Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, and the importance of the First Amendment. This year, it’s held from September 25 until October 2, 2010. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information, while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bans of books across the United States.
The last day to register to vote in the November 2nd general election is October 6th. You can register to vote at any Mid-Continent Public Library branch, and the process takes only a few minutes. A very helpful website is maintained by Robin Carnahan, the Missouri Secretary of State. You can access the site here for additional information.
The Following Sources Offer Predictions For Our Weather This Winter:
THE WOOLY WORM
Wooly worm forecasters say that the color of the bands will tell you what kind of winter is coming. If rings are light, it will be a moderate winter. If they are dark tan and dark brown, it will be cold. If they are semi-dark to black, winter will be very cold. If there are no rings and the wooly worm is all black, be prepared for a very severe winter.
Do your holds sometimes all come at once? Are you going on vacation, and don’t want to miss a hold during that time? Then, the MCPL catalog feature for suspending holds is for you! Suspending holds allows you to delay the arrival of holds for a time period you determine. You will continue to move up in position, but at the point you reach #1, your position will remain #1 until the suspension end date you selected.
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?