"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.
Join us Friday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m., when we'll discuss Octavia Butler's time travel thriller Kindred at the Mid-Continent Public Library Kearney Branch.
Dana is a modern black woman, mysteriously and repeatedly pulled back in time from her life in 20th century California to antebellum Maryland. Each time she arrives in the past, she must save the life of Rufus, the son of a cruel plantation owner. With each journey between past and present, Dana is faced with the legacy left by love, hate, and slavery.
Deep in the night, Squeaker, the story time mouse, is searching for the very best books for storytimes. Most of the time, the main character is a mouse. I wonder why? One of his favorite books is called Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh.
Things I've Discovered While Working at the Library, Part 1: How to Go to College in My Car
One of the great things about working at a library is that I come across all sorts of things in our collection, things that I'd never known were out there. I'll be sharing some of my finds with you here in this and future blog posts.