Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Who is telling the truth? Obama or Romney?

Check out Politifact and it's Truth-o-Meter to see which candidate is really telling the truth!

PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly to help you find the truth in the presidential campaign. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times and CQ will analyze the candidates' speeches, TV ads and interviews and determine whether the claims are accurate. Learn more about Politifact here.


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Librarians aren't scary

They're scary good at research



LGBT Icon: Florence Nightingale

From Google Image
Florence Nightingale exploded into public consciousness during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Serving as the superintendent at the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in London from 1853-1854, she learned of the horrible conditions soldiers faced during Britain's Crimean War with Russia.

Nightingale founded The Nightingale Fund and the Nightingale Training School. Nurses she mentored and trained spread throughout England and Australia and conducted pioneering work in America and Japan. Learn more about her here.

Read about Florence Nightingale:

Even Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letters
Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale: The Making of an Icon

Want more books? Ask a Librarian!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Librarians aren't scary

They're scary good at research



Cool Tool: NextUp

NextUp is a free service that is designed to help you keep your meetings moving at the pace you planned.

To use NextUp just go to the site, title your meeting, and start entering the key transition moments in your meeting. After entering the transition moments you can set times for each of them. When the meeting starts, click "start" on NextUp and NextUp will count down the time to each transition. (From Free Technology for Teachers)



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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Get Out and Vote - Video: Voting and YOU

Join Ed Helms and Chris Mintz-Plasse ("McLovin’" from the movie Superbad) as they explain why it is your civic duty to vote.

Need more information on how to vote in Minnesota? Go to the Minnesota Elections and Voting Information from the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.

Get Out and Vote on Tuesday, November 6!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tonight: Presidential Debate - Last One

Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.
The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.

The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

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LGBT Icon: John Ashbery

From Google Image
John Ashbery is one of the most successful 20th century poets. He has won almost every major American literary award, including the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.


His Pulitzer Prize-winning poem “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror,” which also won the National Book Award and the National Critics Circle Award, is unique for its triple prize status. The poem pulls together his favored themes: creating poetry and the influence of visual arts on his work.


Ashbery’s career has been marked by controversy. Response to his poetry ranges from praise for his brilliant expressionism and use of language to condemnation for his work’s nonsensical and elusive nature. Learn more here.

Books to Read:

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror
Hotel Lautreamont
April Galleons: poems
Where Shall I Wander: new poems

Not seeing a title you want? Try here.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Database Spotlight: Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online is the gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. With Grove Music Online as its cornerstone, Oxford Music Online also contains The Oxford Companion to Music (revised 2011), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works; and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more-extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. Both of these sources are included in subscriptions to Grove Music Online.


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Read the Book - Watch the Movie

Read the Book:

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks--as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. The time is now. We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks--as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. . . He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently ... carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir--young, romantic, cultivated--to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the "endless," life ...

From Google Image



Watch the Movie:

Interview with a Vampire: the Vampire Chronicles




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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Get out and Vote: The Candidates

Need information on the candidates in Minnesota? Try these two sites:

MinnPost.com covers all things great and small about the upcoming Minnesota elections. Topics range from candidate comparisons to updates on voting procedures.

MPR News|Politics has latest news stories on Minnesota politics. It also contains Select a Candidate (take a survey to see which candidates align to your views), PoliGraph (examines statements made by Minnesota politicians and checks them for accuracy), and the Capitol View blog.

Need more information on how to vote in Minnesota? Go to the Minnesota Elections and Voting Information from the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State.

Get Out and Vote - November 6!

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Need Reference Help?

Need help? Contact a Librarian!


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tonight: Presidential Debate

Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Monday, October 15, 2012

National Breast Cancer Month

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The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.

U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics:
  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
  • About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • About 39,520 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990 — especially in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
Want to read a memoir? Do a search in WorldCat Local for su:Breast Cancer Patients Biography.


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Same-Sex Marriage in Minnesota Ballot

Background Information:

Against a change in the constitution (Vote Yes):

For a change in the constitution (Vote No):

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LGBT Icon: Ryan Murphy

From Google Image
Ryan Murphy is an award-winning film and television director, writer and producer. He is best known for creating the television series “Glee.”

In 2003, Murphy created “Nip/Tuck,” winner of the 2005 Golden Globe for best TV drama series. Murphy wrote and directed many episodes and served as executive producer for the show, which ran for seven seasons. “Nip/Tuck” earned him his first Emmy Award nomination for directing.

“Glee,” a groundbreaking musical comedy series created by Murphy, premiered in 2009. In its second season, the show became a pop culture phenomenon and one of the top-rated programs on television among young adults. That season, “Glee” received four Emmy Awards, including one for Murphy for outstanding directing for a comedy series. More information can be found here.

Watch:

Glee Seasons 1-2 available at Clemens Library
Nip/Tuck Seasons 1-6 available at Alcuin Library
Popular Seasons 1-2 available at Alcuin Library


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Cool Tool - CorkboardMe

Corkboard Me is a simple service for creating and sharing a wall of sticky notes.To use Corkboard Me just visit the site then click anywhere on the virtual corkboard to start typing your notes. A URL will be assigned to your corkboard. Share that URL with anyone that you want to add notes your wall. Corkboard Me is a freemium service. The free version of the product does not allow for private sharing of corkboards.(Description from Free Technology for Teachers)


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Movie Title

Clemens Library:

Delicacy


Damsels in Distress
The Tall Man
My McDiet
Eden Lake
Salaam Dunk


PUTIN’S KISS

Alcuin Library:



The Way We Live Now

Confession
They Risked Their Lives
Monteverdi: L’incoronazione Di Poppea
Berlioz Les Troyens Levine
Avengers
All About Lily Chou-Chou
The Young Victoria
Gerhard Richter Painting
Sleepless Night
CSI:  Season 12
Family Guy Season 10
 

Tonight: Vice Presidential Debate

Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)
The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

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Monday, October 08, 2012

2012 Reader Survey: Win an iPod!



Technology now gives us the opportunity to buy some books as either printed books or eBooks.  This survey is an attempt to start gathering data about local reading preferences.   We need to learn which format people prefer to inform our decisions in building an excellent library collection for the 21st century.

This survey is very short, and allows for comments which are especially welcome!
 
No personally identifiable information will be used in analyzing the survey results.  Please answer the following questions, which will only take a minute of your time.  If you leave your name and email you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an iPod Touch.   Only one entry per person is allowed.