From page one of her debut novel, Catherine Banner weaves an enchanting tale of triumph and tragedy. The Eyes of a King is the story of a war-ridden land called Malonia. Leo North is a teenager not too unlike his peers. He attends the local military school and hates every minute of it. However, Leo is immediately fascinated with a book he finds in the snow, a book in which strange writing appears all by itself.
Building Blocks Makes Great Read Alouds for Young Children
Designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age, the Building Block Picture Book Award is sponsored by the Children’s Services Round Table of the Missouri Library Association.
Truly, we are a society on the go. In our world of cars, fast food, and hurried schedules, our lives our becoming more and more portable. One of the great things about books is that you can take them almost anywhere. With Raytown’s recent renovation, we have created some reading areas near our large windows to take advantage of our afternoon sunlight. Many mornings, we will see patrons reading their morning paper in comfort or relaxing with paperback.
Heading back to school is a great time to ramp up for all that new school work and all those extra-curricular teams. But for our library staff who lead storytimes all through the spring and summer, it's an opportunity to catch our breath. Storytimes at Boardwalk will be on hold for two weeks from August 23rd to September 4th. The computer system that handles sign-ups may still list the storytimes during that time as open for registration, but in fact, they are not.
Did YOU read 183 hours this summer? These girls did!
Rhyeishia Curtis (9) and Joy Sharp (11) are awesome readers. These two dynamos read over 11,000 minutes each this summer! Not only are they the top readers in the Southland of Metro Kansas City, but they are among the top five readers in ALL of the Mid-Continent Public Library service area. Way to go, girls!!!!
Did you know that many of your favorite celebrities have written children’s books? Even Herman Munster wrote a book. Some are funny, some are musical, and most have a moral or lesson to share. A few of them are actually good. After reading over 50 children’s books (all JE’s), all celebrities are not equal when it comes to writing.
Most people think cookbooks are the only ones with recipes. But here’s a tasty surprise! Check out these authors who write fiction with recipes included; Joanne Fluke, Tamar Myers, Laura Childs, and Diane Mott Davidson are just a few.