Friday, March 18, 2011

Accessing CARL's Website

We are aware there have been issues with accessing CARL's website.  If you are unable to access the website, here are some alternative links.

CARL databases through the E-Journal Portal

CARL's catalog

CARL's Digital Library

Super Moon

If the moon looks a little bit bigger and brighter this weekend, there's a reason for that. It is.

Saturday's full moon will be a super "perigee moon" -- the biggest in almost 20 years. This celestial event is far rarer than the famed blue moon, which happens once about every two-and-a-half years.

"The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," said Geoff Chester with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. "I'd say it's worth a look."

Full moons look different because of the elliptical shape of the moon's orbit. When it's at perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to Earth than when it's at the farthest point of its orbit, also known as apogee.

"Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the moon's orbit," the NASA website says.

This full moon will rise in the east at sunset and should look especially big at that time because of what's known as the "moon illusion."
"For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects," according to NASA.

Even though it may look close enough to touch, Saturday's full moon will still be at a healthy distance -- some 211,600 miles (356,577 km) away.
As rare as it is, it may be worth a look. Miss it and you'll have to wait until 2029 to see it again.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

History of St. Patrick's Day

Every wonder about the origins of St. Patrick's Day? If so check out this video it is from our friends at the History channel . Enjoy!
Erin go Bragh!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Legislative Alert: Bill to Abolish Kan-ed

Yesterday, a bill was introduced which would abolish Kan-Ed. House Bill 2390 was introduced by the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (Marc Rhoades, R-Newton) at the request of the Speaker of the House (Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson).
This is an important issue for libraries, which rely upon Kan-Ed for affordable and high-speed Internet connectivity, the ELMeR videoconferencing network, research databases (including all K-12 databases and Heritage Quest), Kan-Ed Live Tutor (Homework Kansas), and more. All these things would be lost if the bill passes.
Please contact your Kansas state representative to express your strong support for Kan-Ed and urge him/her to oppose House Bill 2390. It’s uncertain when the bill might come to a vote, but to be on the safe side, please make contacts within one week.
What is the best way to do this? You can find a list of Kansas representatives and their contact information at Most legislators welcome email messages from constituents, so be sure to include your address or otherwise indicate that you are a constituent. A phone call or personal note may be even more effective.
In your communication, please emphasize the negative impact on library users. Your message should be personalized, but some points to consider include:
  • The bill would be extremely destructive to libraries, schools, and hospitals. In many communities, primarily rural, there is no viable alternative for high-speed Internet access.
  • Even in communities where there are alternatives, the cost would be prohibitive for many libraries.
  • The deadline has passed for libraries to apply for e-rate discounts for 2011-2012, for help in paying for Internet access.
  • The state increasingly relies on public libraries to provide access to such e-government services as unemployment benefits and filing taxes. With this bill, library users without their own Internet access would find their access to these e-government service in jeopardy.
  • There would be absolutely no savings in the state general fund, since Kan-Ed is funded from the Kansas Universal Service Fund and e-rate discounts from the federal universal service fund. Thus, abolishing Kan-Ed will not help balance the state budget
  • ELMeR saves staff time and travel, and also provides videoconferencing services to the communities which participate in the network. ELMeR is entirely dependent upon Kan-Ed.
  • You could include some information about how your users make use of the K-12 databases or Kan-Ed Live Tutor (Homework Kansas).
  • It is the ability of Kan-ed to purchase a statewide network, which was awarded to AT&T in a competitive bidding process, that has made Kan-Ed cost effective.
  • People from western Kansas should also point out that while this bill is vitally important to western Kansas, there are no representatives on the committee to which the bill has been referred (Appropriations) which are farther west than Lindsborg.
Thank you in advance for your effort!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Time to Spring Forward, on Sunday March 13 at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time begins!

During late Winter we move our clocks one hour ahead and "lose" an hour during the night and each Fall we move our clocks back one hour and "gain" an extra hour. The phrase "Spring forward, Fall back" helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of Standard Time ("Spring forward," even though Spring doesn't begin until late March, several weeks after the start of Daylight Saving Time). We "Fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to Standard Time.
The change to Daylight Saving Time ostensibly allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours. During the eight-month period of Daylight Saving Time, the names of time in each of the time zones in the U.S. (map) change as well. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time, Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), Mountain Standard Time (MST) becomes Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Pacific Standard Time becomes Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), and so forth.

History of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after World War II, states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer since 2007 due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours. Unfortunately, it is exceedingly difficult to determine energy savings from Daylight Saving Time and based on a variety of factors, it is possible that little or no energy is saved by Daylight Saving Time.
Arizona(except some Indian Reservations),Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and America Samoa have chosen not to observe Daylight Saving Time. This choice does make sense for the areas closer to the equator because the days are more consistent in length throughout the year.

Daylight Saving Time Around the World

Other parts of the world observe Daylight Saving Time as well. While European nations have been taking advantage of the time change for decades, in 1996 the European Union (EU) standardized a EU-wide European Summer Time. This EU version of Daylight Saving Time runs from the last Sunday in March through the last Sunday in October. In the southern hemisphere, where Summer comes in December, Daylight Saving Time is observed from October to March. Equatorial and tropical countries (lower latitudes) don't observe Daylight Saving Time since the daylight hours are similar during every season; so there's no advantage to moving clocks forward during the Summer.
Kyrgyzstan and Iceland are the only countries that observe year-round Daylight Saving Time.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Fun: I'm Batman

We've changed our display cases again! Be sure to check out our Batman display on the first floor, near the student computers. We've got a lot of neat stuff on display, and above the display case, we have Batman-related DVDs, graphic novels, novels, and books for children! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

Today is beloved children's author and cartoonist Dr. Seuss' 107th Birthday! 

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 and published 44 children's books filled with characters we all love and remember; The Grinch, The Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am, Horton, The Sneetches and the Lorax, to name a few.

He attended Oxford briefly, and after returning to the US, submitted humorous articles and illustrations to publications like The Saturday Evening Post, Life and Vanity Fair. During the depression he drew advertising for General Electric, NBC and others.

In 1937 the rhythm of the ship's engines on his ocean voyage inspired what became his first book, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street! It was rejected by dozens of publishers before it saw print.

During World War II, Theodor Geisel drew over 400 political cartoons and eventually becgan drawing posters for the Treasury Department and War Production board. He joined the army in 1943 as the commander of the Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces.After the war, he and his wife moved to California and he returned to children's books.

As kids, many of us have seen Dick and Jane and Spot, and some of us were more motivated to read by their antics than others. Around 1950, a friend presented him with a study that showed many kids were having trouble learning to read because the books they were given were just plain boring. Dr. Seuss was able to fill the void with the classic The Cat in the Hat, which came in at a meager 236 words, all of which were easy for beginning readers to tackle. Later on, a friend gave him a challenge to write a book with only 50 different words in it, which is where Green Eggs and Ham came from.

After his wife's death in 1967, he remarried a year later and continued writing until his death from cancer in 1991. He had no children of his own, and when he was asked about this, he'd say "You have 'em, I'll entertain 'em."

To learn more, check out Oh, The Places He Went, a digital biography downloadable from our catalog!  

We hope to see you today at 4 PM for our special Dr. Seuss story time!


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