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The Couponing Librarian will teach you how to make a change for very little change by using coupons to get items at deep discounts or for free that you can donate to organizations that help others.

The Edge: A blog about Occult philosophy, depth psychology, ancient times, future times and the frontiers of science.

Farnsworth's blog features news and reviews in the world of sci-fi.

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It's a Mystery is a blog about the Mystery genre and its many subgenres.

Just the Facts. In Reference, we learn something new every day. What we find, we share with you.

Local History narrated by librarian Zac Springer

The Media Maven's goal is to help you understand what resources and databases the library has access to, how to use them, and sometimes give reviews to books she thinks you might enjoy.

Music Musings on Monday features music news, releases, and everyday musings..

The Playful Parent - Make the most of your family time with ideas for activities and crafts that entertain and educate!

The Sports Section covers the world of sports, from alpine skiing to yachting.

The Sports Section - Beyond the Browns, Indians and Cavs

Are you looking for other sports options besides Cleveland's major sports teams?  There are a variety of sports contests in the Cleveland area and around the world that should appeal to a wide range of sports interests, as well as a number of Clevelanders participating in national and international competitions.

Ereaders, ereaders, ereaders

image of ereaderIf you are in the market for an an ereader as opposed to a tablet, I found this handy comparison chart that includes several of the top ereaders on the market including three Kindle models, the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, and the Sony Reader and Kobo Mini. This guide provides a lot detailed information about the technological specifications of the devices.

If you want reviews, I am a fan of CNET.com for reviews and the site has a special section for ereaders. Some of the newer models don't have reviews yet, but as the holidays drawer near, I'm sure both consumer and editor reviews will be added.

Tablets, tablets, tablets

image of iPad MiniAs of today we finally and officially know about Apple's new iPad Mini (which was one of the worst kept secrets in tech). While there have been other product launches of smaller tablets lately, many people have been waiting to hear about this new smaller version of the iPad before deciding on a small tablet. In today's press conference, what did we learn? I was suprised to see that the iPad Mini bucks the sub-$200 tablet price trend in a big way, with a starting price of $329.

Are you in the market for a new tablet device? I found this blog post from ars technica, hot off the proverbial presses, that does a good job comparing the major tablets based on features and specs, and includes the iPad Mini. Do you need to spend $329 to get what you want? Have a look at the guide and decide for yourself.

All of the devices listed in the article can use the Overdrive app for ebooks and audiobooks.

Do you have a jones for Game of Thrones?

So you love Game of Thrones, but the next season doesn't start until next spring...what can you do?
A great starting point for learning more about the series is "Inside HBOs Game of Thrones".

Linda Street: Healing From the Heart

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Some of you have been asking me of late, "What is Reiki?" I'll admit my own understanding of it has been very vague. If you're like me, you may have thought, "Isn't it some kind of massage or alternative therapy?"

And if you thought this, the truth is you'd be -- well, let’s say you'd be in the right neighborhood.

Based on some admittedly quick research, Reiki is a methodology that heals by redirecting the energy force that animates us, and sometimes by removing blockages in the flow of that energy. In general, sickness: physical, psychological, spiritual, is attributed to something being wrong with this energy.

So, when you read about Reiki, you come across a lot about the Oriental concepts of Qi and the Chakras, and about the more universal idea of an Energy Body.

You also realize that there's a whole other area of Reiki that appeals to higher forces: to diety, to angels, and to other kinds of "higher consciousness" for help in correcting problems with the flow of this energy. Aligning your energy with the energy that pervades the universe seems to be the key to overall health and well being.

But don't take it from me; this is just me rambling on.

Join us Thursday, October 25, when you can hear it from the mouth of an Expert. Linda Street, Kudalini Reiki Master and Teacher comes to us with a background in Usui Reiki, Tibetan System Natural Healing, Integrated Energy Therapy, Diamond Light Therapy and more.

She’ll speak to us about the Heart Center, guide us in the creation of Aphorisms, and lead us in a brief Meditation. There will be plenty of time for Questions and AnswersYou’ll have an opportunity to Enter to Win a chance to participate in a demonstration of Linda's healing process during the course of the program. Refreshments will be served.

Register in person, online using our event calendar, or call 440-250-5460.

 

 


 

More Tim Burton, anyone?

Tim Burton has returned to the screen this October (which I'd wager is is favorite time of year) with another creepy stop-motion animated movie for kids of all ages, Frankenweenie.
If you enjoyed this animated film, you might enjoy the live-action film (also made by Tim Burton) of the same name.

ENERGY HEALING - On Display

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Greetings All,

Check out my display of books and DVDs on various forms of "Energy Healing" at the front of the library. Come up to speed on the concept of the "Energy Body"  and the "Universal Energy Source" that can be accessed, drawn on,  and even, in some cases, manipulated, to facilitate both physical and psychological healing.  Learn about Reiki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Reflexology and other healing methods with roots in Oriental Medicine. I'm also featuring books on Music Therapy, Meditation, and Healing through Prayer, through Communion with Nature, via Creative Exercise, . . ..

Remember our program on Reiki with Linda Street of Healing From the Heart is October 25 and registration is now open.

Register online using our Event Calender, in person at any Public Service desk or call 440-250-5460.

R.I.P. Harry Harrison 1925-2012

Another author of classic-ear science fiction has passed away.
Harry Harrison died August 15, 2012 at age 87.

Nook Color/Tablet Owners: Finally, an Overdrive app!

If you own a Nook Color or Nook Tablet, Overdrive has finally launched its Overdrive Media Console app for these devices. What does that mean? You will no longer have to attach your device to your computer to upload ebooks and audiobooks. There isn't any documentation on the app at this point, but stay tuned and we will share it with you when we find it.