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August 28, 2013

Churchill and Lewis Carroll

Distance learning has exploded which means you really can stay in school forever. And you can make new school friends by joining us for our live, in-person, Sunday afternoon discussions.

The final counts in our "what MOOC do you want" poll were very close. No statistically significant differences. (BTW, MOOC means "massive open online course." List of some current MOOCs.)

Our winner was the philosophy/history/art class Ideas of the 20th Century, although the two edX science courses under consideration scored almost as high, so we may do one of them next spring or fall. They are The Science of Cooking and Introduction to Human Evolution.

And literature was right up there. We plan to add a second class this fall, Coursera's Science Fiction and Fantasy, for which you get to read the Brothers Grimm and Lewis Carroll, Mary Shelley and H.G. Wells. And more. (Including Cory Doctorow, stalwart supporter of public libraries.)

We will consider Comic and Graphic Novels for a subsequent semester.

We also want to group-study edX Shakespeare: On the Page and in Performance but that doesn't start until October 2014

The Ideas of the 20th Century chat, coffee, and mutual commiseration society will meet Sundays at 12:30 beginning September 22nd. The course itself begins September 15th and lasts for 13 weeks. You can
 Ideas of the Twentieth Century Sign up for the class here (If you have previously registered previously for edX you are already in the files, just sign in and register for the class itself.)
Sign up for our Sunday sessions here, not required but it gives us a way to contact you with additional information about the get-togethers.

Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World will meet Sundays, possibly at 4, beginning some time in October. The class itself begins October 7th and lasts for 11 weeks.
 Fantasy and Science FictionSign up for the class here (Again, if you have registered previously at Coursera, don't repeat unnecessary steps.)
Sign up for our Sunday sessions here to get additional details.

Everything is free, and we make the coffee.

Below the fold: reading lists



Reading List for Fantasy and Science Fiction:

Grimm Children's and Household Tales
Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
Stoker Dracula
Shelley Frankenstein
Hawthorne & Poe Stories and Poems
Wells The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, "The Country of the Blind," "The Star"
Burroughs & Gilman A Princess of Mars & Herland
Bradbury The Martian Chronicles
LeGuin The Left Hand of Darkness
Doctorow Little Brother

We have almost all of these books and stories here at the library, even Herland.



Supplementary Reading for 20th Century (We'll add to this as we learn more)

Churchill, Winston S. The Gathering Storm. Mariner Books, 1986. On the shelf here at 940.53 CHURCHI v.1

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Labor Day Weekend

The library and computer rooms will be open Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.
The history of Labor Day.

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August 26, 2013

1913

100 years ago women in Maryland, in much of the U.S., were not yet allowed to vote. They marched, they demonstrated, they picketed the White House, they were jailed. They raised a mighty roar. You could validate their struggle by remembering to register and to vote. You could even run for office.

We have registration forms at the library.

1917 Maryland Suffragettes picket White House

Isn't one of those Maryland suffragettes on roller skates?

The history of women's suffrage in Maryland is particularly shameful. The 19th amendment was introduced in Congress in 1878. It didn't pass for 41 years, not until 1919. Ratification was then swift, and by 1920 Maryland women could finally vote. (Thank you Tennessee.)

Maryland itself did not ratify until 1941 and that wasn't certified until 1958.

Of course in DC women are still waiting for full suffrage.

Who marched in the great 1913 parade in Washington? Nellie Bly, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Helen Keller, and at least 8,000 others. They were abominably treated by both the DC police and the crowd.

Interested?
Look through some of the primary sources. (You will need your library card)
Read an interesting blog written by the granddaughter of a suffragette.


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August 23, 2013

636.7 Dog Party

Update: Sorry, we've been told the Lions Club had to cancel Bark n' the Park.

10 AM, Sat Aug 24, Lee Jordan Field st the Middle School, Bark N' the Park
Contest entry $15, which benefits the Lions Leader Dog Program for the Blind. And there will be all sorts of contests. Longest catch distance, fastest tail wag, best costume, etc. etc.

Additional information : contact Jeremy : barkinthepark at yahoo.com
Sponsors include Dale's Dog Grooming, The Big Bad Woof, The Dog Stay.

