Exploring Our New Website

Exploring Our New Website

The new mymcpl.org is coming! Register now to learn how to navigate and use the features on our new Library website that launches on February 21!

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Explore Essential Oils

Explore Essential Oils

Register for this new program today at a branch near you!

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WeDo LEGO Robotics

WeDo LEGO Robotics

Kids ages 8 and up will work in pairs to make this simple robot. Register today for a program at a branch near you!

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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Join rangers from the George Washington Carver National Monument for a look at his life.

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News and Views

Love Is in the Air…and in Print! Valentine’s Day Books

I love Valentine’s Day. I know it’s cheesy and corny and blah blah blah…but I do! Even before the days of dating and relationships, I was all about the day of love. I relished the opportunity to create special notes and little gifts for my friends and family, and I feverishly labored to craft the perfect Valentine collection box. There was no such thing as too much glitter (I stand by this rule today) and no such thing as too many sugary sweet treats (this has changed dramatically…because, alas, so has my metabolism).

Library Hosts Negro Leagues Baseball Exhibit

They Were All Stars: Negro League Stars Become Major League All-Stars is an exhibit originally developed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in partnership with the Kansas City Royals for the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It highlights the 20 players who began their baseball careers in the Negro Leagues, moved to play in the Major Leagues after integration, and were voted or selected to play in Major League Baseball’s All Star Game during their careers. The exhibit will be on display at the following Mid-Continent Public Library branches:

 

Book Review: Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr.

“…[W]hen you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of ‘nobodiness’—then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

There is power in words.

After penning his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ushered in the beginnings of what would become the Civil Rights Movement on the segregated streets of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

Music Greats Remembered at the Grammys

This weekend, the music industry gathers at the Grammy Awards to recognize the best songs, records, albums, and performances by singers and groups in almost every musical genre you can think of. In addition to the celebration, the audience at the ceremony and the one watching at home will stop for a moment to remember the contributions of artists who passed away in 2017.

While not all of these artists won this prestigious award or were even nominated for one, their contributions continue to live on with their music.  

Worth Its Weight in Gold

A few weeks ago, I was serving customers at the circulation desk in the Excelsior Springs Branch when a customer approached with a stack of items to check out. She put down the stack and fumbled through her wallet, then handed me a credit card.

“I’m not sure that’s going to work here,” I said lightheartedly, handing it back.

Legacy Luncheon

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