All through the fall and winter, mid-grade students across Missouri were burrowed in with their favorite books in the hopes of attending the Children's Literature Festival in Warrensburg in March. My fourth grade son was among those busy readers.
I realized the other day that the reason I love shopping at my warehouse club might have less to do with the low prices and jumbo sizes and more to do with the way they pack my groceries at the checkout stand. They put them in boxes.
When I was a preschooler, that’s how I wished our groceries came to the house after my mom read me Quiet Quincy and the Delivery Truck by Polly Kemp.
In The Republic, Plato presents what is referred to as “The Allegory of the Cave.” In Book VII of The Republic there is an extensive dialogue on the nature of justice. Socrates describes a cave where prisoners have been held, chained, and immobile since childhood. Their heads are fixed, and they are compelled to look at a wall in front of them. Behind the prisoners is a large fire. Between the fire and the prisoners is a raised walkway where people walk along carrying things on their heads, including human and animal figures.
Congratulations to "Beege" for correctly guessing the March 21st featured author! The correct answer was Louis L’Amour. Great job, Beege! You win the honor of being the first to correctly guess our debut featured author.
Let’s move on to our next author. In review, I will give you obscure clues about an author. Play along by posting your guesses. If you are the first to guess correctly, you will receive a lifetime supply of Snappy Time Popcorn which was found unclaimed in a Burbank warehouse from 1968. (Not really)
Okay, put on your thinking caps and Name That Author!
Social Security was first enacted to help provide national economic security. Franklin Roosevelt stressed that point in his "Program for Social Security" speech (1935). He emphasized that there are no guarantees against the dangers of national economic down turns. However, he added that the perils of such troubled times can be reduced by employing safeguards. After 75 years, Social Security is still one of those safeguards!
Many of our grandparents planted gardens based on the signs of the Zodiac and by the phases of the moon. Each day of the month is dominated by one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac. Each sign appears at least once a month plus two or three days.
If you’re nosy like I am, you may wonder what people are reading. And if you think librarians have the inside scoop on all the best books (which we do, of course), then maybe you wonder what we librarians are reading. So, here is what some of the Boardwalk staff are reading this week.
Recently, my sister and I took a road trip to Portland, OR. The entire trip was amazing. We drove through (parts or all of) Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and finally Oregon. We pumped our own gas in all states but one; Oregon. I knew about this weird law but I was not prepared for this odd experience. I still had to get out of my car to pay, but it was still a nice break, especially after being in the car for 27+ hours! New Jersey is the only other state to have such a law. Apparently, New Jersey and Oregon lawmakers don’t trust us around such flammable material!