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Unless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you have probably heard or seen the word “eclipse”.  A solar eclipse to be specific.  A lunar eclipse is a different astronomical phenomenon.  We will discuss that more when we look to the night sky on July 27, 2018.
     Speaking of hiding under a rock, the moon will be hiding the sun from us on August 21.  This article will not be flooded with facts about the eclipse as there have been plenty and the information has been repeated several times.  Library patrons have offered their opinions ranging from not caring whatsoever, to being scared of the mass traffic chaos to come.  I am anxious to see what it will be like from the comfort of my porch.
     Websites say any breezes we have that day will dissipate.  We haven’t had that many strong winds lately to speak of anyway.
     “Shadow bands” will move across the ground in a ripple/wave type effect.  That could prove to be interesting.
     The temperature is said to go down 10-15 degrees.  It has been fairly cool by August standards, so that shouldn’t affect us too much.
     They say birds will stop chirping and may come in to roost.  Now this will be of particular interest to chicken owners, peacock owners, and us goose owners that have geese that gather under the yard light each evening.
     I had thought about taking pictures or videos of the whole 1 minute and 11 second event, but people tend to miss out on the “just being there” and “experiencing the moment” like the use of our phones have done with the cute antics of our children or grandchildren.  I’ll borrow clips from the professionals and make it mine.
     Happy and Safe Eclipse watching!
(We have approved glasses, Moon Pies, Sunny Delight, Eclipse gum to chew while watching eclipse themed movies, and “worksheets” to complete for Saturday’s pre-eclipse day.)

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac has me intrigued.  My children’s babysitter, we were lucky enough to have 10 of their early years, looked to the Almanac not only for times to plant her garden, but also weaning babies from the bottle, and when to cut their hair for optimum regrowth.
     I never followed up on how her garden grew, although the kids came home with stories of “helping Margie” in the dirt, carrying in produce, and trying fresh vegetables for the first time.  No better preschool could have been had.
     There was no follow up on whether the dates we chose to cut their hair worked either, still they all have full heads of hair.
     Weaning them from their bottles at a year old also must have worked, as they do very well drinking their milk from a glass at 22, 26, and 29 years of age.
     The Almanac claims to be 80% correct in their predictions.  They were off only by a week with these cooler temperatures we’ve been having to start the month of August.  They have wedding weather predictions that are used by some, but the Almanac still suggests renting tents just in case the wedding date falls in that 20% non-accurate rate.
     The people at the Almanac forecast the weather 18 months ahead of time and still have an 80% accuracy rate.  Meteorologists of today are skeptical about the 1792 weather predicting methods of Almanac’s founder, Robert B. Thomas, but there must be some validity to the 225 year process.
     If you care to check out a couple predictions to end the summer, there’s the one about best fishing days from August 21 to September 6.  Or the one that claims 50 meteors per hour will be seen to the northeast from August 11-13.
     Or how about trying the one “soft words warming hard hearts”?
     Happy Reading!

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According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac – an annual publication containing a calendar for the coming year of statistical information as anniversaries, sunrises, sunsets, phases of the moon, astronomical or meteorological information, etc., we are in the middle of the Dog Days of Summer.  July 3 to August 11 are the 40 days of Dog Days, although some of the hottest and humid days come after the 11th.
     Dog Days, as it is called, is influenced by the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.  According to the Almanac, the bright Dog Star seen at sunrise really didn’t and doesn’t influence the weather, but “for the ancient Egyptians, Sirius appeared just before the season of the Nile’s flooding, so they used the star as a “watchdog” for that event. Since Sirius’ rising also coincided with a time of extreme heat, the connection with hot, sultry weather was made for all time:  Dog Days bright and clear indicate a happy year.  But when accompanied by rain, for better times our hopes are vain.”
     Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major the Greater Dog as seen portrayed in the library window.  The Dog Star is our brightest star and can be seen as it ascends in the east before dawn on late summer mornings.
     This star information in this first of the month article comes as August will be a pretty spectacular month due to the full moon on August 7, Canis Major constellation with the Dog Star during Dog Days until August 11, and last, but not least, the 2017 Solar Eclipse on August 21. (More on that event later)
     Come in and check out the “star” titles selected plus 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac website or the 2017 issue of the almanac, and the 25 new book titles that just arrived last week.
     By the way, how much is the moon worth?  One dollar, because it has four quarters.  And, how does the man-in-the-moon cut his hair? Eclipse it!
     Happy Reading!

