A couple of months ago, we were talking road trips and the beginning of summer. This morning there was a bit of a chill in the air, which to me felt amazing, and to those summer obsessives out there, probably triggered a mild depression, but it reminded me that summer is drawing to a close (even though temps are still hitting the 90s). So maybe, just maybe, you are done with the main part of your seasonal gallivanting and are ready to hang out at home and CHILL THE MOST. If so, get ready to enjoy it to the max, because the Library is here for you.

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With the summer solstice fast approaching, there are two big things on many of our minds; graduation, and getting the heck out of town! I could wax poetic about how a graduation is both the end and the beginning of a journey, and therefore graduation is just another form of travel, and all that jazz. Instead, I’ll keep it in the realm of the practical and highlight some awesome Library resources to support recent grads, their families, and those of us lucky (or unlucky?) enough to be cruising the country sometime in the near future. Just kidding! Here’s a haiku:

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In honor of Money Smart Week, I thought it would be appropriate to write a brief post on everyone’s favorite topic - money! Of course by “favorite,” I also mean “most avoided,” since many people rate thinking and talking about money on the same level as undergoing a root canal or colonoscopy --- necessary, unpleasant, and likely to be delayed as long as possible.

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“Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it.” - Agent Dana Scully of X-Files

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I know everyone thinks library employees sit around reading all the amazing books we have access to all day long. How I wish that were true! When we’re not reading those books, we sometimes go to library conferences. I know what you’re thinking. How dull. A bunch of stuffy old librarians sitting around talking about….well, what?

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I’ve never been a fan of daylight savings, or as I like to call it, daylight *slavings* (har, har). Mostly, I’ve just never seen the point of it, thinking it belonged to war-era attempts at conserving electricity and/or getting more work out of people. However, in the interest of fairness and my ongoing attempts to challenge my own beliefs, I decided to delve into a couple of Library databases to discover the true origins of this bi-annual event.

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“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” - Mary Wollstonecraft, writer.

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Were you looking forward to Groundhog Day? I never take it too seriously, because no matter what the groundhog sees on February 2nd, winter in North Idaho will last as long as it pleases, usually between six and nine months. Kidding! Kind of. I might not be 100% in the #neversummer camp, but I do like my winters, and the snowier the better (otherwise, what’s the point?). Recently, though, I’ve become intrigued by the origins of Groundhog Day, when I realized it coincided with the pagan holiday Imbolc / Imbolg, or Brigid’s Day. It’s also known as Candlemas or the Festival of Lights. No matter what we call it, it is the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and was historically considered a powerful time of renewal and potential.

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I have a soft spot for alliteration, which is partly why I wanted to title this post “In praise of cozies and crossovers!” However, I realize that those terms might need translation for those of us not fluent in library-speak, so I will elaborate: by “cozies,” I mean a special breed of gentle detective story known as a “cozy mystery,” and by “crossover,” I mean books that cross genres, also known as genre blends. Books that appeal to both teens and adults are also known as crossovers, but I’ll stick with the genre definition for now. I bet you didn’t know you were going to library school today, did you? Congratulations, you just passed Readers’ Advisory 101!

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Science Fiction is not limited to the future. Much of what we see in films and read in books of this complex genre are not just possible, but are developing behind the veil of common knowledge. Advancements are being made at such an exponential rate, it is be difficult to keep up. Tech giants have turned to biology in an effort to solve the impending data storage problem by purchasing and utilizing DNA strands to archive this data. Although they are still working out the kinks in this project, it is visible on the horizon. This is one result as the scientific and technological fields blend into an enormous force of progress.

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Some people get enormously excited about the holiday season. All the delicious food! The chance to dress up for parties! The visits from family! Oh, wait… well, no matter what gets you into the holiday mood, sometimes it can be oh-so-easy to burn out before you’ve gotten a chance to enjoy the delights of the season.

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In this blog I usually stick to themes of productivity and learning, or cover a few drops splattering off the giant umbrella of “self-improvement,” but for once, with this shockingly abrupt onset of winter, I thought it might be appropriate to lighten up a bit. And even though our current weather is not exactly unseasonable, I saw no reason why our topic shouldn’t be. Therefore, today we are going to cover… fashion!

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