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Basehor’s Own Version of the Ice Bucket Challenge

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You’ve probably been heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser for ALS that is sweeping the nation (No?? click here to learn more). USD #458 has started it’s own Ice Bucket Challenge for 5th grader Hayden Hand, who is undergoing treatment for cancer. Watch the video and donate to Hayden’s Heroes by delivering your check to Basehor Intermediate School or First State Bank & Trust of Basehor. Follow all the… Read more »

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On $4 A Day

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  “Good and Cheap” is a collection of recipes for people with limited incomes, particularly those on a $4/day food stamps budget. The cookbook itself is licensed under creative commons so it is free to use online or to download. The author  Leanne Brown says, “These recipes are designed for the budget of people on SNAP (the US program that used to be called Food Stamps). The meals are generally healthy and use ingredients… Read more »

Ask Smithsonian: How Did King Tut Die?

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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!

What is the “Heartbleed” Bug and What Does It Mean To You ?

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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.

Learn More About the Majestic Monarchs

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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.

Why can’t I download bestsellers from the Library?

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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 »

Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show

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  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).  

Now Open: The Digital Public Library

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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.

It’s National Library Week!

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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.