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Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to the  installation of planned enhancements, public computers will be unavailable for patron use during the dates that upgrades are scheduled at each location. Before visiting your neighborhood location during this period, read the schedule of upgrades to be aware of computer availability.
Library computers at all locations will be undergoing upgrades the week of May 20-25.  This process will roll out new and improved features, including advance computer station sign-up capabilities. Due to time needed for  installation, public computers at each location will be unavailable for patron use on certain dates. Learn more about the upgrades and availability schedule.
 
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Blue ribbons, carnival rides, cotton candy, and corn dogs... Its fair time! The Missouri State Fair takes place on August 7-17, 2008 in Sedalia. Get in the mood with these books that are fun for kids and parents alike.

Fiction

Blue-Ribbon Henry book cover

Blue-Ribbon Henry by Mary Calhoun, illustrated with watercolor and pencil, tells the story of a Siamese cat, Henry, who visits the county fair. He encounters a charging pig and helps a lost girl find her mother, winning a “Pet of the Show” award for his bravery.

A fun loving hen visits a fair for the first time, mistaking it for a farm, in Minerva Louise at the Fairby Janet Morgan Stoeke. This bright and colorful picture book depicts Minerva Louise as she explores the fairground with wonder and adventure.

Rural America and a town fair set the backdrop for That Kookoory! by Margaret Walden Froehlich. Kookery the rooster excitedly travels to the fair as a hungry weasel follows behind. Colorful pen and ink illustrations delight.

Books are filled with wonderful characters. The most interesting characters are PIGS.

Ask a librarian to help you find magnificent books about hogs, sows, piglets, endangered babirusas, and boars.

Read this Hog Blog entry to see my list of favorite pig books.

Yours with snorts,
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The U.S. government established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on July 29, 1958. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this agency with these histories, memoirs and novels that depict the work of NASA, its astronauts, and space travel.

NASA

America in Space book cover

Begin with the awe-inspiring images published in America in Space: NASA's First Fifty Years edited by Steven J. Dick. With over 400 photographs, this coffee-table sized book chronicles the history of NASA visually. You’ll see the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions of the 1960s, images from the Space Shuttle era, and much more.

The twelve robot spacecrafts launched in the 1970s by NASA yielded an amazing amount of information about our solar system. Beyond the Moon: A Golden Age of Planetary Exploration, 1971-1978 by Robert S. Kraemer details the story of those at NASA who made this happen.

This Sunday, July 27, 2008 celebrate Parents' Day with a humorous and heart-felt memoir about parenthood or read the warm reflections of adult children writing about their mothers and fathers.

Parenthood

Operating Instructions book cover

Writer and single mother Anne Lamott candidly chronicles her first year of motherhood in Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year. With humor, she shares the ups and downs of parenting with the help of her eccentric friends and family.

Daniel Glick writes about life as a single father after an unexpected divorce in Monkey Dancing: A Father, Two Kids, and a Journey to Witness the World's Vanishing Wonders. With his 13-year old son and 9-year old daughter, environmental reporter Glick travels the world for six months from Africa to Australia. Together, they view the natural world and cope with the changes in their lives.

The Blackboard Jungle (1955)

High school students in a gritty urban school move to the beat of Bill Haley’s "Rock Around the Clock" in what today seems a nostalgic look at urban youth. Glenn Ford stars as the teacher committed to his messy job. (Not Rated)

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