Did you know? (Don’t you just love commentary that starts with that question? It naturally assumes that you probably don’t know. It also assumes that someone else does know. And finally, it assumes that you want to know). Alas, tradition is hard to break. So here goes . . .
A good beach read is not necessarily great literature, but a fast paced, entertainng book that is easy to pack up with your sunscreen and beach towel. Try one of these the next time you head for the beach, lake, or swimming pool:
Mid-Continent Public Libraries has access to an overwhelming amount of databases that most of our lovely patrons know very little about. Being that MCPL's specialty is genealogy (Thank you Midwest Genealogy Center), one very useful but slightly unknown resource is the Archive Finder database.
If children in your home have had trouble staying in bed because it was still so light outside, there is hope for you. Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the turning point when all the days start getting shorter and kids stay in bed a little more easily. But it's not just about bedtimes. A solstice is a perfect time to introduce those non-sleepy kids to some basic astronomy and broaden their perspective on the universe.
There’s still plenty of time to Make a Splash or Make Waves at your local Mid-Continent Public Library branch! If you haven’t already registered, you can do it on our website or at your nearest branch. The program is set up in a new format this year. Instead of reading twenty or ten books per list, just six hours of reading earns you or your child a free book! After nine hours of reading, you or your child can select the following in place of a book:
I don’t know about you but I get tired of cooking and eating the same old, same old week after week. As much as I enjoy dining out, it isn’t always the best choice for my budget. I decided to get creative and check out a cookbook at the MCPL Liberty Branch this week and plan at least three different meals to make for next week. My main problem will be choosing a cookbook to check out. Did you know there are over 2,000 titles at the Liberty branch alone?
I’m extremely impressed with MCPL’s research database subscriptions! I especially enjoy the website’s Books & Reading link. With 15 children's and adult databases to choose from, there is something for everyone. My favorite is the Books & Authors database. I can search my favorite book titles and find other books with similar subjects, settings, time periods, or main characters.
Our aim on this wonderful new teen blog, is to let you know what is going on in the Mid-Continent Public Library system and in the world. Look forward to book reviews, fun links, and possibly some of your own ideas and creations. Feel free to sign up for a MyMCPL account and leave all the comments and feedback you want. We want to hear what you think, what you want, and what you need. Otherwise, you can just listen to the ramblings of your local librarians!
As the Library leaps into the blogosphere, we’d like to take a minute to thank our customers for their continued patronage. So often, you send us notes and quick emails telling us how much you appreciate the services that we offer. We hope we remember to tell you just how much we also appreciate the contributions that you make to the library.