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.
Expanding Your Music Library Has Never Been Easier (or Cheaper)!
Add music to your collection anywhere, anytime, and for free! If you haven't been downloading your free songs from Freegal Music each week, you have been missing out. And if you have, things just got better! We have increased the number of downloads from three per week to FIVE!
Come on, admit it! Every once in a while, when you see the kids doing the Summer Reading Program, you get nostalgic and just a little bit envious. Reading lists, personal challenges, watching your word count grow, and at the end, there's a prize on top of everything? What could be more fun?
Alright, nostalgic adult, do we have excellent news for you!
On January 11th at 10 a.m., there will be an educational meeting on power issues at the North Independence Branch. The meeting is being organized by Indy Energy, a citizen effort to promote broader understanding and discussion of energy issues facing the community including the environment, utility rates, and economic development.
Many people this holiday season will receive various eReaders, smartphones, and tablets from their loved ones. While these gifts are given with a love of books in mind, many recipients are at a loss as to how to use their new device and, even more importantly, how to access the Library!
What better gift to give this year than the gift of reading to all the loved ones in your life, especially all the young ones in your life. Books have always been my favorite gifts to give children of all ages during the holiday season.
The Liberty Branch participated in the Historic Downtown Liberty Giving Tree annual contest and won one of three awards given! The project featured 16 individually adorned miniature, holiday trees from Liberty-area nonprofit organizations. The Judge’s Choice award was presented to Liberty staff on December 3 in an award ceremony at a local business on the Liberty Square. The other two awards given were People’s Choice and Best Use of Color.
Storytelling, a craft as old as time itself, is enjoying a significant resurgence of popularity in the modern age. As with all steadfast practices made new again, storytelling is getting a digital facelift and evolving to include technology and the innovative minds who manipulate it.