Some people seem to inherently understand finances. They can create budgets, savings plans and retirement plans and adhere to them effortlessly. No matter how much I wish that I was one of these people, I am not. However, when I began my career, I quickly came to realize that without a budget or plans for my financial future that my dreams of owning a home, traveling the country, and retiring and not having to worry about money were never going to come to fruition. Luckily, I work at a library that surrounds me every day with the resources I need to plan for and attain my goals.
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a support group, led by an Alzheimer's Association-trained leader for caregivers on the fourth Mondays at the Howell Branch. The support group is a safe place to learn, receive helpful tips, connect with resources, and meet others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group meets from 11-12:30, except May 28. Other related programs include:
Over the past 25 years, Fred Watkins has traveled the world photographing political figures, celebrities, and historical landmarks. Watkins has traveled to Africa with presidents Clinton and Bush and is a member of the White House Press Corps. He was also a staff photographer for Jet and Ebony magazines and has produced freelance photography for Time, Life, and People magazines.
Watkins' photography will be on exhibit during April in the Fredericksburg Branch theater.
Most of the time, I look at the books on the library’s shelves and am excited at the prospect of finding my new favorite book. However, every once in a while, I look at all of the books and become dejected, knowing that there are thousands and thousands of amazing books published that I will not have the time to read.
So, when I am looking for something new to read in my limited time—and, contrary to popular belief, librarians do not get to read all day at work—I ask myself, should I reread a favorite? Should I read a title or author in my favorite genre? Or, should I branch out and read a book that is different from my normal choice?
One of the great perks of being a librarian is that you are surrounded by people who are as passionate about books as you are. I have found that books are a great way to connect with other people and that the shared experience of having read the same author or similar titles can help create lifelong friends. While taking a tour of the Croatian islands during my honeymoon, a fellow passenger and I bonded over our mutual love of Octavia Butler. The other passengers stared curiously at us as we talked a hundred miles a minute and gesticulated wildly because we could not contain our love for Butler and her award-winning books. Thinking back on that conversation, I considered some of the other great authors I look forward to reading throughout the year and especially during February to celebrate African American History Month.
Investing for the first time or changing your allocations can be very confusing. It’s hard to know if your choices have a good outlook or if they have had a dismal performance in the past.
The library can help with that! All library cardholders have access to Morningstar Investment Research Center, which provides expert insight on stocks, mutual funds, and exchange traded funds. As part of Financial Literacy Month, the library will be hosting a class, Stocks, Bonds, and Funds, Oh My, on the basics of Morningstar Investment Research Center. This class will be held at England Run Branch on Monday, April 3, 6:30-7:30, and at Salem Church Branch on Monday, April 17, 6:30-7:30.
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, challenging participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel. If you're thinking of participating, you’ll find plenty of helpful writing tips at the library and on nanowrimo.org.
Do you enjoy lively discussions?
Do you enjoy a good pint while having said lively discussions?
Then join us for a special Books and Beer Club Pub Crawl on Saturday, September 10, 2:00-5:00!
We'll start at 2:00 at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant, 324 William Street, move to Brock's Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, at 3:00, and finish up at Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George Street, from 4:00-5:00.
Space is limited, so reserve your seat and a copy of your preferred book by calling the England Run adult research desk at 540-899-1703. There is no charge to register for the event, but beverages and food will be available for purchase at each venue. You must be 21 or over to attend the pub crawl.
With thousands of educational apps, it’s hard to know where to start. Many of the apps are great ways to learn about specific subjects, but start with these free general education apps:
Search for and view definitions and synonyms for over two million words. The app also allows you to save your favorite word and will provide a word of the day. Available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
Each month we'll be bringing you apps that library staff know and use. Here's a list of free apps for exploring the universe from the comfort of your couch:
Google Sky Map
Google Sky Map lets you explore the universe through images from NASA satellites, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope. Available only for Android products.
The NASA App contains all things NASA related. It includes the latest NASA content including over 14,000 images, videos on-demand, NASA Television, mission information, news, tweets, satellite tracking, and more. Available for Android and Apple products and Kindle Fire.