The first crossword puzzle was compiled by journalist Arthur Wynne and published December 12, 1913 in the newspaper New York World. The first puzzle was diamond shaped and provided one clue for every two numbers, but it did not include the blackout squares we see today.
"Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious."
That’s just one of the bazillion lines from 80s movies I have locked in the recesses of my brain, along with songs, TV shows, and even commercials. "Where’s the beef?" Oh, how I miss that old girl!
Ahh! Summertime! I have a friend that frequently asks me, "And how does your garden grow?" This is the year that my garden is awesome, thanks to our bountiful spring rains.
After perusing every new gardening book I came across, I decided to make a round garden, divided into three sections. This year, one section is devoted to zinnias for a cutting garden. I have also "grown" a bottle tree. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can grow one of these!
One of my favorite things to do when my kids were small was to go to the Kansas City Zoo. As the years went by, admission prices went up, my kids weren't kids anymore, gas prices went up, and we went to the zoo less often. A couple of years ago, we voted on a zoo tax. More taxes usually don’t have an advantage, but in this case, the zoo lowered its prices for people living in Jackson and Clay counties. Hooray! Now with the price of admission at just $5.00 for those residents; it means more visits!
I love summer: playing outside, barbecuing, and hanging out with friends. The best part of summer for me is playing in the water. Whether it is at a water park, lake, or pool, I spend a lot of time in the water.
It’s the end of July, and that means, it’s the end of the Summer Reading Program. July 31st is the last day to log books, minutes, or reviews towards your summer reading goals. You have until August 3rd to pick up your prizes, and then we’re done!
So, what was your favorite part of the Summer Reading Program? Did you find a new favorite book? Which special summer presentation was the best? Are you already using the new art kit that you earned? Share your summer reading experience with us below!
August 10th is the 192nd anniversary of statehood for Missouri. Missouri became a territory on June 4, 1812. As the population increased by 1817 to 40,000, petitions, or Memorials for Statehood, were sent out. John Scott, the Missouri territorial delegate, presented Congress with the petition in January 1818. It was sent to committee but not acted on.
Looking for something fun to do in August? Come join us at the Library and learn the game of chess. Research says that chess improves test scores on math and reading! Have fun while learning about chess moves, important rules and game etiquette, strategy, openings, endgame, and tactics. Nationally rated chess coaches, Frank Whitwell and Ken Fee from the Kansas City Chess Club, will be your teachers.
National Drive-Thru Day is observed annually to celebrate America’s drive-thru service industry. Jack-in-the-Box is recognized as America’s first major hamburger chain to pave the way for this new type of dining experience, to recognize American's love affair with their car. But not all drive-thru windows offer food.
Did you know that Smithville Branch has a drive-thru? I am still amazed at how many people pull up to the window and say, "I had no idea that there was a drive-thru here!" I've even heard, "Can I have fries with that?"
Every parent or grandparent treasures those scribbled drawings from their children. But maybe now, you have noticed that their scribbles are quite a bit better than just scribbles. Encouraging artistic talent is a fun thing to do with your children. Plus, the Library has fun materials that will guide your young artist into more sophisticated scribbles!
Try out these fun titles! Your young artist will love it!