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December 8, 2013
December 8, 2013
December 5, 2013
by SJCPL Techs
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How to Create Folders on a Mobile Apple Device
1. Tap and hold an app icon until it begins to shake. An “X” will appear in the upper left corner of some icons)
2. Drag the app you want to create a folder for over to another app you would like included in the folder.
3. A folder will be created containing the two apps. The folder will be named automatically based on the type of apps in the folder. To change the name of the folder click on the title and type a new one.
4. To finish creating the folder tap anywhere on the screen outside the folder. To add more apps to the folder repeat step 2 and then press the home button to exit editing mode.
5. To access the apps in the folder simply tap on the folder and it will open up displaying the apps inside. To close a folder tap anywhere on the home screen.
6. To remove an app from the folder, open the folder then tap and hold the app icon until it begins to shake. Drag the app out of the folder and drop it anywhere on the home screen.
7. Press the home button to exit editing mode.
Suggested by: Alicia, the Library Technician for Lakeville Library
Look for the next Tech Tip on Thursday, January 2nd.
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December 4, 2013
As autumn approached, I realized that I hadn’t read or reviewed any biographies of memoirs, my favorite type of nonfiction in two years! So after watching a fascinating 60 Minutes profile about Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, I decided to read her new memoir My Beloved World.
Sotomayor’s book primarily concentrates on her personal life from 1962 through 1992 rather than her tenure on the Supreme Court. Using a very approachable, informal writing style, Sotomayor meticulously describes how she had to overcome many adversities such as juvenile diabetes, living in the Bronx public housing projects and enduring her father’s alcoholism and untimely death during her childhood and adolescence. All these experiences significantly shaped her and gave her the self-confidence and courage to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer and eventually a federal district court judge. Moreover, Sotomayor graduated from Princeton and Yale Law School mainly due to her own stubborn perseverance and fierce determination, a supportive mother who valued education and affirmative action.
This very inspirational memoir shows that anyone can fulfill their goals despite seemingly insurmountable hardships if they believe in themselves and receive encouragement from family, teachers and friends. Ultimately, My Beloved World is an uplifting tribute to the human spirit.
December 3, 2013
The Eyes are the windows to the soul. Beauty is in the Eye of the beholder. And so on. Our perceptions are based on what our eye tells us. Our brain is full of images, real or imagined. Sometimes the image is fleeting, while other times an image will stay with us forever. When we take a photo, we are capturing a brief moment in time. The light is just right through the trees, the first smile of a child is forever frozen in time. My love affair with photography started when I was a teen and i received my Kodak Instamatic X-15 We were taking a family vacation to the Grand Canyon and I could not wait to take breath-taking photos and be discovered as the next Ansel Adams. Sadly, the photos didn’t quite turn out as I imagined, but I do remember having some pretty exciting moments hanging out on ledges, playing the professional photographer. I continue to photograph and attempt to take a photo a day, even if it is a picture of my morning coffee or walk to work. Most anything can be inspiration for a photo. It is just in the way you see it. If you want to see some exceptional photo talent from photographers in the area, the Main library will once again be exhibiting photos from the Life in Michiana Photo Contest. This year we had over 400 entries! Photos will be on view on both the second and third floors of the Main library from December 9 until January 12. And if you are interested in seeing a collection of Ansel Adams photographs, visit the South Bend Regional Museum of Art.
For further reading and viewing, here are a few titles to inspire you:
December 2, 2013
by Angela L
In honor of the season of giving, fourteen authors were bestowed the honor of “December Featured Author” for what is the last installment of the “Featured Author” series. Many famous and bestselling authors have penned a holiday themed book or two, or in some cases, several. While one of them might even be your favorite author, others might surprise you. Below are just some of the notable authors with books in our Holiday Fiction section.
Check out the Featured Author and Holiday Fiction displays on the second floor at the Main Library.
December 2, 2013
November 27, 2013
by Mrs B
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. So many of us are overwhelmed with preparations: huge mountains of food, decorations, places for out-of-town guests to sleep, travel if you happen to be the out-of-town guest, activities to occupy the children. It’s no surprise in the midst of all that, we might forget to focus on the purpose of the holiday: giving thanks.
