This week’s photo challenge focuses on lines and patterns. I love to photograph geometric shapes and patterns that we see everyday. Here are some random photographs I took of walkways, sidewalks, and paths we step across each day but may not notice the details. The simple lines create beauty.
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When I got my library card, that was when my life began.
- Rita May Brown
September is library sign-up month! Get Yours today!
This week’s photo challenge theme is ‘inside’. I decided the inside subject would be myself. I attended my first Seattle Mariner‘s baseball game this summer. (I think they won because I was there.) I took a photo sitting inside the giant mitt outside the stadium. Another photo shows me inside a llama. Why? I went to a ‘knit and pitch’ event at the game. There was yarn and other supplies to buy. I bought nothing knitting related, instead just tons of baseball food that got me a little sick. I also included photos inside the stadium.
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September is National Library Sign-up Month. Oh I’ve had a city library card for years, which I frequently use. Yesterday, I received my library card for my entire county. Hopefully, I’ll get books faster on two waiting lists. There were two women in front of me also getting library cards that sparked the excitement even more. I simply presented my driver’s license as proof of residency and I was given my new magical library card. Of course it’s magical since it has so many uses. I probably picked the card geared for children, yet it made me smile and states ‘I’m a born reader!’. My fingers glided over the simple plastic card and I smiled as I thought of the possibilities.
How do I get a library card?
You need to present a current photo ID and proof residency. Some libraries grant temporary cards for students and visitors. Children 14 and younger can also receive a library card with a parent/guardian signature.
What can I do at the library?
- Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library.
- Update your Facebook page.
- Research new job opportunities.
- Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
- Learn about local candidates for office.
- Pick up voter registration information.
- Check out your favorite graphic novel.
- Pick up a DVD.
- Get wireless access.
- Participate in a community forum.
- Find out how to navigate the Internet.
- Prepare your resume.
- Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
- Get a list of community organizations.
- Attend a lecture or workshop.
- Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
- Join a book discussion group.
- Attend preschool story hour with your child.
- Get homework help.
- Look up all kinds of health information.
- Research the purchase of a new car.
- Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
- Call the reference desk if you have a question.
- Research your term paper.
- Learn about the history or your city or town.
- Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
- Check your stock portfolio.
- Read a newspaper from another country.
- Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
- Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
- See a new art exhibit.
- Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
- Find a new recipe.
- Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
- Make photocopies.
- Get a book from interlibrary loan.
- Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
- Take a computer class.
- Hear a poetry reading.
- Take out the latest fashion magazine.
- Enjoy a concert.
- Trace your family tree.
- Check out a special collection of rare books.
- Check out a legal question or issue.
- Find out how to file a consumer complaint.
- Learn about home improvement.
- Borrow some sheet music.
- Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog.
- Find the latest romance paperback.
- Pick up tax forms.
- Connect with other people in the community.
- Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.
Many of these activities don’t require a library card, so you can still participate. These are just a few ideas to fully use your library!
Check out these sites to learn more about how to get the most from your library.
http://www.ala.org/ (American Library Association)
Recently, I’ve had difficulty finding a book that keeps my attention. I start a book then quickly lose interest. Perhaps I’m not giving enough time and effort to determine whether I want to read a book. Last weekend I went to a used bookstore in the hopes that a book would scream from the shelf ‘read me, read me!’ Sadly after spending an hour at the bookstore, no book hooked me. I then thought perhaps I’d visit an old friend and reread a book. Readers gain insight each time the book is read again. This almost worked, but I still wasn’t fully hooked into a book. Here are some recent titles that I started then stopped: Divergent, Catcher in the Rye, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Oleander Girl. I’m even embarrassed to say that I didn’t read my last book club book, however I still attended to eat and greet.
I need YOUR help. What books do you suggest to hook me?
Jamie Ford’s new book, Songs of Willow Frost, releases today. Ford is the author of the popular book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. If you live near Seattle, Ford will give a book talk and signing tonight. For more information click HERE. Of course, my book review comes soon.
Here is the book synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a tale of two souls—12-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy with dreams for his future, and Willow Frost, a movie star escaping her haunted past—both seeking love, hope, and forgiveness. Their stories trace an emotional journey of discovery that will resonate with anyone who has ever longed for the comforts of family and a place to call home.