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,
Cameras are no stranger to me. My dad is a photographer, my mom scrapbooks, and two of my siblings have now taken up photography professionally. I grew up with a camera in my face; we never left the house without one it seems. Growing up, it was annoying, but I've had my own camera for years and am now the one taking an annoying amount of pictures (my last trip I took nearly 800 pictures in a week!). I now know the value of these photographs and am grateful for the memories I have, past and present, because of them.
Kathleen's Vacation Bookbag: Something Old, Something New
As always, at the start of any trip, my bookbag rides jauntily in the front seat--a revered traveling companion, crisp and full of good intentions. But by the end of the journey, it is shoved down by my feet, bloated, unused, and unwanted like the sibling that you’re sick of.
What would summer be without a road trip? You know, sitting with your family (or friends, Scout troop, church group, etc.) in a car (or van or bus) for hours and hours of cornfields, wheat fields, cow pastures, and billboards. All to see the wonders of America: The World’s Largest Prairie Dog!