Mike Burke served on the Mid-Continent Public Board of Directors from 1979-1982. This interview was recorded at the MCPL Family Reunion by Andie Paloutzian on Sunday May 31, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium on the 50 year history of the library system.
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Vida Peers worked at Mid-Continent Public Library Headquarters from 1960-1977. She is now retired. This interview was recorded at the MCPL Family Reunion by Graham Fox (Assistant Manager of the Blue Ridge location) on Sunday May 31, 2015 at Arrowhead Stadium on the 50 year history of the library system.
Every year KCPT / PBS sponsors a young writers contest for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Ronan, Eleanor, Owen, William, Ayanna were a few of this year's winners. Each was interviewed by children's author, Donna Keith at the Woodneath Library Center on May 29th, 2015.
Every year KCPT / PBS sponsors a young writers contest for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Sophia, Madeline, Ishya, Finland, Jana and Clark were a few of this year's winners. Each was interviewed by children's author, Ann Ingalls at the Woodneath Library Center on May 29th, 2015.
Chris Eaton had been a teacher for 30 years before retiring. She went to SW Missouri State for Education, and was married in 1976. She taught in Buffalo from 1975-1977 and taught 3rd grade in the Liberty area for 28 years at Platte County R-3.She emerged from her retirement in 2007 to become a page at the Liberty Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library. From there she had the chance to become a Substitute Clerk. Her favorite job is being with people and challenging herself. She takes great pride in connecting with people and making their day better.
Teresa Leggard started writing poetry in high school and began to write short stories shortly thereafter. She was an English major in college, then applied for a writer position at Hallmark. Teresa got an editorial job there and also pursued an MFA at UMKC. While at UMKC, Teresa connected with play writing in a powerful way. She has had her work produced at the Fringe Festival and at DC.
Cody grew up in the Parkville, MO area and went to school in the Park Hill School District. He works with the Mid-Continent Public Library as the Woodneath Press Manager. He has a Bachelors Degree in English Writing from Park University and is currently in the Masters of Library Science program at the University of Missouri.
Hollie Westring spent her childhood in southern Illinois, attending high school in Hale, Mo. She later received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Central Missouri. She now lives in Kansas City, Missouri and has gone on to become a successful author and freelance editor. She enjoys baking and exploring historical locations around the mid-west.
Karen Baiers was born in Watervliet, Michigan. She grew up on the farm, then moved to Kansas City in 1968 after graduating from Michigan State University.
Susan Hiland went to Oak Park High School. A love of storytelling in high school led to theatre, announcements, broadcasting, and journalism. She grew up in an age when the storytelling methods and technology were very different from what is prevalent now. Social media has been a game changer in journalism, allowing quicker response times. A web department is a four-person operation whereas ten years ago- completely unexpected. Now exclusivity of reality is the new reality. Susan Hiland went to Missouri State and got a radio internship at a station in Springfield.