Have you ever tried to read a Japanese Manga? They’re confusing and quite different from everything you’re used to. Instead of reading left to right in a sensible, comfortable manner, you’re reading from right to left, which, for most people, is completely disorienting.
The new school year is quickly approaching and with it comes a fresh crop of brand new readers. Nothing is more exciting than learning to read and every student's success depends on their reading ability. Whether you are looking to help your new reader with extra practice at home or teach them to read yourself, we have a new resource at the library that might help.
Sure, you’re doing homework and writing resumes, updating documents and keeping in touch (and maybe using Facebook… we won’t hold it against you) on the library’s or your home computer. But just in case productivity is starting to lag, here are a few free games you can look into when writer’s block kicks in.
History is full of the stories of men, their wars, and conquests, but less often does one hear of the women who have helped to mold history. From Angels to Hellcats, tells the stories of some of Texas’ legendary women, both famous and infamous. The first woman’s life to be examined is Susanna Dickinson, who, along with her fifteen-month old daughter, survived the Alamo.
2010 brings several literary anniversaries with it. Most notability and most noticeably is Harper Lee’s immortal classic To Kill a Mockingbird. But while this book turned a mere fifty, another book celebrated the big One-Zero-Zero. This year marks the One Hundredth Anniversary of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera. (2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of its English adaptation.)
Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea, brings us his newest novel, Stones into Schools, which picks up where his first book left off. Three Cups of Tea, a best seller and book club phenomenon, was Mortenson’s account of how the Central Asia Institute worked to bring schools and educational opportunities to the Middle East.
Magnetic Midina presented Mad Science Demonstrates Splash-Tastic Science at Colbern Road Branch to the delight of an audience of all ages. The sublimation of carbon dioxide group participation activity shown here was by far the favorite demonstration!
The Metro has added a bus stop at the Midwest Genealogy Center! The new Metro #286-Silver Route provides Tuesday and Thursday service from five other points in Independence, including the Independence MetroCenter, Olde Oak Tree Apartments, Noland Road & 39th, Social Security Administration, and Centerpoint Medical Center. Transfer options are available at the Independence MetroCenter, at the #284-Purple Route at 35th & Noland Rd. (Old Oak Tree Apartments), and at the #183-Green Route at Centerpoint.
It must have been a muggy night in the Chesapeake; the air thick with gunpowder that fogged the streaks and bursts of cannonfire fired from the British Royal Navy upon Fort McHenry. Blasts and roaring booms broke taut moments of silence, and American patriot Francis Scott Key watched from a distance, not knowing if the United States had survived the day long offensive. It was September 14, 1814, and the future of the United States was in the gravest of dangers. How could he have felt, knowing that his country, still in its infancy, clung to the hope that the soldiers