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    Early Childhood Education Fair

    Kim Mattingly The Messenger-Inquirer recently did an article reporting that tests are showing that “nearly half of local students not ready for kindergarten.”  Governer Steve Beshear reported last week that 51% of children entering Kindergarten in Kentucky were unprepared.  The tests took place at the beginning of the school year to assess whether a child can use a five- to six-word sentence, sing simple songs, name shapes and colors and use scissors, pencils, and crayons,…

    Nebraska: A Movie Review

    By: Kara Schroader Woody Grant is no spring chicken. He may be old, drunken, and deranged, but he isn’t interested in slowing down anytime soon. In Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, The Descendants), accomplished actor Bruce Dern portrays 80-something Woody. Suffering from dementia, Woody has fallen into the bad habit of wandering off along the local interstate. His wife, Kate (June Squibb), is fed up with his antics. However, Woody is on a…

    Read It Before You Watch It

    Kim Mattingly Buzzfeed.com recently released an article “14 Books to Read Before they Hit the Big Screen” that has been making the rounds through the popular social networking sites Facebook and Pinterest.  As many libraries struggle to remain relevant, anything that reminds people to read is a good thing.  The popularity of book-based movies and the quantity being released in the near future is astounding, and could have a positive impact on libraries by encouraging the non-reader to pick up…

    New Year, New You

    Well, it’s that time of year again. The time that many of us dread as the New Year begins. What time is that I am speaking of you may ask? Basically, I am talking about that time of year where we all tend to make those lovely New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions can be a wonderful time to reevaluate our lives and see where we can tend to improve upon ourselves from the previous…

    Love in the Time of Internet: A Scam Story

    by Wesley Johnson Internet dating is a bit odd, right? I mean, you’re looking for love by browsing profiles that mostly consist of lies and photoshopped pictures, so, much like the oft referenced box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. The chance of getting scammed is far too high for my liking. That’s not the case with the male enhancement drug offers I get through my email, though. I’ve been taking…

    Goodreads Choice Awards 2013

    Kim Mattingly Every year, the popular book networking site Goodreads hosts the Goodreads Choice Award where book lovers get to choose their favorite books in twenty different categories. Voting began at the beginning of November, and after three rounds of voting the winners have been announced! Best Fiction- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Best Mystery & Thriller- Inferno by Dan Brown Best Historical Fiction- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson Best Fantasy- The…

    Social Networks Have Gone to the Books Part 2

    Kim Mattingly In the last installment, I discussed the popularity of social networking, and featured two popular reading/book social networks: GoodReads and Shelfari. Riffle and Fictfact are two other book networking sites that are less popular. Riffle (Rifflebooks.com) Riffle, an alternative to GoodReads, launched in May 2013. I became aware of the site about a month ago, when a co-worker mentioned it to me. She described it as “Pinterest for books.” Of course, I had…

    Evansville’s library

    Savannah Warren I recently made a trip to Evansville and visited their public library. For one of my classes, I needed to compare and contrast two public libraries and I thought I should check theirs out since I was in the neighborhood. I have to admit, theirs was pretty cool. The kids section looked like a playground and was removed from the rest of the library, so the noise coming from it didn’t pollute the…

    Starting your own Business

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Have you ever thought that perhaps you could do something as well or better than someone else in the same field of business? Do you ever get tired of just doing the same old thing every single day? Well, if you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then perhaps you might be interested in starting your own business and…

    Write ’til Midnight

    November is known as National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, when writers attempt to create 50,000 words in 30 days. To celebrate, the Daviess County Public Library and the Owensboro Writers Group are hosting “Write ’til Midnight”, a 9-hour writing marathon on Saturday, November 23rd starting at 3 p.m. Come from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sign in at the Public Lounge. Bring your own laptop, or check out a Library netbook or…

     
     
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