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Mentioned once before in this library article was that fact that workshops/webinars/classes are given to library personnel to turn a simple caregiver of the library into Super-librarian!
Maybe that’s a stretch, but learning anything new or exercising the brain in any way could not hurt anyone.
Listen up, ‘cuz this is big!
I attended a meeting from the State Library of Kansas offering FREE Universal Classes. Over 500 daily updated Universal classes that ANYONE can take for increased knowledge by watching the videos, or earning CEU credit (Continuing Education Units) in which a real professor will grade lessons and give feedback. At the end of the class, certificates are given suitable for framing. How cool is that? How impressive would that be hanging on your display wall?
All you need is a Kansas Library Card…..FREE!
The range of classes seem endless. I’ll have a flyer in the library with a partial listing of classes available or you can get on the Universal website through the State Library of Kansas and choose your class.
Available subjects include computer training, finance, history, art, business, career training, health and nutrition, crafts and hobbies, basic writing and math skills, pet and animal care, etc..
Repeat. All of this FREE with a State Library Card of Kansas plus access to thousands of digital book titles from their library.
Come on in.
Test my Kansas State Library patron sign up skills.
Try a Universal Class of interest to you….FREE!
This is mind-blowing!
I can’t wait to help you out.
Happy Universal Learning

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The Build a Better World summer reading theme was thought about literally in here.  Thoughts of bridges, buildings, hammers, nails, boards came to mind, but that isn’t exactly what “they” meant about Building a Better World.
     Any activities that patrons participated in the library this summer from themed dot to dots, color pages, sending community members birthday cards or, of course, reading helped to Build a Better World.  These builders will receive a gift of participation towards the end of the summer.  These projects weren’t advertised.  Word of mouth goes a long way in a small town.  Coming into the library without the use of bribes was the goal.  The number of toolbox prizes in the display case shows it worked.
     But what about those little acts of kindnesses done everyday that don’t get prizes?  Holding the door open for someone, bringing the librarian cookies and fresh garden veggies (no hints here), compliments, invitations, are small acts that promote a Better World.
     Reading also promotes well-read, intelligent children and adults that can learn to see different ways of looking at things through the author’s well chosen words.
     New books come into the library every month and new rotated books every three months.  Build on your Better Reading World by coming in to see what the library has to offer on these hot lazy days of summer!
  Maybe “I Want to Help” by Abel N. Willin
              “Hot Dog” by Frank Furter
              “I Hate the Sun” by Gladys Knight
              “If I Invited Him….” by Woody Kum
Happy Building!

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Everyone’s a critic!
Book Van books to the front…criticism. Air conditioning too cold…comment. Children’s movies to the back….judgement. Children’s hour limit on computer and Xbox…opinion.
Opposite of those criticisms are some compliments given to this weekly article. Patrons say they enjoy them. Few say it’s the first thing they read. One patron said the article is read in Texas!
Then….wham! Someone, who shall remain nameless, burst that little self-absorbed bubble built in my head. The criticism? The articles “list” too much.
It’s alright. Criticisms mean they’ve read the article, they feel comfortable enough to say something, and it makes me try harder and not become stagnant with the articles. There the lists go again.
You have to “list” in the library.
Sometimes I ask the question, “What types of movies would you like to see in here?” The answers? Horror, Rom-Com, animated, family, Sci-fi.
I ask, “What authors would you like to see in here?” James Patterson, Susan Mallary, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, John Grisham. More lists.
I look at the Red Box list for the recent movie release list and most popular. I look at the New York Times for their bestseller list.
You can’t please everybody and it would cost a fortune if you did. Many times I hit on just the right book or movie picks. People are nice enough to tell me that.
So there. The library is full of lists. How about that list of people with their list of overdue fines on each of the books listed? Hmmm.
So, daughter, I wouldn’t necessarily call the lists in these articles “lists”. They are more like “options”.
Happy Reading, Computer Researching, or Picking Out a Movie!

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The Summer season came in quietly on June 20 at 11:24 p.m. according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  It will end at 3:02 p.m. on September 22.  There is a lot to get done in these next three months.  Swimming continues, ballgames, and wheat harvest, too.  Coming up are county fairs, town festivals with rodeos and tractor pulls, and the 4th of July.  This isn’t to mention slipping in a family vacation.  Noting the August school start date seems too cruel to bring up so early in the season, so it will go unsaid.
     It has been proven time and time again that there is educational loss from the very young students to college age during these summer months.  The importance of “using it before losing it” is so true.  Adults, have you ever not done something for a time and then it fails to come to you when you’ve tried it again?  It’s not dementia you are experiencing, it’s just not using and exercising the gray matter.
     As with any exercise program, start slow.  There is no need to grab an edition of War and Peace.  The graphic novels, otherwise known as comics, a novella, or short stories from your favorite author might get you started back into the reading habit.  There are such things as BookShots by best-selling author  James Patterson and others that are quick, fun reads to squeeze in between swim lessons, ballgames, and loads of wheat.
     With many of the Summer activities going on, why did the ballerina quit all of them? They were just tu-tu hard.
     Happy Summer Reading!

