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.
Ok, you have arrived at the Library, and you need to find some information about World War II. So, you go the computer, enter WWII, and up comes this number. You write down this random, seemingly meaningless, number on a piece of paper and head off into the stacks to find. When you locate the number and your book, you notice that the other books around it also appear to be about WWII. You assume that the number somehow indicates books on WWII, but you have no idea why. Nor do you probably care. You just want to get your book.
Laughter: It’s an Eight Letter Word with Lots of Power!
My husband and I have always had a way of joking with each other. We really have a fun relationship. When we need to discuss our budgets, house repairs, and making other big decisions, we are all about being serious. But…the rest of our relationship is about laughter. I married my husband last April; wow, it’s almost been a year now, and our relationship has encountered some pretty big bumps along the way. One could say we’ve really had some boulders to climb. We both came from our own baggage of sorrow and anger, so it took us a while to work those kinks out.
I never thought about what my experience of the world would be if I couldn’t see until I watched the movie Dare Devil. After that, I tended to assume that a person unable to perceive the world around him or her thought sight must have some sort of similar experience of sight given from his or her brain, kind of like the graphics of a computer game.
I thought the weathermen were wrong. I thought for sure they were going to regret their silly forecast. Snow! In May! How ridiculous!
Well, they weren’t wrong. I am so tired of the cold and snow, but I have to admit, the snow looked very pretty on the flowers and blooming trees.
Did you know a cold snap in May is called a "blackberry winter"? It can also be referred to as "dogwood winter," "whippoorwill winter," "locust winter," or "redbud winter." I think it depends on what is blooming where you live.
"So much to do, so little time" was our mantra as we stepped onto Hawaiian soil at Honolulu. Just to recap, my husband and I allotted ourselves eleven days to take in the "best" (for us) in the islands. Previous planning had paid off, as it usually does with time constraints, but we made sure to relax oceanside here and there from Waikiki Beach to a private lagoon at Kona. Listed here, without order of preference, are the activities and sights that earned our time and hearts:
As a young lad growing up in a Greek family, the celebration of Easter was an important event. However, I often wondered why followers of the Eastern (Greek) Orthodox faith celebrated Easter at a different time than the rest of the Christian world. (For more, check out Greek Americansby David Phillips.) I was simply told that we followed a different calendar. I eventually learned that we followed a modified Julian calendar, while the Western world used the Gregorian calendar. I enjoyed the day of