Thank you, Gary Paulsen, for bringing Bass Reeves to my attention. Reeves was an African American, born a slave, who in Paulsen’s eyes (and now mine) was a true American hero. After an argument and fight with his owner, Bass left his home in Arkansas and travelled to Oklahoma territory, home and hideout to all sorts of cowboy criminals. Reeves became one of the most successful lawmen in American history, sent into the lawless territory time after time, ultimately bringing hundreds of men to justice.
I recently read one of three books in a romantic series by a best-selling author. I stumbled across what I assume is the second of three. Deep in the heart of Texas, three sisters fall in love with three brothers. I was a disappointed by the book’s predictability. I didn’t think the characters were particularly interesting. I know—it was just a romance. I didn’t expect literary fiction, but did expect a little more.
May I recommend a few romantic westerns, or romances in a western setting, to you?
The MCPL Weston Branch celebrated the 4th of July at storytime last week. Filling in for Ms. Sandy was Ms. Lynn. She read Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! written by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Nancy Cote. After the story, the kids created Independence Day visors. Storytime ended with its own version of fireworks with the children jumping up and down on giant bubble wrap.
Want to a make a difference? Getting involved in your community by volunteering is one of those things that leave your mark on the world. Start small and don’t underestimate your sphere of influence!
Do you love horses? Helping Hands Therapeutic Riding Center is dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities utilizing equine assisted activities to improve their everyday quality of life. They are located in Lee’s Summit in the southeast corner of Jackson County Missouri.
This is Kathryn Stockett’s first book and she did an exceptional job developing the plot and characters. This story takes place in Jackson, Mississippi in the year 1962 and follows the lives of three different women.
As you can tell, I like the classics. There is a reason they make you read these books in school ladies and gentleman. It is because they are awesome. They resound. They make you think and imagine and understand like you never had before.
Do you know the two most common mistakes library patrons make? They are: believing that patrons should not bother the clerks with questions; believing that library clerks should know everything related to books and publishing.
Let’s take them one at a time. First and foremost, always feel free to ask for help. Every library is different and each library may have new arrangements, organizational situations, or displays that can cause the casual library user some confusion. Clerks like to help. Go ahead and ask.