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.
Now I have to be honest, I don’t watch college football, nor do I have many of the statistics of the teams memorized. Honestly, I can’t even tell you what all the plays are. But, I do know that there are many resources in the library to utilize if you are interested in such information.
When was the last time you enjoyed a good laugh? Everyone deserves to have some laughter in their life. Laughing improves your health. Did you know laughing heartily 100 times a day gives the same cardio results as working out for 10 minutes? Laughter produces a natural energy boost, lowers stress, and adds joy and zest to life!
How to Use the Advanced Search Feature to Find What You Need
Sometimes finding just what you’re looking for at the library is like searching for a needle in a haystack. A catalog search can sometimes return 100’s of records. Recently, I was searching for books related to the theme of “adventure” to use during storytime. Below are the steps I took. Following these steps may help you find what you’re looking for!
Are you familiar with Mo Willems? He writes picture books for the very youngest children to those in primary grades and beyond and for their parents, who will enjoy his sometimes gentle and sometimes boisterous humor.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I believe you would be hard pressed to find someone who has not been affected in some way by this cancer. Check your local branch of MCPL for materials. We have something for everyone, from medical tomes through hysterically funny personal tales. They say humor, or at least your frame of mind, can help with the healing process. I think you would find some very inspirational and informative stories.