Spring is upon us, and Windex is in the air. This is the season for cleaning, and in my experience, cleaning can be quite dangerous – you never know what you’re going to find. Sometimes we hide things for ourselves or for others on purpose or find things as a pleasant surprise. After all, who hasn’t found a couple dollar bills stashed away or rediscovered something that they believed was lost? This happened recently here at the Library. When rehoming the dust bunnies in our store room, we found some posters for National Library Week just in time to display them. This was a nice find.
Ken Follet, author of thrillers and historical novels, said it best when he noted the power that a great story can have over a reader. He said, "If they're hoping it will turn out this way, and fearing it will turn out that way, they're going to turn the page." Follet knows what he is talking about, as he was just awarded the Grand Master prize by the Mystery Writers of America, which honors an author’s body of work.
Although I've been blogging a lot recently about favorite music, I rarely, if ever, listen to contemporary music. I listen to NPR in the car and at home all day, so there is not a lot of music going on in my life. Maybe that's why all of my favorites trends come from the late 60s and early 70s.
Get Through Awful Classes with Help from the Library!
Sometimes in one’s schooling career, they are faced with the rather unexciting (and sometimes daunting) quest to take and pass a class or two that may not be very enjoyable. For me, there are three of those particular classes: Oral Communications and two science classes. I have to take them for my general studies requirements, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to enjoy them.
History is all around us. We share it when we tell stories about the church our grandparents were married in, look at old photos of family farms, spend an afternoon visiting a historic cemetery, and pass through a neighborhood where family members once lived. It is in these buildings, sites, and objects that we have our most visible and valuable ties to the past.
The Excelsior Springs Branch will be having their first Teen Advisory Group meeting this Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. This special committee will be for teens who are interested in being a voice of influence at MCPL. The mission and goals for the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will be chosen and voted upon by the participating teenagers, and the teens will also get to decide the number of service hours that can be earned each month. These service hours can also be used to fulfill A+ requirements or other community service hours.
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.