Wednesday, April 23, 2008

National Turn Off TV Week April 22-28

Can you imagine how cool it would be if everyone on the planet who has a TV really did unplug, even for one day--say, on Earth Day, April 22nd! VPR commentator Deborah Luskin has a problem with pulling the plug on TV, however, and she'll tell you why. Luskin's daughter was "right on" when she said to her mother: "Not watching TV gave us a chance to be ourselves instead of trying to be like everyone else." Years ago I used to defend TV every now and then, but now my mindset is more like the bumper sticker that advertises "kill your TV." This week, when you get that urge to pick up the remote, pick up a book instead. And now for the best part, listen to our own Rob Williams singing Kill Your Television.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Celebrate Earth Day, Today and Everyday

Greetings from a tree-hugging librarian.....and check out the EPA's website featuring a list of Earth Day events and volunteer opportunities, a timeline and history of Earth Day, and much more, including the cool Environmental Tips Widget and Earthday Countdown Widget. And check out our display in the Miller Information Commons for great books on topics ranging from global warming to the publishing of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

National Library Week on YouTube (Sarah & Paula's Favorites!)

Happy National Library Week Champlain!

We were amazed and excited (so much so that our workstudies laughed at us) to see all of these funny and clever You Tubes on National Library Week.

And we love the little diddy and the little creatures dancing.
Here are some of our favorites:

Given the jump in reference this year, we really liked this one:

For our gamers out there:

Tammy Miller, our head of Circulation, will love this one:

Anyone read People Magazine?

And we really have that song in our heads!
Happy National Library Week!


PS: Paula found these on the Lipstick Librarian blog. If you didn't know, librarians are avid bloggers. Just in case you were wondering.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rockin Reference!

Wow: we must be doing something right because our students are slamming us at the Reference desk this finals season! And not just with quick, easy questions either. A lot of what is coming our way are sophisticated, in depth, difficult issues and questions. What ever is in the air, it certainly is keeping us busy at the MIC.