Moms and dads, older brothers and sisters... Help the kids have a safe school year. Now that school has begun, be extra cautious. School buses obstruct your view of the kids getting on and off the bus. Be aware that a child may cross in your path without realizing that you are there.
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. These teenagers are actually cutting up library books!
It’s just a fact of life in the library that some books become so damaged or outdated that they cannot stay on our shelves. We sell what we can, but some books have just simply reached the end of their lives. These intrepid teens have found a way to recycle those used, stained, battered, and worn books: turn them into art.
Someone To Watch Over Me by Judith McNaught is an old release, but a great story. When the rich, successful husband of a beautiful New York actress mysteriously disappears, she plunges into a desperate search to find him, and into a menacing web of secrets, deception, and danger.
As an avid genealogist, I have always been fascinated with the history of the towns where my ancestors lived. What was life like for them? Where was the land they lived on? Why/how did they arrive at that particular destination? There are many reasons why your ancestors settled where they did. Sometimes, it was convenience - that’s where the trains stopped or the boats docked. Other times, it was your relatives moved to the places where others they knew from the “Old Country” had already immigrated. I have traveled to many locations wher
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.