Have you ever wondered how folks get photos of themselves climbing Mount Everest in their swimsuit or hanging out with famous folks, even though you know they hardly leave the couch? With a little green screen magic, you can make your dreams virtually... reality! The green screen itself is simple. It's just a large sheet … Continue reading Green Screen Fun
In my case, it was actually true once. I scotch-taped up the tattered remains of my worksheets (complete with muddy paw prints) and turned them in with this time-honored excuse - luckily, my teacher was both amused and forgiving, despite the missing sections! With school back in session, however, my daughter is already brimming with … Continue reading The Dog Ate my Homework
We all get busy, but sometimes you still need to scratch that reading itch -- without having a big book hanging over your head. If you're looking for some "short but mighty books", check out The Short List, a compilation of 24 books under 200 pages recommended by TED speakers. Here are some more short … Continue reading Short and Sweet
Freedom of information is an internationally recognized fundamental human right (as an extension of freedom of speech). The ideology of free speech is thought to have emerged in ancient Athens in the late 6th or early 5th century BC. England's Bill of Rights 1689, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789), … Continue reading America the Dutiful
A "selfie," for the uninitiated, is a "self-portrait photograph." This seemingly innocuous, yet somehow ire-inspiring, social phenomenon/trend shows no signs of reversing: estimates range from over one million selfies a day to 93 million selfies taken everyday worldwide. While selfies are generally held as an indicator of "millennial narcissism," it's always fun and interesting to see the … Continue reading #Selfie: Because Sometimes the Most Interesting Thing in My Life is Me
Fontana Regional Library will be hosting its 2nd Annual Read Local Book Fair- this year with 2 events at 2 locations! Macon County Public Library will host the first event on Saturday, November 7th from 10am-2pm and Jackson County Public Library will host the following weekend on Saturday, November 14th from 10am-2pm. Over 50 local … Continue reading Read Local at Fontana Regional Library
It’s a busy time of year! But October is (apparently!) an important month. I’m reblogging my post from last year, “ADHD Awareness Month“, because I feel it’s a very important topic. If you or your family are struggling with an ADHD diagnosis, check out this video “The 30 Essential Ideas Every Parent Needs to Know” featuring Dr. Russell Barkley, from the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada.
If your October needs more excitement, check out another previous post, “Observe October.” This week is also Mental Health Awareness Week: you can find a display at Macon County Public Library for suggested reading and information from the North Carolina- Appalachian South chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
And if you’re not busy doing your own thing or celebrating/observing everything October, stop by Jackson County Public Library for their “Star Wars Reads Day – Family Night” on October 8th at 6pm. Join in and dress-up with some pre-Halloween costuming!
— Fontana Reg. Library (@Fontanalib) October 6, 2015
October is Attention –deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) awareness month. As of 2011, approximately 8.8% of children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. Though it’s estimated that the rate of occurrence for ADHD is similar in adults, only 4.4% of adults are diagnosed with ADHD – a significant portion of the adult ADHD population goes undiagnosed and untreated.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about ADHD and ADD (ADD has been somewhat recently re-categorized as a sub-type of ADHD- ADHD, Primarily Inattentive).
It’s not uncommon to hear people dismiss ADHD as a behavioral issue: “If only he’d try harder!,” “If her parents just made her…,” “She just doesn’t want to pay attention!” However, brain scans show that there is a significant difference in the brain activity of people diagnosed with ADHD versus neurotypical or “normal” participants. Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States…
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Google has revolutionized the way we access information. You used to have to navigate pages of links and categories (and as a webmaster, submit your site to several search engines for indexing if you wanted your site to be found!) and search results weren’t listed by relevancy- they were ordered by how many pages linked … Continue reading Why Public Libraries?
This week, I have a co-writer who will be recommending some series for the pre-teen age group that you must read! Though Penelope says must is rude, “you should only read them if you really want to.” I think they’re definitely worth checking out though! The first series we want to talk about is Grimmtastic … Continue reading Penelope’s Picks
With Mother's Day this past Sunday and Father's Day right around the corner (June 21 for those keeping track!), I thought I'd write a bit about celebrating parents. It seems like plain, common sense that parents are important in a child's life. Parents birth you, feed you, change your diapers, protect you... basically keep … Continue reading Celebrating Parents