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.
Can’t find that title? You’ve searched the library catalog and it’s just not there. Did you know that there still might be a way to find that hard-to-get item? Try the WorldCat online database! It is among one of our many resource databases that widens the search and expands your chances for locating your item.
Trying to find new ideas on preparing healthier snacks for after school, or for those boring brown bag lunches? MCPL offers a variety of books on healthier snack options. Listed below are some of my favorites:
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!