Do you have your child's favorite book memorized? Kids love to hear the same story over, and over, and OVER again. And again. And again. (Do you see the pattern here?)
In our household, when my daughter was a toddler her beloved book was Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton You can tell from the photo that it was much-loved, and it was not a library copy. I can't swear that I recited it in my sleep, but I probably could have. I know that I performed it, verbatim, for pretty much whoever was willing to listen to me.
There is a reason why kids adore repetition. It builds their brains. Neural connections get stronger by being exposed to the same information time after time after time. A 2015 study at the University of Maryland showed better vocabulary scores for two-year-old kids who had specific words repeated to them when they were seven-month-olds than the outcomes for their peers who didn't experience the repeated phrases as babies.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the Kansas City Public Library is proud to serve as a registration location for National Voter Registration Day.
National Voter Registration Day is a nationwide initiative designed to enhance awareness of voter registration opportunities. Staff members and volunteers will be on hand at all Library locations to register Missouri residents in the weeks leading up to the October 12 registration deadline.
Registrants must meet Missouri guidelines, and need to provide a Missouri driver's license or state-issued ID, Social Security Number, and birthdate.
Registration is free, and will take place during the Library's normal business hours. For hours at specific locations, go to http://www.kclibrary.org/library-locations.
National Voter Registration Day was established in 2012 to ensure that no intending voter is left out. Six million Americans said they hadn't voted four years earlier as a result of missing the registration deadline or not knowing how to register.
People need to (re)register to vote if:
- They have not registered before
- They change their name
- They move
- They want to change their party affiliation
- They complete a felony sentence
Do you want to make a difference in Kansas City?
The Kansas City Public Library has a few spots open for teenagers to join the Teen Leaders of Today! These volunteer positions have helped the library organize and staff some of the biggest teen programs happening in Kansas City!
Teen Council member will receive training and mentorship from some of the best youth advocates in Kansas City and will:
- Learn how to market with social media
- Create impactful online videos
- Help develop more effective teen programs
- Be the driving force behind our summer programs
- Help manage our Teen Space and YA book collection
- Learn about media literacy and research
- Become powerful advocates for education and the library
Does this sound like something you want to be involved in? Then apply today! Applications are due by the end of August! There are three sessions each year: 1st semester, 2nd semester, and summer. The Council will meet once a week and will be required to attend most of our large events. Council members will be expected to work an average of 5 hours per week. We are looking for all skill sets and all backgrounds. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience we still want you to apply! Spots are limited!
Strike by Delilah S. Dawson
publication date: 2016
Strike was the action-packed sequel to Delilah S. Dawson's 2015 book Hit. Strike began with the main character, Patsy, on the run from her past, her employer, and the pseudo-government. She was also on the run from herself: experiencing guilt and PTSD after killing people to keep herself alive.
Although Patsy struggled with her ethics, she was definitely one of the good guys in this quasi-dystopian very near future. Her and her boyfriend, Wyatt, were caught between Valor Bank – an omnipresent, violent entity that used people's debts and credit cards against them – and Citizens for Freedom – the citizens militia that was using unscrupulous methods to stop Valor Bank.
Messages bombard you constantly. At the recent KC Youth Services Summit, Teen Librarian Wick Thomas shared that teens see an average of 3,000 advertisements a day. He got that statistic from SF Environment: A Department of the City and County of San Francisco Somebody else is spending a lot of money in the hopes that they can make you spend even more money than you already are.
The Romans sometimes get grief for "copying" everything from other cultures. The Romans were masters at taking what worked from different cultures they encountered, adopting it, and adapting it to Roman use.
Klickitat by Peter Rock
publication date: 2016
In Klickitat, Rock explored the subtle danger and loneliness that exists in contemporary suburban America.
The setting for Klickitat was a dreamy Portland, Oregon, full of tucked-away forests and hidden tunnels in the ground. The book focused on Vivian and her older sister Audra. Vivian was a young girl with a vague health issue that gave her “agitations” and led her parents to force her to take medications. Audra saw their parents' reaction to Vivian's agitations as just another example of the unnaturalness and captivity of modern life. Vivian didn’t think much beyond her life and what it is now, that is, until Audra met someone named Henry and ran away from the constraints of her childhood home.
Rock's writing style infused the book with otherworldliness and a low-level dread throughout. Here was Rock's description of a domestic argument between Audra and her mother, from Vivian’s perspective:
Thousands of visitors have made their way to the Kansas City Public Library to revel in a rare copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, which is on display in the downtown Central Library through June 28.
You are not alone. Libraries are a resource, and it is in our mission to help. In fact, the American Library Association’s Division for Teens, YALSA, includes in its mission statement that our primary goal should be “alleviating the challenges teens face, and (in) putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.”
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
publication date: 2016
This book, written by the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, followed bandmates Wes, Corey, and Ash as they drove around the eastern US begging anyone to let them play.
Wes, a circumspect young man; Corey, Wes’s wildcard best friend; and Ash, their lonely and enigmatic bankroller, were not prepared – emotionally or musically – to drive, live, and play as a group. But they decided to ditch their parents and attempt a tour together.
Much of the depiction of these teens’ ill-fated tour was hilarious. The author permeated every scene and character description with humor. This is how Wes, a bassist, described how he felt when someone requested a bass solo:
Scholar Eric Rasmussen set the stage for the special, 23-day First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit on Tuesday, June 7.