Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is a large-scale dental clinic that provides free dental care to patients of all ages who cannot otherwise afford care. The 2015 MOMOM event will be held all day on both July 31 and August 1 in Columbia at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. Reports point out that people have actually camped out for this event in the past, so please be aware that crowds are likely. To get an idea of what this event entails, please click the St. Louis MOMOM 2014 event video and visit MOMOM’s site for more information.
We love seeing our patrons in the library enjoying their favorite books, but spring is also the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with your family. May 3 through 9 is Bike, Walk and Wheel Week (BWWW). This year’s theme is the evolution of travel, highlighting our treasured MKT Trail (one of the nation’s original rails-to-trails) as a source of recreation, fitness and active transportation for our community. Columbia has lots of fun events planned for BWWW, but the library’s favorite has to be the Story Book Trail.
Columbia Parks and Rec chooses a book – often tying in the theme of BWWW – and displays the book’s pages on boards placed at a child’s height. The boards are then placed along a walking trail to encourage both walking and reading together. This year’s Story Book Trail is at the Hindman Discovery Garden in Stephens Lake Park. The story on display is Watty Piper’s classic, “The Little Engine That Could.” So if you get tired while walking, just remember, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” The story boards will remain up the entire month of May. For more information about all activities during BWWW, please visit City of Columbia’s web page or check out this handy flyer.
Books are powerful. When I really connect with one, I struggle to return the treasure to the library. Bob Graham’s “A Bus Called Heaven,” my current book crush, has been lovingly propped up by my computer at work this last week. Why? Because I love the story of an entire community coming together to make good in the world. When life gets me down, I take a peek inside. I am delighted that all of Bob Graham’s books feature real, imperfect and lovable people. They aren’t your flawlessly coiffed picture book families. The good guys come in all shapes and sizes, sporting a hodgepodge of tattoos, hijabs and bad hair days.
Having now shared this gem with you, I know “A Bus Called Heaven” will need to find its way to other grateful readers. I’ll force myself to drop it in the return bin. I’m sure another book will take its place of honor on my desk soon. Any suggestions?