August 31st, 2009
The residents of Sweetwater County took the challenge. We are officially NOT a big headed, remote clutching, couch potato community.
Adult Summer Reading is over. It was a fantastic program, all three main libraries participated with tremendous results. Even with summer timing, the programs were well attended and the participation was through the roof!
We had a total of 847 registered participants with 492 people who finished reading logs. That is a 58% finish percentage! The top reader read an astounding 78 books with many others not far behind. A total of 6,772 books were read and logged during the program.
Kyle Mills finished our programming with a presentation at the Rock Springs Library and Saturday evening at the Green River Library.
Kyle talked about getting started reading in libraries as a child and told tales of his father’s adventures in the FBI, some of which he uses in his books. He also told of his adventures researching in South Africa, Egypt using contacts in the FBI and CIA,and his soon to be travels to Turkey and Syria. Both he and his wife Jill, mentioned that they found people to be the same all over the world; concerned about the same things, working, family and generally friendly and giving.
We want to thank Kyle for his generosity, his passion for reading and writing and taking the time to share all with us.
The libraries would like to thank all of you who participated! The prize winners have been called and once they pick up their prizes, I will post them. We welcome your comments concerning adult reading or anything else you wish to bring to our attention.
August 27th, 2009
By RACHEL C. BARAWID
August 27, 2009, 8:56am
Librarians are old-fashioned boring nerds, unapproachable old maids or widowers — not!
Today’s new breed of librarians have broken free from those dank and dusty school libraries, the century-old stereotypes, and have evolved into dynamic, progressive and most-sought after career people employed by large corporations, IT companies, hospitals and law firms.
I copy this passage from an article in Mb.com to counter a paragraph in Kyle Mills book Burn Factor. His main character, Quinn, a likable, believable, accomplished and smart female character is asked: “Why do you want to go through your life looking like a fat hippie librarian?”.
I find Kyle’s books to be exciting and complex while delivering a great read. And to be fair, he does kill off the shallow, feeble-minded and unimaginative boyfriend who uttered this disparaging remark. The story picks up speed from there, taking the reader on a whirlwind of horror and shock until the end. That is just one title! Kyle has 9 more!
Kyle Mills will be making an appearance at our libraries on Saturday, August 29th. It will be the highlight of our Adult Summer Reading Program which has been successful beyond all predictions. We now have a total of 847 interested readers, 492 readers who have turned in reading logs and a total of 6,675 books read and logged for the Adult Summer Reading Program!
Kyle will talking about his books, how he does the research behind his astonishing stories, reading, writing and possibly why he allows his characters to speak when they obviously have no subject knowledge!
It will be an evening to remember. Mark your calendar: August 29th, 2:00 at the Rock Springs Library and 6:00pm, at the Green River Library. During the final presentation at the Green River Library, we will be drawing for four baskets and some surprise prizes also! See you there.
August 27th, 2009
24 Things About to Become Extinct
24. Yellow Pages
23. Classified Ads
22. Movie Rental Stores
21. Dial-up Internet Access
20. Phone Landlines
19. Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs
17. Ash Trees
16. Ham Radio
15. The Swimming Hole
14. Answering Machines
13. Cameras That Use Film
12. Incandescent Bulbs
11. Stand-Alone Bowling Alleys
10. The Milkman
9. Hand-Written Letters
8. Wild Horses
7. Personal Checks
6. Drive-in Theaters
5. Mumps & Measles
4. Honey Bees
3. News Magazines and TV News
2. Analog TV
1. The Family Farm
Honeybees? TV News? The Family Farm? Geez.
From The Committed Sardine.
August 25th, 2009
What is out there on the web that is useful? Marylaine Block comes up with lists that intrigue and amaze. they are helpful links that she finds and allows other to post. So once, again thanks to Marylaine Block and her Neat New Stuff!
The 100 Easiest Fastest Recipes Ever
The Observer solicited favorite quick and easy recipes from top chefs, foodies, and cookery writers. Some of the ingredients will be more readily at hand in an English kitchen than an American one, but many of the recipes sound well worth trying.
Insert the name and author of a book you liked, and this site will gather and link in recommendations for like titles from Amazon and Library Thing.
Business and Human Rights Resource Center
This would be useful for any course on corporate social responsibility. Among the offerings: news stories, reports from nongovernmental organizations (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, many others), links to the human rights policy statements of 242 corporations, full texts of selected international business and human rights standards, and more. Search or browse the online library by company, business sector, country, or issues.
