Perhaps like me, you've been captivated by impressive toddlers on TV, supposedly reading, using video methods. I say "supposedly" because, most child educators remind us that the amazing skill of reading is actually a group of skills. These "wonder kids" have actually only memorized certain words, and learned to skim over them without full comprehension, instead of learning to decode words and spell. They have started with a technique that will be difficult to correct later. Most often, these vendors only create misinformed parents and misguided children, and that irks me!
I love cooking and baking, and am always looking for new cookbooks and recipes. Anytime I bring a cookbook back to the library I'm asked, "Did you find a new recipe?," "Try anything new?", "Need us to taste test anything?" Food days are greatly enjoyed here at the Smithville Branch, as well as exchanging recipes. Here are a few staff favorites, and maybe a personal favorite or two.
A UFO was spotted recently in Vancouver, British Columbia. Eerie lights were witnessed hovering over a lake during the middle of the night! So, what do you think? Is it a natural phenomenon or is it visitors from another planet?
What fun it can be to collect, identify, and evaluate dolls. You may find that you have a "Kestner" doll head on a "kid" body. Or maybe, you have an Armand Marseille (Floradora) head on a stick-legged wood or composition body. One favorite is a large doll with a papier-mache head. Its body can be stuffed with excelsior and sawdust. All in all, she looks like Susan Boyle of recent musical fame. Each doll is unique and has a special story of its own.
Yes, many orchids are easy to grow! Like any living thing, they have a few requirements: light, food, and water. They need as much bright, indirect light as you can give them. I learned not to put them in direct sunlight, as they will develop black spots on the blooms and leaves.
As for food and water, orchids need consistency. During the winter, water them thoroughly each week, and in the summer, they may require water every other day. I feed year-round with a diluted mix. I also recommend potting them in an orchid bark mix as it allows the roots to breathe.
Do you enjoy discussing a good book with other avid readers? If so, then drop by the Platte City Branch for one of our monthly book club meetings. In September, our Friday morning book club will meet on September 3 at 10:00 a.m.
MCPL's Research Databases are awesome! In addition to helping with "need to know" information, these sites offer interesting and fun information. One of my favorite sites is Global Road Warrior. Besides the information you would expect, like geography, government, economy, and climate, I can find out about their culture, holidays, and religion.
The Amazing Colors and Beautiful Backdrops of Afghanistan
Much has been said recently, about what people do and don't know regarding Afghanistan. Most of what I know about Afghanistan is the everyday knowledge the typical American knows. I know Afghanistan is the home of several different people groups, each with a proud history, trying to live together under challenging circumstances. If you are like me and are interested in learning more about this country so many people are fighting for, you may want to check out some of the books featured in the Grandview Branch's Diversity display this month.