The latest CYS Zine is out! This 16-page monthly mini magazine highlights what's new and notable in the children's department of the Central Library. Each issue is filled with new books and upcoming events, plus amazing facts, funny jokes, poetry, artwork and puzzles. Normally available at the CYS service desk, you can now download a copy online, print it, and enjoy the zine from home.
New York City had Coney Island. Kansas City, Kansas, once had Carnival Park.
As we adjust to this new “normal” — some of us working from home, or adjusting to work in essential businesses – things that used to be commonplace are coming into question.
Enjoy Facebook Live storytimes at 10:30 a.m. each day with some of your favorite children’s librarians:
Monday – Elizabeth at the Central Library
Tuesday – Lauren at the Bluford Branch
Wednesday – Julia at the Plaza Branch
Thursday – Clare at Central
Friday – Kristan at Central
Saturday – Alli at Central (yoga storytime)
Sunday – Molly at Central
Each storytime will include several books, songs, and/or fingerplays, and an early literacy tip. Saturday’s storytime will integrate child-friendly yoga exercises.
Watch online at www.facebook.com/kclibrary.
by Sara Wagner, Digital Branch Librarian
I’ll admit it: I’ve been bit by the genealogy bug. It’s like a big treasure hunt, finding documents to prove that my mother’s mother’s father’s father’s mother’s father’s mother Phoebe (aka my 5th great-grandmother) was indeed a Tilson before she married my 5th great-grandfather and became a Bundy at the turn of the 19th century. If so, then one very tiny branch of my family tree came to North America on the Mayflower. How. Cool. Is. That?
However, there’s an overwhelming number of documents out there to help me in my search, and it can seem daunting to try and hunt them all down. Enter Ancestry.com. It has national and state census data from 1940 and earlier, baptism and marriage documents since churches around the world first began recording such things, Social Security death records, US war draft cards and pension information, and so much more.
Many Kansas Citians recall with fondness when downtown was a premier shopping destination for clothes, shoes, jewelry, housewares, and many other types of goods.