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.Write comment (0 Comments)
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
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!).Write comment (0 Comments)
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!Write comment (0 Comments)
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
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.Write comment (0 Comments)
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)!Write comment (0 Comments)
Book clubs are the bomb. Did you know they can also be educational? Since March of last year, a rotating group of library staff has been meeting every few weeks to discuss a different fiction genre or category of non-fiction. So far, we’ve covered Fantasy, Romance, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns, Short Stories, Graphic Novels, Biographies, and the 600s and 700s in the Dewey Decimal Classification, which includes popular topics such as cooking, gardening, health, sports, and art. We even read from a list of the top 100 books circulated in our district in 2016.Write comment (0 Comments)
Spring has sprung! And if you’re anything like me, you’re hearing about all of the great garden endeavors of your friends and neighbors and thinking:”Wow, I wish I knew how to do all of this stuff!”
All the while, I’m just sitting here with this expression on my face.
Whether this is your first time growing or you’re a seasoned vet, this should be your first stop. The Seed Library is The Library’s pet project: We’re encouraging heirloom vegetables to be locally grown and raised by you: Our patrons.
If something horrible were to happen to the large seed companies, or the plants themselves, we as a community could be facing a very sudden and very harsh reality. Our food will be gone!
“This library district is amazing,” I frequently hear this said in a number of different ways by patrons and visitors alike, and I must agree. Having been a patron of more than a dozen different libraries myself, I have found no comparison.Write comment (0 Comments)