Music is a central part of our lives and our memories. To help preserve those memories, last month's Maker Monday was on how to Digitize Your Records and Cassettes (click the link for resources), featuring the library's USB Turntable Maker Station kindly donated by a patron. It's located near Electronic Services. Anyone can come in with records of any speed and transfer them to MP3 (or other digital formats) using the attached Linux Mint computer (register for this month's Play with Linux program to familiarize yourself with that operating system). The Maker Station is chock full of wonderful multimedia programs for you to record, edit, convert, produce, and even write your own music! And Lynda.com has plenty of video tutorials that will teach you how to use them.
Spring is the perfect time to go on a bug hunt. Children love getting outside, getting dirty and looking for bugs. Encourage your child to look under rocks or behind logs. You can send them out into the yard or take them to a local park. Be sure to explain how bugs are important to our eco-system and have them observe the bugs in their habitat.
Before or (after) heading out on your bug hunt read Bug Safari by Bob Barner and make your own bug hunting binoculars.
Turns out we’re about a month away from Lucky Penny Day on May 23rd. Pennies are very prolific and my youngest loves to pick them up wherever he finds them.
The warm weather has finally arrived. Spring is a great time to get outside. A fun spring time activity is to take your kids on a hike to your local park. Many of the parks in the Cleveland area have ponds. Keep your eye out for turtles while you are there. Ohio has several species of turtles including the painted turtle, the spotted turtle and the eastern box turtle.
Everyone has their favorite bands. Personally, one of my all-time favorites is the British musical duo The Bishop and the Warlord.
Baseball Season Is Here!
The Cleveland Indians may not have won their home opener, but we know there is an entire season of great baseball ahead. It is nice to introduce kids to baseball at an early age. There are many books available to help you introduce the topic of baseball.
Free libraries maintained by the people are cradles of democracy, and their spread can never fail to extend and strengthen the democratic idea, the equality of the citizen and the royalty of man. They are emphatically fruits of the true American ideal.
- Andrew Carnegie at the 1903 dedication of the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.
Public libraries in Ohio date back to the 1830's with Porter Public Library being founded in 1884. Today, Ohioans make more than 82 million library visits in a year, 9 million citizens are library card holders and over one million attended summer reading activities.
We see them everywhere: flawless-looking women on the cover of glossy magazines, on television and in movies, and on billboards advertising virtually everything. With such ubiquitous imagery it’s not surprising, then, that according to a recent survey, 80 percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies.