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.
Have you ever felt confused by all of your genealogy information? Like you are swimming in so many facts that it is hard to keep your head above the water? Well, the Midwest Genealogy Center has a new form that will hopefully help to alleviate your research hardships. Our new form is the Research Checklist. The primary purpose of the checklist is to keep track of what information you have already found on an individual and what you need to be looking for.
Every Monday and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., we have Laptime at the Red Bridge Branch. Laptime is a time for parents or grandparents and children (3 and under) to come and learn colors, shapes, animals, songs and much, much more!
We start by identifying an animal; where they live, what noise they make, and what they eat. After we’ve identified the animal, we open with the song "If You’re Happy and You Know It."
My interest in astronomy was first fueled by growing up under star-laden nights and watching the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights) dance across the heavens. That appetite was further whetted after discovering a book my father had. It was a 1928 edition of In Starry Realms by Robert S. Ball, Sr (1840-1913). Not expecting to find it still in print, I was thrilled to find it on WorldCat.
"I don’t like reading!" "Reading is boring!" These are some of the comments I heard as a reading tutor. Reluctant readers balk when asked to read a full page of text; they feel overwhelmed before they begin.
Getting these readers interested in reading is a challenge. While tutoring, I successfully used a tool which you can find in our library – and it’s free! If you would like to help a reluctant reader or you would like a new reading experience yourself, look into graphic novels.
Just before I retired from teaching and changed careers to librarianship, I came across a wonderful book entitled Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. Madonna (singer and author) wrote in her book dedication to teachers that "It is about the power of words. And how we must choose them carefully to avoid causing harm to others."
The assassination of John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. My parents often speak of the assassination around this time of year, and it’s very emotional for my entire family. When I ran across the book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation by Ellen F. Fitzpatrick, I knew this was a book I had to read.