One of the first Dewey decimal location numbers I learned when I started at the library was 641 – cookbooks. Cookbooks have been consistently popular during my first 4 years at the library and several different titles have caught my eye recently. Whether you are looking for your favorite TV chef’s latest offering, or for something new to offer at your family’s dinner table this week, we probably have a cookbook for you.
On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank began her famed diary recording of the two years she and her family spent hiding in an attic to avoid capture by the Nazis. The last entry was on the 1st of August, 66 years ago. Three days later, Anne and her family were captured.
As a fan of all things Jane Austen and a new reader of fantasy fiction, including the popular vampire craze, this title stood out while browsing the stacks. Vampire Darcy’s Desire is a Pride and Prejudice adaptation which takes the classic novel’s characters and adds a gothic, vampire inspired twist.
Here in Kansas City, we are fortunate to have multiple library systems. But in many towns in our country - or even just here in Missouri, there is only one library. Living here on the state line the way so many of us do, we don't give much about crossing the road and leaving one state for another. But what if one day you were in one of MCPL's locations and when you left the Adult Non-Ficton and went into Fiction, it was not just from one section to another but also from one country to another?
The Teens at the North Independence Branch had a Wii-ly good time. The chocolate fountain was the place to gather, the craft table buzzed, the computer scavanger hunt answers were found and the Wii was never left alone. One of our very own teen-customers taught us the fine art of origami. She even shared the left over animals with the Thursday Toddlertime children. It was fun to see all the interaction between the teens and staff. Thanks, Marge, for a great party!
If you've been wanting to try an audiobook, you should try the Harry Potter books. Jim Dale reads these and is often referred to as the "voice" of Harry Potter. He spent 8 years creating more than 200 voices for all the characters in the Harry Potter books. For his work on the series, he won a Grammy Award and he holds the record for creating the most voices in an audiobook in the Guinness Book of World Records. I highly recommend listening to these. You're in for a real treat!
Have you ever listened to a child tell you about something that happened during the day and it made no sense? One of the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) skills that I demonstrate during storytime is Narrative Skills. This skill refers to the ability to describe things and events, and tell stories. Children who master this skill learn to put things in sequence (i.e. what happened first, next, and last) and re-tell it to others.
Mystery abounds in Laurie King’s newest book, The God of the Hive. The tenth in the series dealing with Mary Russell (and Sherlock Holmes, my dear Watson) picks up right where the next most recent novel,