The first two years I was married, we moved three times. The big advantage to this is that we went through our stuff, and got rid of things that we didn’t need or use. Why pack and haul things that are not needed? I have since lived in the same house for the past 15 years. The thought of packing to move anywhere (not that we are planning to in the near future) gives me the chills. We have accumulated a few things in those years.
One of the new postage stamps which are coming this year from the postal service is the Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp. It goes on sale on May 2nd to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who served in the U. S. Military. This interests me because my father, who will be 91 years old this year, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal during World War II for being seriously wounded in action in January of 1945.
When I first moved to the Claycomo area over twenty years ago, I was fascinated when one of the job interviews that I had applied for was located in the "caves." SubTropolis is a 55,000,000 square foot man-made cave in the bluffs above the Missouri River, and is claimed to be the world’s largest underground storage facility. At places, it is 160 feet beneath the surface, has a grid of 16 feet high, and 40-foot wide tunnels separated by 25-foot square limestone pillars created by the room and pillar method of hard rock mining.
Time for an update on our North Oak book clubs. The North Oak Branch hosts a book club on the third Wednesday of every month. This is led by Jennifer from our staff. Feel free to call or stop by for information. The North Oak Branch also offers support for our community book groups. Two years ago, I had three clubs using our branch as their resource for their club‘s books. Today our branch is helping fifteen groups on a regular or occasional basis.
When you come in to the North Oak Branch, you will notice right away that we have a new look. Our new circulation desk has finally arrived! It has very nice looking wood detail work and a solid-surface top. There are three work stations and a book return slot on the left side as you walk through the front doors.
We also moved the circulation desk forward closer to the entry door, so we'll be able to give you a warm welcome as you walk in. Come on in and check it out--our new look is more open, inviting, and modern for today's library users!