The library subscribes to many useful services and databases so you do not have to. But, we still have to learn what these services are for and how to use them. One of these very useful services is called Reference USA, which provides a database of U.S. and Canadian businesses. This database not only provides lists of new businesses and historical business but job postings as well. Below is screenshot of the “Dashboard” page that you will be directed to when you click on the link for Reference USA.
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If you click on U.S. Jobs/Internships then you are taken t...
1. Write a letter: Not an email; a real old-fashioned pen (or pencil) to paper letter. One you will have to edit as you gather your thoughts and copy over to look presentable.
Why write a letter? It is a treat and a nice surprise to find a letter or note in our mail. When we think of letters, first to mind are ones for relatives who live far away, those who we do not see often. This makes sense, but you can also write to people you do see often (or used to). Perhaps a letter to your best friend thanking them for being such a great friend?
What do you want your young chil...Read Full Post
Poetry is a great example of Aristotle’s concept that “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts.” Individual words have their meanings but when they are strung together using cadence and rhyme to form a poem, the “whole” is definitely greater. Poems connect the head to the heart, ideas to emotions, and our senses to places. If you have a book of poems, this is a great time to pull it off the shelf. If not, like most everything, you can find poems online.
The American Poetry Society has a great website to explore. Their current and timely theme is called “Reading in the Dark”...Read Full Post
Water is life, yet we very much take water for granted in the developed parts of the world. March 22nd is World Water Day, a yearly reminder that this precious resource is vital to survival. Water as a subject is broad and deep. It appears in the title of books on spirituality and religion; flows through science; policy and current events; swirls around fish, oceans, marine mammals, birds and all the wildlife that also depend on water for their existence.
There are lakes, ponds and wetlands; places so important to life both human and animal. We also have our own speci...Read Full Post
Every year since 1998, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society have sponsored the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). About the GBBC (taken from their website): “The GBBC was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.”
Last year, members of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon Society (NSVA) surveyed the...Read Full Post
Now that days are short there's more time for inside activities. Cold weather makes a warm kitchen that much more enjoyable. Why not try a new dish? It used to be ingredients featured in international recipes were hard to come by. A surprising number of exotic spices and international flavorings are now available in our local grocery stores. We have hundreds of cookbooks in the HRLS collection; dozens feature cuisines from other countries. Looking for a new pasta sauce? Korean BBQ? Real Irish food? Asian wraps and rolls? African Flavors? German baking? Mexican favorites?
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What to read?
This age old question has new solutions. The library now subscribes to a feature called NoveList. NoveList can be reached from the HRLS homepage by hovering over “Research & Learn” then under “Subjects” click on “Reviews and Recommendations.”
Scroll down under the graphics and you will see a link for NoveList. (There is a NoveList for kids too!). Once you click on the link you will be taken to the NoveList homepage.
Along the left side you can find suggestions for fiction or n...Read Full Post