What makes you decide whether you will listen to another person's point of view or close your mind to it? It may depend on how strongly you feel about the issue, the way it is presented, or even the person presenting it.

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After all these years, I am still impressed by people who work in a library. This morning, I witnessed another example of how our staff practice what we preach when it comes to doing thorough research on a topic to come to a reasonable conclusion.

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In these trying times… just kidding. Well, I’m not really kidding, but nobody needs another article that starts that way, so let’s skip the intro and go right to the body - literally.

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Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be in your first, second, or third week of sheltering in place. If you are one of our local “essential personnel,” thank you for carrying on for the benefit of all of us. No matter what our current circumstances, we are all having to continually adjust. There is comfort in knowing that no one is judging us for it – we are all in this together, even if it is #AloneTogether.

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It wasn’t even noon yet when my oldest daughter sent me a text. “It’s been a long day already…with a few meltdowns.” The luster of homeschooling appears to have quickly faded as my grandkids get used to their new teacher-mom. I needed clarification, though, so I responded by asking “You or the kids?” with an appropriate emoji.

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Once upon a time there was a box of books tucked away in an attic. It sat in the dark for years waiting to be discovered by someone who would appreciate the books inside.

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It’s that time of year again… when the kids are back in school (or maybe you are!), the socks are back on our feet, and the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte™ begins its annual advertisement ubiquity. As much as I love me a 380-calorie whipped-cream-topped coffee concoction, there are healthier and cheaper ways of celebrating the return of autumn, and one of the easiest is to get your DIY on and start preserving some of that summer produce!

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‘Tis the season of the witch! At least, I’ve got witches on the brain because Halloween is rapidly approaching.

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Have you ever read such a good book that you immediately wanted more of the same thing? Maybe not the exact same book, but in the absence of a sequel, something similar in style, tone, characterization, or setting.

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I have to admit that I was an e-book skeptic when we initially partnered with OverDrive, our electronic books platform, because their software was clunky and difficult to learn, and I didn’t want to read on a screen any more than I already had to. However, several interface and app updates later, OverDrive is infinitely more intuitive and appealing, and I’ve come around to the myriad benefits of both e-books and e-audiobooks. That’s not to say that I don’t still love physical books; an entire shelf of my home bookcase is dedicated to my current Library stash, and few things please me as much as lining the books up neatly, in descending order by height, and admiring “my” very own Library mini-collection. However, I’ve discovered several instances where the electronic versions of titles work better for me than the physical versions.

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"I can excuse everything but boredom. Boring people don't have to stay that way." - Hedy Lamarr

In the summer of 1940, a shipload of children being evacuated to Canada and the United States was torpedoed by German forces. 293 people, including 83 children, were killed. At this time, the German U-Boats were on the verge of winning WWII. It would take a stroke of genius to balance the odds for the British military. This came in the form of frequency hopping. Using this technology, the military could remote access torpedoes on a secure line, preventing enemy efforts from accessing the signals. Due to a lack of understanding and vision, however, this brilliant solution was not utilized.

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It seems like “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” is on everyone’s mind these days - or, at least in everyone’s Netflix queue. Personally, I was both excited and a bit wary when I first heard about the show; I’d read the book shortly after it came out, and loved it, but I wasn’t convinced it would translate well to television. A reality show about cleaning? As geeky as I get about organization, that didn’t sound very exciting, and now that I’ve seen a few episodes I can honestly say that, indeed, it’s not that exciting. However, if it takes reality TV to bring the KonMari method to more Americans, I’m all for it!

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