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Plaza Voices: Alba

Photo of Alba, a Plaza participant

Diana G., a Plaza staff member, writes:

What is your favorite thing to do in the Plaza program?

Alba said, "The computers are my favorite because I am able to do multiple things, like practice English and many more things. I also like the English classes [Conversation Tables] because I am getting extra help with my speaking. My goal is to learn how to speak English properly."

Round 2 of Volume Starts Now!

Are you ready for some great new local music? I hope so, because we've just finished reviewing the second round of submissions for Volume, our local music site. We received over 60 submissions this time around, and have chosen the albums that will be used. We're working with the musicians on the paperwork, and on our technical end to get the music loaded. We'll be releasing new albums, every Tuesday, as we're ready (again, DRM- and $$$-free to DPL cardholders!).

Myofascial Trigger Points: A Real Pain in the Neck

During his presidency, John F. Kennedy suffered from nearly debilitating pain that almost ended his political career. He turned to Dr. Janet G. Travell, pioneer researcher of the concept of myofascial trigger points, a chronic pain disorder caused by pressure on sensitive points in your muscles that results in "referred" pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body.

Run for your Life! It's GVRs Before Hours Gaming and After Hours Hunger Games Party!

GVR kids and teens snuck into the library two hours before it officially opened on Sunday, November 2. They were there to eat lots of pizza, play games and create magnificent structures in gamespace and real space (with Legos). Local teens Daniel, Raphael and Feven set up special Minecraft servers, and they also helped set out the Legos. Librarian Colleen brought out the Makey Makey and showed kids how to turn anything into a game controller.

Then the extreme gaming began: a game of tag so epic they're still talking about it!

Net Neutrality Party - Wait, What?!

A while back I wrote about net neutrality- what it is, why it’s important and what you can do to protect it.

I’m upping the ante a bit now- in case a blog post wasn’t enough to get you all fired up, we’re having a Net Neutrality Party! Wait what? A Net Neutrality Party? Back up Simone, and explain what good this will do and why such a dry theme might lend itself to an awesome all-ages library learn-and-make party.

Plaza Voices: the Language of Food

Platter of sushi

Helen M., a Plaza staff member, writes:

Food. Food! Who doesn’t enjoy talking about what she ate for dinner last evening? Whose mouth doesn’t start watering at the mention of a favorite dish his Mom prepared?

November is National Picture Book Month!

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

It’s November, which means that readers and children’s book lovers around the country are celebrating National Picture Book Month. It is a celebration of print picture books, but it is also an international initiative to promote literacy and reading. Here at the library, we decided to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite picture books and why we love them.

Did You Miss This?

Did You Miss This?

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

Note: The Library's online catalog provides enhanced title and summary/review information when available. Discover these features by clicking the hyperlinks below.

Book Discovery: IMDb

Image from Prince of the Universe Wordpress Blog June 2013

The Internet Movie database or IMDb is a key discovery tool for movies, t.v. shows and even soundtracks! If you are a star-struck fan or riveted by closing credits (you know who you are), IMDb is a 24/7 information wonderland. 

Seven Commandments of Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

I absolutely LOVE Thanksgiving, but Holiday craziness and shopping stresses me out - it all seems to be creep further into the loveliness and peacefulness of Thanksgiving every year.  

One of my favorite resources, Consumer Reports, has put out a useful one-page guide to help shoppers manage spending and financial decisions through the holidays.  I especially like #5.  

The seven commandments they've come up with are:

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