Earth Day is here! In addition to looking for alternate forms of energy from fossil fuels, being aware that recycling is important, and the many other messages that Earth Day tries to impart every year, one of the very neat things that some people have started to build and look into is sustainable architecture, aka green architecture. Sustainable architecture “seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings through efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space” [from Wikipedia]. Here are some very cool examples:
Wuxi Community Kindergarten
Sustainable NYC could look like this
10 Cool Buildings
And you can check out EarthDay.org’s Green Cities Campaign page for more information on what you can do and some sustainability options.
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To those of you celebrating the holiday, Happy Easter! We hope you have a safe and wonderful day.
If you’ll be stuck in the car on the way to Aunt Sally’s, don’t forget to bring something to keep you and your family entertained for the ride, like one of our audiobooks.
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. Salt is about the history of salt and it’s impact on human society over the years- it has been used as currency, influenced trade routes and cities, started wars, secured empires… and more. Sound intriguing? It is, our staffer can’t stop raving about it. Check it out today!
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As you can see when you walk in and look at our latest display, April is National Poetry Month. If a whole book seems like too much work, why not try the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?
Or if you are in grades 3-12 why not share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet? Watch award winning poets from the Academy of American Poets’ read their poems, which are fun and accessible, then let them inspire you to write your own! You can email the poems to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you by April 30. Some will be posted on the website in May! If you’re a teacher, the website also comes with Common Core lesson plans for the project.
If you LOVE poetry, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you in your pocket and share it throughout the day.
Don’t forget, we have a great selection of poetry year round. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog via WordPress.
By now you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has caused an uproar over the last few days. Apparently over the last two years, this bug has affected an unknown number of websites. The good news is that many major websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr are patched at this point. But the professionals recommended you change your passwords for banking, finance, email and social media sites.
Avoid using the same password for multiple sites; that is the main way to limit the damage these kinds of hacks will cause.
To test a website to see if it has been patched, please go here.
Information on the bug itself can be found in several places, but these are some useful sites: BBC, TechCrunch, Heartbleed.
Some articles with advice on what to do can be found here and here.
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It’s safe to say that many poets are creative. In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a look at some of some characteristics that creative people possess according to Huffington Post. Taking the time for “solitude” and “getting out of their own heads” translates well to reading something new, trying something different, maybe watching a movie by yourself to fully absorb it and get inspired. Are you creative? Tell us what you do!
If you want to be creative in a structured setting you could always sign up for one of our classes like jewelry making, yarn club, bookclub, bobbin lacemaking… or one of the other great programs we offer.
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