It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas; okay not quite, but we did get an awesome present today. We have brand new computers! The keyboards, mice, screens, and operating systems are all new. We’re running on Windows 7 and have upgraded our reservation system. One of the many fine features of our new reservation system is the ability for you to extend your own time on the computers if no one is waiting. You can also move to a different computer, even if you’ve already made a reservation. The new computers feature Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Last Monday, new computers for both staff and customer use were installed here at the Lee’s Summit Branch. Needless to say, this was very exciting for us at the library; and hopefully will be for you too! That said, there are some differences that you may have noticed if you’ve used the computers since we made the big switch, as well as some new features. Here’s an overview of some of the changes to get you off to a running start:
Experience is the best teacher, it's true. As a first-time homeowner, the unfortunate experience of a broken water pipe taught me to always disconnect the garden hose from the outside water faucet or else I'd have a big mess and a pretty hefty plumbing bill. I've never forgotten that. Local weather forecasters are predicting a great weekend ahead. So before the snow flies, I suggest going through Bob Vila's Home Maintenance
I heart Chicago! The El is urban fun. The Walnut Room at Macy’s State Street has traditional food and is housed in the oh so, shopalicious, block-wide, seven stories high, Marshall Field’s building. And, I love, love the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park. Look deep inside this gigantic piece of shimmering metal, see yourself and the city reflected there, and let your troubles float away.
We’re sort of on a kick about birds at the Blue Ridge Branch. Operation Wildlife volunteer Bill Whinery recently presented The Night Shift program, which featured 5 owls: Slate, Bopper, Bam-Bam, Bardleigh, and Foster. Here are some facts I learned about these beautiful birds:
Owl babies grow to the same size as their parents within 30 days of hatching, but they are big balls of fluffy feathers for many weeks.
My husband and I have three young adults. When our oldest started kindergarten, I drove her to school. One day as I watched her walk down the hall to her class, a teacher whose children had grown up said to me, "Tomorrow she will graduate." My thoughts were, how can this be? Today, that daughter is in her third year of college. Our middle child will graduate this year, and our youngest will graduate in 2013. I’m thankful for the advice from mothers who encouraged me to keep a journal of the cute things they have said.
Christmas!! Why not make some fun and unusual presents. Check out the book entitled Photojojo! by Amit Gupta. The subtitle tells it all: insanely great photo projects and DIY ideas. One of my favorite projects in this book is how to make photo slider puzzles and photo Rubik’s cubes. I have decided to try my hand at making both of these items.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve started replacing my car trips with bicycle trips. Grocery store, work, and even dates often now take place on my bike. Bicycle to the grocery store? Bicycle to work? You must think I’m crazy. I know sometimes my co-workers think I am. But when you stop to think about it for a minute, the benefits become clear: First, it’s cheap! With gasoline in the $2.50 range, even short trips in a car start to stretch the budget. Second, it’s fun and relaxing! I love the challenge of making it up a hill and the exhilaration of speeding down the other side.