Every year, my library creates posters, using the National Library Week theme and photos of the people who work here.
Last year, I went steampunk and classy:
Last year, I went steampunk and classy:
This year, I went with zany, fun sci-fi:
See Tesla reading down there? I was running with the idea that science fiction influences science fact. If we get kids hooked on science fiction when they're young, who knows what marvels they'll develop one day? Just...be careful handing them Oryx and Crake.
I hope you're all celebrating National Library Week in the best ways possible! I hope you're going to the library and checking out all the best fiction to keep you entertained, picking up some nonfiction to learn something new you've been curious about, asking your librarians about library programs or resources you weren't aware existed, taking your little ones to really cool storytimes and such. Libraries are awesome! Learn more about the Unlimited Possibilities @Your Library!
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- Yale Conference Looks At Innovation “Beyond IP” "Intellectual property is not the only driver of human innovation. A two-day conference held here recently brought together a range of leading academics and others to share ideas on innovation occurring outside of, or in spite of, intellectual property rights."
- Health & Science
- NIH spending $5 million to discourage hipsters from smoking It's not the money that gets me. It's that the NIH is "discourag[ing] tobacco use among hipsters through a program that recommends 'styling your sweet mustache' and listening to music 'no one else has heard of' as good alternatives to smoke breaks....[H]ipsters need something more than scary health warnings to keep them from lighting up." I mean, if it works - great. But are hipsters really that shallow? Do they really care more about how their facial hair looks than how their lungs work?
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