Maria, our wonderful Irish expert, has retired. But never fear - she will be coming back to do Irish appointments after a needed time away. Look for her Irish Expert appointments to continue later this year. Maria joined the genealogy staff of Mid-Continent Public Library in November 2004. A native of Dublin, Ireland, she quickly began using her knowledge of Ireland and its records to help researchers find their Irish ancestors. The one-on-one appointments have always been the favorite part of her job and often led to tears of both the patron and Maria, as
The Magicians is a very interesting read. There are definite overtones of both Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia in it, but The Magicians definitely has an adult edge to it. The main character, Quentin, is 17 when the book starts and probably about 22 or 23 when it ends. There are adult themes, so this is for the adults who liked Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia but want a more grown up version.
The Mid-Continent Bookies, a teen readers advisory group, participated in the "Showing You Care with a Chair" organized by the Citi Arts organization. The teens started with a plain, ordinary chair and with the imagination that only teens possess. They created a work of art! The masterpiece was then auctioned off at the Belger Art Center, receiving the second highest bid of the event. Go Bookies!
Make sure to contact the Blue Springs North branch for more details on how to join in the Bookie fun.
"It's cool in here, do you charge extra for that?" This was a comment from a patron who comes in the library to read the newspapers and magazines. The reference room at the Smithville Branch has been a popular hangout for customers looking for a place to read a newspaper or look through a magazine this summer. These days people are looking for ways to save money. How about letting MCPL be the place you go to read your newspapers and magazines.
Who sparkles? That guy turns into a wolf? And she wants to be bitten? Huh? Yeah, it sounds way out there. Maybe you're not the type who wants to get into all that vampire/werewolf mumbo jumbo, but you would still like to know what all those people are talking about. Here are a few bits of information that can set you up to join the current Twilight conversations.
For those of us who are not readers of graphic novels, the terms “Manga”, “Graphic Novels”, and “Comics” can be very confusing. Is there a difference, and if so what is it? I investigated this question by asking a teen looking through our manga selection. There is, in fact, a difference. This is what I learned.
To start with, a comic is reading material that tells a story in pictures. Comics include what you read in the Sunday funnies, or book compilations of your favorite comics strips.
It has been said that when Harry Truman was twelve years old, he and a friend decided to read all the books in the local public library. The fact that they thought it was possible is rather endearing. Imagine what he would think of libraries today! The actual, physical books in libraries are only a fraction of what knowledge is available worldwide. The advent of the internet has expanded our world beyond our wildest imaginations.