Entries by Beth Snow

Iconic Joplin

The Library’s Teen Department has participated in an exciting opportunity highlighting local history research and STEM skills. Iconic Joplin is a contest in which teams of 12-16 year-olds study a Joplin-area landmark and recreate it in LEGOs. It is an official event of Joplin’s Sesquicentennial celebration this year. Thirty teens divided up into six teams […]

The Art of Bob Mackie by Frank Vlastnik and Laura Ross

I’m a firm believer in the power of sparkle and shine to brighten up the short, dark, chilly  days of winter, especially those after the holidays. It doesn’t have to be much–just a little something to perk up the doldrums before spring appears on the horizon. Today’s book meets those criteria for me, presenting an […]

A Trio of Oceanic Fun for All Ages

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe Kraken Me Up by Jeffrey Ebbeler Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens This year’s summer reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”, and it […]

A Trio of Non-Fiction in Teen

The Chalk Art Handbook: How to Create Masterpieces on Driveways and Sidewalks and in Playgrounds by David Zinn Everything You Need to Ace…in One Big Fat Notebook series, various authors The LEGO Castle Book: Build Your Own Mini Medieval World by Jeff Friesen It’s spring!  Or, at least it finally feels like it.  Flowers and […]

Fun in the Snow for All Ages

                  Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian The Snowflake: Winter’s Frozen Artistry by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D. The National Weather Service (NWS) defines a white Christmas […]

Illustrated Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Poe: Stories and Poems, a Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Gareth Hinds Steampunk Poe, illustrated by Zdenko Basic and Manuel Sumberac Halloween’s almost here, and I can’t wait!  October’s put me in the mood for spooky reads despite the fact that the scariest thing I can handle are the sharks in Finding Nemo. Edgar Allan Poe […]

Almost American Girl, written and illustrated by Robin Ha

Area schools have been in session for a week or so now, and the air around the Library’s Teen Department has been filled with equal parts excitement and trepidation all month.  There have been a lot of butterflies, whether it’s the start of band camp or sports practice or middle school or senior year. Middle […]