Here is a wonderful way to find some new, and different books to read to your children. Each year, a group of Missouri children’s librarians get together and select ten books to share with our customers. These nominees have been selected for a variety of reasons, including introducing children to diverse themes, cultures, and topics. Personally, I always find them to be great read alouds. They are written by a variety of authors, and illustrators of children’s books, including Missouri authors, illustrators, and themes, when possible.
Is Your "In-TIK-llectual" Time Clock Ticking Away?
At the beginning of the 20th century, so many exceptional intellects provided the world with unique and entertaining literary and artistic contributions. The early 1900’s produced a tornado of creative innovation.
I have an unusual educational background from most librarians. Unlike many of my counterparts, who studied english or history, my bachelor’s degree is in marine biology. Of course, there are not many seas out here in the Mid-West, so why I am here in Missouri is a very long and boring story. However, studying to be a marine biologist gave me a love of research. I get such a thrill when I am looking at a problem, and with a little help from books and the computer, I find the answer. This has translated to my career as a librarian.
Camden Point Branch staff are observing Labor Day with a book display honoring the American Worker. This display contains books covering a variety of occupations. It provides an opportunity for students to see the various careers open to them.
Did you know the Blue Ridge Branch offers weekly GED tutoring? On Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the incredibly helpful Kathy Stack, GED lady extraordinaire, will go over the areas of the test that individuals find troublesome. Kathy reports that multiple students she’s worked with have successfully passed their GED tests – and congratulations to them!
We have a new book display up and running at the Blue Ridge Branch! Check out our books on Home Improvement… we have many on our shelves. We will be happy to order others from branches in our system. And don’t miss the great fixer-upper “model home” that two of our pages made just for the occasion (thanks, Hakima and Alex – paint splashes and all!)
If you have little ones learning to read, check out two of our awesome databases! They are BookFlix and TumbleBook Library. Both are packed with great stuff for kids pre-K to 3rd grade.
Bookflix teaches early reading skills by pairing a fiction and a non-fiction title that can be read online with or without "read-along" audio. It also includes some lesson plans for parents and teachers.
Looking for new authors and good reads? Walk into the Blue Springs North Branch, and you'll come across a cluster of tables that are there just for you! The most recent addition is our "Staff Recommends" table. It's overflowing with a plethora of juicy picks. Our staff has a lot of diverse tastes in everything from bestselling fiction, non-fiction, fantasies, and classics. Feel free to ask our staff for good suggestions (We read a lot). We can also guide you through the many web resources we have. Happy Reading!
Working at the library has opened my eyes to so many things. Who knew they had so many movies and CD's? I've found so many movies here that are practically new...no need for Redbox or Blockbuster anymore! Many people think the library isn't meant for teenagers, they need to rethink! FREE internet access, FREE movies, FREE CD's....Its practically MADE for teenagers! I encourage all young adults to come check it out!
Fancy Nancy by author, Jane O'Connor, is a really cute book about a little girl who does everything with flair. Of course, Nancy just loves to be fancy. For her, the best way to be fancy is to dress up and use big words. She especially likes French words. It's a fun story, which leaves the reader without a definition to each of these fancy words. It's a fun story with a whole lot of vocabulary building.