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Does something FREE make it less valued?  Because you spend lots of money for something, does it make it more treasured?
     Good money was given to Santa one Christmas for my eldest son a truck that made motor noises, unloading noises, and a blaring horn.  He was interested for a while until he saw his older cheaper truck with dents and the year before mud still stuck to it.  He made his own noises, starting and stopping the sounds as needed.  Cheaper was more valued.
     A child receives a birthday gift costing over what a parent probably should have paid and what does he play with?  The FREE box.   Cheaper was more valued.
     Let’s talk libraries.  Because people get to use books, magazines, DVDs, computers, video games for FREE, does that mean we get to treat them roughly because we didn’t have to pay for them?
     People pay $6 – $9.50 for movie tickets.  When they pay that much to see a movie, they do not want cell phones, noisy kids, or loud talking adults interrupting the show.  Sometimes movies, books, magazines, computers, and computer games are used and returned in poor to bad condition.  Why?
     If people had to pay to use these items, would the items get treated better?   Think of the days of VHS tapes.  If you did not rewind them, you got charged extra by the movie rental places.
     But if the public libraries charged for all of their services, then the libraries would cease to be accessible to the public.
     The library has FREE checkout of books, so no need to pay $35 per title.
     The library has FREE checkout of magazines, so no need for subscriptions.
     The library has FREE use of computers and internet access, so no need to pay for the service or a computer.
     The library has FREE State Library access to books on tape and machines for the visually impaired with new titles and select magazines, so no going without good books.
     The library has FREE movies available, so no need to pay for satellite, cable, or theater ticket prices.
     Let’s use and return those items better than we found them for others to enjoy.
     What if these titles got damaged or lost?
Rules for Living by Sharon Sharalike
A Children’s Songbook by Skip Tumalu
Lewd Novels by Ray See
Fish Story by Rod Enreel
How to Read a Book by Paige Turner
Keep it Happy Reading!

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  I have been lucky enough to have loved three men in my life.  Is that too much information for a library article?
     None of those three were/are avid readers as compared to the men that visit this library.  Although, if you do not get technical about what is considered reading, Grass & Grain, Successful Farming, The Hanover News, and The Westmoreland Recorder were read from front to back.
     Now just like Mother’s Day, people tend to reminisce around these Hallmark holidays.  It is actually a fairly new national holiday.  It was in 1972 when President Richard Nixon declared it be celebrated on the third Sunday in June as was first suggested by Grace Clayton from West Virginia in 1908.  She wanted a day to honor her father and the 200 fathers who had died in a mining accident in her state.  Two others, including President Woodrow Wilson, tried to make it a permanent national holiday before the 1972 declaration.
     I was told to give a list of books in the library article, but if these fathers are like most, they judge the book by its cover.  Know that new titles are ordered at the end of each month.  Black Book, El Paso, Edge, The Highwayman, Night School, Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk, and A Wretched and Precarious Situation are just a few of the new titles that the fathers and men ought to enjoy.  Speaking of new, the Rotating Book Van will rotate another 350 titles into the library on June 29. You really have to come in and “judge” for yourself.
     The three men I have loved, you ask?  The first was named Julius (my dad), another one was Ludwig (my father-in-law), and for 31 years another great father to our three children, Galen.
     Mark Twain once said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
     Happy Father’s Day Reading!

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Did you hear that this year’s summer reading program’s theme is Build a Better World?  This is not a repeat of last week’s article, only an extension.
     Small towns have a lot of advantages to large impersonal cities.  People get to see the same blockbuster movies as the big cities at half the price.  If you wait a bit, those movies are free at the library.
     They have quality stage productions at the Opera House from talented local performers to professional actors, comedians, and musicians.
     The Weaver Hotel offers beautiful accommodations while attending anything you may be in town for.
     How about dining?  Burger Bashes, Boy Scout 1/2 Chicken Barbeques, church dinners, and more, offer wonderful meals, reasonably priced, and proceeds always going for something worthwhile.
     Most importantly, small towns have caring groups that offer their time, money, ideas, and energy to those needing help.
     The Annual River Run, sponsored by many including this library, took place this past weekend with fun for everyone and proceeds going to a worthy one near and dear to my heart.
     A local patron returned a small piece of audio equipment and a stack of audio books for free return from the State Library of Kansas after her mother had passed away.  She said the audiobooks “saved her life” during her stay.  She hoped others in the local care home and those homebound would take advantage of this free service. (Select magazines are also available.)
     Build a Better World by not only attending these events, but… (this article wouldn’t seem right if the library wasn’t mentioned) send a birthday wish to the chosen community members, or Father’s Day cards to 9 of those community men from the library, or donating gently used items to the Warehouse, or donating once watched or read books and movies to the library.
     Build that Better World by sending cards, donating, or returning items to the library for others to enjoy, or paying the fines for those overdue movies and books.  (Fine money is used for new movies, copier paper and ink, magazine subscriptions, cards, stamps, etc.)
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Winnie.
Winnie who?
Winnie you going to bring back that overdue book/movie, hmmm?
Happy Building!