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Time for a Kombucha Quiz!


Brew Ha!Ha! is all about brewing - beer, coffee, tea, and... what?  Kombucha?  How well do you know your kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented beverage prepared using a SCOBY (a mass of bacteria and yeast). Which of the following is NOT another name for Kombucha?

Coffee Brews and More

You can find lots of varieties of coffee drinks, both hot and cold at any upscale coffee bar. So, what can you put together with coffee at home?
With our Brew Ha!Ha! extravaganza going on this month, I decided to find out.

Links to recipes are at the end of this blog.

Teachers: Request Research Pathfinders for Your Students

claassified research by throgers, Flickr: The Commons, Creative Commons license

When you are guiding your students through research projects this year (large or small), take advantage of the Library's Research Pathfinder service.

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The Corpse Flower's Cousins: Books and Videos about Freaky Plants

Corpse Flower at US Botanic Garden

This week, one of the most talked about residents of Denver was a giant flower named Stinky. The big, smelly blossom at the Denver Botanic Gardens made the national news, and people have been waiting over three hours to get a look at it. Stinky even has its own StinkyCam. But the corpse flower isn't alone in the world of bizarre and amazing plants.

Digital Eye Strain: Don't be a Victim

According to the Vision Council, we're all spending so much time using digital devices such as computers, smartphones, tablets, e-readers and video games that it's resulted in an epidemic of digital eye strain -- a condition that can result in blurred or double vision, red, irritated, fatigued eyes, and headaches. Other symptoms might include those also found in "dry eye," such as a sensation of sand in the eyes, pain, difficulty in wearing contacts, or sensitivity to light.

Crickets - the Gateway Bug

Chopsticks with cricket

Back in the early '90s, I got into buying, preparing, and eating caterpillars on a fairly regular basis. They were smoked and crunchy/chewy and delicious cooked in a peanut butter sauce with onions and garlic and hot peppers. On one of many trips through the Central African rainforest, the rickety and over-stuffed bus I was on broke down and some of the women passengers disappeared into the thick trees only to return within the hour with handfuls of caterpillars wrapped in their shawls.  

A Bicyclist Beats the Horses!

 The Story of the Bicycle.  Harper's Weekly. April 11, 1896. p. 359
  • Jack Prince, a champion bicycle rider, beat three local race horses at Thunderbolt Race Park in Savannah, Ga. on Dec. 6, 1892 - that's right, 1892!

So, excitement about bicycle racing is not new. Articles in The New York Times appeared in abundance in the 1870s about this burgeoning spectator sport. Such events were sometimes referred to as tournaments, contests, or matches and were often combined with other athletic events.

Medicare - Not for Communists - Whoops!!

Medicare has been in the news lately for turning 50 years old!  President Johnson signed Public Law 89-97 on July 30, 1965, creating Medicare.  The new law provided access to basic health care benefits available to all citizens 65 or older, regardless of income.  

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