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Teens Can Serve Their Community at the Library

Teens Can Serve Their Community at the Library

Community service is often an integral part of life for metro teens. Many schools, clubs or churches require it. The library is an excellent place for teens to serve, and the benefits are reciprocal.

Teen service teams are a vital part of the library environment. Groups of teens serve at their community libraries on a regular basis. Not only are they volunteering, but they also have a voice in planning library programs.  Teens who join can meet other teens who share the same interests and develop relationships while acquiring job skills at the same time.

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the Metropolitan Library System!  This month we have several ways to celebrate and cheer for the upcoming holiday season.

 

 

 

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Research Spotlight: Sanborn Maps

Our Sanborn Maps collection now includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia!

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Cuppie Reads for Kiddos

Yesterday may have been cupcake day, but these fun cuppie reads will be great anytime of year!

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Sugar Fix Sunday! Find out about cupcakes!

Sugar Fix Sunday!  Find out about cupcakes!

As of today, there are only 9 more shopping days until Christmas. Luckily, today is National Cupcake Day, so grab a tasty snack on your way to the mall. Feel the sugar coursing through your veins while fighting holiday crowds.

First mention of the cupcake in America can be traced back to 1796. Amelia Simmons mentioned “a cake to be baked in small cups” in American Cookery. Quite popular with colonial cooks, only 4 copies are known to exist from that first printing. 

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Commission Executive Committee - December 2014

Date:  Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Time:  3:30 p.m.
Location:  Downtown Library

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What’s Red and White and Leafy All Over?

What’s Red and White and Leafy All Over?

Poinsettias!

With their large, predominately red or white leaves, the poinsettia is the botanical representation of Christmas. Right after the evergreen tree. And mistletoe. And holly. Wow, there are a lot of plants associated with Christmas, but the poinsettia is the only one that is deadly!

Not really. Poisonous poinsettias are a myth. While eating them can cause profuse vomiting, they will not kill you, or your pets. But really, they taste terrible so DON’T TRY IT!

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Libraries Help Students Prepare for College

Libraries Help Students Prepare for College

Need to know where to find financial aid, how to write a college admission essay, or where to start when choosing a school for higher education? Take the first step to a degree at the library.

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Classic Film and Live Pianist Invite Nostalgia at Downtown Library

Local pianist Breck McGough will play his original score during a showing of the 1924 silent film, “Sherlock Jr.,” at the Downtown Library on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 P.M

McGough plays for the duration of the 45 minute film, a throw-back to the way silent films were shown when they were originally released.  Film scores were often improvised with the musician watching the screen for mood changes and adjusting the accompaniment accordingly.

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Technically, no one should know this day exists.

International Ninja Day

But we at the library are all about providing access to information, so here you go. International Ninja Day is December 5th.

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