Are you looking for ways to get inspired to do your share in taking care of the environment? Come to the library and browse the periodicals section. A favorite of mine is E - The Environmental Magazine. This is a bi-monthly “clearinghouse” of information, news, and resources for people concerned about the environment.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover? I often do. The lovely cover of this particular book caught my eye, and I was also intrigued by the title. I would have to say that The Walk, by Richard Paul Evans, was one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s also a quick read. I read the first half Saturday afternoon and finished it Sunday morning. I couldn’t put it down—I had to know the outcome.
Are you ready for Halloween? How about Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Every year, as the leaves begin to fall, I promise myself that this is the year that I’m going to be ready for the holiday season. Does it ever happen? Well, no, at least not the way I want it to. However, this year, with the help of the library, I’m going to conquer the holiday season. I will be ready, I will be organized, and I will not be rushing to finish my grocery shopping, my “to do” lists, and special holiday projects.
Dearborn Area History Has Been Gathered By Mrs. Lu Durham
The Dearborn Branch has a unique collection of information on area families gathered by Mrs. Lu Durham. A number of the genealogies start with early residents of the area, as long ago as the 1840s. These are organized into notebooks with the families in alphabetical order.
If your vehicle lights come on when you use the windshield wiper switch, your Mid-Continent Public Library branch has several computer databases that can help. We have databases from both Mitchell and Chilton. These have detailed instructions, pictures, and diagrams for working on just about any facet of your car or truck.
Red Bridge Discovery Club started its fall season with a great program presented by Bill from Operation Wildlife. Twenty-two children, ages 7 to 16, were able to determine an owl’s diet by dissecting owl pellets. After and intensive investigation, there were discoveries of tiny skulls, jawbones, vertebra, ribs, and leg bones. The finale of the program was meeting Bambam, a five-year-old barn owl who had been rescued as an owlet after his home was destroyed. Barney and Betty, two foster parent owls at Operation Wildlife, had raised him.
I bet you’re thinking that you have never read a banned or challenged book before. My guess is, if you have read anything by these authors, you have:
Cecily Von Ziegesar, Sarah Dessen, J.K. Rowlings, Judy Blume, Maya Angelou, Eoin Colfer, Chris Crutcher, Lois Lowry, Walter Dean Myers, Lauren Myracle, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Anne Frank, Shel Silverstein.
Our website offers lots of great information: access to book titles, professional reviews, recommended book lists, and access to popular and scholarly periodicals. But, the branch also offers lots of traditional magazines for your reading pleasure.
We offer Time, Newsweek, Vogue, and Sports Illustrated, of course. We also offer Real Simple, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Cooking with Paula Deen, Martha Stewart Living, and several Taste of Home magazines.
Have you checked out Judy Blume’s books about Peter, Sheila and Fudge? If you have a chance, read them in order. But even out of order, they’re still awesome stand-alone books. I haven’t read these in a number of years, but if you or someone you know is looking for a fun read in the juvenile fiction area, don’t miss this series (or anything else by Judy Blume, really).