Attention OverDrive users! Are you tired of navigating the difference between your shelf and the loans page in the OverDrive app? Do you dislike not being able to stream from the app? Or logging in each time you check out a book? Or the million different steps to it takes to check out and read an eBook?
Recycling is a popular topic these days, and for homeowners and gardeners composting is simple way to deal with lawn and garden waste. By combining it with a bit of water, sunlight, and time you end up with “black gold” in the form of compost you can add back into your gardens. It’s the ultimate recycling.
Composting itself is pretty simple. The hardest part is figuring out where and how you’re going to compost. Piles, pens, bins, tumblers and pits – there are all sorts of ways to corral your compost Read the rest of this entry »
Is that a load of blarney?? No. Okay, many of you probably knew that, but I confess that I did not, or that I had forgotten. St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was born in some part of Britain while it was under Roman occupation. It’s not known for sure whether his parents, Calpornius and Concessa, were also born in Britain, or Italy. Little is known about his family and upbringing; his biography, Confession, gives some details, but for the most part is pretty vague about locations and dates.
So, what do we know about this very popular (especially in March) and beloved saint? Read the rest of this entry »
Want to make your views known to the elected officials who represent you? Here are quick links to the contact information for the elected officials who serve Johnson County residents. Officials at the federal, state, and county levels are included, as well as city council members in Iowa City, mayors of other towns in Johnson County, and Board members of the Iowa City Community School District. Click on the level of government you are interested in, and you will find names, addresses, phone numbers, and when available, the official’s website address and contact form.
Not sure which state or federal official represents you? The Iowa Legislature has an easy-to-use “Find Your Legislator” feature for anywhere in Iowa. Search by your own street address, by city name or by zip code. For school officials, you can search by your school district. It looks like this:
When you search by your street address, your Iowa representative and senator will be shown, with a chance to request info about “Other Elected Officials”. One more click, and you will see your two U.S. senators and your U.S. representative, all with links to their websites where you will find contact information for letters, phone calls or email messages.
The Johnson County Auditor’s website also has a directory of elected officials. Their directory includes some of the lesser known levels of local government, such as township officials, members of the Agricultural Extension Council and the Soil and Water Conservation District, and all the school districts that are situated wholly or in part in Johnson County.
Have you missed the sun? It’s out there, of course, though hiding behind the clouds that make our days seem so grey and dreary. Is January the greyest month of the year or are we simply experiencing a run of gloomy skies? It turns out that November or December are the least sunny months, with January and February giving the last two months of the year a run for their money. When trying to find easy to understand reports and statistics I stumbled across Brian B’s Climate Blog. Brian Brettschneider, an Anchorage-based environmental planner and climatologist, has analyzed a myriad of weather and climate statistics and created a Dreariness Index map. He uses three variables to create the Dreariness Index – total annual precipitation, days per year with measurable precipitation and annual cloud coverage. Iowa falls smack dab in the middle of the range, which if you are like me, knowing that we aren’t the dreariest location in the United States helps, at least a little.
If you would like to learn more about weather, the library has a good number of books on the subject, ranging from weather prediction to extreme weather to climate change.
The My List option allows you to create a list of items (books, DVDs, CDs, anything in the catalog) that you can reference later. I use it to keep track of books I would like to read at some point, especially since I always max out my holds. You can create multiple lists, so if you want to create a list of mysteries or travel books or holiday cookbooks, you can create a list for each topic.
Adding an Item to a List/Creating a New List
When you found what you want to add to a list, under additional actions, click on the icon of the shopping basket.
Today at the information desk, we had a patron looking for Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The patron wanted a printed copy to read in order to celebrate MLK day which is this coming Monday. While looking for this letter online, we came across Stanford University’s collection of King’s papers which have been digitized. We found a digitized version of an early draft of the letter along with a recording of King reading the letter. You can see other items like King’s birth certificate, an invitation to the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, and much more on the site.
I have recently read a couple of posts about food emoji and really wanted to learn about how an emoji goes from an idea to a pictograph on my phone and why there are only 82 food emoji. The Unicode Consortium Emoji Subcommittee makes decisions about adding new emoji. Unicode is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world’s writing systems. The standard is maintained by the Unicode Consortium. The first emoji were created in 1999 in Japan for cellphone users. It was a way to express something in a single character when text messages were limited to 60 to 140 characters. Emoticons, not be to be confused with emoji, first appeared in 1982. iemoji.com is a great site to learn more about the world of emoji.
The more I read about Unicode and the consortium, the more confused I became. I felt like I was reading a foreign language written in English. But I did find out how you can submit a proposal for a new emoji. Not all submissions are approved, here’s a tumblr of emoji rejected by the Emoji Subcommittee. If you are curious about how an emoji is expressed across platforms and social media sites take a look at emojopedia.org.