known classics, or that any selection process for classic books is inherently subjective or flawed.