Do you need your taxes figured for you? Do you need a flu shot? Want to vote in the next election? Do you want paper copies of tax forms? Are you a homeless teenager needing referral to a helping agency? These are all non-library services provided by MCPL. Did you know that patrons ask us to sell them stamps, fax their documents, and a host of other non-library functions? It all goes to show two things: first, we strive to do as much as we can to assist our patrons in as many ways as possible; and second, life these days require attention to countless details. If we can help, we will.
Who remembers those wonderful old musicals featuring such great talents as Carmen Miranda, Alice Faye, Betty Grable, and a host of other singers and dancers who mesmerized audiences with their lavish costumes, dazzling vocals, phantasmagoric sets, and make-you-get-off-the-sofa and dance (!!!) choreography?
Okay, so I am admittedly the biggest book geek on the planet (or at least among the top 100 in Kansas City), and some of my most exciting moments in life are when I get to meet authors of books that I have read and loved. With the way I gush and swoon and rush to get in line for autographs and photos, you’d think I was meeting the latest Hollywood heartthrob. But honestly, I think authors are the best celebrities ever. I maintain an ever-growing collection of signed books and pictures of me with my biggest, geekiest smile standing next to some super famous writers; it’s fantastic.
The last full week in September is Deaf Awareness Week. The Excelsior Springs Branch is honoring American Sign Language this week by displaying our wide array of books and video recordings on sign language. All of the materials can be checked out. Feel free to take the following quiz to see how much you know about deaf awareness.
I’ve been anxiously waiting for the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins for the better part of a year, as I’m sure many of you out there (teens and adults alike) have as well. It officially came out on August 24th, and on Thursday, I got it in at the library. Sweet deal! I couldn’t have been more excited.
Advanced Placement (AP) Literature Class Book Titles
With school starting, students are finding that homework has started in their classes, whether it is in math, Spanish, biology, or English. The library is a great place to come when it is time to do a research paper or to find a much needed book for a particular English class.
Take a look at the selection of music books at your local MCPL library written for musical instruments. What a wonderful opportunity to look at different arrangements of music for guitar, cello, piano...etc, and find a book you would like to purchase before actually buying the music and finding out it isn't quite what you were looking for. Think public library and open a whole new resource for music in your life!!
My daughter and I read every night before bed. Sometimes, we read five books or more, and sometimes we can only manage two. It all depends on how late it is, how tired she is, and how long the books are. Typically, she will choose the books with the most words in them on the nights when I am trying to streamline our reading to accommodate a rational bed time. As with many kids, she often enjoys hearing the same story, time and time again.
The crisp mornings and evenings of late summer signal the transition to autumn. This year's autumnal equinox, according to USA.gov, officially arrives at 11:09 p.m. ET, September 22. Ahhh, Autumn ~ its my favorite time of the year for several reasons. First on the list is the return of football. Soccer just doesn't cut it for me. That's probably politically incorrect of me given the excitement the World Cup generated this year.
Many of us were raised learning that the proper way to read a children’s picture book is from start to finish, and then you’re done. READ from the START (RFTS) turns that assumption on its ear, and shows parents and caregivers how to interact with the books and the children listening to them in a whole new way. This is a free program sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Parents and caregivers who attend two sessions (1 ½ hours each), not only learn valuable techniques for sharing books with their children, but also get a set of eight books.