(Better) New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on Friday, January 22, 2021 by Alyssa

list of 2021 goals, blank

Here is a by-no-means-comprehensive list of things that I have no intention of doing this year: going keto, doing crossfit, reading “War and Peace,” giving up social media. If you have already lapsed with New Year’s resolution, the problem may not be with you. Many typical resolutions are so dry and joyless. The secret to a good resolution is to pick something that will improve your life and that you will actually enjoy doing. Here are some that may spark a bit more joy than, say, dieting or giving up coffee. Continue reading “(Better) New Year’s Resolutions”

Virtual Travels With UNESCO – The American West and Southwest

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2021 by JessB

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site


World Heritage SitesWelcome back to the next installment of Virtual Travel with UNESCO! It can be fun to explore new places — even without leaving the comfort of your own home. Previously, we talked about the UNESCO organization and their list of World Heritage sites. Part I focused on the sites closest to Mid-Missouri and a few more in the central and eastern United States. If you have not had the chance to read the first part of this series, UNESCO is a worldwide organization that promotes cultural diversity, safeguarding natural resources, and protecting culturally meaningful sites around the globe. UNESCO has over a thousand sites that are protected by the organization and considered valuable cultural and natural resources. Today, I will be highlighting UNESCO World Heritage sites in the west and southwestern United States. To see the entire list of natural and cultural World Heritage Sites check out World Heritage Sites: A Complete Guide to 1,031 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Let’s explore! Continue reading “Virtual Travels With UNESCO – The American West and Southwest”

Making Holidays Less Lonely

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 by Alyssa

I will spare you the “with the new normal … ” spiel. Holidays feeling lonely, while new to some, has long been a familiar feeling to many. Pre-pandemic, many people were too far away from family to travel, had toxic families who were damaging to their mental health or simply did not have any family with whom they could gather. You may be spending the holidays alone this year, or with significantly fewer people than you are used to. I can’t promise you merry and bright, but it doesn’t have to be bad. Continue reading “Making Holidays Less Lonely”

Homeschooling and Distance Learning Resources: Community Resources and More!

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2020 by Liz

This is the third and final blog post in the homeschooling and distance learning series I’ve been doing over the last couple of months. This post will focus on community resources for people looking for more information and help with homeschooling and distance learning. I’ll also be including some odds and ends that I have come across since starting this series of blog posts. Continue reading “Homeschooling and Distance Learning Resources: Community Resources and More!”

Resilient Trees

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2020 by Cap'n Ludd

“I am thankful that I am an oak, and that though I may be wind-broken or uprooted, hewn or sawn, at least I cannot, under any circumstances, be squashed.”
– from the short story “The Direction of the Road” by Ursula K. Le Guin

big tree

A month ago, despite political polarization and an isolating global pandemic, our community united in well-wishes for the McBaine Burr Oak, colloquially known as “Big Tree.” It was struck by lightning during a formidable morning thunderstorm and damaged to lengths only next springtime can reveal. Now seems an especially good time to meditate on its resilience and let ourselves feel awe in its presence. Continue reading “Resilient Trees”

Digital Escape Room: Votes for Women!

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2020 by Anne

Women Practicing Voting in Dayton, OH on 10/27/1920
Women learn to vote at NCR in Dayton on Oct. 27, 1920. NCR ARCHIVES AT DAYTON HISTORY

2020 has been quite the year, hasn’t it? It’ll go down in history for its world-stopping pandemic, multiple environmental disasters and very turbulent election season. One thing that feels a bit lost in all the chaos is the fact that this year is a major anniversary. One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment passed into law, finally giving all Americans the right to vote. Numerous women and men fought tirelessly over several decades for women to have the chance to have a voice in how their country is run. They faced many roadblocks over the years, but their hard work and determination ultimately paid off with the passing of the amendment on August 18, 1920.

The library, of course, offers a number of great materials on the subject if you’re interested in learning more. If you’d like to have a little bit of fun in the process, I invite you to try our first ever digital escape room: Votes for Women. We had planned to celebrate this anniversary with an in-person escape room earlier in the year. But like with many things in 2020, we’ve had to re-think our approach to library programs and create an online version. Continue reading “Digital Escape Room: Votes for Women!”

Homeschooling and Distance Learning Resources: Digital

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2020 by Liz

top view of girl watching through imac

This is the second blog post in a series that will focus on resources the library and community have to help out parents with distance learning and homeschooling. The resources I will be focusing on in this second post are digital resources that are available to library patrons through the library’s website. These resources will be listed under a few different categories depending on what they have to offer. Continue reading “Homeschooling and Distance Learning Resources: Digital”


Posted on Monday, October 12, 2020 by cs

Japanese Side-Sewn Journals With Beaded Bookmark

Yay! Autumn is finally here: apple cider, sweatshirts, a crackling fire and fragrant pots of soup. Maybe it is the crisp blue skies which accent some of the most beautiful scenery in nature that nudges my desire to be creative again. Maybe it nudges your creative spirits, too.

In light of all of this “creative nudging,” our fall DIY craft kits include the ingredients to make a personal journal with a beaded bookmark.  Continue reading “Crafternoon-To-Go”