Charity Navigator – America’s Largest Charity Evaluator
Many of us would like to donate to worthy causes, but want to make sure the money will be used well. You can search for known charitable organizations or search by topic to find organizations doing work you wish to support; entries for each organization include a description of its purpose and its management, as well as a ranking based on how much of its revenues go directly to those it seeks to benefit. Check out its Top 10 lists (10 charities with the most consecutive 4-star ratings, 10 charities drowning in administrative costs, etc.) and the 2009 Executive Compensation study.
Encyclopedia of Life
“an unprecedented global partnership between the scientific community and the general public … to make freely available to anyone knowledge about all the world’s organisms.” For each signed article about an organism, the data includes its species name, photo, description (morphology, behavior, life history), ecology and distribution, conservation status, common name, additional references, and the opportunity to contribute additional phots and text to the entry.
Go Frugal Blog at FreeShipping.org
“Where each day you’ll find valuable tips and money-saving ideas from some of the web’s foremost deal-hunters, savvy shoppers and cost-conscious bloggers.” Recent articles include how to save money on prescription glasses, reduce your utility bill, and decorate your dorm room on a dime. Search or browse by categories like car talk, coupons, freebies, green frugality, shopping tips, etc. Check out links to “our favorite reads” for several similar money-saving sites.
Less Carbon, More Jobs – Environmental Defense Fund
“How a cap on carbon will create a new energy economy.” Job seekers will be particularly interested in the map of existing green jobs in the US; business owners considering a green business model will be interested in the case studies of companies that have already done so.
MediaGlow – AOL
AOL has quietly been buying a lot of blogs and hiring lots of writers. Their media site could well become an Internet publishing empire.
Physics Games – Online Physics-Based Games
Where kids can (at least in theory) pick up principles of physics from games like Fantastic Contraption, Demolition City, Forklift Kid, Building Blaster, and such.
Safe Food Handling Fact Sheets
With all the recent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses, concerned parents will welcome the advice here.
State Legislation on Comprehensive Health Care Coverage
Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont have already led the nation with health care coverage for all their citizens. Find out how they did it here.
UN Secretary General’s Database on Violence against Women
Search or browse by country. Country profiles include links to the legal framework for protecting women’s rights, policies, strategies & programs, institutional mechanisms, services for victims/survivors, preventive measures & training, and research & statistical data.
August 21st, 2009
Nominations open for 2009 Carnegie Corporation Of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award
NEW YORK – Nominations open today for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.
The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.
Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend an awards ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times in December. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.
Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.
Nominees will be judged by a selection committee based on quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources and commitment shown in helping library users.
In 2008, Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded the American Library Association (ALA) $489,000 to support the award, which will continue annually through 2013. The award continues in the tradition of one The New York Times presented from 2001 to 2006.
Last year, more than 3,200 library users nationwide nominated a librarian, and 10 librarians received the award. For more information on last year’s winners, visit http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/home.cfm
The award is administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.
Carnegie Corp. of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” For more than 95 years, the foundation has carried out its founder’s vision of philanthropy by building on his two major concerns: international peace and advancing education and knowledge. Each year, the private grant-making foundation invests more than $100 million in nonprofit organizations to fulfill Mr. Carnegie’s mission, “to do real and permanent good in this world.”
The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2008 revenues of $2.9 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 50 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.
August 20th, 2009
Paul Ng has been photographing professionally since 1990. His fine arts prints have been collected by private individuals, businesses and institutions in the U.S. and overseas. His commercial works, wedding and portrait images have set new standards in Southwest Wyoming and drawn praise and compliments widely.
Paul has been an instructor in photography at Western Wyoming Community College since September, 2002, teaching both traditional black and white and color photography. Considered by many as one of the premier photographers in Wyoming, Paul is a master printer and a skilful dark room artist. His works have been exhibited in Wyoming State Museum, Wyoming Arts Council Gallery and the Rock Springs Community Fine Arts Center and others. His prints have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Photo Art (Hong Kong), Photog (Hong Kong), Shutterbug, Wyoming Wildlife other publications.
Check out his images on his website, and plan to attend what promises to be the program of the summer! Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 am to 12:00. Bring your questions, your cameras and prepare for a treat to the eyes!
August 20th, 2009
Once again, the Sweetwater County Librarians celebrated the Children’s Reading Program success by dressing as Punk Rockers as a reward for the 80,000 pages read by Green River Youth readers! Where are those librarian buns???
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August 19th, 2009
It has become a tradition (3 years in a row) to link to the Beloit College Mindset. It is that time of year when parents pack up their kids and haul them and tons of electronic equipment off to college.
It is interesting to take a look at the history of these new Freshmen and how they think. Tom McBride and Ron Neif, professors at Beloit put together a list, used around the world for professionals and others to understand what makes up the new Freshmen class. Take a look and prepare to feel old.