The Smithsonian magazine doesn’t know the answer, but there are some intriguing theories. Check out their video here. The Smithsonian website has lots of interesting information. It’s worth a look!
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Place holds, renew items, see what you have checked out – all from your smart phone. Here’s how!
You may have heard the news about the “heartbleed” security bug, which basically affects everyone who uses the Internet. Should you be worried? According to most experts, the answer is yes. Here are two articles by tech experts: from the Tech Lab column of the Boston Globe and the weblog Lifehacker.
Monarch Watch in Lawrence is world-renowned as a central source for information about these beautiful butterflies. Check out their website for tons of information about Monarchs. Why do Monarchs fly to the same spot in Mexico every fall? What’s causing their population decline? How can you help? Find out on the Monarch Watch website.
Nearly all the most popular books on the market today are published by six major publishers. The so-called “Big Six” are making it difficult (and expensive) for libraries to purchase these popular books as e-books. NPR’s Morning Edition’s report on the problem includes an interview with Kansas State Librarian Jo Budler. To learn more about why you can’t get the books you want for your e-reader, “like” the State Library’s… Read more »
Looking for something fun to do? Visit Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show! Sylvia makes creations like robots, crafts, and electronics. Sylvia tells fellow kids to “just get out there and make something!” Her dad James helps make Sylvia’s Super Awesome Mini Maker Show for MAKE Magazine (which is available at the Library).
The U.S.’s first public online-only library is now open! The DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) combines a number of digital collections and archives available in one free, open-source resource. The database is easily searchable and includes text, photos, and audio recordings from its many partners including the Smithsonian, the National Archives, New York Public Library, and Harvard.
National Library Week Honorary Chair Caroline Kennedy and Laura Marano, star of Disney’s “Austin and Ally,” discuss the value and opportunities available at libraries.
One of the best Resume Wizards is available FREE through Learning Express Library. Click Our Services at the top of this page, then click Learning Express. Resume help can be found by clicking “Job and Career Accelerator” in the top left corner. Hint: Create your account in Learning Express right away; it’s quick, easy, and it will remember you when you come back. Click “Write my Resume” and the wizard will… Read more »
Khan Academy produces expert video lectures and interactive learning modules on subjects ranging from Mathematics and Computer Science to Economics and Art History. A non-profit organization funded in part by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Google, Khan Academy is totally free, and always will be. Some school districts around the country have already begun supplementing their normal curriculum with Khan Academy content and exercises. Khan Academy’s math coverage is particularly strong, covering the subject… Read more »