Friends of the Forest Park Public Library had a busy weekend. The friends spent all day Thursday setting up and sorting books, magazines, videos, etc. Then on Friday and Saturday, they sold the stuff.

But without the help of our strong, able and willing young men, the mission never would have been accomplished. Hauling big boxes filled with books, tapes and videos is not a job for the weak. So a special thanks and loud applause go to Antonio Mcdeth, Eddie Danaly and Kirt Myles.

President Shirley Christell got everything organized with the help of Secretary Hertha Orazda with friends May Bill, Mary Hollander and Karen Stewart. Treasurer Rose Everson should be busy counting all the money.

Studying a soft-cover book to determine placement is Erik Hollander. Eric and his wife, Mary, had just come back from the airport where they saw their son, Tim, off to China. Tim is learning Chinese with an eye to teaching English and religion. Zeno Jacquat was there to help, too, as always.

Shopping at Trader Joe’s can be an educational experience. Samuel, a cashier there, is from the West Indies. If you ask him where in the West Indies he’ll tell you to take out a $20 bill and tell him whose picture is on the bill. You’ll say, “Alexander Hamilton.” Samuel will say, “Where was Hamilton born?” Samuel will tell you that Alexander Hamilton was born in the West Indies, but on which island? Ask your librarian, then go tell Samuel. Pick up a box of that roasted red pepper and tomato soup while you’re there, if you haven’t already.

Jenny and Edward Okowicz have returned from a graduation ceremony for their grandson, Brandon Racusin, at Princeton University. Brandon is the son of Dolores and Michale Racusin. Brandon’s stepfather is Keith Mayo. Jenny and Ed are often found on the Wednesday senior trips. Maybe they’ll show you a picture of Brandon with Princeton in the background!

Welcome to Forest Park to new baby, Sebastian Robert Selizi, who was born Feb. 27, 2009. Mom, Jeanine, and dad, Bob, two big sisters and Daisy Dog are enjoying Sebastian’s antics.

June 17 is the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Iceland won its freedom from Denmark on this day in 1944, and South Africa repealed its last apartheid law in 1991.

On the 18th, the Battle of Waterloo was fought in 1815. Mountaineer George Mallory was last seen on this day as he walked off into the mist on his way up Mt. Everest. He’s the one who, when asked, “Why climb a mountain?” responded, “Because it’s there.”

Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, and her birthday is June 18.

On this day in 1879, William Tecumseh Sherman made his famous speech at the Michigan Military Academy graduation. “War is, at best, barbarism … its glory is all moonshine,” he said. “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.”

On June 21, at 1:45 a.m., summer begins in the northern hemisphere.

On June 22, Geneva, Ill., has great Swedish Days celebrations for six days. Call 630-232-6060 or go to www.genevachamber.com. Lots of fun and things to do and right at our back door.

Happy birthday to Tim Grams on June 17. On the 18th, Emily Myint, Maria Willinger, Carol Ralph, Trevor LaPoint and Artie Gray have birthdays, and Jon and Jenny Kuehl have an anniversary, as do Jill and Brian Hosty. On the 19th, Danny and Diane Mohr have an anniversary; June 20, Ginger McKay has a birthday; June 21, Angela Hodges, Sophia Miller and Jane Hseu all have birthdays, and Mr. and Mrs. Eilson Chen have an anniversary; on June 22, Sydney Gray has a birthday; on the 23rd, Charles Watson and Leshaundria Ford have birthdays, and Angela and Cory Fink celebrate their anniversary.