Let the Colors Flow

By Candy Jones-Guerin

Think quickly…who is your favorite American Artist?  Did you think of Andy Warhol or Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe or Mary Cassatt?

In August we celebrate American Artists Appreciation Month and pay homage to the visionaries that color our world. Take some time to look up your favorite or choose from the selection below and spend some of your summer reading time learning about these great American icons as well as those around the world that have had an impact on the art community.

Impressionism, 1st Edition
ReferencePoint Press
December 2015
Born in the mid-1800s, the Impressionist movement redefined the way artists approached their craft, opening the doors to previously unheard-of freedom in methods, viewpoint, and execution. This book examines Impressionist art, the tools, the techniques, the artists, and the artwork that so many generations have come to know and love.

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Tools of the Trade: Empathy, Respect, Openness,
Communications, and the Library Mission

Posted on November 4, 2015
During the time of unrest in Ferguson, we at the Ferguson Municipal Public Library (FMPL) made a conscious decision to simply stay open for our community. We forged many vital relationships during those difficult days by providing empathy, respect, and comfort to the people in our community.

Empathy and Respect – Keeping our doors open during the hard days created a shift in how the people of Ferguson thought of their library. The empathy and respect we showed our patrons created a synergistic boost to the community as a whole.

Understand patrons, and respect them as people. Everything else grows from this, but you have to really mean it. If you care deeply about your community, it shows in every conversation, decision, and service. This cannot be an abstract thingcaring in aggregate but not in specific. It’s about building actual relationships. After all, we serve each patron as a person, individually.

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2015 TEAMS Award Announced and the Winners Are….

2015 TEAMS Awards

Posted on September 18, 2015

Another TEAMS Award is in the books! This year’s voting committee had amazing applications to review and discuss – from a school community garden putting a new spin on “farm to table”, to a 3D gallery walk featuring student artwork and videos, to a social action research fair with fundraising muscle – and all displayed exciting, creative ways in which teachers and media specialists are working together to promote learning and student achievement.

This year’s big winners include:

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GVRL Partner Publisher: DK

DK eBooks

DK (formerly Dorling Kindersley) is the choice of librarians, parents, children and general readers worldwideStep-by-step guide. From animal facts to travel guides to gardening, DK is renowned for its distinctive, highly visual books that educate and entertain.

Currently available titles like The Science Book, Crochet,  and Small Space Garden Ideas  appeal to people of all ages and offer ideal summer reading or summer researching of activities.

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