During the month of September, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a new mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. A founding member of the Justice League, Wonder Woman is known for strength, compassion and truth. Armed with the Lasso of Truth, Wonder Woman makes a perfect ambassador to support the value of learning and the role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities through education.

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I am a first-year gardener.  I planted too soon, the plants too close together, and the rows way too far apart.  I’m having a blast!  We are truly blessed to live in a climate that allows for several plantings - the radishes didn’t mind the cold and the herbs like the heat.

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People in positions of leadership have an inherent responsibility to those around them. Whether you’re a business owner, office holder, or are otherwise in a position to impact your community, others look to you to understand expectations, compare their own actions, and evaluate the difference you’re making in daily life. Your actions influence how they feel about you, your organization, and even themselves.

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With a big smile on my face, let me introduce our fellow volunteer and community member, Duane Church. When I sat down to interview Duane, he immediately let me know to spell his name DUANE - the Scottish spelling, not that Irish dwayne business. He used to have the Scottish flaming red hair to match the name. “It seems to have greyed some,” he said, as he took a breath to begin the Duane Church story.

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A person who once found excitement in their profession becomes disengaged. They are on edge, particularly with coworkers. Tasks are taking longer to complete and they can't seem to stay on track. They look physically tired. They are late for work and call in sick frequently. Their work ethic has tanked. Should you be annoyed or worried?

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If you once loved what you do for a living, but have since become disillusioned, depressed, and detached, you may be suffering from burnout. It’s a serious condition that can have a detrimental effect on your physical health, relationships, and employment. Part 1 in this series discussed the definition, symptoms, prevalence, and dangers of burnout. This second part will consider the role and impact self-care can have in treating the condition.

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Happy New Year, everyone! I know I’m a bit late on the ball here, but since I’ve decided to shun New Year’s resolutions in favor of one simple edict - read more - I figured I’d start my reading year by looking back at the Library’s most popular adult titles of 2019.

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It’s winter. I know that. But, I am going to use an analogy from summer to help you to get 2020 vision on your goals for the upcoming year.

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"Hi, this is Nannette. I have been a volunteer at EBCL for the past 5 yrs.

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"What do you think you want to do for a career?" I remember being asked this question numerous times as long ago as my junior year of high school in early 1985. I had no idea at all!

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Was I ever relieved and happy to find the East Bonner County Public Library in Sandpoint, a little over two and a half years ago. Little did I know, it would change my life.

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It’s that time of year again. Sweaty palms and pounding heartbeat cuing the start of a race. The rush of a deadline can be highly motivating and it spikes my adrenaline every time as my fingers sprint across the keyboard. An entire month devoted to reaching a 50,000-word count? Yes, please!

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” - Jodi Picoult

Many writers participate in National Novel Writing Month as a way to sharpen their skills and develop a better routine to facilitate their writing goals. Getting started, generating enthusiasm, respecting the deadline, and cultivating determination, focus and a strong work ethic is all part of National Novel Writing Month.

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