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Adult Book Blog and Recommended Reads - Staff book reviews, fiction and non-fiction.

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.

Internet Search and Web Tools and ebook technologies - brought to you by mrweaver.

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.

Let's Talk Trending keeps you up to date with the latest and greatest in what's happening in Popular Culture.

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.

Lunar eclipse August 28

This is one lunar eclipse you won't have to stay up late for... instead, you'll probably need to get up early! You won't need a telescope to see the eclipse and moonlight is perfectly safe to view without special eye protection.

{NOTE: Click Here to see a NASA Web page with loads of information on this eclipse!}

Perseid meteor shower won't get you wet

It's in the news: This weekend the annual Perseid meteor shower peaks! What does that mean? If you like seeing "shooting stars," this is your weekend. It's a shower that won't get you wet (or pelt you with space rocks, for that matter).

Go outside after 10:00 PM at a dark location. Look up (generally towards the east) and watch. If you are sharp-eyed and have good sky conditions you could see upwards of 60 meteors per hour when the Perseid shower reaches its peak! If you watch long enough you may even be treated to a "fireball" or two -- especially brilliant meteors -- flaring as they disintegrate in Earth's upper atmosphere.

The shower reaches its peak overnight Sunday, August 12 and into the wee hours of Monday. Weather forecasters are saying we can expect cloudy skies overnight Sunday. Don't despair!

The show is already going on nightly. So stay up late Saturday night, when clear skies are expected, and into Sunday morning to enjoy the show! You won't see as many meteors Saturday night as you would at the peak of the event, but you can't see 'em at all through clouds!

A patio lounge chair and a light cover will make it easy to lay back, look up, and comfortably count the "falling stars" while you enjoy the beauty of the night sky.

For more details visit Science@NASA.

What's the deal with those "greeting card" emails?

What a lovely surprise, a 'classmate' has sent you an electronic greeting card! How nice.

The only thing is, that "greeting card" may just be hiding nasty little computer viruses that could harm your computer, or spyware that resides on your computer and allows other people to access it without your knowledge.

Some of these bogus e-cards appear to come from the "Greeting Card Association," a real trade group which DOES NOT issue greeting cards, or other legitimate-sounding companies. Often the email's subject line says a "a former classmate" or "a family member" has sent a greeting card.

Next Monthly Monday Movie: August 20, 7:00 p.m.

Send summer off in fine style with this documentary film about the sport of surfing around the world. Watch dedicated surfers "shoot the curl" of some totally gnarly waves! MPAA rating: PG--Approx. 88 minutes.
Register here or call (440) 250-5462.

Next Monthly Monday Movie: July 16, 7:00 P.M.

For July's Monthly Monday Movie we'll cool off with an Academy Award-winning film about the heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) breeding cycle of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. Approx. 80 minutes. Register here or call (440) 250-5462.

Astronomer: Beautiful twilight alignment

Those enjoying Sunday's warm twilight June 17 saw a beautiful alignment in the western sky. Starting with the crescent Moon a string of star-like lights led the eye up and into the southwestern sky. Starting with the Moon and working up and to the left were the brilliant planet Venus, then the golden planet Saturn, and finally the bright star Regulus.

The alignment will continue to be visible during the next-to-last week of June but the Moon's position will change within the string. On June 18 the Moon will be seen between Venus, to its right, and Saturn, higher and to the left. On June 19 the Moon and Regulus will appear next to each other at the left end of the line with Saturn in the middle and Venus punctuating the right end.

Free document-related Websites

There are some useful and free tools on the Web for creating, modifying and exchanging documents, and here are a few.

I have two sites For PDFs (Portable Document Format). The first site is KoolWire.com, which automatically converts Word (.doc), Powerpoint (.ppt), Excel (.xls), Jpeg, GIF, Rich Text Format (.rtf),and Text (.txt) files to PDFs. You attach your files, email them to the site, and they are immediately returned to your email as PDFs. Couldn't be easier.

Astronomer: What time is it in Melbourne?

Ever wonder what time it is in a distant city? Confused by world time zones and standard vs. daylight saving (or "summer") time? Here's a quick way to find out what time it is in a long list of cities around the globe:

Visit www.TimeAndDate.com

In addition to time and day of week information, the site provides each listed city's weather conditions, forecast, sun- and moon-rise times, telephone dialing information, and more!

Computer Classes

Sign up now for these computer classes in June and July:

  • Computers for Beginners
  • Introduction to Windows and Toolbars
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word I and II
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Registration for Internet classes in June and July starts on June 11 for Westlake residents and opens to everyone on June 12.

Free Online TV: "Democracy"

Here is a new name in Web video, Democracy, which is an open-source, free platform for Internet TV.

This site functions as an RSS aggregator, a technology that allows you to subscribe to video blogs or other video feeds. You can create your own TV channel of videos you find, and make it available to the rest of the world.

There is even a channel guide for the more than 1,000 Internet channels and "vlogs" that are available.