Giving thanks and being grateful have more benefits than just making a list of your blessings so you can keep track of them. Being grateful is a stress buster. It releases feel-good dopamine and other endorphins and changes your brain chemistry to positive. This turns on all the learning centers in your brain.
Your brain at positive actually performs better in all measures than your brain at negative, neutral, or stressed. Your energy levels improve, accuracy increases, and speed improves. You are smarter and more creative.
You may be asking, “How can I be happy? What do I have to be grateful for? You don’t know all my problems.” You’re right – I don’t. But positive psychology researchers say that outer circumstances only predict 10% of your happiness. 90% of your long-term happiness is determined by the way your brain processes the world. 75% of job success depends on your support network, your optimism levels and whether you perceive stress as a challenge or a threat.
So how do you get these benefits? Try one of these gratitude exercises:
List 3 new things you are grateful for each day for 21 days. This retrains your brain to scan the world for the positive instead of the negative.
Journaling one positive thing that has happened to you in the past 24 hours allows you to relive it. This releases those feel-good hormones all over again, with all their great effects.
Meditation allows our brains to focus on a single task. In a world that is ADD with multi-tasking, this allows us to get in the zone and finish something.
Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters. There are well-documented studies (Duke University, 2000) showing that exercise works almost as well as antidepressants to counter clinical depression. Just think of the benefits if you weren’t depressed to start with!
Send one kind email or text daily, praising or thanking someone in your support network. This builds your social network. Strong social networks help people live longer.
Watch the TED talk below, and have a great Thanksgiving!
November 24, 2013
November 19, 2013
by Greta F.
After three days of battle in July of 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 50,000 men were left dead or wounded. At the time, it was the bloodiest battle in American history. Four months later, on November 19, 1863, a ceremony was held to consecrate the ground in which the dead had been buried.
One hundred and fifty years ago today, in the new Soldier’s National Cemetery adjacent to the battlefield, Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches of all time, the Gettysburg Address. Only a few minutes long and not intended as the featured event of the day, it resonated profoundly at the time and through the years since. The following is the full text of Lincoln’s speech:
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
November 19, 2013
This November marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. On November 23rd BBC1 will air a special 2D and 3D episode, “The Day of the Doctor”, which will be broadcast simultaneously in several countries.
But who is this doctor? For non-Whovians, the Doctor is a time traveling humanoid-alien who explores the universe in his Tardis (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) which happens to look like a British Police Call Box but is “bigger on the inside.” He travels with a companion as they face a variety of foes while working to save civilizations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs. There have been 11 incarnations of the Doctor, with each new actor “regenerating” (where the new doctor takes on a different body and personality) in a spectacular way.
To its fans Doctor Who is more than just a silly science-fiction show. It’s a large part of British popular culture and has achieved cult-like status worldwide. More than cheesy, low-budget special effects Doctor Who appeals to children and adults alike. A Psychology professor from the University of Glasgow gives four main reasons why Doctor Who matters:
1. Escapism -The show provides a safe place where one can escape from one’s problems.
2. Imagination and critique- “What many people fail to realize is that without imagination, you can’t really work to improve the world.”
3. Hope - Hope says, “I know that there are thousands of people suffering and I can’t help them all, but I can help one person, and that one person matters.”
4. Community - In a society where isolation tends to be the norm, it feels good to have something-anything that can spark recognition in another person’s eyes and that gives you an excuse to talk with strangers.
So polish up your sonic screwdrivers, dust off your fez, set out a plate of jammy dodgers (a popular British biscuit) and tune in with the rest of the world on November 23 to celebrate one of the most popular and endearing British characters and TV shows. And here’s the official trailer to pique your interest.
While waiting, here are some activities you can do to get ready for the broadcast. And we have plenty of books and DVDs at SJCPL for your reading and viewing pleasure. Some of are newest titles include:
“Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.”
— River Song, Season 6, Episode 13
What is your favorite Doctor Who quote or character?