It’s time for one of those little-known quasi holidays. May is National Barbecue Month! With the weather starting to warm up, people are beginning to go outside not only out of necessity, but for pleasure. What goes better with tailgating and gardening than a little bit of barbecue? Perhaps ice cream, but the Library doesn’t have a program on how to make ice cream (though we do sometimes let the teens attempt to make the biggest ice cream sundae in the world).
Are you a baby boomer wondering what services are out here to help? Are you in that "Sandwich generation," you know your children are growing up, and your parents are getting older? If you are looking for answers to questions like "What does Medicare/ Medicaid provide," "What are my veteran’s benefits?," "Where do I turn to get help for my parent?," "Where can I get help for myself?," then you need to stop in at the North Oak Branch on Wednesday, May 29 from 10 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.
Join us Tuesday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. in Grain Valley for our monthly stitchers meeting. This is a great time to bring in any textile-type project that you are working on. You may be able to help someone with their project, get help with yours, or learn something new. You'll also make some great new friends.
Do you love the sound of a trickling brook? Are you fascinated by ponds, but limited by your yard space? Join us at the Smithville Branch on June 27, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. for Water Gardening 101 and learn all about different types of water features, including what types of plants and fish could work for you.
Here are some great books on water gardening you can get at the Library:
You’ve probably heard a lot about the Summer Reading Program and other activities and programs for kids and teens at the Library this summer. However, adults can have fun at the Library, too. Here are a few programs coming up at the Excelsior Springs Branch this summer that are designed just for adults.
As genealogists, it isn’t terribly uncommon for us to come across coincidences somewhere along our family lines, or even confluences of one of our lines with the line of a good friend or maybe even our spouse. Occasionally, we even find someone who is related to us somewhere down our line in an unexpected place – like the Midwest Genealogy Center!
Are you looking to get familiar with basic computer skills? If so, Blue Ridge Branch offers a program to help you get familiar with technology. Join us as we learn the basics of Windows computing, basic email, and Internet skills in "Basic Computer Skills," a program we offer every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.. This month, we will be meeting on July 9th at 7:00 p.m., so come on out.
Everyone likes to share, especially when it comes to genealogy. We spend our time researching, and when we finally find a long lost ancestor, we want to share that with the world. FamilySearch has a new tool available on their website that can help genealogists share their information as well as connect with family working on the same lines. The new tool is called Family Tree, and it is free and now available to the public.
A few years ago, I came across this photo in my mother’s files. It is a wonderful group shot of the McIntire sons of Los Angeles, their mother, wives, and some of their children, including my mother. I believe this was taken in about 1934, since my mother appears to be about 4 years old.