“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” Stephen King

The creative process is a difficult one to master. We sit with our canvas, page or computer staring blankly at us. It taunts one minute, motivates the next and then completely blocks us. The reasons for this may vary, but there are times when it seems that my work is working against me.

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The genre of science fiction represents the realm between what we know and what can never be attained, a sort of middle ground of endless possibility. I believe it is this that makes it such a popular and highly stimulating form of entertainment. It captures our imaginations as well as our intellect. It both feeds and satisfies our curiosity. It may compel us to ask ourselves questions such as, what is our place in the universe and in the construct of time? How do we honestly react to the unknown? Or, we may simply enjoy the ride, fully immersing ourselves in the world presented before us, allowing ourselves to be carried away by the story and the unique yet somehow familiar characters.

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Have you ever requested an item from the library catalog to have it magically and conveniently appear to your delight on the holds shelf? Our library treasure hunters (aka. holds assistants) are the ones who make the magic happen.

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While the demand for comic books has faced certain periods of decline since their inception, audiences eventually go back for more. The notion of superheroes first gained significant popularity during the Great Depression and this popularity grew well into WWII. These stories were inspiring and provided a much-desired form of escapism in a time of unrest. Similarly, as we find ourselves in a time of pervasive chaos, disillusionment and artificial connections, the demand has risen for entertainment which features not just superheroes, but superhero teams.

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When the smoke cleared recently after a week spent indoors, I ventured outside to run a few errands and to inhale as much fresh air as was humanly possible. Nearly everywhere I went, I bumped into friends as well as some of my favorite library volunteers and patrons. While we chatted and shared stories, I was reminded how fortunate I am to live in our close-knit community.

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As adults age, many begin to worry about their mental health and well-being beginning to decline. 47.5 million people around the world suffer from dementia with nearly 7.7 million new cases a year. The best way to protect mental health and prevent the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's is to challenge and exercise the brain regularly. Here are a few ways seniors can stimulate their mind in order to stay in good health.

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One of my favorite yoga teachers recently began class with a short talk about how to stay balanced and cool in this brutal heat we’ve been experiencing. Although we might be tempted to run around like crazy and do everything we possibly can to wring the last bits of warm lake water from our beach towels before grilling out until the stars emerge and then doing it all again the next day, sometimes it might be necessary to just… chill… out. Because, otherwise, we run the risk of imploding, or worse, exploding our tensions and frustrations out on our friends and loved ones (and coworkers!).

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It's the talk of the town. Even if you’re not an avid umbraphile, the eclipse has undoubtedly come up in a casual conversation more than once in the past month. And why shouldn’t it? We don’t get to see these very often!

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 We complained about the water for months and nature took our complaints to heart. We went from trudging through the marsh to saddling up a camel for a quick jaunt to the grocery store. Meanwhile, you spent the spring stocking up on adorable baby birds that grew up so fast and are up to your ankles in hot, dry manure and not so sure what to do with yourself.

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My name is Aaron Horowitz and it is my great pleasure to guest blog for the East Bonner County Library as an intern. 

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Build a Better World is this year’s Summer Reading theme. I can’t help but make the connection that our volunteers are building a better world starting in our community.

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Some people travel for escape and adventure, while others travel to eat exotic foods, practice a new language, or learn about other cultures. Whatever your reasons, if physical travel is not in your near future, there are still ways to expand your horizons, from the comfort or your own home (or library)!

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