Dewey lesson for the day
636 Animal Husbandry

636.1 Equines (Horses)
636.2 Ruminants and camel family (Bovines, Cattle)
636.3 Smaller ruminants (Sheep)
636.4 Swine
636.5 Poultry (Chickens)
636.6 Birds other than poultry
636.7 Dogs
636.8 Cats
636.9 Other mammals

So a Roscoe party would be 636.5

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August 14, 2013

Back to School for Grown-Ups

MOOCs are everywhere! Even at your library

edXMassive Open Online Courses are free and readily available through edX, Coursera, and other web based education sites.

Interested in trying one out? Our computer center staff can help you get registered and help you navigate the course structure and resources.

Want to add that face-to-face experience to your online learning? We will select a class or two and host weekly gatherings to give you a chance to do just that.

We are considering the following courses for the fall:

 IIdeas of the Twentieth Century Ideas of the Twentieth Century
Learn how philosophy, art, literature, and history shaped the last century and the world today. UTAustinX. Begins Sep 15, 13 weeks

 Science & CookingScience & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science
Top chefs and Harvard researchers explore how everyday cooking and haute cuisine can illuminate basic principles in physics and engineering, and vice versa. HarvardX. October (exact day not yet listed)

 Introduction to Human EvolutionIntroduction to Human Evolution
An overview of human evolutionary history viewed through the human fossil, archaeological and genetic records. WellesleyX. Begins September 25, 13 weeks

 Comic Books and Graphic NovelsComic Books and Graphic Novels
A survey of the comic book canon and of the major graphic novels in circulation today. The governing question is simple: by what terms can we discuss comic books as literary art? In pursuit of that question it develops a theory of literary reading and time itself. University of Colorado at Boulder. Begins Sep 23, 7 weeks

 Fantasy and Science FictionFantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World
We understand the world and our selves through stories. Then some of those hopes and fears become the world. University of Michigan. Begins October 7th, 11 weeks

Interested in one or more of these courses? Let us know!
Complete our MOOC survey

Not sure? Try the edX demo, 15 to 20 minutes, just to see how the classes work.

Last spring we did the HarvardX class Ancient Greek Hero and now talk knowingly of sema and psukhe, of kleos and nostos. And we look expectantly at construction pits.

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August 13, 2013

Great Computer Auction

On Wednesday August 21st the City will again auction off refurbished staff computers. Each has the Windows 7 operating system, Open Office software, Adobe Flash, sound, virus protection, at least 2GB memory, keyboard, mouse and a flat screen monitor. $70 and up. The computers will be on display in the rotunda area of the computer center.

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August 10, 2013

Perseids Tonight

perseidsTonight and tomorrow night, watch the great Perseids meteor shower. And this year it isn't raining!

If you can get out of town to someplace less light-polluted, do so. Best watch time is after midnight, give your eyes a long time to adjust to the darkness, sit back and look toward the northeast, toward Perseus (though actually, the meteors come from the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet).

Can't remember who Perseus was and what he did? Please visit our Audiobookcloud and listen to Padraic Colum's The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles. Shield your video display and listen in the dark while your eyes adjust.

(You can also look up Perseus in The Oxford Classical Dictionary. Look for the library card login.)

NASA will have a live webcast and chat tonight, for those with too much light pollution. Or too many mosquitoes.

Update: Sorry, it was cloudy during the early AM of the 11th. According to the NSW, the best chance of some clearing will come at around 5 AM, just before dawn, on the 12th.

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August 05, 2013

Test Prep

TERCDo you need to take a standardized exam? Want practice tests and books? We now subscribe, on your behalf, to the Testing and Education Resource Center. Please try it out. Our print copies of the books are usually all checked out, or out of date, or in shreds. Perhaps someone has already filled in the answers. Probably incorrectly.

Here you have pristine materials to help you study for well over 60 exams required for secondary schools, college admission, graduate schools, the military, or a variety of jobs,

You can even find information on scholarships here, as well as in the Career Guidance Center, another of the online tools we offer.

career centerThe Career Guidance Center not only has extensive information on college planning and financial aid, it can also help you find internships, apprenticeships and summer jobs. This is also the place to find solid, reliable information on résumé preparation, cover letters and interviews.

And don't forget the six volume College Blue Book whcih we also have in print. It is a classic reference source.

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