October 2013

Cheers to Learning!

The late fall and early winter are the times when most school-age children start looking forward to the holiday break; a time that I remember as being dedicated to adventuring outside, playing with friends, and spending lots of time on the computer, all while reveling in the fact that I was not "learning in school". It was only as an adult that I realized that time spent - fully engaged in the topics that I loved and enjoyed - actually represented some of the most formative educational experiences in my life.

 
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Seances, Vampires and Ghosts, Oh My!

Starting this evening, the Providence Public Library will be helping to host the RI International Horror Film Festival.  Getting into the spirit of the film festival and Halloween, here's a highlight of some or the Rhode Island Collection ghoulish works.

 

 

 
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History Has a Scent

Working in a special collections library I've often thought to myself, "If I just took a random book off the shelf, I'm sure it would be fascinating somehow." Here's a quick post to demonstrate that. On Tuesday, while preparing for one of our twice-monthly Library architectural tours, I decided to put one of our whaling logbooks on display, so I turned to a shelf and pulled down a logbook I'd never opened before, the journal of the ship Marcus, which set out in 1844.

 
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The STEM and the ROSE

Recently, a 19 year old was discussing going back to school after trying a year in the “working world”, after graduating high school.  He already possessed a solid financial disciple, so returning to the classroom would not be an appetizer sampler, similar to the approach many young adults take heading out of high school.

 
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Answers to Ten Commonly Asked Tech-Geek Questions

Some technology questions are easier to answer than others. Tech-savvy friends and family may be quick to offer up advice on the "how's" of tech issues, but the "why's" are often more important. Finding out fundamental information on certain tech topics can lead to better solutions over the long term, and often reveal common misconceptions we may have.

 
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