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Staff Picks: Queen Victoria and Her Descendants

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Ever since I can remember, I have been fascinated with all things British, especially Queen Victoria. I come by it honestly, since I was named for a great-great-aunt whose parents emigrated to the U.S. during Queen Victoria’s reign.

If you are also fascinated by Queen Victoria, you probably eagerly tuned in to the premier of Victoria, a miniseries which premiered on most PBS stations Sunday, January 15. Now is a good time to brush up on your Queen Victoria knowledge. (more…)

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Preserving Photographs and Memorabilia: Part 2

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Welcome back for part two of the “Preserving Photographs and Memorabilia” blog! In Preserving Photographs and Memorabilia Part 1 we discussed preparing organizing and preparing photographs for preservation. Now it is time to start with the preservation part of the process!

Tintype photograph of Civil War Union Sergeant Francis S. Lanning 112th NY Infanty, circa 1863

Step Two: Scanning and Digitizing

A good way to preserve and share photographs for future generations is to digitize them. A scanner with good resolution for both black-and-white and color photographs is necessary. (more…)

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Kiddosphere: A Birthday Celebration – Books for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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We have so many outstanding books about Martin Luther King Jr that choosing books for this post was difficult! If you’d like to share Dr. King’s legacy with your children (or for your own benefit–many patrons and staff members have told me how much they learn from and enjoy children’s nonfiction!), here are my top picks:

Out of all the picture book renditions of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, none can top Kadir Nelson’s I Have a Dream. Not only are the illustrations magnificent, but it also includes a CD recording of the speech. (more…)

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Consumer Reports February 2017: How do you sleep?

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Check out this information in the February issue of Consumer Reports:

Mattresses

Do you spend nights tossing and turning, wishing your mattress and pillow were more comfortable? If you do, check out the “Secrets to a Great Night’s Sleep” article in this issue. The article has tips on what to look for when purchasing a new mattress, and ratings for 74 mattresses–adjustable air, memory foam and innerspring. Information  is also included on pillows of all types– down and feather, memory foam, latex foam, polyester and others. For those who rely on over-the-counter sleep aids to get a good night’s sleep, the article discusses whether or not they really are “non-habit-forming.” (more…)

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Kiddosphere: Royal Reads: Books About Queen Victoria

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I don’t know about you, but I am counting down the days until the Queen Victoria miniseries premieres this Sunday on PBS. Although not produced for children, this is a great time to look at our Queen Victoria books for children and teens, as well as books about the Victorian era (or written during the Victorian era).  (more…)

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Reading Riot: Achieve Goals Through Visualization

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People climbing snowy mountainsHow do you envision your future self? The start of a new year is a good time to look ahead to the future, to set goals and resolve to improve ourselves.

We all have dreams; goals we want to achieve in life. You may want to travel the world, climb Mt. Everest or skydive. Your goals might be to graduate from college and land the career of your choice. Maybe you want to drive a sports car or fly airplanes. You might yearn to compete in the Olympics or simply live a happy life surrounded by friends and family. (more…)

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Out of This World Stories: Books For National Science Fiction Day

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In honor of famed science fiction author Isaac Asimov’s birthday, January 2nd is unofficially National Science Fiction Day. As I don’t often have the patience for 400+ paged fiction youth or adult), science fiction novels can be daunting. However, in the interest of diverse reading, I make it a habit to pick up a science fiction novel every now and then. In addition to classics such as A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, here are my favorite children’s science fiction novels that aren’t enormous doorstoppers! (more…)

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