It was about three years ago that I first spotted a Baltimore Oriole hanging around my yard. Not really being a bird person, I just thought a bird is a bird, even if it was a brilliantly blazing orange color.
Well, I've always liked hummingbirds and put several feeders out for them. Then, one day, my husband sees a magazine called Birds and Blooms that just happened to have a hummingbird photo on the cover. Next thing I know, he bought me a subscription. I couldn't help but read it from cover to cover.
Many of you are familiar with the Tutor.com database as a place for students to go to seek help for homework. From noon to midnight, students, from elementary grades through college, can receive help from live tutors online. However, some of you may not be aware of the services that tutor.com can also offer to adults seeking jobs.
The Summer Reading Program is in full swing for MCPL kids and teens. Mom and Dad, don’t forget to stock up on great books for yourselves, too!
Oprah offered her suggestions for good summer reads in 2012. Check out her website and definitely go back to her 2011 lists, too. Sometimes the older titles, just as good as the new ones, are easier to get without being put on a waiting list. Here’s a link to Oprah’s website.
Though I wouldn’t be so bold to speak for every librarian in existence, I would be brave enough to assume that most of them have an essential love of reading, learning, or at least media. This is the reason that the Library works to bring such a breadth of opportunity to its patrons, ranging from the items available through our lending system to the Summer Reading Program aimed at maintaining learning in children during school break. However, sometimes things come up in our lives that keep us from what we love most.
An important part of learning to read is reading out loud. During the summer months, students have some extra time to practice reading, and parents can easily become involved in the read-out-loud process. A fun book to get kids involved in reading aloud is Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman. This book features children’s favorite fairy-tale characters, such as the Three Bears, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding in very short tellings with a twist.
Come and join the Adult Book Club from the Boardwalk Branch at Caribou Coffee on Friday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m. It is located next to the Hy-Vee Gas Station on Barry Road. We will be discussing Bethany Hamilton’s book, Soul Surfer. Bethany Hamilton, whom YM magazine called the "Bravest Girl in America," has been surfing since she was a toddler.
The Timely Adventures of Rachel Evans: Still No Coffee in the Middle Ages
Rachel blinked groggily. "Too much sunlight. Why birds. Turn off." She fumbled for her curtain to block out the dreaded light and instead came up with a handful of leaves. Who put leaves in her bedroom? Why would anyone do that?
She opened her eyes.
Rachel sat up, trying to get rid of the crick in her neck. Apparently she had been sleeping on Will Scarlet’s shoulder. Well, a little drool wouldn’t hurt him much.
The Summer Reading Program has already started! To celebrate its beginning, we are going to have a party! Join us THIS Saturday, June 1st from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for games, prizes, face painting, and more!
Kids can join Jordyn outside to make some fabulous art with sidewalk chalk! Then come inside and find Philip to get your face painted! We will also have a special area reserved to dig for buried treasure!
As we reach Memorial Day and the start of the summer vacation season, I thought it would be appropriate to write about one of my favorite vacation spots, Yellowstone National Park. The two weeks just before Memorial Day is the best time to visit this national treasure, in my opinion. Most of the facilities throughout the park are open and in operation, and the crowds and traffic are substantially less than you will face later in the summer. Of course, you do face the risk of the occasional, infrequent snow squall at the higher elevations. Throughout the lower elevations
Emily and Einstein is a book about a man who has lived a life of lies with his wife. He is on his way to tell her he wants a divorce when he is killed in an accident. Emily is devastated at his loss and is trying all she can to hold her life together. In her grief, she finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein.