Neil Gaiman, a well-known voice in the literary world for both Children and Adult fiction, gave a speech in the UK at the Reading Agency. His topic…you guessed it; the future of reading and libraries. It’s a bit long, but definitely worth the read. You can view it here.
Last Thursday it was announced that Alice Munro had won the Nobel Prize in Literature award, making her the first Canadian writer to take the honor. Ms. Munro’s writing reputation has grown steadily over the years and she is known as one of the premier short story writers living today. Make sure to stop by the library and discover this author if you haven’t already. For more information on Nobel prize winners past and present, visit www.nobelprize.org.
Tom Clancy (1947-2013), one of the most recognizable names in literature has passed away. Many of his novels, such as Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October, and Clear and Present Danger went on to become blockbuster films and even video games. Celebrate the life and works of this outstanding author by checking the library catalog and catching up on all of his phenomenal novels. *Photo taken from http://www.tomclancy.com.
This month the 13th happens to fall on a Friday. Are you afraid to travel on Friday the 13th? Does your name contain 13 letters? Why are we so scared of Friday the 13th? If the date does cause you apprehension, you’re not alone. 17 million people claim to be afraid of Friday the 13th. Learn the reasons why 13 has such an unlucky meaning and how prevalent the fear of this number is.
The library is hosting a talk this Friday to explore the origins of many popular superstitions, curses, & Friday the 13th. Local folklore expert Ed Okonowicz will be here at 7 pm. In this entertaining program – featuring photographs and audience participation – Mr. Okonowicz will explore the fascinating world of superstitions, including their origins, historical examples and why they remain a significant part of our folklore, culture and everyday life.
The world of literature has lost a very gifted American author – Elmore Leonard. Leonard may be best known for his drama Get Shorty or his shoot-em-up Western 3:10 to Yuma. Many of his works went on to become movies or television shows. To learn more about Elmore Leonard and to view his obituary, visit his website at www.elmoreleonard.com.
*Picture taken from www.elmoreleonard.com
A friend sent me a post about how to slow down time, that was originally posted on Evernote. I found it thoroughly interesting and have reposted some of the original blog message here. The original blog was created by Jessica Stillman.
Remember when you were a kid and summer vacation crawled by and an afternoon could seem endless. It’s the opposite now, right?
As a busy adult and business owner your days probably pass by in a whirl of activity — so much so that whole weeks or months can feel like they’re racing past, like you just put your head down for a second and now half a year has gone.
It’s a familiar if frustrating feeling, but what’s behind it and is there anything you can do to get back the lazier pace of time from when you were younger? This is your life after all and you want to wring as much experience from it as you can.
The buffer blog recently offered a helping hand, pulling together the latest insights from neuroscience on why we perceive time as we do and how we can manipulate our lives to slow down our experience of time passing. Our sense of time, it turns out, isn’t even. It’s dictated by how much information we need to process — more information spells more time, which is why our younger years, when we’re processing lots and lots of new stuff, seem to pass so slowly.
The basic idea was laid out neatly in a fantastic profile of neuroscientist David Eagleman in the New Yorker:
The more detailed the memory, the longer the moment seems to last. “This explains why we think that time speeds up when we grow older,” Eagleman said – why childhood summers seem to go on forever, while old age slips by while we’re dozing. The more familiar the world becomes, the less information your brain writes down, and the more quickly time seems to pass.
The details of this are upacked in greater detail in the buffer post so check it out if you’re interested in the finer points of your brain’s inner workings. But understanding why time flies is one thing, being able to do something about it is another. Can we voluntarily do anything to recapture the slower passage of time in order to savor our hours?
Buffer offers five suggestions all of which revolve around one central idea — to slow down time, feed your brain more new stimulus to chew over. This might seem counter-intuitive. Our first impulse to slow down would most likely be to stop doing as much and minimize stimuli by kicking back in a hammock or on a beach somewhere. That sort of slacking has it’s advantages obviously, but these tricks are actually more likely to make your days feel rich and long:
Keep learning. If you’re constantly reading, trying new activities or taking courses to learn new skills, you’ll have a wealth of ‘newness’ at your fingertips to help you slow down time.
Visit new places. A new environment can send a mass of information rushing to your brain – smells, sounds, people, colors, textures. Your brain has to interpret all of this. Exposing your brain to new environments regularly will give it plenty of work to do, letting you enjoy longer-seeming days. This doesn’t necessarily mean world travels, though. Working from a cafe or a new office could do the trick.
Meet new people. We all know how much energy we put into interactions with other people. Unlike objects, people are complex and take more effort to ‘process’ and understand. Meeting new people, then, is a good workout for our brains.
Try new activities. Doing new stuff means you have to pay attention. Your brain is on high alert and your senses are heightened, because you’re taking in new sensations and feelings at a rapid rate.
Be spontaneous. Surprises are like new activities: they make us pay attention and heighten our senses.
Did you know that librarians are available to answer your question 24/7 on our Ask A Librarian Delaware chat service? Recently the Dover librarians underwent training to help staff the Ask A Librarian virtual reference service. This is a global, cooperative service staffed by reference librarians from Delaware as well as other participating states and countries.
Good to know:
You may be chatting with a librarian from another county or state who, for your privacy, can’t access your personal library account related to overdues, renewals and other patron account activity. Most questions can be addressed through our chat service, however. If your question is best answered by your home library, you may have the option to have it sent to your library for a follow up through email.
Try out the service and let us know what you think! You can access the service by visiting the library’s webpage at www.doverpubliclibrary.org and click on the Ask A Librarian logo on the right hand side. For more information please visit http://lib.de.us/askalibrarian/
What does July 4th mean to you? In order to celebrate this iconic national holiday, the library has 2 new book displays. One is centered around American history, and the second is a celebration of ice cream and grilling. Did you know that July is National Grilling Month? Make sure to check out these new displays and perhaps find a good book to take home and enjoy.
This Friday is also the premier of the film Quartet. Quartet stars legendary British actors Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly, and Michael Gambon. Runs 1:37 and is rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor. This film is also Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.
The literary world has lost another great talent. Author Vince Flynn passed away yesterday in St. Paul. Diagnosed with stage 3 prostate cancer in 2010, the author continued to write his best selling novels featuring CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Visit the authors web site at www.vinceflynn.com to learn more information about his literary works. You can also view the library’s web site at www.lib.de.us where we have all of Flynn’s novels in regular, large print, and audio formats.