Most of us have at least heard parts of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We might even have read its chiseled words on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is a memorable speech to be sure. However, I believe Lincoln’s greatest speech, only 703 words long, is his Second Inaugural Address.
The pundits of Lincoln’s time gave the speech mixed reviews. But, Lincoln’s words have stood the test of time. Its final paragraph inspires me in today’s circumstances:
Do you notice the beeping sounds in the MCPL, or have you heard them so often you’ve lost awareness. More than just an indication that someone is working, the beeps indicate that something specific is happening at the library. When a book is checked in—beep. When a book is checked out—beep. When a fine is paid. When a hold is placed. When changes are made to patron records. The machine even beeps when something is attempted that isn’t quite right, or if the wrong action is selected on the screen.
¿Quiere mejorar su inglés? (Working on improving your English?)
¡La biblioteca de Grandview puede ayudarle! Tenemos muchos materiales para apoyarlo a aprender inglés. Sabemos que cada persona tiene su propio estilo de aprendizaje y probablemente un horario ocupado. Por eso, es importante aprovechar cada minuto que estudie inglés. La Biblioteca de Grandview tiene una gran variedad de libros, DVDs, videos, CDs, diccionarios, y otros materiales.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It is one of my favorite family holidays. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have my husband who has put up with me for 37 years, four grown children, a son-in-law, two grandsons, and a granddaughter on the way. Both my husband and I have large extended families to whom we have close ties.
Well, we missed National Spinach-Lovers’ Month, National Toilet Tank Repair Month, and National Sun Dried Tomato Month in October. We’re a little late starting for November, but I found one I think most people can relate to; the NaBloPoMo. or National Blog Posting Month.
Right away, I liked their site. The theme for November is there is no theme for November, and my favorite frequently asked question on the site is “Why is it called National Blog Posting Month if it happens every month?”
Antioch Branch, December 13 at 6:30. Fantasy, adventure, and mystery. Come and be a part of our Anime Movie Night for teens. In September, we began the original Naruto anime series. Join us in December as we follow the continuing adventures of Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura.
Do you ever feel the need to finish a book, even though you’re not really enjoying it? I used to feel compelled to finish every book I started. Maybe, it was an English teacher’s voice in my head. Or, maybe it was knowing that if I didn’t finish, I’d never know how it ended, or whether it might have gotten better at some point. But, now I’ve adopted a “50-page rule.” If a book hasn’t captured my attention in the first 50 pages, and if I don’t find myself anxious to go back to it as soon as possible, I’m willing to give up on it. There are just too many other good books waiting.
In Honor of National Native American Heritage Month
Here are some books to help you celebrate the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans:
Lifting the Sky by Mackie D'Arge Twelve-year-old Blue, always on the move with her ranch-hand mother, yearns for a real home where her father can find them, and on a remote ranch on a Wyoming reservation she finds that and more, including a mystical ability to heal injuries.