Blue Springs North Branch continues its year's long partnership with Brittany Hills Middle School's Reading Counts program. The joint mission/goal is to promote reading throughout the year!
Reading Counts is a program developed through Scholastic that allows students to read a book, take a quiz on the book, and earn points based on the strength and complexity of the book. Students at Brittany Hills are required to participate and it is a substantial part of the student's grade.
Nick Reding's Methland balances a focus on the effect of meth in Oelwein, Iowa with the larger sociological issues that make it possible for meth to devastate communities all across the country. It was on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Book Review and has gone through seven hardcover printings.
Ahoy me hearties! Coming up in the near future is an interesting holiday: September 19, International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This holiday got its start when two men (Mark Summers and John Baur) were bored enough to follow their dream, a dream of talking like pirates. You may ask: what does one do on Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAP)? The quick answer: Arr, ye scurvy dog! Ye talk like a scallywag o’ the seven seas! G’harr!
You always hear about family vacations, but it’s a little different when that family includes grown, married children and their parents. This is the kind of vacation we took this past summer, and it was definitely an experience to remember. As my husband and I climbed into my parents’ big, red van and we headed across I-70 toward the North Carolina coast, I was both excited and a bit hesitant, mostly because I hadn’t spent an entire week with my parents since I got married. The three day trip to our destination was a little bit like summer camp, though.
Have you ever wondered who does our wonderful bulletin boards here at Lee’s Summit? That would be Julia!! When she isn’t helping a patron, you can find her cutting, drawing, or coloring. We are always looking at these bits and pieces and trying to decipher what could they be. Then one day, she closes off the storytime area. When she opens the curtain, it all makes sense and is gorgeous. Come down and check out these works of art, they will be up all Fall.
Live and In-Person at the Library...Kansas City's Bryan Busby
What does the weather have in store today? Will it rain or will it be another hot day? Many people ask themselves these questions on any given day. For answers, several of them turn to the Channel 9 Meteorologist Bryan Busby, and his weather forecasts to help them get ready for a day's weather. Mr. Busby has spent about 25 years observing and predicting the weather in the Midwest. He will be at the Excelsior Springs Branch on Thursday, September 23rd to tell us what goes into a forecast, what makes it change, and how to prepare ourselves for whatever comes our way.
If you woke up this morning craving fish for breakfast, I can tell you why. I can also tell you why you stumbled down the hall to ask Miss Lemon to make some tea, and to phone Captain Hastings regarding your afternoon plans. You were fixated on the character of Hercule Poirot, the private detective invented by Agatha Christie, whose birthday is today.
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.