Mr. Jim Cosgrove, a.k.a. Mr. Stinkyfeet, was here this week. It was loud and it was awesome. For those who don’t understand the significance of a visit from Mr. Stinkyfeet, let me say that a Mr. Stinkyfeet concert is one of the library’s unofficial holidays. In this case, an unofficial library holiday is defined as an event or slot of time in which people and children are encouraged to pick up instruments and sing very loudly about peanut butter.
How do you decide what book you want to read? Do you choose it by the cover? Do you rely on recommendations from others? Do you stand in front of the library shelves and wait for divine intervention to overtake you? I actually have tried all of these methods! I’d like to share a little tip that will provide you with a quick method to learn what the book is about.
The Bookies at the Blue Springs North branch, a readers and community advisory group that reads and recommends Young Adult books and programs for the library, met in July to learn how to properly care for their skin. Jackie Anderson from the House of Heavilin, presented a clinic on essential skin care. The teens were able to perform facials. Mrs. Anderson explained that there are several causes of acne, including stress, hormones, diet, and of course improper skincare. The tips the teens received were:
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.