Nicholas Carr wrote a cover story for the Atlantic Monthly magazine in the summer of 2008 that raised the provocative question, "Is Google Making Us Stupid". The complete article can be accessed online, and it makes for fascinating reading. Carr cites anecdotal material that indicates our mental habits have altered to the point that we have almost totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in print.
Are you already an audiobook lover or perhaps thinking of trying one? The reader can make all the difference. A poor narrator can ruin an otherwise good book, and a great reader can make anything a listening pleasure.
March 27th is National Joe Day. Now you may think this means we are celebrating all the Joes out there. Well, you are wrong. National Joe day is a day you can be called Joe if you don’t like your own name. It’s a vacation for your name. Now this may seem silly, but days like this just make you smile. I also like the Crush a Can Day on February 19th. It makes me want to crush a can. There's a great science experiment you can look up on the internet. Hug an Australian Day is April 26th. So all you Australians, stop by on that day and get a hug.
Get Up-Close and Snuggly With Your Little One At the Library
Opportunities abound at the Grandview Branch for you and your child to have fun together with books.
Toddlertime is especially designed for the very young child (0 to 3 yrs) and their parents, and is packed with fun games, tickles, bubbles, songs, books, and activities to develop early literacy skills and positive interactions with books. We have so much fun! There are always lots of giggles when we play our favorite game: "popcorn".
Have you ever had the desire to join a book club but didn’t know if you would fit in? Why not give the Claycomo Branch Book Club a try? We read and discuss all kinds of books, from fiction to biographies. We have discussed historical fiction, mysteries, memoirs, and inspirational books. We have read some classics, as well as newer novels.
Do you feel it? Autumn is just around the corner! Soon, there will be a refreshing crispness in the air; pumpkins will start showing up in markets; the leaves will start to turn glorious shades of yellows, oranges and reds. These are some of the things we all associate with the changing season. In a short time, summer’s heat will be a fuzzy memory. Change is in the air.
Frindle: frin-dəl – noun. It is a new word created by Nicholas “Nick” Allen to replace the word “pen.”
Why don't all the words in the dictionary mean what they say? Mrs. Granger doesn’t understand. She has to be the worst English teacher EVER! Nick decides to start using the word “frindle” instead of pen, and it catches on quickly. All the kids in school are using it, and pretty soon it is the coolest word in school. The teachers do not like it though. They try all sorts of wild stunts to stop the kids from using THAT word!
One of our current displays here at the North Oak Branch not only offers an opportunity to read new Asian fiction, but it also gives our fellow team members a chance to exhibit their talents and interests. This photograph shows two small kimonos that were made by one of the pages at North Oak. The idea for this display, as well as the painted fan and the kimonos were inspired by the upcoming Japan Festival, which will be October 2nd in Overland Park.
First Fridays: Frankenstein/Dracula Double Feature
Join us at the Lee's Summit Branch on October 1st at 2 p.m. for a Frankenstein/Dracula double feature. We'll be watching Boris Karloff's Frankenstein and an original, old world vampire (no sparkles... we promise). As always, we'll provide the popcorn!