05 6, 2018

MPL Talks: The Easter Rising of 1916

By |2018-05-06T06:00:56-04:00May 6, 2018|

We have a treat for those who enjoy the work of our resident historian John Foster.

Foster recently discussed the Easter Rising of 1916 during a special program at Concord Township Community Center. We filmed and are sharing the talk for those who could not attend.

The Easter Rising (also known as the Easter Rebellion) began when a small group of Irish republicans tried to wrest independence from the United Kingdom in the midst of World War I.

Foster explains what transpired during the Easter Rising and how its failure (and its leaders’ executions) launched a series of Irish uprisings.

For those who want to learn more, Foster recommends 1916: One Hundred Years of Irish Independence by Tim Pat Coogan.

Additionally, Foster — who, in addition to being a reference librarian, has a doctorate degree in European history — began his US Presidents of the 20th Century series in April. He started with a lecture on the life and legacy of Theodore Roosevelt.

His series continues at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, with a focus on Woodrow Wilson. The talk is free to attend and open to all.

Other historical talks by Foster can be watched on our YouTube page, including:

05 3, 2018

Kanopy Kids

By |2018-05-03T06:00:53-04:00May 3, 2018|

Kids can learn about science, math, languages and more with popular educational shows on Kanopy Kids.

Kids can learn about science, math, languages and more with popular educational shows on Kanopy Kids.

Have you checked out Kanopy yet? It’s a streaming service like Hulu or Netflix, but it’s free with your library card.

It offers a collection of more than 30,000 films, including award-winning movies and documentaries from all over the globe.

And it may have just become your child’s favorite streaming service with Kanopy Kids.

Kanopy Kids offers video versions of story time classics like Curious George, Where the Wild Things Are, Lon Po Po, Too Many Tamales, Goldilocks & The Three Dinosaurs and The True Story of the Big Bad Wolf.

It also features episodes of popular educational shows. Learn about science with SciGirls or Ready Jet Go, nature with Zooboomafoo or Dinosaur Trainhistory with Liberty’s Kids, reading with Between the Lions and WordWorldand more than a dozen languages (including Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Arabic and French) with Little Pim.

You can also enjoy classic children’s series starring Arthur, Daniel Tiger, Maya the Bee and Franklin.

Kanopy Kids even offers celebrated and award-winning animated films like Eleanor’s Secret, Ernest & Celestine and Mia & the Magoo.

You can stream unlimited videos (specifically, from Kanopy Kids) each month on your favorite device—computer, tablet, phone, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku—for free.

Kanopy playlists:

05 2, 2018

Reading rocks with Vox

By |2018-05-02T06:00:30-04:00May 2, 2018|

Vox books combine picture books with audiobooks, and they're free to borrow with your library card.

Vox books combine picture books with audiobooks, and they’re free to borrow with your library card.

Head on up to the Children’s Department to check out the new collection of Vox Books at our Main Branch.

IMG_20180426_203922206Each of these books has a Vox Reader attached. It combines your favorite picture books with an audiobook for an all-in-one readalong — no CD player required!

Just press play and read along with the narrator.

They are great for young readers, since adding audio increases reading motivation and comprehension dramatically.

Check in at the Children’s Reference desk regularly as we will get new titles throughout the year.

05 1, 2018

Christina Baker Kline on her writing, favorite books & who she’s reading now

By |2018-05-01T06:00:56-04:00May 1, 2018|

Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline was our keynote speaker during the inaugural Northcoast Writers’ Showcase last week.

We had the opportunity to interview her, and she discussed:


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