Mid-Continent Public Library reaches 1 million
Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) has reached a milestone: 1,024,000 plus checkouts of ebooks and audio books during 2015. It was the first system in Missouri and Kansas to exceed a million downloads in a year, according to Overdrive, a service that provides the ebook and audio book catalog to MCPL.
The system’s 31 branches serve more than 780,000 residents in Clay, Jackson and Platte counties.
“Many of our customers have taken the opportunity to utilize Overdrive to access books titles of all types, from children’s titles to New York Times bestsellers,” said library director Steven V. Potter in a news release. “We encourage more people to take advantage of this service during our Winter Reading Challenge, especially when the weather is similar to what it is this week.”
The Winter Reading Challenge runs Jan. 15 through March 15. All participants who register and read five or more books will receive a limited-edition coffee mug designed with the “Classics Re-Mixed” theme of the challenge. Participants also will be entered into drawings.
In addition to the ebooks and audio books, patrons checked out nearly 8 million physical items during 2015, according to MCPL’s marketing and communications director, Mary Altman.
Christmas tree drop-off
Cut Christmas trees can be left for recycling at Liberty’s Bennett Park or City Park through Jan. 31.
Trees should be free of decorations and left in designated areas near the baseball fields at both parks.
The trees will be mulched and used on natural surface trails in the city.
Anyone can drop off trees, whether a Liberty resident or not.
Bennett Park is at 1100 Clayview Drive; and City Park is at 970 S. Missouri 291.
Volunteers willing to shovel snow for senior citizens and the disabled are invited to join the Liberty Snow Squad.
“Each year we receive calls from senior citizens who are unable to get to their mailbox, or their home health nurse is unable to pull into the driveway,” said LeAnn Lawlor, Liberty Community Services manager. “Many seniors who live alone become stranded in their home on snowy days because they are unable to shovel their driveways.”
Snow Squad volunteers are asked to shovel their assigned homes if 2 or more inches of snow falls.
Individuals, high school students, Scout troops and other organizations are invited to apply.
Applications are available at City Hall, 101 E. Kansas St., or the Liberty Community Center, 1600 South Withers Road, Liberty.
Health Center celebrates
The Clay County Public Health Center has planned a public open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to celebrate its accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.
Clay County’s Public Health Center is among the 100 health departments in the nation, and one of three in Missouri to receive the accreditation. Official word of the accreditation was received in November from the non-profit Public Health Accreditation Board.
The open house will include comments by Gary Zaborac, director of public health, and board chairwoman Patricia Dixon. A plaque designating the accreditation will be unveiled and tours of the facility are planned.
“It’s really an opportunity for folks to see what we do inside this facility and where their tax dollars really go and the work we do each day,” said Aaron Smullin, communications specialist with Clay County Health.
The Clay County Health Center is at 800 Haines Drive, Liberty.
For information call Smullin at 816-595-4257.
Norma King, Special to The Star