Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 1927-2014

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

Gabriel García Márquez: 03/06/1927 - 04/17/2014 Nobel Laureate and renowned Spanish-language author, Gabriel García Márquez, passed away in Mexico City yesterday at the age of 87. Born in Colombia in 1927, he was the eldest of 11 children, and eventually settled in Mexico City following a run-in with the Colombian government. While his political views and actions were often controversial, his writing was internationally appreciated . . . more »

Poet Spotlight: Langston Hughes

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

James Mercer Langston (aka Langston) Hughes 02/01/1902 - 05/22/1967 In honor of National Poetry Month, I would like to spotlight one of my favorite poets/authors, Langston Hughes. It is often surprising how few people have heard of him, let alone are familiar with his beautiful and historically significant writing. He was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri, published his first poem in 1921 . . . more »

Snakes: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

I'm sure you have all heard the stories about "Man-eating Pythons," in fact there was even a photo circulating for some time "proving" a snake in SE Asia had swallowed a child. So why was that same child photographed a few months later, alive and well? Short answer, because it was a hoax! There are many myths and legends surrounding snakes, most of which are . . . more »

That Awkward Moment When...

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

Awkward We have all experienced those awkward moments in life, and today (March 18th) is officially National Awkward Moments Day - so don't be embarrassed, and embrace your awkwardness! Buzzfeed has some funny lists and videos on this topic, including occurrences such as the following: Waving at someone you think you know but actually don't Holding the door open for someone far away and forcing them . . . more »

National Frozen Food Day: 3/6

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

Are you the type of person whose freezer is more full than their refrigerator? Whether that is because you're too busy to cook every day, don't like cooking, or prefer to prepare the entire week/month of meals in advance, today is your day! March 6th is National Frozen Food Day, so don't be afraid to admit your idea of "cooking" is to pop something in . . . more »

Love Your Pets Day (2/20)

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

Most pet owners don't need a special day to love their critters, but if you want an excuse to dote on them even more, February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day! This link from WikiHow has some ideas on how to celebrate this day, including the following: Take your dog for a walk (hopefully something you do daily!) Give them a special treat Make/buy . . . more »

Teens: Ready for the 2014 Olympic Games?

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

Teen library-goers, are you excited about the 2014 Olympic Winter Games? The festivities will take place from February 7th - February 23rd in Sochi, Russia, so get ready to root for your favorite athletes. Whether you're into snowboarding, skiing, figure skating (my personal favorite), luge, bobsledding, or another winter sport, there should be something for everyone to enjoy. For more information and event schedules/results, visit . . . more »

"Every Body's Beautiful" Essay Contest

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

A Parent's Guide to Defeating Eating Disorders With the goal of bringing attention and awareness to the issue of eating disorders, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is from February 23rd - March 1st, 2014. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation, with sponsorship from the Eating Disorders Resource Center, is hosting their annual "Every Body's Beautiful" essay contest for youth. This contest is open to all boys and girls from 6th-12th grades, and offers . . . more »

Ariel Sharon: 1928-2014

Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 by Lolo_Librarian

Ariel Sharon 2/26/1928 - 1/11/2014 Ariel Sharon, former Prime Minister of Israel, died earlier today (January 11th, 2014) at the age of 85 near Tel Aviv. Sharon served as a political and military leader in Israel for half a century, including appointments as the Minister of Defense, Industry, Housing and Construction, Energy and Water Resources, and Foreign Affairs. He then served as Prime Minister from . . . more »

Woodland (adult) Picks of 2013

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by Lolo_Librarian

The First Phone Call from Heaven As a librarian, people are frequently asking what I'm currently reading - or what I have read recently and enjoyed. Since the year 2013 is coming to an end, thought I'd share with everyone what I would recommend! Some of these were not published in 2013, but are still fairly new and were titles I liked enough to include on this list. The First Phone . . . more »

Family Vacations

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 by Lolo_Librarian

NPR Road Trips Winter officially begins on Saturday, December 21st, which is also the first day of many students' (and employees') winter vacations. Some folks use this time off to travel, either to visit family/friends in other regions, or simply to get away for a little while. Are you going anywhere? If so, consider picking up a few audiobooks, DVDs, audio playaways, or video playaways for the trip. . . . more »

Thanksgivukkah 2013

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 by Lolo_Librarian

Jewish Cooking for All Seasons Are you ready for Thanksgivukkah? For the first time in 125 years, and not to happen for another 70,000 years or so, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are falling on the same day. What does that mean for those of us who celebrate both? Well, it means a few things: 1. We get our gift shopping & giving (minus the gifts for our Christmas-celebrating friends/family) out of . . . more »