At least once a week, we have customers coming into the Claycomo Branch telling us that they are tired of the same old thing on television, or that what they have on TV is not worth watching. So, that gave us an idea for a display table that says, "Tired of TV; Turn to a Good Book". On this display table, we have the most requested authors in our system. The customers love it because it's really convenient for them. It lets them discover new authors like James Patterson, who writes mysteries, or Debbie Macomber, who writes love stories.
We don’t have to worry about the eggs we eat at our homes, they came from the local library! A couple years ago, MCPL’s Edgerton Branch incubated chicken eggs with the children at storytime. After everyone enjoyed the experience of hatching baby chicks, our family checked out books to learn how to build them a coop. Today, the hens live happily ever after with the librarian and her zoo of a family. You can raise chickens too! Don’t count yourself out just because you live in the city either. Many cities allow a limited amount of backyard poultry.
Fall is the time to plant trees. If you’re thinking about putting in a new shade tree or maybe some fruit trees, check out Tending Your Garden: a Year-Round Guide to Garden Maintenance by Gordon and Mary Hayward. When I was researching ideas for expanding my backyard apple orchard, I happened to dig up this little gem of a book.
Local authorities (made up mostly of library staff) have been hard at work trying to locate our faithful Ragsdale. Our investigation has turned up some shady characters that we think might have a lead or two. Have you seen these librarians?
The Liberty Branch, including 15 staff and library friends, participated in the Liberty Fall Festival Parade on September 25, 2010. Staff shared candy and library bookmarks with parade watchers. We enjoyed seeing our local community attend the parade, and recognized many who regularly visit the library. It’s always a pleasure to see our library friends!
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.