Both branches of the library will open late on Friday, May 4, so library staff members can attend training classes in the morning.
The Belt Branch and the Savannah Branch will open at 1:30 p.m. and be open until 6 p.m. that day. They will resume normal hours on Saturday, May 5.
Only 1 1/2 more weeks until May 4, 2018!!!
Why are we so excited about that date? It’s our first ever Star Wars celebration! From 3:30-5:30 p.m. in The Upper Story, visitors will be transported to another galaxy far, far away.
There will be Jedi games, crafts, snacks, prizes and much, much more! Costumes are encouraged and welcomed, but not required. May the Fourth be with you!!!!
Do you love food and cooking? Do you read cookbooks just for fun? Test your culinary knowledge with our just-for-fun Culinary Quiz!
And, as always, the magic number for foodies at the Library is 641!
I love money. I love everything about it. I bought some pretty good stuff. Got me a $300 pair of socks. Got a fur sink. An electric dog polisher. A gasoline powered turtleneck sweater. And, of course, I bought some dumb stuff, too. –Steve Martin
Whether you are in the market for a fur sink or not, money is often in everyone’s thoughts. The Library has numerous good books to help you make sense of your dollars and cents—-check out the list below:
The financial diet: a total beginner’s guide to getting good with money
a great primer for people who are new to personal finance concepts
Credit repair: make a plan, improve your credit score, avoid scams
The sensible strategies in Credit Repair help you take control of your finances, clean up your credit report and rebuild your credit.
You need a budget: the proven system for breaking the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, getting out of debt, and living the life you want
“A handy guide for readers looking to increase their financial literacy and manage their money carefully and successfully.” (Booklist)
How to make your money last: the indispensable retirement guide
provides savvy suggestions to people approaching, entering, or managing retirement
How to retire with enough money: and how to know what enough is
“Ghilarducci uses humor, easy-to-understand calculations, and personas to showcase how readers from varying walks of life can make sustainable retirement savings choices.” —Library Journal
April is Financial Literacy Month, and the Library is offering two programs, both presented by Dave Thompson, founder and host of “It’s Your Money”, about personal finances.
Making Your Money Last As Long As You
Thursday April 19, 6:30pm, Upper Story, Belt Branch
Make sure you can maintain the income you need throughout your entire lifetime. Dave will give a presentation about retirement income strategies, as well as long term care coverage issues.
Keep More of Your Income in Retirement
Tuesday April 24, 6:30pm, Upper Story, Belt Branch
Strategies to keep more of your money in retirement, whether that’s in 10 years or 30 years. Dave will give a presentation about tax-free retirement income strategies, as well as how to choose the right financial advisor for you.
I’m sure you know that the Library carries books about all kinds of crafts–quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing and so forth. But I bet you didn’t know about these unusual crafts–check one out from the Library today!
Every month, 2 separate book groups are held at the Belt Branch, led by staff member Gena Fisher. The meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Here’s what’s in store for April 18–there’s still time to read the books, and anyone is welcome! Questions? Call the Library at 816-232-5479.
Cover to Cover → Meets at 12pm
Little Bookshop of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch
The story of a couple who move to a struggling Virginia town and hope to revitalize it with the small bookshop they buy. Soon the small bookstore becomes a large part of the community. A light refreshment and beverage will be served.
Novel Ideas → Meets at 6:30pm
Georgia by Dawn Tripp
A look at the painter Georgia O’Keefe’s life and work and how her choices inspired her greatest paintings. A light refreshment and beverage will be served.
And the winner is…………….. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr!
Thank you to everyone who voted. Staff member and book club leader extraordinaire Gena Fisher has won the 2018 Book Fight Trophy for picking the winner (really, what chance did the rest of us have :). All the nominations have been added to a bookshelf on the Library’s Goodreads page. Each book was read and recommended by at least one Library staff member, so this list really does represent an excellent selection of “Good Reads” if you are looking for a good book. See you next year!
Award-winning YA author Melissa De La Cruz is coming to St. Joseph on Monday, April 16, to give a public reading of her work at 7 p.m. in Kemper Recital Hall at Missouri Western State University. The free program and a book-signing reception afterward are sponsored by The Mochila Review, Missouri Western’s literary journal.
Sounds like a fun evening, right? Know what would be even better? A place at the dinner table with de la Cruz!
The library is seeking one teenage fan to send to dinner with the author and other guests invited by Missouri Western. The dinner is at 5 p.m. at II Lazzarone pizzeria, and our guest’s ticket is being covered by the library.
To qualify, fans must be 13 to 18 years old and answer the question below via private messaging to our Facebook page or at one of the library’s service desks. The lucky teen will be selected in a random drawing of entrants the evening of April 13.
Here’s the question: In de la Cruz’s Blue Blood series, Jack Force is the current incarnation of what angel?
For those who don’t know, de la Cruz has written more than 40 books and many of them have topped best-seller lists, earned numerous awards and have been published in more than 20 countries. Her new novel, “Love and War,” is a sequel to last year’s “Eliza and Alex,” which is a novel about the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.