Thursday, 3 October 2013

8 year old Kansas boy injured by bullet

An 8 year old Kansas boy was injured in his home when bullets were fired from a car. From an article:
Bullet holes are still visible on the front of an Overland Park home where an 8-year-old boy was shot Monday night in the 10000 block of Kessler.
Overland Park Police said the boy did not have life-threatening injuries. A neighbor told 41 Action News the boy was shot in his shoulder.
Two other children and an adult woman were at home Monday night at 11:30 p.m. when the shooting occured.
According to police, the shooter fired between five and 10 shots into the home. Neighbors reported hearing the shots and at least one neighbor saw a dark colored sedan speed away from the house after the shooting.
Kids should be safe in their homes from bullets.

Teen Pick of the Week: A Midsummer Night's Scream

A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L. Stine
It was a horror movie that turned into real horror: Three young actors lost their lives while the cameras rolled. Production stopped, and people proclaimed the movie was cursed. Now, sixty years later, new actors are venturing onto the haunted set. In a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire's dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor, and Claire and her friends are dying to be involved.

Click on the title to place it on hold at the Ventress Memorial Library!

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Friday, 27 September 2013

15 year old Chicago area teen shot in apparent gang incident

A 15 year old was shot outside of his school in what appears to be a gang related incident:
Witnesses said the victim was being chased before he was shot around 2:30 p.m. at Leland and Kimball, which is just across the street from Roosevelt High School, 3436 West Wilson. The suspect yelled a gang slogan before pulling the trigger, witnesses said.
"And then after that, the guy got shot in his leg and fell to the ground, and all I saw was a whole bunch of police start flooding the school," Darius Ortiz, witness, said.

15 year old Utah girl shot by 16 year old friend

A 15 year year old girl was shot in the stomach by a 16 year old friend:
Police said a 16-year-old shot a 15-year-old in the abdomen.  Cops said the 16-year-old boy was showing off a gun and this appears to be an accident.
It was a startling discovery for neighbor Brad Blair. Just after 4 p.m., the victim showed up on  Blair’s doorstep.
“He was still awake and everything, but he was bleeding pretty good,” Blair said.
The victim was with a female friend.  They were trying to call 911.  Moments before, the teens were hanging out with a 16-year-old acquaintance outside the apartment building.
“It sounds like he tried to fire the gun a couple times, it wasn’t working but at some point it did discharge,” said Lt. Matt Elson of the West Valley City Police Department.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

13 year old Ohio girl shot in the arm

A .22 caliber rifle found in a home is allegedly responsible for the accidental shooting of a 13 year old Ohio girl. From an article:
A 13-year-old Laird Avenue girl was accidentally shot in the arm Wednesday afternoon at her house and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Coming Soon!

Teen Pick Thursdays and Small Fry Fridays!

We will be posting our favorite pick of the week for teens and for younger children alternating from week to week. We also love suggestions so if you have any recommendations please feel free to email

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Storytime "Spot" Light

Spots and Dots was the theme of our preschool storytime this week.  The children had loads of fun listening to and interacting with several colorful books like:

Lots of Dots 
by Craig Frazier

Press Here 
by Herve Tullet

Put Me In The Zoo 
by Robert Lopshire

by Patricia Intriago

Kiki's Blankie 
by Janie Bynum

The kids also participated in a silly and educational felt board version of Dog's Colorful Day and "Spot The Animal," a learning activity which put preschoolers' critical thinking skills to work deciding what kinds of animals had spots.  

Storytime ended with the short film The Dotbased on the book by Peter Reynolds about a girl who mistakingly thinks she has no artistic talent...then she draws a dot.

Our next storytime on October 1 will be full of giddy-up and go with a "cowboys and pioneers" theme to coincide with the Kansas City Public Library's participation in The Big Read with the novel True Grit by Charles Portis.  

Preschool storytime is every Tuesday at 10 a.m.  Come join us for some great books, fun songs, learning activities, and a short movie.

Afterwards, check out our cozy kids area filled with lots of engaging books to check out, take home and enjoy.