Today, for many folks, means nothing. It may just feel like any other Tuesday, and in fact, it may be. However, for some, this may be the end of an era, or a least the start of a small headache. Microsoft announced that starting today, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, they will no longer be creating updates or offering technical support for Windows XP. The statement from Microsoft can be found here.
Why is the Mid-Continent Public Library so special to this bookworm? I mentioned earlier that we share the same initials. They are M.C.P.L., too! My first name is Millicent. My parents love to read books and chose names with links to literature. (They were inspired by a book written by Alice Bach called Millicent the Magnificent.)
This year, Mid-Continent Public Library started a brand new event: The Winter Reading Challenge. The idea was to promote leisure reading among adults, and those who committed to reading five titles over a two-month period received a limited edition "Somewhere in Time" mug along with a chance to win the grand prize, a Kindle Fire.
Hi friends! I just found out the exciting news that my favorite library is a finalist for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Fantastic! Let me share with you why this bookworm loves the Mid-Continent Public Library.
10. My initials are M.C.P.L., too! (Bet you can't guess what my name is!)
We all enjoy awards season, and we have had our share of pageantry over the past several weeks. Between the Olympics and the Academy Awards, we have seen quite a few accolades awarded. Although the Olympics have concluded, Mid-Continent Public Library may not be finished with the pageantry of a medal ceremony. Mid-Continent Public Library is one of thirty finalists for The National Medal for Museum and Library Service for 2014.
This year marks the 17th annual Read Across America celebration in honor of the famed Dr. Seuss's Birthday and to promote the love of reading! Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating successful, lifelong readers. Research shows us that children who are driven to spend more time reading for pleasure perform better in school.
February can bring short days with overcast skies that just make the world seem dreary. According to the Mayo Clinic: “For most people with seasonal affective disorder, the symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping their energy and making them feel moody. Treatment for seasonal affective disorder includes light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy, and medications. Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the ‘winter blues’ or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own.
Do people still read? Absolutely! In fact 76 percent of all Americans read at least one book last year. But was it a print book or an eBook? Do younger people read more print than digital? Will older people read anything other than print? A recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project uncovered several very interesting facts.
January has always been my month to get organized and plan a focus for the year to come. Getting organized can take on a variety of meanings for me. Last year, I cleaned and organized our basement storage area. Two years ago, I organized my computer files. This year, I am organizing my plans for a healthier lifestyle.